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Christmas decorations at Australian stores in October spark online debate

<p>Christmas is still more than two months away – and some Aussies are not ready yet to embrace the spirit of the festivities.</p> <p>An online debate has been kicked off over whether it is too soon to bring out the Christmas decorations after a Sydneysider shared a picture on<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/sydney/comments/dkh2nu/oh_no_its_begun_macquarie_centre/" target="_blank">Reddit</a><span> </span>of workers preparing to install a Christmas tree at the city’s Macquarie Centre mall.</p> <p>Other people shared that the trend extended to other shopping centres as well.</p> <p>“Is there some universal signal? North Rocks Shopping centre was setting up too,” one informed.</p> <p>“Myer at Parramatta has basically the entire bottom floor as Christmas stuff, has been for at least a few weeks as well,” another wrote.</p> <p>Some argued that the decorations should wait at least until after Halloween wrapped up.</p> <p>“This time of year you see retail places trying to service both Halloween and Christmas being just around the corner,” one wrote. “It’s the weirdest crossover. ‘Don’t forget the birth of our lord and saviour, Jesus Christ but also zombies!’”</p> <p>“Couldn’t they at least wait until November? Really ruins the whole Christmas charm when you’re advertising over 2 months in advanced,” another commented.</p> <p>Some joked that the Christmas ornaments meant that Easter was coming soon.</p> <p>“You know what that means, a month or two away from hot cross buns in Woolies,” one wrote, with another responding, “And mini eggs!”</p>

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Irwin family in mourning after loss of beloved family animal

<p>Bindi Irwin is in mourning following the death of one of her animal-obsessed family’s most beloved pets. </p> <p>Piggy, the Irwin’s 13-year-old chicken passed away earlier this week - a remarkably long life-span for a bird of her species. </p> <p>“For nearly 13 years you made us smile through life’s ups and downs,” Bindi wrote in a heartfelt Instagram photo of the pair, adding “Rest In Peace my lovely girl.”</p> <p>In a public show of support, Bindi’s fiance Chandler joined in on the chorus of support and commented a love heart to his partner. </p> <p>The youngest member of the Irwin family, Robert, shared his own sweet tribute to his beloved chicken, telling fans just how much she meant to his family. </p> <p>“Saying goodbye to one of our dearest friends. Almost 13 years ago, ‘Piggy’ came into our family and brought so much joy to everyone who knew her over the years,” he wrote.</p> <p>“I’ve never known a chicken with the character and personality that this hen had, she was one of a kind. We’ll miss you little Pig.”</p> <p>At 13-years-old, it is likely the sweet bird entered the Irwins’ life soon after dad Steve passed away in 2006.</p> <p>Despite the bittersweet memories attached to Piggy, and the death of crocodile hunter Steve, Bindi says she is hoping to implement her father’s presence at her wedding to Chandler next year. </p> <p>“I really want to include Dad on the day and make sure that he is with us in some way,” Bindi previously told<span> </span><em>People</em>.</p> <p>“Just little bits of Dad that will make it feel like he’s there with us.”</p> <p>The conservationist says she and her fiance are to hold a candle lighting ceremony. </p> <p>“So we’ll be able to all get up as a little family and light a candle in his honour and share a few words on what an amazing dad he was and still is.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the Irwin family with their beloved pet. </p>

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Hopping wet: Stubborn kangaroo jumps back into river after police rescue

<p><span>Police on a jetski were filmed rescuing a kangaroo who went for a swim in a lake in ACT yesterday.</span></p> <p><span>The video of the attempted rescue was filmed on the edge of Lake Burleigh Griffin and featured a very happy marsupial just going for a swim.</span></p> <p><span>Police officers on a jetski pulled the kangaroo onto their jetski in an attempted rescue and dumped the animal on shore, hoping it would hop away to safety.</span></p> <p><span>However, the kangaroo had other ideas.</span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ul087KosE8g"></iframe></div> <p><span>As soon as the kangaroo was put onto shore, he turned around and jumped back into the water and swam away.</span></p> <p><span>The video ends with disgruntled police officers jetting back to the marsupial.</span></p> <p><span>Commenters were thrilled with the animals determination to keep swimming, as many had never seen a kangaroo in the water before.</span></p> <p><span>“Obviously wants to get to the other side! Kangaroos are great swimmers,” one commenter said.</span></p> <p><span>“Feet like flippers,” another said.</span></p> <p><span>ACT Police spoke to </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/animals/police-jetski-rescue-foiled-by-stubborn-swimming-kangaroo/news-story/c8d10ff0ae037d66c0b4b15d6044671b" target="_blank">news.com.au</a> </em><span>about the incident, saying that after the camera stopped rolling, the kangaroo was rescued again and taken to the bush.</span></p> <p>“ACT Water Police officers were alerted to a kangaroo in the Central Basin of Lake Burley Griffin,” a spokesperson said.</p> <p>“Officers rescued the kangaroo from the lake, and handed it to parks workers who relocated the kangaroo to a bushland location.”</p>

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New plan unveiled to reduce traffic congestion

