City of Sydney crime data shows decrease in fraud offences

Data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) shows the rate of fraud offences has decreased in the City of Sydney local government area in recent years. Data shows fraud offences in the City of Sydney LGA decreased by 10 per cent between January...

Homesick: Stranded far away from home during a global pandemic (Podcast)

Homesick follows the journey of Jacquie and Jasmine, two women who found themselves stranded in the middle of a global pandemic. As Spain entered its COVID-19 lockdown, the pair were desperate to return to their homes in Australia. Holly Forrest · Homesick

Interview with a man paid to write uni assignments for almost a decade

*Michael is a Cambridge graduate who says he worked at a UK-based ‘essay-mill’ for almost a decade. From 2011 to early this year, he wrote and quality-checked hundreds of pages to be passed-off as someone else’s work. While recent Australia-based research suggests...

DC Comics leaves Australian stores struggling to find suppliers

DC Comics has ended its distribution relationship with Diamond Comics Distribution, leaving Australian comic stores in the lurch after an already two-month distribution hiatus due to COVID-19. DC Comics announced the end of the 25-year-old partnership in an email to...

Australian Cross Country titles look set to be rescheduled

Athletics Australia has announced that the 2020 Australian Cross Country Championships may still go ahead in Adelaide at the end of September. With the recent easing of COVID-19 restrictions, athletes of all ages are able to consider the possibility of returning to...

Port Macquarie businesses preparing for tourism surge

Businesses within Port Macquarie’s tourism industry are preparing for an influx of visitors in the upcoming school holidays, in the wake of a reduction in COVID-19 restrictions. While the NSW school term does not end until July 3, Port Macquarie has already welcomed...

Port Macquarie university students reflect on COVID-19 changes

Port Macquarie’s first-year university students are eager to return to campus for the spring session, following months of online learning due to COVID-19. Many students who moved away from Port Macquarie for university earlier this year have returned home during the...

Colouring the streets of your town: the artists behind the masks

From illegal works to commissioned pieces, mural artists are emerging out of the darkness to give a sense of identity to communities. Internationally recognised mural artist, Scott Nagy has been creating street art since he was a teenager. His surreal artworks focus...

Economically hit local businesses struggle to stay afloat

Illawarra cafés have opened their doors again after being hit financially following a complete or partial shut down during the COVID-19 lockdown. Cafes have been allowed to increase capacity to 50 people as long as strict social distancing rules are followed. North...

Homelessness during COVID-19

International students and other temporary visa holders have become more vulnerable to homelessness after losing their income during the pandemic. St. Vincent de Paul area manager for Housing and Homeless, Jenny Dixon said there had been a 30 to 50 per cent rise in...
Beekeepers under pressure during bushfire aftermath

Beekeepers under pressure during bushfire aftermath

After bushfires destroyed many of their natural resources, the region's beekeepers are looking for alternative methods to increase pollination and keep the industry alive. The devastating bushfires has resulted in the South Coast’s bee population being severely...

Illawarra residents stand up against racial injustice

Illawarra residents stand up against racial injustice

Thousands of Illawarra residents have made their voices heard showing up in force at the Black Deaths in Custody protest. The rally in Wollongong focused on racial injustice and discrimination within Australia, as well as standing in solidarity with the United States...

Hawkesbury community fight to save heritage listed land

Hawkesbury community fight to save heritage listed land

Passion, courage and hard work are the words being used to describe the Hawkesbury community after fighting for seven years to save historic Thompson Square and the Old Windsor Bridge. Community Action for Windsor Bridge volunteer Terry Gordon has praised the...

Volunteer firefighters battle mental illness

Volunteer firefighters battle mental illness

Many Narooma firefighters have mental health concerns in the aftermath of the Australian bushfires last summer. Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder have been identified in firefighters, many of who are now gearing up to battle the next fire season. Volunteer...