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Updated COVID Restrictions – all you need to know

Madeleine Taplin The entire state of NSW is in a state of emergency. With COVID-19 case numbers skyrocketing over the past four days, the NSW Government has introduced the “harshest restrictions Australia has ever seen” according to Premier Gladys Berejiklian, with more than eight million people subjected to stay-at-home orders. So, what are the new restrictions, and what do they mean for Upper and Lower North Shore citizens? Stay-at-home orders: Citizens must stay at home and are only permitted to leave for four specific essential reasons. These are shopping for food or other essential goods and services, medical care...

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Keep busy this lockdown with these local competitions

Madeleine Taplin What better way to keep busy this lockdown than trying your hand at something new? Luckily for you, there are plenty of local competitions up and running to get you motivated. Not only are they fun initiatives to get involved in, but the added bonus of receiving a prize definitely makes this an activity all the more exciting! Lane Cove Literary Awards: Fancy yourself a bit of writing? Look no further than the Lane Cove Literary Awards, one of the most prestigious national writing competitions. Organised by Lane Cove Council, the awards recognise writing excellence and aims...

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Local Boy’s Brownie Business Amid Lockdown

A fantastic feel-good local story, North Shore boy Ariel Sher has shown that entrepreneurial skills can be developed at any age. The 9-year-old has created a delicious brownie business, in a bid to also help the local community during the lockdown.Before the pandemic, when friends were having cookie stands and selling one cookie at a time, Ariel asked his Mum, if it wouldn’t be more effective to sell batches at a time and make more money. Ariel launched his brownie business selling a batch for $10. He learned to pay for the ingredients himself while donating 10% of his...

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Vaccines: All you need to know about the newest guidelines

Madeleine Taplin Over the past weekend, Sydney has seen COVID-19 cases of the Delta variant soar to increasingly high numbers. This latest outbreak has placed significant strain on health care professionals who are attempting to battle a virus that has the upper hand. Whilst community case numbers have increased, placing Sydney into further turmoil, this outbreak has been able to prove to the wider population the importance of receiving one of the vaccines, as well as showcasing the high effectiveness and prevention rates against this new variant. Currently, only 12.9% of the Australian population is fully vaccinated, with NSW...

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Ms Represented, Annabel Crabb

Isabella Ross 100 years after Australia elected its first female parliamentarian, Annabel Crabb presents the television series Ms Represented, a raw account of politics from the female perspective. Sarah Hanson-Young, Julia Gillard, Julie Bishop, Penny Wong, Bronwyn Bishop – these are just some of the pioneering women interviewed. Sydney Observer was thrilled to chat with Annabel about the series. What sparked the idea to create Ms Represented? Back in 2014, I was researching Edith Cowan, the first woman to serve in the Australian Parliament. Since it was coming up to the 100-year anniversary of her election (1921), I wanted...

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