<p><span>As congestion continues to persist across Australia, a major new report by think tank Grattan Institute has flagged ‘skinny lanes’ as one of the possible solutions.</span></p> <p><span>According to <a href="https://grattan.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/923-Why-its-time-for-congestion-charging.pdf">the report</a>, the narrow lanes would reduce congestion and improve driving safety.</span></p> <p><span>Under the plan, the standard Australian lane width of 3.5 metre could be reduced by up to 14 per cent to accommodate more cars without taking up more road space.</span></p> <p><span>The report argued that skinny lanes could be safer for the motorists sharing the road.</span></p> <p><span>“Larger cars cause more congestion than smaller cars. They not only occupy more space, but also induce other drivers to slow down, partly because they impede the sight lines of those in smaller cars, and partly because those in smaller vehicles know that they are likely to come off worse in any collision,” the report read.</span></p> <p><span>The plan would also encourage more Australians to opt for smaller cars, the report said.</span></p> <p><span>“Australians have increasingly chosen bigger vehicles, as their price has come down and our incomes have gone up,” the report said.</span></p> <p><span>It noted that the ‘reference’ car width used by Austroads is 1.9 metres, corresponding to large vehicles such as a Holden Commodore or a Jeep Cherokee. In comparison, the cars in Europe and Asia are “substantially smaller”, with Japan seeing the rising popularity of 1.48-metre wide ‘kei’ cars.</span></p> <p><span>“Drivers who choose a smaller car would have the advantage of a safer, less crowded lane. Over time, more drivers would choose to buy smaller, less-congesting cars.”</span></p> <p><span>The National Roads and Motorists’ Association (NRMA) said the think tank’s proposal was “pretty alarming”, with spokesperson Peter Khoury questioning the plan’s feasibility in Australia.</span></p> <p><span>“I don't think this idea will get much traction. It won’t really solve the congestion problem,” Khoury told <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/motoring/on-the-road/plan-to-speed-up-cities-by-altering-width-of-road-lanes/news-story/8d62acf17a7596538c579e64b2396c92">news.com.au</a></em>.</span></p> <p><span>“You can’t narrow the lanes of say the Sydney Harbour Bridge, for instance, because there are already concerns about trucks, cars and buses sharing the road safely.”</span></p> <p><span>Khoury said Australian drivers are unlikely to follow other countries’ lead in shifting to smaller vehicles due to different circumstances.</span></p> <p><span>“You can’t compare Australia to Sweden or Japan. Australians buy cars for very different reasons from people overseas. We have fewer public transport options, so the family car is not just something to drive the kids to school in, it has to do everything.”</span></p> <p><span>Apart from road alteration, the think tank also suggested introducing a congestion charge into the CBDs of Australia’s capital cities during peak hours to ease heavy traffic. </span></p> <p><span>While the report did not specify a price, Grattan’s transport and cities program director Marion Terrill said the charge should be <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-13/should-australia-have-a-congestion-charge/11597022">similar to the cost of taking public transport</a>.</span></p> <p><span>“Our plan tackles congestion without asking communities to pay billions of dollars for major new roads,” said Terrill.</span></p> <p><span>“New York, London, Beijing, Singapore, Stockholm, Milan, and Jakarta all have congestion charging or are heading that way. It’s time for Australian cities to embrace the idea.”</span></p>

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Thousands of items left at airport up for sale

<p>From the weird to the wonderful, thoughts of items that have been left behind or confiscated at Perth Airport are soon to be auctioned off.</p> <p>Over 160 swiss army knives, dozens of boxes of tape, tools, skateboards, hundreds of lighters and even pricey kitchenware is up for sale.</p> <p>If you're lucky, you may also be able to get your hands on a vial of gold.</p> <p>Dave Crofts from Ross’s Auctions, who have been responsible for selling the items for 10 years, says nothing is strange from Perth Airport anymore.</p> <p>“We get a wide range, shells in this auction, skateboards, fishing rods, pool cues, lots of different things all the time.”</p> <p>And not every item is bizarre, as there’s also watches, gold jewellery, sunglasses and duty-free alcohol.</p> <p>“Most expensive would be the jewellery or IT items, we’ve sold a Rolex watch previously, we’ve got some high value jewellery in this auction and some high value IT in this auction,” said Mr Crofts.</p> <p>Debra Blaskett from Perth Airport said the auction is held close to six times a year if the items can’t be returned to their owners.</p> <p>“People have six weeks to claim their lost property, after that time if it’s not claimed it will go off to auction,” Ms Blaskett told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/thousand-of-items-go-under-the-hammer-at-perth-airport-auction/ar-AAIO3pt" target="_blank">9News</a>.</em></p> <p>All bidding will be online, and the profit will be donated to charity. Since 2009 the airport has raised $900,000.</p> <p>Bidding closes tonight.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see what else is on offer. </p>

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Huge pay day: Kyle and Jackie O sign biggest media deal in Australian history

