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Celebrating Indigenous Culture – Survival Day in Arakwal Country

Yesterday, this proud man spoke about his life as an Aboriginal person, how he had wandered all over the country, became lost from his mob, then eventually connected with the  local Bandjulung tribe of Arakwal Nation on the New South Wales North Coast. He told us how he was welcomed and accepted as one of their mob even though […]


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Daybreak at Tallows Beach

Rising in the dark to walk through the bush at Arakwal National Park, the early sounds of expectant birds, chattery frogs and foamy waves guiding my way. It’s always a childlike pleasure to see the potential of a new day rise up out of the ocean, uninterrupted. There is another woman just down the beach, greeting the day […]


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Cooling off in Killen Falls

About half an hour’s meandering drive from Byron; through volcanic fields of farmland, patches of forest and gigantic old fig trees, sits a little slice of watery heaven. With a macabre name that hints at the atrocities of colonial ‘white fellas’, Killen Falls Nature Reserve has been recognised as a place of environmental and cultural significance that […]


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A fresh look at Byron Bay’s Lighthouse Trail

Summer has been a total sweat fest in Brisbane this past month, with temps smashing forty right in the face. As I perspired my way through the festive season, not a seabreeze in sight, all I’ve been able to think about is running head-on in to the ocean like some kind of inland bogan monster. The time […]


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You spin me right round, Brisbane!

Lucky for us locals, Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art is celebrating it’s tenth anniversary with an incredible exhibition – Sugar Spin: You, Me, Art and Everything. Several crowd favourites from the past decade have made a comeback to the gallery and there are a few distinctive and dynamic newbies. Dominating the entrance to the space is a vibrant, impossible not […]


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Mooching around Melbourne

After a taxing university semester and a sweaty Summer in Brisbane stretching ahead of us, we decided to take a city break in Melbourne. The idea being to escape the Brisbane humidity, catch a comedy show, mooch around the street-art filled suburbs and treat ourselves to some decadent meals. For anyone who appreciates street art you’ll need […]


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Photodump: the last days of Winter

After a whirlwind South America trip, coming down from the Colombian experience has been made all the easier by focusing on the beauty in our own backyard. With the last days of Winter reminding us very much of Spring and a lengthy visit from my parents, returning to the usual routine has been pretty special. These snap shots are […]


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Reflections from Planet Hospital

As the weeks are flying by, I’m learning the practical side of being a social worker at our local hospital, a place that often feels completely surreal. Along the way I’m realising how the environment I’m in and the personal stories I hear are very much about new life or change – just as often […]


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A different kind of journey

Things are going to be quiet on the Sporks side of life for the next few months as I explore a new, slightly terrifying, but hopefully rewarding environment. As a student of Social Work at the University of Queensland, my degree includes two semesters of full time Placement – one during my current third year, and one during the last semester of fourth year. The aim […]


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Getting our art fix at the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art 8

For visitors to Australia, it is impossible not to see how heavily neighbouring countries influence our food, our culture and in many ways, our appreciation of art. As part of a larger Asian Pacific community, with about a quarter of our population born overseas, the ‘face’ of our Australian society can’t be simplified with a description of one […]


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