July 27, 2016

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BANYULE 100 – BEN SMITH

Ben Smith’s motivation to volunteer is simple. “See a need, fill a need,” the 22-year-old says. Up to two times a week, Ben volunteers at Boots For All, a not-for-profit organisation that collects and distributes second-hand sporting equipment. “Boots For All is a sports recycling place, we gather used equipment that’s still in good condition, […]

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July 27, 2016

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HOW TO LODGE YOUR TAX RETURN

‘It’s that time of year again.’ I bet you’ve heard the above statement countless times in the past few weeks – on TV, social media, from friends and family, even from colleagues. ‘It’s tax time.’ But for many of us, it’s not that time of year again, it’s actually the first time we’ve ever had […]

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July 20, 2016

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HOW DID THE AFL BECOME THE AFL?

We all know that Australian Rules Football (AFL) is one of the most popular sports in Australia. It pulls crowds of upwards of fifty thousand in Adelaide (the maximum crowd Adelaide Oval can hold), and seventy thousand for most blockbuster matches in Victoria. But how did the game get to where it is today? Believe […]

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July 13, 2016

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HOW CAN YOU HELP THE REFUGEE CRISIS?

There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Seriously – not one. The Banyule Council was lucky enough to host a talk by Omar Al-Kassab, a young Syrian refugee who now lives in Melbourne. Omar has become an advocate for refugees and, in collaboration with the Banyule Youth Services, has been visiting schools to share his […]

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July 6, 2016

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HOW MUCH STUDY IS TOO MUCH?

Studying. Yes, it’s hard work and yes, it’s a stress that we must endure in order to be successful, both in a future career and life in general. It’s an obvious fact that studying brings on stress. This stress is both a part of life and a good resilience builder. But, as I’m sure you’re […]

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July 6, 2016

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HOW TO BULLET JOURNAL

Going through school, many of us had planners and diaries thrown at us by teachers demanding we use them to record homework and due dates. The first time I was given a diary was in grade 5, and I used it to record my homework and what I was reading. Once I hit high school […]

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July 1, 2016

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HEAD INTO HEADSPACE FOR A WORLD OF SUPPORT

Last Friday marked the launch of ‘headspace’ Greensborough, a highly anticipated local addition to a number of centres now spanning Australia. The Greensborough centre forms a part of a comprehensive mental health foundation for young people. Greensborough service manager, Christine Denton, says, “headspace is a youth mental health service for young people aged 12 to […]

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June 30, 2016

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MEET THE LOCALS – FARTUN

The Truth of Islam There are about 1.6 billion people in the world that identify as Muslim. With such a large population, how is it possible that public perception of the religion and their followers is still so negative?  I am a young Muslim women, and I feel as though I am not accepted in […]

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