<p>Kyle and Jackie O have signed a contract which is believed to be the biggest media deal in Australian history.</p> <p>The radio hosts have extended their contracts with KIIS FM – which is owned by Australian Radio Network (ARN) – in a deal that will ensure they remain on air until the end of 2024.</p> <p>According to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/radio/kyle-and-jackie-o-extend-their-contracts-with-kiis-fm-for-an-absurd-amount-of-money/news-story/6a7381326d270a5a6e16dcf429d39bb7" target="_blank"><em>news.com.au</em></a>, the contract states that Kyle and Jackie O will receive between $7-8 million each per year.</p> <p>That means, they are getting paid an enormous $39,000 each per three-and-a-half-hour show.</p> <p>The two are said to have negotiated their contracts separately and have parity when it comes to their base salaries. But it’s believed that they negotiated their individual allowances in relation to survey and revenue performance.</p> <p><em>News.com.au<span> </span></em>states that Kyle could be taking home close to $50 million from the new deal by the end of 2024.</p> <p>But Kyle remained tight lipped about his pay rise, telling<span> </span><em>news.com.au</em>, “I don’t discuss the absurd amount of money I get given to do something I love”.</p> <p>“Don’t get me wrong, the money’s fantastic, but what really counts for me is the acknowledgement that what Jackie and I have created is one of the most successful shows on earth,” he said.</p> <p><em>The Kyle and Jackie O Show</em><span> </span>is the number one FM breakfast show in Sydney with an 11.6 per cent audience share.</p>

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Bathurst champ hits back at controversy as team radio audio is revealed

<p>Bathurst winner Scott McLaughlin isn’t worried about being stripped of his title despite an investigation into his team’s alleged go-slow tactics during an intense race.</p> <p>Officials are further investigating Supercars driver Fabian Coulthard’s “disgraceful” Bathurst 1000 safety car tactics after charging his ford outfit with breaching team order regulations.</p> <p>Coulthard was initially hit with a drive-through penalty after he slowed down and held up the field behind his teammate McLaughlin, who went on to win the Bathurst 1000.</p> <p>However, Coulthard now faces a fine or loss of championship points as officials are investigating whether his actions influenced the outcome of the race after following team orders to slow down.</p> <p>“I didn’t know anything about it until the press conference after the race,” McLaughlin said to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/sport/motorsport/champ-hits-back-at-bathurst-controversy-as-team-radio-audio-revealed/news-story/322d50327a4570f2fe0c613e5a3be01d" target="_blank">news.com.au</a></em>.</p> <p>“We did our bit. We had a fast car, we won the race, so we’ll just get on with it, it’ll sort itself out.</p> <p>“It certainly wasn’t intentional from our point of view, Fabian was just doing something he needed to do, but I just pushed on.</p> <p>“We had a great car all day and unfortunately for him (Coulthard) there is a bit of conjecture there, but he drove a great race and I feel bad for him, that’s for sure.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">It was the controversial talking point of the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bathurst1000?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Bathurst1000</a> 🗣 Hear what was said on the Team Radio in Car #12 and Car #97 <a href="https://t.co/QQACup5rcR">pic.twitter.com/QQACup5rcR</a></p> — FOX MOTORSPORT (@Fox_Motorsport) <a href="https://twitter.com/Fox_Motorsport/status/1183578366076538880?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">14 October 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Critics weren’t happy when a then third placed Coulthard backed up the field as top two Jamie Whincup and McLaughlin fuelled up during the safety car period with 26 of the race’s 161 laps left.</p> <p>Coulthard’s slow pace under the yellow flag, where drivers are not allowed to overtake, extended the gap between Shane Van Gisbergen and the leading duo from one to 47 seconds.</p> <p>McLaughlhin went onto beat Van Gisbergen by 0.68 seconds.</p> <p>Holden legend Mark Skaife told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/motor-sport/v8-supercars/bathurst-1000-2019-all-the-raceday-updates-and-news/live-coverage/763455ab65ce094b8a24ee497a06b98e" target="_blank">The Daily Telegraph</a></em><span> </span>the Ford man had nothing to worry about. “I have no doubt that Scott is the winner,” Skaife said.</p> <p>“Scott was the fastest all week. He qualified fastest in the wet, broke a record in the shootout and won a last-lap duel with Shane.”</p> <p>However, Coulthard has vowed to clear his name as he feels like a “scapegoat”. He said to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.motorsport.com/v8supercars/news/coulthard-bathurst-controversy-safety-car/4557381/" target="_blank">Motorsport.com</a>:<br /></em></p> <p>“I’m getting absolutely smashed for something I was told to do.</p> <p>“I need to clear my name. It’s not my style. I don’t race like that, I’m a clean racer.</p> <p>“To see what I’m reading, I’m getting pretty shafted for it. I’m the scapegoat.”</p> <p>Runner-up Van Gisbergen wasn’t happy about being held up by the safety car either.</p> <p>“We got held up in the safety car by someone, it made it tough (to win),” said the Holden star.</p> <p>“(But) that car (Coulthard) has been the sacrificial lamb all year (for DJR Team Penske).”</p>

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3 things you should do while visiting Hobart

