Natasha Panetta

Stars of Wollongong 2022

Senior Media Marketing Executive I Illawarra Mercury - ACM Media

Natasha is a Senior Media Marketing Executive for the Illawarra Mercury/ACM. She is passionate about what she does and loves to help businesses thrive. Born and raised a Wollongong local, Natasha is proud to be bringing up her own family in this amazing community.

This marketing extraordinaire is going to shake things up on the dancefloor and be a standout among her fellow Stars. She chose to become a Star this year to represent her organisation whilst also showing her support for the cause.  It has been quite some time since she has danced, having done jazz & tap when she was a child, but she is eager to add to her skillset and WOW her family, friends, and colleagues with her performance!

Best of luck Natasha!

Dance Partner


Zali Whitaker

With 17 years’ of dance experience, Zali has worked with a variety of professionals in the dance/entertainment industry. She was a professional dancer for the NRL St George Illawarra Dragons, and now does a variety of professional dance work where she has made appearances dancing on ‘The Voice 2022 Promo Shoot’ and ‘MAFS Australia’ working alongside celebrities and TV networks.

She has trained in all dance styles with KJ Dance before relocating to complete her training in Queensland. Her career has led her to perform in a variety of musical theatre shows including; 42nd Street, Phantom of the Opera and Carrie the Musical. She also got the opportunity to perform at Disneyland Orlando in 2018.

Zali continues to dance professionally, as well as currently teaches dance at Adrenaline Academy of the Arts in Unanderra and is also a Registered Nurse at The Wollongong Hospital.

Zali is thrilled to be a part of the Stars of Wollongong Dance for Cancer event and cannot wait to dance for such a great cause.

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My Updates

Final Week! 👗💃

Final week is upon us and final preparations are being done to be stage ready!! Nervous tummy now

Gatsby Casino Fundraiser

Our fundraiser whilst smaller than expected still raised $1500 towards our total goal!!

Huge Thanks!!

A huge and massive shout out to all of the amazing supporters who have kindly made donations to myself for this event!
I am so touched and humbled by the sheer generosity.

A big shout out also to my corporate sponsors who have jumped on board for an event first and taken on a larger donation, to be part of the event and have taken several of these spaces to really shine as a local community fundraising partner.

Gold Sponsor - Dr Tony Palasovski the amazing and talented Specialist Surgeon from Specialist Breast Clinic here in Wollongong. I have the privilege of working with Dr T across his media and marketing and I am also a advocate for just how amazing his work is, his manner, his skill and overall his goal to help women and men be the best version of themselves they can be, and to overall assist with Brest cancer surgery and reconstruction options. He is an absolute gem!! 

Silver Sponsor - Wollongong Mazda, Sash and his team are absolute professionals and provide the best quality and best priced car options to suit budget and need, from small first cars through to large family SUVs. CX8 is the best car I’ve ever owned - not paid sponsorship for my car I promise! 

Bronze Sponsors

Tiny Tins -  The fabulous Karlie and her family own and operate this gem of a business in Unanderra servicing across the region for small skip bins - supporting local and keeping jobs in our region 

Mortgage Success - Katrina Rowland is a master of her craft and surrounds herself with a team of highly skilled and knowledgeable brokers to help navigate all mortgage needs from first home buyer, refinancing, investment etc.

CVC Law - Vic and his team here in the region are experts across many areas of law with a speciality in Conveyancing services, family law and wills & estates. Vic, Julian & Mikaela are down to earth and relatable and are the most caring lawyers I’ve ever come to meet!!

Acm Media - Illawarra Mercury - for being the best employer In the region and across our regional communities.
The support, guidance, opportunities and career progression is unreal. The entire team from CEO, Editor, Directors and managers have all being so supportive and I’m so proud to be representing them at this years event. 

