Category: News

New timetables unsuccessful for commuters

Natalie Di Paola The end of spring marks an outcry towards the new public transport timetables introduced by Cityrail. The new timetables, which were introduced to make travelling easier for commuters, have done the opposite. Commuters have now found themselves stranded and waiting and travelling for long periods of time in place of their previous trips. One Twitter user, Sandra Dean, said, “Sending commuters in the other direction and adding them to already overcrowded trains – new timetable is a shocker #cityrail #cityfail.” Another user, arianees2, tweeted, “Yo #cityrail the people wanted more frequent trains .. NOT add more...

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Bees in decline: National Pollinators Week

Tina Wu We may not think much about them, but pollinators such as bees and butterflies are vital drivers of the environment’s biodiversity and the country’s agricultural sector, with 75 per cent of flowering plants relying on pollinators to reproduce and 90 per cent of our edible crops pollinated by bees. Pollination involves the fertilisation of the female part of the flower and initiates the development of seeds and fruit. Good cross-pollination is important as it yields greater genetic diversity that would increase seed quality and germination. However, pollinator numbers have declined throughout the world in recent times. As...

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NRL Blues score two wins in one week

Hanna Moore Members of the female NSW Blues team have recently scored stunning victory at the Women’s Interstate Challenge with a 22-6 win against the Queensland team at WIN Stadium last week. This wasn’t their only win last week however, with the NSW team learning that they will finally be paid to play. The announcement was warmly received by the 30 women selected for the Interstate Challenge, signing professional playing contracts that provide match payments and compensation for daily costs associated with training. The news is a huge boost for the ongoing campaign to garner more respect and equality...

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KU-RING-GAI HORNSBY MERGER NO LONGER

It’s official. The greatly disputed Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby Council merger is no longer going ahead. Yesterday, Premier Gladys Berjiklian made the announcement that all proposed council merges have been taken off the table by the NSW Government. The decision ends what has been a long period of uncertainty for the Ku-ring-gai community following its court victory appealing the proposed forced merger with Hornsby Shire. Ku-ring-gai Mayor, Jennifer Anderson, has said she was pleased with the announcement by the government and to be remaining as a standalone Council. “The Premier indicated that she would listen to people on Council mergers...

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G20 Summit – Protests in Hamburg

G20 Summit – Protests in Hamburg Hanna Moore The streets of Hamburg erupted with protests in response to the G20 Summit held during the week in which 20 world leaders faced-off on current issues facing world policy. The annual summit, which consists of a series of meetings between the Group of Twenty (G20) world leaders, often results in protests from advocacy groups calling for attention to a variety of social and economic issues. Given the largely peaceful nature of many demonstrations prior and during the course of the Summit, the smaller number of anti-capitalist protests turning violent is enough...

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