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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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EASTERN BEACHES INSPIRING A NEW WAVE OF FEMALE ARTISTS

In the spring of 1985, the Museum of Modern Art in New York held an exhibition entitled, ‘An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture’. There were 165 artists exhibited in this show. Just 13 of them were women. In the decades between then and now, massive strides towards gender parity have been made. The […]

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A QUICK GUIDE TO THE LOCAL ANZAC DAY DAWN SERVICES

While war is not something to be celebrated, it is something that continues to take place across every country and time. This being the case, there must be soldiers to fight wars. These soldiers are people, and they are brave. On Anzac Day, we do not honour and glorify the bloodshed of WWI itself, but […]

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COOGEE BEACH WATER QUALITY: A STORM IN A TEACUP?

In October last year, the NSW State Government released the 2015–2017 State of the Beaches report. Satisfyingly, 97 per cent of the 140 monitored beach swimming locations in NSW were graded as ‘Very Good’ or ‘Good’. However, amongst the usual swathe of statistics about enterococci levels and lagoon swimming sites, one finding left Eastern Beaches […]

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SPIDER INFLUX NO BIG DEAL

In recent weeks, a hysterical, Crucible-esque spider-mania seems to have overtaken the Eastern Suburbs, particularly Bondi. Facebook groups have been awash with locals’ complaints about spider invasions and reports of spider bites, and Eastern Suburbs bug control services have confirmed that they’ve experienced a sharp rise in customers wanting spider extermination. While an influx of […]

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SIX COST-SAVING TECHNOLOGIES FOR CLIMATE-FRIENDLY LIVING

This March marks the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour, a global initiative raising awareness about climate change and the ways to combat it. While progress has been slow, climate-friendly living has never been easier and more cost-effective, with low-carbon home solutions on our doorstep. Better still, these cheaper technologies today also mean bigger dollar savings […]

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LOCAL COUPLE TAKE ON IRON CENTURY FOR CHARITY

It’s very easy to think about doing ‘something for charity’, but turning this vague, altruistic aspiration into an actuality is another thing entirely. However, action is in the blood of local couple Debi Hazelden and John Mergler. The pair met back in 2014 at the infamous ‘Heartbreak Hill’ on New South Head Road, when Mr. […]

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RESCUES ARE A COSTLY RESOURCE

The surf lifesaving movement is unique to Australia and its services are second to none as far as diligence, training and community relationships are concerned. Over the long hot summer we have been inundated with pleas for donations to Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA), both in the mainstream media and on the social networks. There […]

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