Thrift-shopping: The future of fashion

While rapper Macklemore and Gen Z have romanticised thrift-shopping as ‘trendy’, its true worth is hidden in its impact on the environment and clothing sweatshops. When you walk into a thrift store, do you turn your nose up at the smell of musty clothing and dusty...

The handicap of tea and scones

What group is against petroleum exploration licenses on agricultural land, lobbies to resolve female homelessness in Australia and put 'best before' dates on food jars? Is it Lock The Gate? Is it the Australian Consumers Association? Is it Shelter? In fact, it's The...

Has the sun set on Australian surfing?

Image sourced from 7News   The dominance of Australian competitive surfing has diminished in the last decade. The sun and sand culture of Australia has produced multiple world surfing champions and for a time, these athletes of green and gold were perched at the...

‘Unfinished business’: the campaign to save Willow Grove

Content warning: this story contains discussion of colonial violence and other themes that may be distressing to First Peoples of Australia. The New South Wales Government announced in 2015 it planned to relocate the Powerhouse Museum to Western Sydney. The backlash...

A most wholesome and continentally-isolated streamer

In the gaming world, Australia couldn’t be more isolated. A comparatively tiny, mostly English-speaking, pocket of the world that shares timezones only with Asia, and which is practically a universe unto itself in video games and streaming. How does someone not only...

Local woman and her charity bettering lives across the globe

A Helensburgh woman is changing lives in Africa as her charity celebrates the success of the opening of its second school and sets its sights on new impactful projects. Sayari Nyuki charity founder Maeve Turner, 21 partnered with Tanzanian non-government organisation...

The teacher who dislikes school

Alan Poole is not your average high school teacher. He has a complicated relationship with authority, an alternative view of education and a deep dislike of the physical and metaphorical four walls of the classroom. Currently teaching in the Kimberley Region of...

Sussex Inlet student photographer captures his family’s battle with bushfire ‘Beast’

"Through December 2019 and January 2020, the Currowan and Tianjara bushfires threatened our family home near Sussex Inlet on the South Coast of New South Wales. Through these images, my intention has been to capture the personal emotion of the event and also the...

Reducing food waste for climate change

Students have been encouraged to take on the challenge of reducing food waste as part of Global Climate Change week at the University of Wollongong. The ‘Eco Food Challenge’ is a four-day program run by the Illawarra Public Health Society and UOW Nutrition and...

Fight against stigma of the Wollongong LGBTQIA+ community

  With the help of education and an open mind, the University of Wollongong’s support group ‘Allsorts’ and the Queer AF organisation have given students the opportunity to be themselves by providing a safe place in the community. The Allsorts Queer representative...
Accessibility to NDIS funding made difficult

Accessibility to NDIS funding made difficult

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been accused of failing to support those with a disability, with funding being denied or the process to access funding being prolonged. A relative of a person living with autism spectrum disorder, Meg Bronner,...

Macarthur residents clutch their wallets as Inflation soars

Macarthur residents clutch their wallets as Inflation soars

Campbelltown citizens continue to struggle with the cost of living as Australia’s inflation rates reach 7.3%, the highest level since 1990. Data released this month by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), revealed that the overall cost of living has increased by...

Thrift-shopping: The future of fashion

Thrift-shopping: The future of fashion

While rapper Macklemore and Gen Z have romanticised thrift-shopping as ‘trendy’, its true worth is hidden in its impact on the environment and clothing sweatshops. When you walk into a thrift store, do you turn your nose up at the smell of musty clothing and dusty...

Can Purple Foods Assist in Dementia Treatment?

Can Purple Foods Assist in Dementia Treatment?

The Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute is searching for participants for a six-month study into the cognitive benefits of eating purple foods. The study, led by the University of Wollongong’s Professor Karen Charlton and associate Dr Vinicius Andre de...

Wollongong Conservatorium of Music celebrates 50 years

Wollongong Conservatorium of Music celebrates 50 years

The Wollongong Conservatorium of Music has celebrated 50 years of music education in the Illawarra, with a free music festival in the surrounding Botanic Garden. The music celebration showcased both staff and student orchestras, choirs and bands, along with headlining...

Public art brings colour to Campbelltown City

Public art brings colour to Campbelltown City

Campbelltown precinct is set to receive a vibrant cultural boost as acclaimed artists paint the streets as part of the city's revitalisation program. The public art installations are in collaboration with local businesses, and property owners to revive Queen Street’s...

Coal spill in national park not reported on time to EPA

Coal spill in national park not reported on time to EPA

There has been outrage after a Helensburgh coal mine failed to report in time a dangerous wastewater spill into a creek in the Royal National Park. The Environmental Protection Agency did not learn of the spill coming from Metropolitan Mine until three days after it...