Small cell base stations ring alarm bells

Angry residents gathered in front of a telco base station this week to voice their concerns at health risks from electromagnetic radiation. They expressed their worries to Newsbytes about unknown dangers from a new type of device – small cell base stations – being installed in the Sydney eastern suburb of Kingsford by telecommunications company […]


Action urged on radiation risks

Worried Kingsford residents have turned to Randwick City Council for help after telecommunications company TPG began installing small cell base stations near homes and schools. They object to a lack of community consultation from the telco as well as the possible adverse health impacts – especially on children – of long term exposure to radio-frequency […]


Residents angry at recycling bin noise

7am on Sunday mornings is usually a time for sleep ins, but not for Malabar residents who have to put up with the sound of bottles crashing into trucks collecting recycled drink containers. Angry locals say they had no idea what was happening when what looked like shipping containers were placed in the car park […]


Council attacked for ‘archaic’ zoning laws

A Randwick City Council community forum has been told that current zoning laws are “archaic” and should be changed as they are causing unnecessary distress. Angry residents said they were worried about impact on property values and problems selling their homes. There was standing room only as 73 registered speakers expressed their views in two-minute […]


Vietnam veterans remember those who did not come home

“It’s our day, today,” Vietnam veteran Ned Fisher said. Mr Fisher served in the second tour in the tracker platoon with labradors in Vietnam. “We were around the Long Tan rubber when they brought in the Long Tan Cross, that was in 1969, August 18th. The assault pioneers put the cross in the ground as […]


Relaxation Centre helps people discover inner strength

Stepping into the Relaxation Centre of Queensland is like driving along the highway and rising over a crest to see the wide expanse of beautiful blue ocean ahead of you. Another world opens that has the potential to unshackle, calm and free the mind, heart, body and soul from life’s burdens, tragedies and illnesses. The […]


Good pickings in strawberry festival

A Sunshine Coast school celebrates 30 years of its community fundraiser Strawbfest on 3 September, with live music, prizes and plenty of strawberries. The Twist Brothers Strawberry Farm opposite Chevallum State School donates the fruit from one of its fields for the event. Children from every grade help pick the strawberries, with the motto “pick […]


Surfer inspires kids to go to school

In the slums around Vizhinjam Fishing Harbor in Kerala, India, poverty is everywhere. In one village children as young as 10 work on fishing boats instead of going to school. Just 2km away from Vizhinjam waves break cleanly on the shores of Kovalam Beach. It was here that Jelle Rigole, a 32-year-old Belgian, realised surfing […]


Trainer pulls his weight to help African orphans

A personal trainer has gone the extra mile to raise money and awareness for orphans in Africa by hiking one of United Arab Emirates’ tallest mountains. Lee Harrison tackled the 12km road up Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain as part of a fundraising campaign that will see the Abu Dhabi-based Brit complete a series of […]


Challenging times ahead for Gladstone as roller-coaster ride continues

Industry is the Gladstone Region’s life blood and has been considered for decades as the centre of Queensland’s sporadic industrial prosperity. But the intermittent cycle of industrial projects in Gladstone creates instability within the region’s economy and often leaves local businesses struggling to survive. The Gladstone Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) recently released their […]


Rental market leaves pet owners out in the cold

Pet owners on the Gold Coast are struggling to find accommodation, with many forced to relinquish their animals. Local James Healy said he found it difficult to find a pet-friendly rental for his small dog and cat. Despite being financially qualified, with full-time work and good pay, Mr Healy was refused repeatedly before an application […]


Brisbane to Woodford trek commemorates diggers

The valour and sacrifice of thousands of Queenslanders who died during World War I is being remembered with a 100km trek from Brisbane to Woodford. In keeping with the spirit of ANZAC, people from all walks of life have been invited to take part in the World War I Queenslander Challenge to commemorate the diggers. […]


Stoic optimism brings hope in Slovenia

No hardship can crush the hopes of two million people. “Freezing winters, communism, war… all these we endure,” Ljubljana’s Helena said. The red-haired university lecturer stood and watched passers-by stroll through the the main square of Slovenia in southern central Europe. Despite a struggling economy and a ballooning refugee crisis, Helena is optimistic about the […]


Future bright for Khalid after tough start

From civil war in Somalia to the lazy Central Coast suburb of Wyoming, Somali-born Khalid Ugaas’s life has been dramatically split between two continents, cultures and lifestyles. The softly-spoken 30-year-old business student has come through harsh circumstances to find peace in Australia. Finally, the skies look bright. Khalid, one of 11 children to Ogaden-born parents, […]


Town crier has something to shout about

Gosford City Council town crier Stephen Clarke has been readying his voice, his moves and his outfit in preparation for the annual Australian Town Crier Championship. It is a special year in the event’s history, as it is being held in Parkes in conjunction with the 200th birthday celebrations of Sir Henry Parkes later this […]


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