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Push to reduce waste in the Illawarra

Community groups in Wollongong are working together to reduce 70 per cent of the city’s single-use plastics by 2020, following China’s ban on foreign waste. The ‘Plastic Free Wollongong’ initiative was created by the Boomerang Alliance, which consists of 47 environment groups from across Australia. The initiative aims to bring the community together reduce the amount… Continue reading Push to reduce waste in the Illawarra

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NSW government to reduce litter by 40% by 2020

The NSW government’s container recycling scheme Return and Earn has been designed to reduce the volume of litter discarded in NSW. Although the majority of people agree that littering is unacceptable, some still continue to do so. The NSW Environment Protection Authority released its first litter prevention strategy last year that outlines the ways in… Continue reading NSW government to reduce litter by 40% by 2020

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New play explores history of gay hate crimes in Australia

There have been almost 2,500 same-sex marriages registered in Australia since the postal vote, but a new play remembers the country’s history of anti-gay violence. The play, Lost Boys, explores the series of unsolved murders of gay men in Sydney in the 1980s. Around 80 men were murdered and it has been estimated that up… Continue reading New play explores history of gay hate crimes in Australia

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Assault rates dropping in the Illawarra, new data reveals

The rate of domestic and non-domestic violence assaults in the Illawarra have been steadily decreasing over the last five years, new crime statistics show. The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) has released five-year reports that contain the nature and locations of the 17 major offences, including stealing from a motor vehicle, breaking and entering,… Continue reading Assault rates dropping in the Illawarra, new data reveals