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Kerbside dining and façade improvement grants on offer

Frankston Council has launched the 2020 Kerbside Dining Encouragement and Façade Improvement grants programs and is inviting city centre businesses to apply. The grants assist businesses in creating or improving kerbside dining areas or revitalising their shop frontage, in order to improve the customer experience and street appeal. The programs have been made possible by […]

New Zealand set to open borders for NSW, Victoria tourists before Qld

In a bold new plan to get Australia’s tourism sector moving again, the Morrison government could be considering a micro-travel bubble that would allow Australians living in NSW and Victoria to travel to New Zealand – before being able to enter Queensland. The move to allow certain states to travel across the Tasman comes as […]

Treasurer admits massive ‘reporting error’ for JobKeeper program

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has admitted Australia’s $1500 JobKeeper program is covering less than half the six million employees claimed. Treasury officials have confirmed today that a “reporting error” based on bosses’ estimates of how many workers are eligible has led to the incredible stuff up. The Prime Minister and Treasurer have repeatedly claimed the scheme […]

Cyclone Amphan slams Indian, Bangladesh coast as coronavirus hits

A powerful cyclone has slammed the coastline of India and Bangladesh where more than 2.6 million people fled to shelters in a frantic evacuation made all the more challenging by the coronavirus pandemic.  Cyclone Amphan, an equivalent of a category-3 hurricane, was packing winds of up to 170km/h and maximum gusts of 190 km/h. Authorities […]

Donald Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19 symptoms

US President Donald Trump has revealed he is taking hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug that he has touted despite medical warnings about its use, as a preventive medicine against the coronavirus.   “I’ve been taking it for the last week and a half. A pill every day,” Mr Trump told reporters. He said he has been having “zero […]

Coalition of 62 countries back Australia’s push for coronavirus pandemic probe

Australia has received international backing for an independent coronavirus inquiry as trade tensions with China come under heavy strain. More than 60 countries including Russia, Indonesia, India, Japan, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and all 27 European Union member states have co-sponsored the motion. The draft resolution calls for impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation of the […]

Coronavirus Australia: NSW Premier issues warning as state eases restrictions

Parts of Australia are embracing their newfound freedom today – but history shows that easing restrictions could lead to a second wave.  That was one of the warnings issued by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian this morning as the state reopens restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs. “I know some may even have already started enjoying the […]

Aged care that’s beyond the everyday

The Bays are excited to announce their brand new Aged Care Home in Hastings is nearing completion. The stunning new building will be home to 60 residents, increasing their capacity to 90 rooms.   Residents who choose to live at The Bays Aged Care can enjoy cosy gas log fireplaces, a wellness hub, library and sunroom, sitting rooms, a […]

Hyundai i30, Elantra and Santa Fe recalled due to fire risk

Hyundai has recalled almost 100,000 vehicles to fix a wiring problem that could lead to an engine fire, whether the car is running or not. The recall applies to 2007-2011 models of the popular i30 hatch and 2006-11 models of the Elantra sedan, as well 9393 Santa Fe SUVs built from March 2005 to September […]

Health campaign groups call for halt on ‘unhealthy’ ads until end of lockdown

Action on Sugar and Action on Salt have called for the food and drink industry to voluntarily cease all advertising of “unhealthy” products – usually used to mean those classed as high in fat, sugar or salt – until 5 June in an open letter (full version below). The bodies argue that the pandemic is […]