‘Incredibly worried’: end of Covid disaster payment looms for many still out of work

It’s the lifeline that’s kept nearly 2 million people in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT on a steady weekly income during Covid lockdowns. Since June, the government’s Covid-19 disaster payments – paid at either $750 or $450 a week, or $200 a week for existing welfare recipients – have been available to people who lost work due to stay-at-home restrictions.
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Where you should and shouldn't buy a home if you want to make money: How inner-city apartments are the 'slums of the future', outer suburbs are a no-go zone... and cashed-up millennials are the ones to watch

Property prices have surged in wealthy beachside suburbs almost twice as much as the national average over the past year. Across Australia, house and unit prices together soared by 20.3 per cent - the fastest annual pace since June 1989 back when interest rates were at 17 per cent. For...

COVID Frontline: A breakthrough infection and a lockdown lifts

As detailed in the previous instalment, after a couple of days I considered myself the textbook case of a fully vaccinated individual that has caught COVID but has pretty mild symptoms. I was starting to wonder if this was going to be a one-entry COVID diary. However, by day four...

Millions of Australians brace for wild weather as a supercell storm moves east bringing heavy rain and strong winds - as experts warn of a deadly thunderstorm asthma event

The south-east of Australia is set to be battered by wild weather with Victoria bracing for a thunderstorm asthma event and NSW and Queensland for a supercell storm. The Victorian Department of Health issued a moderate thunderstorm asthma risk for the Northern Country, North East and East Gippsland areas on Saturday.

Largest Depot for Electric Buses in Australia

Transit Systems (owned by Sealink Travel Group) is currently operating 15 electric buses in Sydney’s Inner West urban streets. With 40 more ordered, the time has come to create the largest electrified depot in Australia. Australasian Bus and Coach writes, “The Leichhardt depot retrofit will include: the use of 40...

EV Revolution Gathers Pace in New South Wales

If you cross the ditch from New Zealand, the best Australian state in which to buy an electric vehicle is New South Wales. Legislation was passed on Wednesday which provides a $3,000 rebate for eligible EV purchases cars under $68,000, waives stamp duty fees (approximately $2,500), and provides funding for the rollout of a statewide charging network.

NRL star Nathan Cleary and his bad boy teammate Tyrone May DID hand out free grand final tickets to friends who illegally entered Queensland with fake Covid exemptions - but won't be punished

Panthers star Nathan Cleary and his bad boy teammate Tyrone May gave free grand final tickets to their friends who arrived in Queensland illegally using fake Covid exemption passes. According to the Sunday Telegraph, the NRL confirmed the news on Saturday after the Integrity Unit noted they would speak to...

Halloween warning as NSW’s COVID numbers continue to shrink

As NSW adds a further 296 locally acquired infections to its COVID-19 caseload along with four more deaths, Halloween enthusiasts have been warned to keep their trick-or-treating safe. “If you and your family are planning to celebrate Halloween this year … aim to keep the celebrations outside, provide closed packaging...

Missing the coast? Here’s how it’s changed since you last visited

The days are longer. The sun is higher. The air is warmer. No sooner did the ACT Government announce that travel to regional NSW was back on the cards than many Canberrans could think of only one thing: the beach. If it seems like an achingly long time since you’ve...

Hotel investment surging in regional NSW

Regional New South Wales’ pubs are fast becoming the hottest investment ticket in town with one leading investment sales specialist seeing a huge surge in investment in regional areas compared to last year. Andrew Jolliffe, Managing Director of hospitality investment firm HTL Property, said there had been a substantial lift...

Australians Might Be Soon Able To Visit Bali, Says Qantas CEO

Qantas has announced the airline is in talks with the Indonesian government to allow Australian visitors to enter Bali with reduced to no quarantine. The move comes after New South Wales (NSW) Australia confirmed that passengers will no longer be subject to quarantine, as of Nov. 1. “Discussions are underway...

Latest COVID-19 in NSW: by the numbers

* New locally-acquired cases: 332 (down 13 cases on the previous 24-hour period) * In intensive care: 123 (-2) * Deaths in current outbreak: 492 (+2) * Tests processed (over 24-hour reporting period): 67,336. * Total vaccinations administered (as of Thursday): 12,060,181 (+66,713) * Vaccination coverage (aged 16 and over,...

Australian states almost set for resumption of international travel

Premier Daniel Andrews said the multiple lockdowns, which had contributed to Melbourne having the longest lockdown of any city in the world, were a thing of the past. Meanwhile, Qantas has unveiled its planned flight schedule, once international borders reopen on 1 November. Those to New York and London will...