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Long-running battle ends in a win for residents, koalas and local council planning rules

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You can see koalas at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, but the city council has won a planning battle to preserve their wild population too. Dave Hunt/AAP Gold Coast City Council has won a four-year legal...

Grace Knight from Eurogliders joins the Choir of Hard Knocks at our “Seasons of...

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Grace will help Jonathon Welch to say farewell as the choir's founding Artistic Director after 13 years at Seasons of Love on Sunday June 2nd, in the gorgeous Melbourne Town Hall. This won’t be the...

Refugees need protection from coronavirus too, and must be released

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Picture: AAP/Dan Peled Pressure is growing to release people from immigration detention, with lawyers from Australia’s Human Rights Law Centre mounting a court case on behalf of a refugee seeking protection from COVID-19. They argue the federal...

Why do parents kill their children? The facts about filicide in Australia

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Most victims of filicide are under 17 years old.  from shutterstock.com A six-month-old baby was killed earlier this week in what is suspected to be a murder-suicide. Police are investigating whether the child was killed by its father, after...
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Jonathon Welch Farewells Choir of Hard Knocks in ‘Seasons of Love’ concert

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After 13 years at the helm of Australia's most famous and loved, award winning choir - the Choir of Hard Knocks, Dr Jonathon Welch AM will give his Melbourne farewell concert Seasons of Love...
Listen To Older Voices – Carol Cochran: Part 1

Listen To Older Voices – Carol Cochran: Part 1

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Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg. Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of...
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Indigenous communities are reworking urban planning, but planners need to accept their history

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‘The Block’ in Redfern has been a site of struggle and activism for Indigenous inclusion in planning processes.  AAP Image/Paul Miller Nearly 80% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia live in urban areas but...
more than just drains: recreating living streams through the suburbs

More than just drains: recreating living streams through the suburbs

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A drain carries water but does little else,but imagine how different the neighbourhood would be if the drain could be transformed into a living stream. Lot sizes and backyards are shrinking in Australia at the same...
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Overcrowded housing looms as a challenge for our cities

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 The return of the historic problem of overcrowded dwellings points to a need in Australia for better understanding of the causes and regulatory responses. Jacob Riis (1889) Overcrowding is an inevitable and often overlooked result...
CITY-WIDE TRIAL SHOWS HOW ROAD USE CHARGES CAN REDUCE TRAFFIC JAMS

City-wide trial shows how road use charges can reduce traffic jams

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A trial of 1,400 drivers across Melbourne suggests time-of-use charges can be effective in easing traffic congestion. Road congestion in large Australian cities is estimated to cost more than A$16 billion a year. Economists...