Pittwater Life

A broken boom could not stop an emotional return for Kialoa

A broken boom could not stop an emotional return for Kialoa
Bruce Montgomery, RSHYR media

On Dec 31st 2017, the Kialoa II, made an emotional return to Hobart, 46 years later, and beat her own time and that of her later namesake.
For brothers Paddy and Keith Broughton it wasn't the point. It was a matter of bringing her back to a place where she is still held in special regard.

They bought the boat in 2016 with a view to retracing her former glories, of which the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht race is but one.

But it nearly didn’t happen.

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The psychology of Christmas shopping: how marketers nudge you to buy

The psychology of Christmas shopping: how marketers nudge you to buy
Paul Harrison Senior Lecturer, Deakin University

Many people see marketing as a form of manipulation, particularly around Christmas and the other retail bonanzas: Easter, Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day. But rather than simply trying to trick people, the masters of marketing know it’s much easier to understand and work with innate human flaws.

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B-Line Day One - A detailed rundown

B-Line Day One - A detailed rundown
Pittwater Online News

Day One of the new B-Line Bus Service commenced this morning with readers communicating some confusion persists about what their old route will be doing come Monday morning. Commuters can download two apps, one of which continuously updates itself, or check their route from today at https://transportnsw.info/routes#/bus

For those who prefer to download and read a timetable, this Issue PDF's of all local routes from today are run, again, for you to 'save as' below.

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Poison kills more than just vermin in Pittwater

Poison kills more than just vermin in Pittwater
Paul & Tracey Scotland Island residents

One morning we woke up to the sight of 2 spread-eagled dead owls in our front yard. They had died a cruel and horrible death from blood poisoning causing internal bleeding, seizures and kidney failure.

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Underwater Forest Project Recognised

Underwater Forest Project Recognised
Wendy Frew: UNSW

Marine scientists from UNSW Sydney and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) have won the NSW Government’s Natural Environment Award for an innovative project to restore crayweed forests to Sydney’s foreshores.

A big brown seaweed, crayweed forms underwater forests that support unique ecological communities of fish and invertebrates, including lobster and abalone fisheries.

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Being psychologically prepared for bushfire a vital part of survival

Being psychologically prepared for bushfire a vital part of survival
Dominic Cansdale | ABC

Community expectations of the resources available to emergency services were unrealistic.
"We've done some survey work over the winter months which suggests that up to 87 per cent of people think they'll get assistance from a fire truck on a bushfire day, and that's an assurance we can't make,"

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Renewables will be cheaper than coal in the future. Here are the numbers

Renewables will be cheaper than coal in the future. Here are the numbers
Ken Baldwin | The Conversation

In Australia, 87% of our electricity generation comes from fossil fuels. That’s one of the highest levels of fossil fuel generation in the world.

So we have important decisions to make about how we’ll generate energy as Australia’s fleet of coal-fired power stations reach the end of their operating lives, and as we move to decarbonise the economy to meet our climate goals following the Paris agreement.

What will the cost of coal-fired and renewable energy be in the coming decades? Let’s look at the numbers.

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We’re investing heavily in urban greening, so how are our cities doing

We’re investing heavily in urban greening, so how are our cities doing
The Conversation

Governments at all levels invest a lot in greening Australian suburbs. Yet, in a recent report, we show that the greening efforts of most of our metropolitan local governments are actually going backwards.

This is a puzzle, as greening has clear environmental and economic benefits. The environmental benefits are obvious and relatively easy to count. For private home owners, numerous studies have linked greening to a range of economic benefits from energy savingsto higher house prices.

So how do we explain the loss of green cover?

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Reminder To Prepare For Bushfire Season

Reminder To Prepare For Bushfire Season
Rob Stokes - Member for Pittwater

After the driest winter in 15 years, NSW faces very challenging conditions this summer. There are a number of simple steps property owners in potentially vulnerable areas can take.

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