A re-think of what's a comfort zone in Oz needs to get under way after the horrendous fires, while solar electricity generating in The Centre is offering global opportunities. Meanwhile, will the armed forces get an honourable discharge for their efforts to evacuate victims? ERWIN CHLANDA comments.
The originality of metal music from the desert breaks through on an east coast tour. It's more than sound, it's history, it's pain, and a challenge thrown down for the present. KIERAN FINNANE reports. Video by ERWIN CHLANDA.
Redfern was a place notorious for crime and racial conflict. Ring a bell? But much of that is in the past, says the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence. In just five years it has enlisted fun and work, old ways and new skills, private and public money, and a ton of good-will to come a long way towards turning things around. And by the way, The Alice may pick up a few hints there, useful in its drawn-out quest for a national indigenous cultural centre. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
If you're inclined to scream "Why Me" every time you hear the word alcohol restrictions, take some comfort from how Australia's most famous beach and former venue for wild New Year's Eve boogies is dealing with the issues. Not only is alcohol completely banned from Bondi Beach at all times, but so is smoking. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. ABOVE: Signs prohibiting smoking and drinking alcohol on world famous Bondi Beach, bans brought in by local government after "riots".