Huge shout out to The Oscar’s Group who have gone above and beyond in providing an amazing venue at the towradgi beach hotel for the upcoming fundraiser and Gatsby casino, along with amazing auction items for the gala event. The support from the entire teams across multiple venues is truely amazing! 
The team have gone above and beyond to provide so much extra and outside the normal to make it his event a huge fundraising success!! 

Great Gatsby Fundraiser event - 21st May

Please join us for an amazing event planned in support of the cancer council and the pre event fundraising effort to the stars of Wollongong 2022. $100 per ticket gets you a cocktail on arrival, amazing food, a full casino experience with red carpet on arrival, 1920s vintage car, go go dancers, DJ, photo booth and much more! Some great prizes on offer and a huge effort from the Oscars Group and Towradgi Beach Hotel for jumping on board for this event!!

Dancing impacts 🙄

Dancing got me good! Two weeks with my back and neck out and trying to still push through! Acupuncture and cupping 🙌

Week 3 - routine set 💃

Practice and more practice to perfect our timings and make those special little touches we hope makes our performance really resonate with the audience (and judges)

Week 2 Dance 💃

Week 2 and the pieces are starting to come together! Filming ourselves was an eye opening…. Does my butt really look that big 😂

Dance 💃🏻 training commenced

First week of dance classes commenced and wow what a kick off!
Absolutely smashed some solid choreo for the first class, this is going to be something super special!
But can barely walk today, geesh I have pulled muscles that have not being used in many years!!
Can’t wait to keep progressing and see this all come together 

Launch Event 2022

What an exciting day with the launch event, meeting the other STARS and getting to meet and chat with my amazing dance partner and professional!
We cannot wait to get started next week on creating a fab dance, and fantastic fundraising event.

Thank you to my Sponsors


Specialist Breast Clinic: Gold Sponsorship


Wollongong Mazda: Silver Sponsorship


Gatsby Casino Fundraiser - Event Donations


Silent Auction Funds


Skin Correctives


Cvc Law And Conveyancing: Bronze Sponsorship


Mortgage Success: Bronze Sponsorship


Tiny Tins: Bronze Sponsorship


Illawarra Mercury : Bronze Sponsorship


Dale Gregory Collison

Very proud that you are supporting The Cancer Council for this fundraiser, you will be amazing without any doubt ,Love Mum and Dale xx


Illawarra Mercury Biggest Morning Tea Event


Walsh Family

Hear of luck Tash, break a leg!


Daniel Frazer - Laurence Morgan Real Watate

Good on you Tash, you will nail it! Best wishes Daniel Frazer


T C Air

We are proud to support you and this great cause.


Corinne Whiteman

On behalf of the Illawarra Mercury team many thanks for your efforts. Your passion and drive is unlimited when you focus on a cause...well done and looking forward to the big night.


People's Choice Funds


Julian Cesta


Antonia & Rocco Panetta (mum & Dad)


Lisa Burling

Congrats Tash! xx


Angelina Lonard


Gayle Tomlinson

Can't wait to see you up on stage Natasha!


Jennifer Brand

We know how Proud mum and Dale are of you Tash, keep up the good work with your fundraising and dancing 💖


Ester Dockery

Best of luck to you and Zali


Carmen De-marino

Wishing you all the best Tash, you will be amazing!


Monique Field Property

Congratulations Tash on such a wonderful community achievement. All the best, Mon x


Danica Stajic

Go Tash 🕺🏽


Sean O’shannassy

Rip up that dance floor! Great work Tash🤗


Ann Harrison

You have got this


John And Lisa Earl

Dance like the wind zali! Xxx



Good luck and enjoy


Bruce Levine


Jose Codina

Good luck dancing queen




Melissa Taylor


Rebecca Niblock


Peter And Jan Whitaker




Jodie Galea


Nicki Davey

Well done Tash! You’ve raised a heap of money for a great cause!


Lyn Osborn

Dance your heart out!


Cath Gilan

Good luck Natasha


Mary Yutzuss


Jen Barnett


Zerner Family