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STREET HAZARDS KNOW NO BOUNDARIES

It’s becoming increasingly obvious that our councils are more focussed on development than fixing local problems such as dangerous manhole covers and crumbling footpaths. One example of the lack of ongoing concern is ‘no-man’s land’ at the southern end of St Thomas Street, where Boundary Street turns around. Numerous emails and phone calls expressing local […]

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TOP TIPS FOR CREATING A WILDLIFE FRIENDLY GARDEN THIS AUTUMN

Imagine our world devoid of plants and wildlife. This stark picture is enough to sour your coffee (sorry). Unfortunately, it could be the way we’re headed in Australia, if outcomes from the recent national State of the Environment report are anything to go by. The report shows that our biodiversity is under increased threat and […]

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HE WOULD HAVE BEEN 18 THIS YEAR

Here at The Beast, we are constantly astounded by the strength and generosity of those in our local community. Like this month’s cover star Sophie Smith, Mal Ward has gone through one of the toughest things that anyone can go through: losing a child. Mal’s son Johnno passed away in July 2008, aged nine, after […]

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MALABAR HEADLAND NATIONAL PARK OPENS WITH A BANG

The undeveloped bushland at Malabar Headland has long been contested ground. The land was for many years owned by the Commonwealth, but early last year was handed over to the NSW state government. In October last year, Matt Thistlethwaite MP memorably referred to the state government’s leasing of much of the land to the Rifle […]

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WAVERLEY CEMETERY SECTION OF COASTAL WALK TO UNDERGO SERIOUS REVAMP

If you’ve been reading the Letters section of The Beast over the past few years, then you’ll know that what goes on at Waverley Cemetery and the coastal walk that it backs on to is of paramount concern to several dedicated groups of local citizens. However, those who are less vocal are also stakeholders, despite […]

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ARE THEY DRUNK? RANDWICK COUNCIL BANS BOOZE AT COOGEE WITHOUT CONSULTATION

Lately there has been a great detail of attention surrounding Randwick City Council’s decision to ban alcohol at Coogee Beach. However, in all of this, Council seems to have forgotten to consult small business operators — the ones who are impacted most by this change. Small business, as we know, is the backbone of our […]

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HALL STREET SMOKING BAN A BREATH OF FRESH AIR

The banning of smoking in public places poses an interesting philosophical conundrum. At what point does a government or ruling body get to legislate on what individuals can do with their own bodies? Does the health risk posed to members of the public automatically negate the smokers’ right to smoke? Occasionally analogies are drawn with […]

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TAKEAWAY COFFEE CUPS – THE ISSUES ‘UNWRAPPED’

Who doesn’t love their morning coffee-to-go? With three million cups enjoyed each day, it’s a real romance for most of us. Sadly, up to a billion takeaway coffee cups end up in landfill every year, and many find their way into our oceans. They take years to degrade or just break into smaller pieces, causing […]

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FAIRY TALE FINISH AS RATPACK REIGN SUPREME

In terms of sporting fairy tales, few are as fantastical as the one that played out on a damp Queens Park number one field late in the morning on the first Sunday of March. The Ratpack, now a motley crew of former first graders, up-and-coming rugby league stars and a hell of a lot of […]

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MAROUBRA DROWNINGS A REMINDER OF THE IMPORTANCE OF BEACH SAFETY

Growing up by the beach, we learn from a young age that the ocean is to be both respected and feared. However, for those whose formative years have not been spent getting salty at the Bogey Hole, the beach is a much more unfamiliar entity – and things that seem obvious to us (dive under […]

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