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As there’s a contrasting blend of heritage, scenery and culture found in Hobart, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hobart is the second-oldest capital city in Australia after Sydney, and with fine dining or picturesque mountains, there’s something for everyone. Here are three things you should do while visiting Hobart.</span></p> <p><strong>1. Visit Beumauris Zoo</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mary Roberts first opened the zoo back in 1895 and was the first person to successfully breed Tasmanian devils in captivity. She was also the first person to showcase a group of Tasmanian tigers in captivity.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With the zoo closing in 1937 due to failing attendances, you are now able to see the former enclosures that have been taken over by nature. Tours are led of the zoo on September 7</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">th</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to commemorate the date of the last Tasmanian tiger’s death.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bx9Ya08B0Dl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bx9Ya08B0Dl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">The remains of the old Hobart Zoo, also known as the Beaumaris Zoo. (You can see one of the old enclosures in the background.) Sadly, it is where the last Thylacine died in 1936. The zoo closed the following year. #beaumariszoo #hobartzoo #hobart #tasmania #tasmaniantiger</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/danielle.ross.walls/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Danielle Ross Walls</a> (@danielle.ross.walls) on May 27, 2019 at 1:21am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>2. Visit the Female Factory at Cascades</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Visit the World Heritage Cascades Female Factory, which is one of 11 convict sites in Australia.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although small, it is mighty as it provides an insight into the life of a female convict back in 1828.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Female convicts were put into three distinct classes that suffered if they spoke to someone who wasn’t in their class. The class system also regulated clothing and daily tasks of the women while being in the factory, which involved unrelenting hours of labour.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsZmmoFArVH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsZmmoFArVH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Dramatic skies added to the eerie feeling at the Cascades Female Factory last week as fires burned in Tasmania's wilderness World Heritage Area and the smoke crept over kunanyi/Mount Wellington - #cascadesfemalefactory #hobartandbeyond #femaleconvicts #discovertasmania #bushfires #worldheritagearea #eeriesky #nofilter</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/cascadesfemalefactory/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Cascades Female Factory</a> (@cascadesfemalefactory) on Jan 8, 2019 at 8:15pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>3. Explore MONA</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Catch the ferry up to the Museum of Old and New Art, which is affectionately referred to as MONA. There is a handheld device that’s given to each museum entrant for free that tells you about the work on display, as well as giving you the option to both “love” and “hate” the artwork. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The museum makes small changes at a time and “re-hang” the artwork a couple times of year. </span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1ssydwpBw_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1ssydwpBw_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Heart of glass. ⁣ ⁣ Artworks: Pulse Room, 2006, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer;⁣ Fat Car, 2006, Erwin Wurm</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/monamuseum/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Museum of Old and New Art</a> (@monamuseum) on Aug 27, 2019 at 11:58pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote>

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“Old Mate” from controversial SA tourism advertisement is back

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Last month, an advertisement by the South Australian Tourism Committee made quite a few people upset.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The ad, which showed an old man called “Dave” shedding tears of regret at not travelling to Adelaide with his loved ones sooner.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The advertisement was called “appalling”, “depressing” and “shocking”.</span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5jyndIVod4k"></iframe></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, the campaign is getting results for the South Australian Tourism committee, as it has reached 10.59 million Australians.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rodney Harrex, SATC chief executive, is thrilled with the results.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When interstate people experience Adelaide, they become ambassadors for the state. Like a new band or TV show, they feel like they’re the first to discover it and so take a sense of pride in promoting it to their friends,” Mr Harrex told </span><a href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/australian-holidays/south-australia/old-mate-from-sa-tourism-ad-to-make-a-comeback-on-the-big-screen-at-afl-nrl-grand-finals/news-story/731fce7d4afbfc3bab9af589dc1cf352"><span style="font-weight: 400;">news.com.au</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This is where Old Mate’s Mates leaps off. He has gone back to Sydney, told his mates about his overwhelming experience, and guess what? They’ve never been to Adelaide either.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This sequel also provides us with the opportunity to show more of what Adelaide and South Australia has to offer, with experiences such as the d’Arenberg Cube, Sellicks Beach, Adelaide’s city laneways, urban beaches and, of course, South Australians themselves being featured.</span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/84Zj2TbWQwU"></iframe></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Old Mate really enjoys showing off Adelaide to his mates. But the lesson lives on. Now it is his mates who have the regret of not having come to Adelaide sooner, but they are consoled by seeing Old Mate revelling in his new favourite city.”</span></p>

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Is this the world’s cutest animal?

<p>Hayley Shute, the curator of the Australian Reptile park has taken a joey koala named Elsa under her wing. </p> <p>The cute little reptile might have faced an entirely different fate if keepers had not stepped into to intervene and retrieve Elsa from her mother, Irene, who was experiencing a case of mastitis. </p> <p>Irene’s mastitis meant Elsa was not getting the milk she needed to grow and thrive. </p> <p>"Both mum and bub are doing amazingly in care and will be reunited in no time," Ms Shute told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.lakesmail.com.au/story/6417615/koala-joey-melting-hearts-after-tough-start-to-life-photos-video/#slide=0" target="_blank">Lakes Mail.</a></p> <p>The “koala whisperer” is no stranger to nursing koala joeys, however raising three children meant juggling between her human and fur babies which are no easy feat. </p> <p>"Koala joeys require 24 hours of care, supervision and seven bottles of a special milk formula a day," Ms Shute said.</p> <p>"I can't tell you the last time I've had a proper night's sleep.</p> <p>"Elsa will feed from the bottle from the next 4 to 6 months until she becomes independent enough to eat eucalyptus leaves. Once she is strong enough, she will be reunited with her mum Irene and be introduced to our koala family here at the Australian Reptile Park."</p> <p>Elsa is one of the seven adorable koala joeys - dubbed the lucky seven - who will be on display at the park. </p> <p>Visitors will be able to watch the cute koalas cuddle up to their mother. </p> <p>Irene is in receiving care and is expected to make a full recovery.</p> <p>Elsa is a true sign of hope and will act as an ambassador for the koala.</p> <p>The Australian Reptile Park is an interactive zoo located in Somersby on the Central Coast.</p> <p>Visitors can enjoy live shows, funky themed exhibits, and interactions with many of the wildlife sanctuary's residents.</p> <p>The park is open daily from 9 am to 5pm, with free parking and barbecue facilities.</p> <p>Visit<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://reptilepark.com.au/" target="_blank">reptilepark.com.au</a></p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the beautiful Elsa.</p>

