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The circle of strife: GPS tracking of garbage – where it came from and where it went!

Litter Trackers is a collaborative project between RMIT and Melbourne Water, supported by the Victorian Government.  The project is the first of its kind for Victoria, and only the second time that litter has been GPS-tracked in Australian waterways.

In a Victorian-first citizen science project, GPS-tracked bottles will be released in suburban waterways around Melbourne to reveal precisely how litter makes its way from our streets to our beaches.  The Litter Trackers project will see RMIT University scientists working with schools and community groups to deploy 100 GPS-tracked bottles in 20 locations across Melbourne’s catchments and you’ll be able to see it LIVE and watch the interactive map that follows the journey of litter in our waterways!

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4 million Australians go hungry everyday: Kellogg’s combative plan for food security!

In the last 10 years alone, Kellogg has provided 3 billion servings of food to people in need, supported 329,000 farmers through climate-smart agriculture programs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions to the equivalent of taking 317 million miles off the road2.

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“Today, the number of people affected by food insecurity is staggering. There are more than 820 million hungry people in the world1, the majority of whom are women and girls.   As a leading global plant-based food company, achieving food security is at the heart of Kellogg Company’s commitment to society.”  said Chairman and CEO, Steve Cahillane when announcing its Corporate Responsibility Report, Creating Better Days.

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How OzHarvest breaks through barriers of rural communities that arent accessible by their food vans

It’s the first of its kind, a technological manifestation of Oz Harvest’s mission to address the national target to halve food waste by 2030 (in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.)

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Pictured: Oz Harvest Executive Chef, Travis Harvey

How does it work?
The app connects local businesses and charities to facilitate donations on a regular and ongoing basis. Once a food donor is registered and a charity has been assigned to their store, there are 3 simple steps:

1. The Food Donor enters details of surplus food
2. A local charity receives a notification telling them about the food
3. The charity collects the food
The app is available on all Android and IOS compatible devices.

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Champion of rural LGBT rights: The vision that won him the crown!

In some settings standing up for what you believe in can be much harder.  Particularly when discretion or anonymity is impossible in smaller rural towns.  Resources and social support are not as accessible and it’s a huge deal when you put yourself out there.

It’s the speech that won him Brisbane Pride’s Queen’s Ball and he’s in the run in again!

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It was the speech from a remote far north Queensland town that stole the hearts of many in the LGBTIQ+ community. Where resources are much more scarce and social support setup in impossible conditions with minimal discretion, Josh Goyne defends his title as raining winner of Brisbane Pride’s Queen's Ball. We take a look back at some of his biggest moments that cemented his influence as a leader in parts of the #lgbt community that still suffer in silence reminding us how very lucky we are even post-equality. The decades of work that achieved #equality was just the starting point for unrecognised problems and issues like the ones @thegaycowboyaus aims to address as a competitive rodeo athlete, charity founder assisting sufferers of stroke and a string of community projects making his mark in his sometimes isolating hometown. A demonstrate of strength and resilience – who will you vote for? #rodeo #cowboy #bullrider #brisbanepride #brisbane #brisbanegay #gaysydney #canberra #gaycanberra #cowboysnation #gaymelbourne #rodeolife #cowboystyle #pride #ukpride #gayadelaide #gayperth #gaybrisbane #ruok #acon #sydneymardigras #perth #darwin #loveparade #twenty10 #bendigo #joondalup #loebethal

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Voting is still open and you can vote right here!

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Bi-Lingual FREE Legal Advice for International Students through MyLegal Mate

MyLegal Mate was the first mobile service of its kind in Australia. Developed with grant funding from the City of Sydney, the app will provide free legal guidance tailored for international students across NSW.

“Moving to a new city can be a bewildering experience, especially if there are language barriers and you do not know where to go for advice,”  said Lord Mayor Clover Moore  “It will help ensure they’re given every opportunity to have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding time, living and studying in Sydney and across NSW.  International students enhance our city by contributing to Sydney’s diversity and strengthening our global connections.  Being able to attract and nurture the best candidates from around the world is an investment in our city’s future. That’s why we’ve supported this innovative information resource, and look forward to it helping students from all backgrounds.”

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Drewboy: Healing the pain through melody in new single, ‘Time to say Goodbye’

A natural born performer, Drewboy juggles a myriad of projects across television, film, recording and live gigs while maintaining a healthy modeling career. 

His career as a singer songwriter spans over 15 years and with guitar in hand swoons us with vocals packed full of soul – It’s his unique blend of upbeat rap, dance and occasionally like he’s latest single and love tributes that many have found irresistible.  

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Sh!tbox Rally: 550 people, 5000km, Perth to Sydney via Uluru raising millions of dollars for Cancer Research – 8 May

On Wednesday May 8, 2019 a convoy of 275 cars and 550 participants will leave Optus Stadium in Perth to start the 10th Anniversary Shitbox Rally (Autumn). The 10-day rally will travel 5000+kms via Uluru and finish at Centennial Park in Sydney on Friday May 17.

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Shitbox Rally – Cancer Council’s biggest national fundraiser – is finishing this Friday May 17 in Centennial Parklands, Sydney. Over 550 people and 270+ cars will be crossing the finish line and celebrating finishing a ten-day outback journey from Perth via Uluru. SHITBOX RALLY CAR AUCTION Beloved cars from the rally will be auctioned off at the Manheim Auctions, Moorebank with all funds raised going towards the Cancer Council. There is NO RESERVE on any cars – all will be sold. Many have had recent mechanical work done including new tyres. It’s a great opportunity to buy your very first car, a bargain second car for the family or a fun ride for backpacking around Australia. Saturday May 18, 2019- 10AM – 12PM Manheim Auctions – 144 Moorebank Ave, Moorebank NSW 2170 • Since 2010, Box Rallies has raised over $18.6 million to Cancer Council EXAMPLES OF RESEARCH FUNDED • Testing new drug combinations for pancreatic cancer • Preventing people with immune deficiencies from developing lymphoma • Finding new compounds to target the deadliest type of malignant brain tumour • Developing a way to calculate the safest and most effective dose of radiation for prostate cancer patients • Analysing the largest data set of melanoma genome sequences in the world, and identifying a treatment to block the development & spread of neuroblastoma cells #cancerresearch #community #fundraiser #cars #perth #sydney #uluru #charity #cancer #memorial #friends #commadery #sydneylife #centennialparklands #dindinsvideo #sydney #sydneylocal #sydneyevents #auction #carauction #domain #payitforward #ruok #gift #life #tribute #family #travel #fcba #fbas #sydneyrestaurant

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250 teams of two have spent endless hours sourcing and decorating their shitboxes (aka cars worth less than $1,000), furiously fundraising and preparing for this epic Aussie adventure which will see them drive over 5,000 kilometres across four states. Some cars will make it, some won’t.

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