East Timor solar power

Power to the people in East Timor

It is estimated about 40,000 homes in East Timor – roughly 20 per cent of the still fledgling nation’s population – will never have access to electricity. A small Melbourne-based organisation is taking a small, but significant step to put a dent in that figure. For more than a decade, the Alternative Technology Association has been…

Yarraville food trucks rubbish the age

Yarraville food vans victims of their own success

Dirty toilets and overflowing rubbish bins have prompted a controversial crackdown on Yarraville’s popular gourmet food trucks. Yarraville Gardens used to play host to up to 18 food vendors – hawking creme brulee, burger sliders and tacos. But in October Maribyrnong council staff decided to cap the number of businesses allowed to trade from the public…

Victorian Rhodes Scholar 2015 The Age

Melbourne Uni student wins Victorian Rhodes scholarship

This year’s Victorian Rhodes Scholar is not dreaming of a career in politics but in neuroscience. Bendigo-born and raised, Alexander Eastwood, 24, majored in neuroscience as part of his science degree at Melbourne University, and spent a year at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health researching autism and communication impairment. Neuroscience is the…

House fire Prahran storm The Age

Family flees burning Prahran house

A family of five escaped unhurt after a lightning strike started a fire at their Prahran home on Monday. Jillian Staton had gathered in a bedroom with her three teenage children and mother-in-law after they were woken by the thunderstorm that hit Melbourne. They then heard a loud crash, smelt smoke and saw flames, forcing…

Garage Sale Trail 2014 The Age

Welcome to the jumble on the trail of a sale

From dainty crockery to metres of dress-making fabric, Penny Unsworth has never had so many mismatched objects clutter up her house. Ms Unsworth, a member of the Country Women’s Association’s Bayside branch, has been preparing for the group’s first garage sale for charity – and the goods just keep on turning up at her home.…

Kidsafe playground award Melbourne Zoo The Age

Zoo’s walk on the wild side earns Kidsafe award

Melbourne Zoo’s playful side has been celebrated with an award recognising the safe and creative design of an area that encourages children to mirror the activities of animals. The award was handed out at a ceremony at the zoo on Tuesday by Kidsafe Victoria, which also recognised playgrounds in Kinglake and Bendigo. Kidsafe project manager…

Cemetery expansion Melbourne Bunurong Memorial Park The Age

Plot hatched to match and dispatch at single venue

A $50 million Australiana-themed cemetery will become a unique destination for weddings and fitness groups, as it meets new demand from Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, its proponents say. Victorian Health Minister David Davis will on Wednesday announce an 8500-grave expansion to Bunurong Memorial Park, south of Dandenong. The Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust wants funerals to be just one part…