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5 reasons why you should make the Northern Territory your next holiday destination

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It can be easy to overlook the natural beauty in your own backyard, and the natural wonders that are hidden in the Northern Territory seem to be no exception.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">With the Northern Territory being six times the size of Britain, it’s the perfect way to explore the “real outback” that people from overseas seems to think Australia is.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scroll through the gallery to see the five reasons you should add the NT to your travel list.</span></p> <p><strong>1. Gaze in awe at Uluru at sunset</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It’s been said that one of the best times to see the huge monolith that is Uluru is at sunset. This is because as the sun hits Uluru on its way down, it changes the colour of the rock from a red to a burnt orange and finally to a deep purple as the light fades.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are plenty of ways to enjoy the sunset, whether it be over a gourmet dinner, via camel or even on the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle.</span></p> <p><strong>2. Escape the heat in the swimming holes of the West MacDonnell Ranges</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The West MacDonnell Ranges near Alice Springs have pockets of watering holes that allow you to escape the heat. There’s plenty to choose from, including Glen Helen Gorge, Ellery Creek Big Hole, Orminston Gorge or Redbank Gorge.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you don’t feel like cooling off, you’re able to explore the desert country and see sights such as Simpsons Gap, which is home to a colony of rock wallabies. It’s the perfect day trip.</span></p> <p><strong>3. See crocodiles up close at the Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin brings together some of the largest saltwater crocodiles in Australia and you get to see them up close and personal. The cove almost occupies an entire city block and allows guests to see crocodiles from three months to 80 years old in purpose designed displays that can be viewed from three levels.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you’re feeling incredibly brave, you can head into the “Cage of Death” which lowers you into the same enclosure as some of the largest saltwater crocodiles on the planet for a unique 15 minute face-to-face encounter. </span></p> <p><strong>4. Relax at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are a drawcard during the Top End’s dry season of May through to October. On Thursdays and Sundays, wander around some 60 food stalls that serve food from every corner of the Earth, including paella with freshly caught mussels or a fresh mango smoothie.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Eat on the beach and watch the sun dive into the ocean right in front of your eyes. It’s the perfect way to relax in Darwin.</span></p> <p><strong>5. Swim under waterfalls at Litchfield National Park</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">What could be a more perfect way to end your trip by spending a day swimming under waterfalls at Litchfield National Park? The national park is just 1.5 hours away from Darwin, and it’s easy to see why it’s a favourite of the locals.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Relax under the impressive double cascades of Wangi and Florence Falls or soak in the rock pools at Buley Rockhole.</span></p>

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“Corporate hypocrites”: Harsh words from Alan Jones backfires as shoppers pledge loyalty to Coles

<p><span>Controversial 2GB radio host Alan Jones has called for his listeners to boycott Coles after they’ve pulled advertising from his radio show.</span></p> <p><span>His harsh words were hoping to put a dent in Coles sales, but it appears that might have backfired.</span></p> <p><span>Jones said that Coles should look at its own “value system” before passing judgement. He then proceeded to call the company “corporate hypocrites” and accuse them of ripping off dairy farmers.</span></p> <p><span>“So I can tell my listeners to give Coles supermarkets, and their petrol stations a very wide berth .... We can both play the same game,” he said.</span></p> <p>“And good luck to you by the time I am finished,” he cautioned Coles.</p> <p>However, numerous critics of Jones have taken to social media to announce that they are shopping at Coles simply due to the opposition to Jones.</p> <p>“Sorry Woolworths but I can ONLY shop at Coles now. Nothing to do with you per se but it's my personal policy to ALWAYS do the exact opposite of anything Alan Jones suggests,” one man posted on Twitter.</p> <p>“Well I’ll now got out of my way to shop Coles since hearing this! Who does this old friggin’ dinosaur Alan Jones think he is?” someone quipped.</p> <p>“I will happily drive straight past my local Woolies and go an additional 5kms just to shop with you following your decision to withdraw from Alan Jones,” another Twitter user posted on Thursday.</p> <p>Many have followed suit, saying that they hope Coles holds its ground against Jones and his controversial comments. Despite Jones apologising for his remarks about New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, more than 80 advertisers pulled their money from the morning show.</p> <p>“I will shop at Coles while they do not advertise with 2GB. If they renege, there are many other options! I like to feel that the massive female workplace in Coles group are supported,” another person wrote.</p> <p>“I also will switch to Coles from now on even though it is a little out of my way to do so. Stay strong Coles,” a Twitter user added.</p>

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“Totally inexcusable”: Erin Molan thankful for support amid reports of Andrew Johns feud

