• Bensley creates 2400-room ‘Human Zoo’ wildlife resort

    IS THIS what the future of travel will look like? This fantastical rendering was conceived by famed Bangkok-based architect Bill Bensley, affectionately known as the ‘Willy Wonka’ of hotel design. Report from Asia correspondent, Ellen Boonstra. 

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  • Sunshine Coast mates start a new cycle of innovation

    REDaffect cycling products were born less than a year ago on the Sunshine Coast and three innovators -- Philip Jensen, Peter Scragg and Cuen Bibb -- are enjoying the fruits on their own social rides, plus building a solid local following from enthusiasts. 

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  • Journalist draws a whole new creative career in wall art

    FOR EDWINA CAMERON, a 20-year career in communications provided perfect training for a mid-career pivot into the online retail world, launching her business, I Heart Wall Art.

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  • Coles Nurture Fund backs Addison Road Community Centre

    THE ADDISON ROAD Community Centre in Sydney’s inner west will be one of the first charities in Australia to establish a ‘zero waste, zero emissions’ kitchen for rescued food thanks to a grant from the Coles Nurture Fund.

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June 13, 2021

AMCS says NSW plastics ban 'a circuit breaker' for whales and seabirds

THE Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement that they will ban single-use plastics, heralding it as "good news for the seabirds, turtles and whales that are being killed by ocean plastic".

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  • 19 Jun, 2021

    Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives offers new carefree luxury escape

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    From Ellen Boonstra, Asia correspondent >>

    THE Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives, a much-anticipated luxury island retreat in the Maldivian archipelago, opened its doors on June 6. It is within paddling distance of the world-renowned ‘Chickens’ surf break.

    A remarkable five-star property located in the North Male Atoll, Kuda…

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    Tenants Queensland calls for urgent re-think on new ‘renting fair’ legislation

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    QUEENSLAND HOUSING Minister, Leeanne Enoch introduced proposed legislation last week that “would see tenants at the whim of the well-funded real estate lobby” according to a community action group backed by more than 50 organisations.

    The Make Renting Fair Queensland campaign is supported by over 50 community organisations and…

  • 18 Jun, 2021

    Distributed edge computing: a cost-effective way to harness the future

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    By Matthew Oostveen >>

    THE GARTNER Hype Cycle report in 2020 posits that edge computing is close to the peak of inflated expectation.

    Despite this viewpoint, it is undeniable that edge computing is having a meaningful impact on our lives, and in the process is transforming the way we live.

    A constant stream of new use cases are…

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AS CLUMSY and debilitating as Facebook’s news feed ban has been – for thousands of businesses and community…

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THE retiring Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has urged the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to refrain from…


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For many, the arduous task of donning compression stockings can be frustrating. This is especially true if the wearer is living independently,…

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ENTERTAINMENT entrepreneur and renowned public speaker Darryl Lovegrove says the big lesson for the pandemic for all businesses…

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THE Brisbane Bullets National Basketball League club has announced a new two-year partnership with Indigenous-owned company Supply Aus.

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Dairy farmers can seek help without fear of retribution says Ombudsman

THE Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell said dairy farmers in dispute could get in touch with her office for…

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Distributed edge computing: a cost-effective way to harness the future

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