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Xmas Market at Melbourne Uni

11 December 2015 In: Study, Melbourne, Family, General

The University of Melbourne in Australia is to stage a Farmers’ Market as part of its’ Christmas celebrations. A gourmet selection of treats, gift ideas and delicious lunch options will be available for the ultimate Christmas lunch feast on the University’s Union Lawn! Come along with your friends and colleagues for a celebratory drink and stock up on your festive season shopping, direct from Victoria’s best-quality producers. There will be delicious lunch options from Fuku…

Life Savers in Australia

04 December 2015 In: Sport, Family, General

Surf Life Saving is the major water safety, drowning prevention and rescue authority in Australia. The service creates a safe environment on Australia’s beaches and coastline through patrols, education and training, public safety campaigns and the promotion of health and fitness. With 166,923 members and 311 affiliated surf life saving clubs, Surf Life Saving is the largest volunteer movement of its kind in Australia. The majority of our services are provided by surf lifesavers who complete…

Old folks may pay more in Canberra

16 November 2015 In: Finance, Canberra, Family, General

Planned changes to benefits and concessions in Canberra could see some old people paying more for public transport, electricity and rates. The ACT Government is proposing a raft of changes to the concessions scheme that currently allows pensioners to pay less for essential utilities. Changes being considered include raising the eligibility age for the Seniors Card from 60 to 65, limiting assistance for part-pensioners, removing or reducing the Public Transport Seniors Card and combining utility…

Housing costs fall in Australia

14 November 2015 In: Property, Finance, Family, General

When it comes to paying monthly housing bills, it is now more affordable to buy a home in Australia than to rent. Home owners with a mortgage paid an average of $453 per week on housing costs last year, about the same as in 2011–12, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics whose latest report shows that it is now more affordable to buy a house than to rent. Rising incomes, low mortgage rates and…

Swim with whales in Australia

01 November 2015 In: Travel, Western Australia, Family, General

Nature-lovers will soon, for the first time, be able to swim with Humpback whales in Western Australia. Tours are being arranged to give people the chance to swim with humpback whales in Western Australia following the success of a similar scheme with whale sharks at Ningaloo Marine Park. Now people will get the opportunity to swim up close with humpback whales at Coral Bay and Exmouth in W.A. It’ll be a rare experience as tours…

Educational opportunity in Australia

28 October 2015 In: Study, Family, General

Australia is a fair and egalitarian place in which opportunities exist for all to get ahead and succeed in life. Education is one of the main vehicles through which this happens. But to what extent is this true of modern Australia? To what extent are the benefits of success available to all? A new report by the Mitchell Institute shows the number of young people succeeding and missing out at each stage of education and…

Private healthcare in Australia

28 October 2015 In: Health, Family, General

Almost 50% of adults in Australia have private health insurance, now government regulators say private health policies are too complex and confusing. Consumers are faced with a barrage of different information, policies, terms and conditions and may not be getting the best deal or treatment. That’s the view of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in a new report that highlights concerns over the fast-growing private healthcare industry. With over 11 million people in Australia…

Taking pets to Australia

20 October 2015 In: Travel, Family, General

Visitors and migrants wishing to bring live pets into Australia must ensure their animals are free from Rabies by completing an official declaration. Cats and dogs being exported from a Department of Agriculture and Water Resources group 3 country must submit a RNATT declaration at the time of the application. The RNATT declaration must be completed, signed and endorsed by an official government veterinarian within the country of export. A copy of the RNATT laboratory…

Smoking ban in Queensland

17 October 2015 In: Queensland, Health, Family, General

Officials in Queensland, Australia, are taking further steps to ban smoking in public places. New laws are being drafted to ban smoking in and around childcare centres, children’s sporting events, bus stops and other areas. It is already illegal to smoke inside pubs, clubs, restaurants and workplaces in Queensland. Lighting up is also banned at major sports stadiums, outdoor eating areas and patrolled beaches. Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick said the additional laws are needed…

Street market returns to Perth

16 October 2015 In: Perth, Western Australia, Family, General

The Twilight Hawkers Market in Perth, Australia, is the city’s biggest Street Food Market and offers the best street food from around the globe. Hosted by the City of Perth and held in Forrest Place from 4.30pm – 9.00pm the market is the place to be on a Friday night over summer. Meet with friends after work, grab a bite to eat pre-show or bring the family into town to enjoy the ambience of this…

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