<p>Fellow sports presenters and TV figures have thrown their support behind Erin Molan amid reports of a growing feud with rugby league legend Andrew Johns.</p> <p>The Channel Nine reporter has reportedly been blamed by social media trolls for Johns’ exit from live Friday night football coverage.</p> <p>Over the weekend, <em>The Sunday Telegraph </em>reported that Johns left his position due to an “awkward” falling out with Molan. Johns also left <em>The NRL Footy Show </em>after Molan replaced Paul Vautin on the program in 2017.</p> <p><em>Supercars </em>reporter Riana Crehan wrote on Twitter that the attacks against Molan were “disgusting” and “inexcusable”.</p> <p>She wrote on Monday, “The current trolling of @Erin_Molan is disgusting &amp; makes me embarrassed to be part social media.</p> <p>“The horrific comments are totally inexcusable. Ez is the most brilliant human, broadcaster &amp; mentor &amp; what she has done away from TV goes beyond what many will ever dream to achieve.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Thank you lovely X</p> — Erin Molan (@Erin_Molan) <a href="https://twitter.com/Erin_Molan/status/1178588029054701569?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 30, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Former <em>Footy Show </em>co-star Beau Ryan told <em>The Daily Telegraph </em>it is “bulls**t” for trolls to hold Molan responsible for the network’s decision.</p> <p>“That’s what happens to these reality stars … they get on there and think everything’s going to be rosy and then they get trolled and can get really down and dark. I saw that happen to Erin,” Ryan said.</p> <p>“She’s got a journalism background, she’s done nothing wrong and been trolled for her looks or what she’s done or said, or the show she’s working on, or the team she supports. And it took a toll on her.”</p> <p>Former <em>Studio 10 </em>executive producer Robert McKnight <a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/rob_mcknight/status/1178835880007483393" target="_blank">wrote</a>, “All I will say is that if anyone has a problem with @Erin_Molan than the problem is with them. Erin is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and an amazing person.”</p> <p>Channel Nine director of sport Tom Malone told the <em>Telegraph </em>that the supposed relationship breakdown between the two presenters “is not a story”.</p> <p>“There are plenty of people in TV who get on with each other and others who don’t,” he said.</p> <p>Molan became the host of Friday night NRL coverage after the <em>Footy Show </em>was axed in 2018.</p>

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“It’s a very exciting time”: How the Whitsundays is rebuilding after damaging cyclones

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A billion-dollar transformation is underway for the Whitsundays as the once-popular tourist destination works hard to bring families back to the area.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Marine biologist Johnny Gaskell was one of the first to return back to the Whitsundays after the destructive Cyclone Debbie first hit the island back in 2017.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to </span><a href="https://travel.nine.com.au/latest/whitsundays-transformation-a-current-affair/0c1cb522-9144-48f9-9c3d-97007b27c2b9"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>A Current Affair</em></span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gaskell, who runs the island's living reef, returned to the island expecting the worst. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The one pump that we had on for the living reef which got submerged, had big waves crashing all over it, it's not a pump that's supposed to go under water. Somehow kept running," he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Daydream Island’s living reef is now the centrepiece of the resort after it underwent a $120-million-dollar upgrade with families at the forefront.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are upgraded rooms and facilities as well as a larger focus on reef restoration and education. There is also a coral garden that is supporting the restoration of three Whitsunday reefs that were damaged by Cyclone Debbie.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It takes about a year to get the corals to a point where we can out plant them into a damaged site and then hopefully nature does the rest," Mr Gaskell said.</span></p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FACurrentAffair9%2Fvideos%2F423994431654777%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tourism Whitsundays CEO Tash Wheeler says it is part of a $1.2 billion rebuild.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We've got new hotels, we've got revitalised hotels, we have new experiences for people to enjoy, we have a new airport, it's a very very exciting time," she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The rebound and resilience of the community and the development that's happened right now is spectacular,” says Venue Manager Brad Henstock.</span></p>

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“Definitely not OK”: Photo of bikes on Melbourne train divides the internet

