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When Colin’s multiple sclerosis drives him ‘quietly bonkers’, the lure of the ocean is what saves him
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When Colin’s multiple sclerosis drives him ‘quietly bonkers’, the lure of the ocean is what saves him

When Colin Chandler surfed the waves of Lennox Heads in his younger years, dolphins would frequently appear alongside him. It happened so often, he earned the nickname ‘Colphin’ among his mates. The moniker, merging man with marine mammal, couldn’t be more apt for the surfer/painter who sees the sea as an extension of himself. “When...

Passive houses grow in popularity as homebuyers look for energy efficiency, low environmental impact
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Passive houses grow in popularity as homebuyers look for energy efficiency, low environmental impact

It sounds like it’s from an episode of a TV architectural show: an airtight house fitted out with $60,000 worth of double-glazed windows imported from Poland.  But Toowoomba couple Michael Krause and Meegan Symonds have had to hose down expectations from friends and family. “They’ve all seen Grand Designs, so they all envisage a huge house and...

Developers lodge plans for $11-million multistorey building in unassuming Ballarat backstreet
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Developers lodge plans for $11-million multistorey building in unassuming Ballarat backstreet

Plans have been lodged with the City of Ballarat to build a six-storey, mixed-use building in a small one-way street dominated by loading docks and carparks. Key points: The proposed building has been designed to blend in with its heritage-listed neighbours The $11-million project will have ground-floor shops, as well as office space and apartments...

Aboriginal artist Allan McKenzie paints coffins using vibrant dot-painting techniques
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Aboriginal artist Allan McKenzie paints coffins using vibrant dot-painting techniques

It is not often you see beloved friends and family buried in a flurry of colour.  Key points: Gamilaroi/Wiradjuri man Allan McKenzie paints caskets His father taught him art skills in the regional NSW town of Griffith Mr McKenzie encourages other artists to paint caskets But for Gamilaroi/Wiradjuri artist Allan McKenzie, it is the least he...

Brisbane’s first full scale Comic-Con since COVID brings an influx of new cosplayers
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Brisbane’s first full scale Comic-Con since COVID brings an influx of new cosplayers

Brisbane’s convention centre has been swarming with pirates, elves, and stormtroopers this weekend as part of the first full-scale OZ Comic-Con since COVID, and it’s brought with it an influx of new cosplayers. While the two-day comic convention gives fans an opportunity to come face-to-face with their favourite film and TV stars, for many the real appeal...

Persian rug and carpet expert uncovers stunning artefacts from Tasmanian home
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Persian rug and carpet expert uncovers stunning artefacts from Tasmanian home

Karl Pertl’s workshop has the sound quality of a recording studio — there are that many old, semi-antique and antique carpets on the wall. Based in Tasmania, the internationally renowned expert is constantly surprised by what comes through his door. Recently, fragments of an antique rug found in an abandoned building during a family campervanning holiday in Europe...

Veteran Australian artist Barbara McKay’s secret to life
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Veteran Australian artist Barbara McKay’s secret to life

Barbara McKay is not afraid of experiencing the full breadth of human emotion. The 82-year-old artist has known the grief of losing her adult son and husband, to the joy of having her work recognised by one of the art world’s biggest heavyweights. “I have painted through all life’s experiences: happiness, joy, discovery, grief, you name it, and...

Pandora shipwreck history to be shared through digital project in Queensland
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Pandora shipwreck history to be shared through digital project in Queensland

Thousands of underwater films, photographs, hand-drawn maps, field journals and other unseen archive material are being digitised to bring to light the untold story of the discovery and excavation of the Pandora wreck 120 kilometres east of Cape York. Key points: Thousands of unseen films, photos and archive material from the shipwreck of HMS Pandora...