Author: Allan Kimani

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A passionate Melbourne local and soon-to-be law graduate, Allan Kimani uses his intimate knowledge of the city to explore and share Melbourne's best-kept secrets with readers. Allan has spent over five years reviewing local eateries, events, and cultural attractions. His love for the city is as deep as his commitment to factual, unbiased reporting. He continuously collaborates with local businesses and community members, cementing his authoritativeness in the Melbourne lifestyle scene.

DARWIN, NT — Northern Territory’s Public Guardian Beth Walker is calling for increased funding to ensure that adults are not placed under guardianship orders unnecessarily. This plea comes in light of concerns that some individuals, especially Indigenous Australians, may be subjected to culturally biased assessments. A case reported by the ABC involved an Aboriginal woman with a traumatic brain injury living in poverty while under financial guardianship. She was subjected to a cognitive test with culturally insensitive questions, highlighting the potential for misdiagnoses among Indigenous people. Walker attributes this issue to the scarcity of allied health professionals capable of conducting…

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HOBART, NT — In a significant repositioning of Australia’s military focus, hundreds of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel will be moved from the southern part of the country to the north. This development, announced by the federal government and reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, represents the most substantial defence realignment in over a decade. Approximately 800 soldiers will transition from their current base in Adelaide to new postings in Darwin, Townsville, and Brisbane by 2025. This staged relocation will encompass infantry units, tanks, and armoured personnel carriers, marking a significant shift away from South Australia’s capital. Concurrently, Adelaide will host…

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HOBART, TAS — Sam Elsom, the CEO of Sea Forest, is navigating the complexities of pioneering a novel industry. While Sea Forest, a producer of a methane-reducing asparagopsis seaweed feed supplement, is flourishing and providing 55 local jobs, it’s not without its initial hurdles. Based in Triabunna with operations in Swansea, Sea Forest’s product has been shown to cut livestock methane emissions by up to 98%. Elsom, overseeing a diverse team of scientists, engineers, nutritionists, and marine farmers, acknowledges the unique challenges of establishing an entirely new industry. “Writing the handbook for every activity,” as he puts it, involves training…

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HOBART, TAS — Most residents in Tasmania’s regional areas advocate for enhanced phone and internet services and new transportation options. However, opinions vary on the development of local energy infrastructure. These findings emerge from the SEC Newgate’s Mood of the Bush report, which analyzed responses from an online survey of 202 regional Tasmanians between June 23-28. The survey revealed robust support for advancements in regional Tasmania, notably in telecommunications and transport infrastructure, with 88% and 78% approval, respectively. The report highlights a notable service gap in Tasmania compared to Australia’s metropolitan areas, particularly in road quality, rail infrastructure, rental availability,…

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CANBERRA, ACT — Following a successful community-led fundraising campaign, the Snowy Mountains will see the Currawarna aged care home in Bombala reopen as an assisted living facility in January 2024. This development is a beacon of hope for other towns facing similar challenges, such as Berridale. Southern Cross Care shut down the Currawarna Aged Care facility in April 2022 due to staffing shortages. This closure forced residents to seek care over 100 kilometers away. In response, Bombala’s community members embarked on a fundraising mission to revive the town’s sole aged care service. Chair of Currawarna Assisted Living, Keith Campbell, announced…

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CANBERRA, ACT — A pioneering research center, the first of its kind in Australia, is set to significantly advance immunological studies by focusing on the entire immune system rather than individual diseases. The Snow Medical Research Foundation is committing an unprecedented $100 million over a decade to this endeavor, launching the center at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne. This substantial investment aims to transform the understanding and treatment of immune-related diseases radically. Founder Tom Snow emphasized the importance of liberating researchers from short-term funding constraints. “Our goal is to empower Australia’s leading researchers with…

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CANBERRA, AU – Over twenty percent of adults in Australia have been victims of partner abuse or physical assault, with women disproportionately affected, representing a quarter of this statistic. This trend follows the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ new revelation that nearly three million Australian adults were subjected to abuse during their childhood. The ABS’ recent findings illuminate the prevalent issue of domestic and sexual violence within communities. According to their report, an estimated 2.7 million women and 1.5 million men have suffered violence or abuse from a partner. The disparity is particularly pronounced in the rates of violence against women…

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HOBART, NT — Hobart has been officially designated as a ‘City of Literature’ by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It’s now the second Australian city to garner this honor after Melbourne.  This title places Hobart in a prestigious group of cities globally, including Edinburgh, Prague, Barcelona, Dublin, and Quebec, recognized for their literary heritage. The accolade aligns with Hobart’s ambition to be acknowledged globally as a nexus of knowledge, science, and creativity. UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network extends this recognition after a stringent nomination process, celebrating cities that prioritize cultural accessibility and leverage creativity for urban development, according…

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In the heart of Australia’s diplomatic channels, a fervent cry for action reverberates as Nazanin Boniadi spearheads a staunch appeal for sanctions against a key Iranian official. Boniadi is a lauded British-Iranian actor and activist and the distinguished awardee of the 2023 Sydney Peace Prize. Arriving on Australia’s shores, she has asked Australia to sanction Iran’s communications minister, Eisa Zarepour, who has pursued a PhD at the University of New South Wales. The United States and the European Union have already sanctioned Zarepour. Eisa Zarepour is Iran’s Communications Minister whose orchestrations have shot off the internet during Iran’s protest movement.…

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Amid a climate of escalating interest rates, Australia’s property market scales to record valuations, with cities like Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth leading the charge. Recent data reveals an exhilarating 15% surge in certain suburbs, painting a vibrant picture against the economic grey skies. Even Sydney, known for its sky-high real estate, has charted a 7.5% ascent compared to last year’s figures. As the Reserve Bank of Australia tightens its monetary stance with a series of rate hikes, the fastest in three decades, analysts are left astounded by the property market’s buoyancy. The robust real estate growth has been the talk…

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