<p><span>A picture of bicycles parked in front of an accessible seating on a Melbourne train has sparked an online debate over the appropriateness of using allocated spaces.</span></p> <p><span>The photo, which showed a pair of bikes locked to the railing in front of a priority seat, was shared to the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/disabilityparkingwallofshame/permalink/2693760433992019/">Australian Disability Parking Wall of Shame</a> Facebook group on Saturday.</span></p> <p><span><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7831309/bikesorry.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/98a9aa4af8f54dd2a3c2411cad34a1f1" /></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Source: Facebook</em></p> <p><span>“Not car related but train disabled seating on Frankston train line just now,” the poster wrote.</span></p> <p><span>“My opinion [is] they shouldn’t be allowed, what you think?”</span></p> <p><span>Some said that the owner of the bikes was within their rights to put their bicycles at the area in question.</span></p> <p><span>“If it’s empty and not blocking the aisle what’s the problem as long as they’re moved when the space is needed,” one wrote.</span></p> <p><span>“Nothing wrong with bikes going there as that’s where they’re meant to go. But must be moved when needed for a wheel chair,” another commented.</span></p> <p><span>“If no one requires access at the time, makes sense to use the empty space,” one added.</span></p> <p><span>However, others believed the move was illegal or at least improper. </span></p> <p><span>“Should be fined. Disabled folk treated like crap as usual,” one wrote.</span></p> <p><span>“People think that the signs DO NOT apply to them,” another added.</span></p> <p><span>“If someone needed the seats they are supposed to be offered up. But locking the bikes seems a bit over the top,” one chimed in.</span></p> <p><span>“Definitely not OK,” one said.</span></p> <p><span>According to <a href="https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/more/travelling-on-the-network/bikes-on-public-transport/">Public Transport Victoria</a>, bikes can be carried on metropolitan trains except at the first door of the first carriage, which is designated as a priority area for passengers with mobility impairment. </span></p> <p><span>It is not known whether the picture was taken on the priority carriage.</span></p> <p><span>“It’s important to be considerate of all passengers sharing the train network by ensuring seats, particularly those for the mobility impaired, are not obscured by objects – including bikes,” VicRoads told <em><a href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/definitely-not-ok-photo-on-melbourne-train-divides-the-internet-011858807.html">Yahoo News Australia</a></em>.</span></p> <p><span>A <a href="https://melbourne.figshare.com/articles/A_more_inclusive_City_of_Melbourne_Easy_English_version/8206904">University of Melbourne study</a> found that inaccessible public transport was one of the main issues preventing the city from becoming more inclusive for people with disability.</span></p> <p><span>“Public transport is better than nothing but there are a lot of barriers I wasn’t expecting in such a big city,” wheelchair user Stacey Christie told <em><a href="https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/sometimes-train-drivers-forget-you-how-to-make-melbourne-more-accessible-for-people-with-disabilities-20190927-p52vmk.html">The Age</a></em>.</span></p>

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New road rule becomes law today: Ignoring it will cost you $448

<p>Motorists in New South Wales will have to follow a new road rule that came into effect on Thursday. </p> <p>Failure to comply will incur an eye-watering $448 fine and a loss of three demerit points. </p> <p>The new road rule demands drivers slow down to a speed of 40 km/h when passing a stationary police vehicle or emergency vehicles with flashing red and blue lights. </p> <p>The law will also apply to passing tow truck operators parked on the side of the road. </p> <p>Transport for NSW says the new rule is being employed to improve the safety of vulnerable roadside workers which includes tow truck operators and breakdown assistance workers, as well as emergency service workers. </p> <p>The NSW government announced last year they would be trialling the new rule throughout the state. </p> <p>Last week it was announced amendments to the law, so the ruling only applies on roads where the speed limit is 80km/h or less.</p> <p>Transport for NSW said the change comes after driver feedback regarded the new measure as “generally negative”. </p> <p>It said motorists believed it was increasing the level of danger in certain circumstances. </p> <p>“We’ve monitored the impact of the rule over the past year and taken on board feedback from the public and stakeholders about the trial. We’re now implementing changes to make the rule safer for everyone,” Transport Minister Andrew Constance said.</p> <p>If on a road where the speed limit is 90km/h or higher, motorists must slow down to a speed “reasonable for the circumstances”.</p> <p>Drivers on the road must also provide a “sufficient” amount of space between their vehicles and the vehicle displaying flashing lights, or tow trucks on the side of the road. </p> <p>Drivers travelling on a multi-lane road are required to change lanes to keep the lane next to the stationary vehicle vacant if it is safe to do so.</p> <p>“Tow truck and breakdown assistance workers face similar risks on the road to emergency service workers. A commitment was made to consider the application of the rule to other at-risk workers over the 12-month trial period,” Transport for NSW said.</p> <p>“Now that the rule is being made safer in higher speed environments, it is appropriate to extend the rule and enhance safety for these at-risk workers.”</p> <p>Motorists in WA, Victoria and Queensland must pass stationary emergency vehicles at 40km/h in all zones while in SA drivers are required to drop down to 25km/h.</p>

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This NSW hotel has its guests reminiscing about vinyls

