Author: Matthew Wotherspoon

Search is on for nation’s lost backyard dunnies

Before the suburban ‘outhouse’ or ‘dunny’ becomes a thing of the past, Queensland Urban Utilities have called on the nation to help celebrate a treasured piece of Australian history by sharing their photos, memories and funny dunny stories. The nation-wide search for Australia’s last remaining outhouses is part of the company’s effort to showcase to the public the iconic backyard dunny, through the setting up of Australia’s first ‘Pooseum’. Spokesperson for Queensland Urban Utilities, Michelle Cull, said they’re calling for residents nation-wide to assist in flushing out the very best of Australia’s dunny history. “We want to hear from anyone...

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Japanese Film Festival bound for Aus

Celebrate and engage in one of the world’s most prolific film cultures, when the very best of contemporary Japanese cinema hits Australian cities this October for the 2017 Japanese Film Festival (JFF). Between October 13th and December 3rd, cinemas in Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne will screen some of Japan’s most popular recent films, which includes everything from samurai and yakuza action to manga adaptations. “Every film in this year’s program was handpicked to present fresh perspectives and showcase the next generation of Japanese cinema,” said JFF Program Coordinator Margarett Cortez. “Among this selection are genre-benders such...

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New mobile youth van rolls into Brisbane

Queensland’s first Mobile Youth Van from Save the Children, providing support services to kids in remote and disadvantaged areas will be rolling into Brisbane this month. Launched by Save the Children and Bulgari, the mobile support service targets children experiencing poor physical and mental wellbeing, substance abuse, social disconnection and family violence. Part of an Australia-wide initiative which began in 2012, the vans are used as alternative classrooms for children in remote areas, and as a diversionary service for young people engaging in anti-social behaviour. State manager of Save the Children Australia Jason Ware said Save The Children‘s first mobile...

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International motorbike journey almost over for Brothers Reid

After spending two and a half years traversing across 50 countries, adventurers Brothers Reid will cross the finish line of their fundraising journey at QIMR Berghofer in Brisbane on World Mental Health Day. After losing their sister Heidi to Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in 2011, Dylan and Lawson teamed up with QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute to raise money for research into mental health, particularly MDD. Brothers Reid embarked on a 900+ day international journey two-and-a-half years ago to raise funds for mental health research and to highlight Heidi’s story to help others who are experiencing the same condition....

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Undercover Arts breaking the stigma of disability

Defying the stigma of disability, Undercover Artist Festival is Queensland’s second disability arts festival of its kind that highlights the extraordinary contributions and skills of those with disability. Part of Queensland Mental Health Week, Undercover Arts Festival will provide an inspiring and obscure showcase of theatre, dance and music that is set to engage audiences. Presented by Access Arts, the festival includes workshops and performances by leading Australian companies Back to Back Theatre, Wielding Theatre and Company of Rogues, Blue Roo Theatre Company, Indelabilityarts, Lorikeet Players and InsideOutside Theatre. “It’s an action-packed program of participatory experiences including workshops, international acts spanning a wide...

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