Large-scale sculptures take over the Australian coastline


Burger bait. A cavalcade of charging horses. A plastic bubble paradise. They’re all sitting on the coastline of Australia.

Every year, the two-kilometre coastal walk from Sydney’s Bondi Beach to Tamarama becomes an open-air gallery for the celebrated Sculpture by the Sea exhibition, with selected artists invited to install sculptural works along the shoreline for three weeks in spring.

Started in 1997 and now featuring 100 works every year, it’s one of Australia’s most popular, free, annual events, attracting half a million visitors in 2016. Read more…

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Sam Smith pledges thousands of dollars to Australia’s pro-marriage equality campaign


Now that’s putting money where your mouth is.

UK singer Sam Smith has made a considerable donation to the Australian pro-marriage equality campaign, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. 

The Grammy-winning artist has pledged a third of the expected profits from his January 2018 show at the Sydney Opera House to lobby group Australian Marriage Equality.

Australians are smack bang in the middle of a non-binding, non-compulsory nationwide postal survey asking the question: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?” Read more…

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iPhone 8 still manages to draw substantial crowd, despite the iPhone X that’s coming


It turns out people still care about the iPhone 8, despite the looming shadow of the flagship iPhone X coming out in a couple of months.

A crowd of around 200 people made their way to Singapore’s Apple store, before the official launch on the morning of Sept. 22.

43-year-old Amin Dholiya was first in line. The businessman, who flew in from India especially to buy an iPhone 8 as a wedding gift for his daughter began queueing at 7 p.m. (GMT +8) on Thursday — approximately 12 hours before the launch of the phone at 8 a.m. on Friday.


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Dogs go rainbow for marriage equality in Sydney


Love is love, even doggos know it.

A casual 30,000 people (and a handful of progressive dogs) marched for marriage equality in Sydney on Sunday, to show their support for same-sex marriage in Australia, ahead of a national postal vote on the matter. 

Rally organisers have said the Sept. 10 event now sits as the largest LGBTQ demonstration in Australian history, a declaration reported by ABC

And nothing sells a positive social message like a dog in rainbow, a strong truism not overlooked by rally attendees. Many a doggo donned the spectrum on Sunday, sparking just as many Instagram posts: Read more…

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Airbnb brings Trips to Australia for a bigger slice of the tourism pie


Airbnb’s ambition to become your travel agent just got an Australian boost.

On Tuesday, the company officially launched Trips in SydneyFirst announced at the Airbnb Open conference in Los Angeles in late 2016, the new platform allows local “Experiences” to be offered to travellers as well as accommodation.

In Sydney for the launch, Airbnb’ vice president of product Joseph Zadeh said he’d had the chance to sample some of the local activities available. He tried a surf outing with big wave legend Mark Matthews, along with a behind-the-scenes dinner and show at the Sydney Opera House. Read more…

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Is Airbnb the reason renters can’t find an affordable place to live in Sydney?


There’s no question that Sydney, Australia, is an expensive place to live. But do we know what’s making it worse?

Following a state inquiry, there are fears from some experts that the New South Wales state government is still not doing enough to tackle the potential damaging impact of Airbnb on Sydney’s rental costs and availability. 

The NSW Committee on Environment and Planning’s short-term holiday letting report concluded there was not enough data to make calls on whether the sharing economy giant is taking long-term rentals off the market, in favour of tourist accommodation.  Read more…

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Report: Airbnb set to get the tick of approval in Australia’s largest state


Airbnb appears set to score a big win in New South Wales after a government inquiry reportedly gave the company the thumbs up.

The results of a government investigation into the regulation of short-term accommodation in New South Wales were leaked to Fairfax Media Sunday. The inquiry is said to recommend home owners who rent out their homes on Airbnb not face council fines as they currently do in some districts.

The details of the recommendations will be available once the report is tabled in state parliament, but it appears the Airbnb business model will not be subject to heavy regulation. The rules around short term stays currently vary in different council areas, and some hosts have been threatened with heavy fines for renting out rooms. Read more…

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WeWork launches in Australia, but will the drama follow?


Launching in Australia Tuesday, WeWork is an American startup that provides desks and offices for rent, with a touch of Silicon Valley’s “live to work” sparkle. 

Although billed as one of the tech generation’s biggest success stories, it arrives Down Under with lingering questions about its financial bona fides.

WeWork’s first location is in Sydney’s Martin Place, in the centre of the central business district. Far from the campus-style digs American startups might be familiar with, the space is in the old Commonwealth Bank of Australia premises, known as the “Moneybox Building.”

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