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Back in 2014, Steve Dossel was a chief financial officer of a large fashion company. A few words from his son projected him in a different direction.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Daddy, don’t you love me? You’re never home to tuck me in”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It just broke my heart,” he said to </span><a href="https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/travel/2019/08/30/boogie-woogie-beach-house/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The New Daily</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. “I saw this place for sale two days later on the Friday. And bought it sight unseen over the phone on the Monday.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The place up for sale was Boogie Woogie Beach House.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The music-themed hotel with seven guestrooms, a restaurant, bar and live music venue downstairs known as FLOW BAR as well as being close to beaches and national parks.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Each of the rooms has a different theme. The Ziggy Suite will be popular with fans of David Bowie, as there’s a mosaic portrait in the shower.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, if you’re a bit more nostalgic for the days of mixtapes, the Mix Tape room features a cassette-print bedspread.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByUBpX2l9Zl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/ByUBpX2l9Zl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Do you think this little guy even knows what those things on the wall are? #mixtape ... #Repost @sydneykids.co ・・・ Rooms inspired by the love of music 🎶 ❤️ record library to play your favourite vinyls on the record player in your room. Delicious food, bar, live music on weekends and a 3 minute walk through the rainforest to get to the beach 👌🏼</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/boogiewoogiebeachhouse/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> BWBH</a> (@boogiewoogiebeachhouse) on Jun 4, 2019 at 8:25pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There’s also a record player in every guestroom and there’s a stack of vinyls for guests to choose from to take back to their room and play.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You see them immediately start reminiscing,” Mr Doessel says. “Their faces just light up. You can see them remembering different parts of their youth or their early 20s or whatever it might be, and it’s taking them on a journey.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BwK46TlgUxm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BwK46TlgUxm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">It’s Record Store Day!! We need more wall space! . . 📸 @jordanroachphoto #rsdaus #recordstoreday #recordstoreday2019 #barringtoncoast #musichotel #midnorthcoast #midnorthcoastnsw #oldbar</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/boogiewoogiebeachhouse/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> BWBH</a> (@boogiewoogiebeachhouse) on Apr 12, 2019 at 2:12pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the hustle and bustle of having a live venue underneath the hotel, Mr Doessel and staff encourage guests to relax.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We once had a couple, CEOs of different companies, and their two daughters stay for two weeks,” he says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The first few days they were like, ‘Where can we can go? What can we do?’. They were a million miles an hour and I was like, ‘Guys, there’s not a lot to do here. It’s just about relaxing, going to the beach, leaving your phones in your rooms. Just take a step back from your life for a bit.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“By the time the second week came around, they were like, ‘This is the best place ever’, ‘This is the best holiday we’ve ever had, doing nothing’. It was great to watch.”</span></p>

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The beauty of Australia's islands

<div class="page"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p><span>Australia is not just an island continent</span><span>; it’s </span><span>a continent of over 8,000 islands</span><span>—</span><span>more than the entire Caribbean. We may know the history of some of our most popular islands, yet the fascinating stories of many more have yet to be told. </span></p> <p><span>In this new photographic travel/history book, </span><em>Islands of Australia: Travels through Time </em><span>(NLA Publishing, $39.99), travel guru Tony Wheeler takes readers on a journey around the Australian coast and beyond to discover the stunning natural features, unique wildlife and chequered histories of our remarkably diverse islets, cays, atolls and archipelagos. </span></p> <p><span>Packed with fascinating stories and beautiful photographs, </span><em>Islands of Australia </em><span>takes you on a visual journey around the coast from eco-resorts, pristine beaches and dive sites to guano mines, prisons and subantarctic volcanoes. </span></p> <p><span>Readers discover why the Whitsundays should have been called the </span><span>Whitmondays, encounter Australia’s only known pirate, witness </span><span>mutiny and murder on the </span><span>Bounty </span><span>and </span><span>Batavia</span><span>, meet giant lizards and friendly quokkas, and discover rich Indigenous </span><span>cultures. </span></p> <p><span>Go behind the tourist brochures to discover our islands’ </span><span>fascinating, complex and sometimes dark histories. </span></p> <p><span>Whether you’re an int</span><span>repid explorer, a simple sun-seeker or an armchair tourist, </span><span>Islands of Australia </span><span>will have you itching to visit and discover more about our history and natural heritage.</span></p> <p><strong>About the Author</strong></p> <div class="page"> <div class="section"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p><span>Tony Wheeler, co-founder of travel publisher Lonely Planet, has been described by </span><em>The New York Times </em><span>as ‘the trailblazing patron saint of the world’s backpackers and adventure travellers’. Since the sale of Lonely Planet, Tony has been involved with Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre for </span><span>Books, Writing &amp; </span><span>Ideas, London Business School’s Wheeler Institute for Business &amp; Development and the Planet Wheeler Foundation’s developing world projects. </span></p> <p><span>Working on Lonely Planet’s assorted Australia guides has taken Tony to many of the country’s most </span><span>interesting islands and this project has added a number more to his island checklist. </span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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Are you able to see what’s wrong with this crossing?

<p>A city councillor has taken to Facebook to share a “new” pedestrian crossing that is a bit off.</p> <p>Matthew Whitfield, whose a city councillor for the City of Rockingham in Western Australia shared a photo alerting residents about a normal pedestrian crossing.</p> <p>“You will perhaps have noticed that there is a new 'pedestrian crossing' on Makybe Drive between Delta road and Phar Lap Parade, this 'appeared' over the weekend,” Mr Whitfield wrote on Facebook.</p> <p>However, Mr Whitfield went on to explain the crossing isn’t a legal crossing and it wasn’t approved by the City or Main Roads.</p> <p>Mr Whitfield also suggested the crossing was perhaps painted by a “frustrated resident”.</p> <p>“This is not a supervised crossing and it does not comply with any safety standards,” Mr Whitfield said.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D2364076070510254%26set%3Da.1376912919226579%26type%3D3&amp;width=500" width="500" height="720" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>“Perhaps the city could investigate the need for one here before it’s removed. Save themselves the cost of removing it and just make it comply to standards,” one person commented on the Facebook post.</p> <p>“Good point, however the location is not safe and there is a manned crossing in a much safer location just 30 seconds walk from here mate,” Mr Whitfield replied.</p> <p>Other commenters mentioned that they had considered making a pedestrian crossing themselves.</p> <p>“I honestly considered doing this myself when the council refused to put one outside our busy school as kids safety was in danger”.</p> <p>Mr Whitfield said that he would be keen to hear from anyone who might know anything about who made the illegal zebra crossing.</p>

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