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When the LEGO® store Charlestown opened it’s doors mid-August amidst COVID-19 restrictions, we knew it wasn’t going to be an easy visit. Now one month later, the virtual queue has gone from a 3-hour wait, down to around 1-hour. As you enter the LEGO® certified store, you’re led through a rainbow-coloured euphoria of bricks. Well,
Port Stephens koala campaigners have been fighting a decision for the expansion at Brandy Hill Quarry amid concerns for the local koala population. Susan Ley, the federal environment minister, has decided to delay her decision until October 13th. She waits for further information on the impact this expansion will have on the resident koala population.
“A small coin made to make a difference” – The Royal Australian Mint We’re constantly reminded to look and find positive outcomes from the turbulence of this pandemic. As parents, we adapt to change every day and we move forward. Not much holds us back. Yeah sure, there are times when we break, when we
It’s that time of the year again when we witness locals wearing bike helmets with cable ties pointing skyward, acting as a spiky crown. Definitely a classic Australian tradition this time of year. If you know of magpies nesting nearby, then you’re also aware of their planned attacks. Magpies are well known in Australia for
Finally, spring is in sight. The days are getting longer and there’s a hint of warmth in the air that we’ve all been waiting for. It’s also definitely fast approaching that time of the year when we start peeling back the layers of clothes and renewing the blade on our razor! It’s also time to
Another amazing playground destination for our kids is underway in Morisset. This new precinct was not without its fair share of issues first though. When the demolition of the existing playground uncovered an asbestos dumping ground earlier this year, it threatened to derail the project. However, after consulting with experts for remediation, work is now
If your child is off school because they are symptomatic, then they need to be cleared of COVID-19 before returning. This is one of the new guidelines which will take effect from tomorrow Wednesday 19th August. With the current outbreaks happening in Sydney schools, this is a positive step forward to help keep our schools
We love our fur babies. There’s nothing better than coming home to a friendly face who’s ecstatic to see you walk through the door. Where have you been? Why did you leave me so long? Promise me you’ll never leave me again? Tail wagging while he follows you around the house. No wonder it’s said
Hold on to your pirate hats, and grab your children’s favourite wheels, because this park is going to be amazing! It began back in 2016 when Lake Macquarie Council commenced consultation with our community. From here, our input has guided the transformation of this beautiful stretch of park into an exciting new recreational zone. Fondly
Building a new home can be one of the biggest financial investments we make in our lifetimes. It’s an exciting time full of dreams and aspirations coupled with a few too many headaches! Embarking on such a great adventure requires a lot of careful consideration. Every single family is unique and has individual needs and
Imagine being homeless in Lake Macquarie at the moment. With nighttime temperatures falling into single digits, added to the current rain and stormy weather. Imagine having nowhere to shelter. No place to keep your possessions dry. Homelessness in Lake Macquarie is not a choice. Nor is it simply a case of there being too few
It’s official Costco’s coming to Lake Macquarie. Costco has lodged a DA with Lake Macquarie council. I don’t know about you, but I instantly jumped on their website to find out what they sold and how it all worked. The former Pasminco’s smelter site at Cockle Creek in Boolaroo has been reserved. Not the most
When you’re next standing at the kitchen bench chopping up your vegetables or slicing up your fruit, take note of what you’re discarding. All those tops and tails, peels, stems, and even seeds are tossed aside as worthless commodities. We are lucky here in Lake Macquarie because our council has taken steps to reduce food
Yet another leaflet has landed in your post box. Discounts and ‘Buy now – pay later’ offers for the installation of a solar system. Government incentives that have to be taken immediately so you don’t miss out. Are these deals genuine? Are you really getting a good deal? Buying a new solar system can be
It’s been tough the last few months navigating online or zero after-school activities. The good news is, term 3 activities are back on, and we’ve put together classes, activities, and workshops now on offer. As restrictions ease we’re excited that so many of the businesses that list in our directory can once again offer their
History seems to be repeating itself in the housing market. During the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1919, the media created fear and hysteria through their headlines despite there being little to worry about. Housing prices didn’t fall at all and in fact, did the exact opposite. Prices boomed and then continued to rise by more
Sometimes we just need simple ideas to occupy the kids at home, and cooking can be so much fun. Whether it’s school holidays, a rainy weekend or you just love trying new recipes, finding easy recipes to cook with kids can take hours. We’ve sifted through pages and pages of recipes to find 6 of
It’s often said that moving home is one of the most stressful times of your life. I should know. I’ve moved 5 times in the past 17 years and one of those times was from overseas. And yet, as I sit here, I’m planning on doing it again. I must be mad! This time I
This is one of my favourite soup recipes and it really does bring out the flavours of your white root vegetables. Parsnip is so underrated, and if you haven’t tried white sweet potato before, you’re going to love it. Just remember it’s got a purple skin, so look out for it in the supermarket. We
How would you like to be part of a Guinness World Record official attempt on Sunday night? You don’t have to do much to join in, you just have to step out of your door into your yard and look up. Then begin to count stars! This Sunday night, 21st June is the winter solstice,
The commemoration of ANZAC day is close to the heart of many Australians and New Zealanders. We remember those brave men and women who served and are serving our great country, many of them who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives. Remembering our ANZACS is marked annually on the anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign,
Lately, we’ve had the time to think about all the things we’d love to do but never seem to have the time to get around to. In my cupboard, I have a camera passed down to me from my late father in law that I play around with when I get the time. I would
Are you still finding it difficult to buy toilet paper? I know I am. For the first time in about six weeks I finally got hold of 9 rolls during my shop yesterday. While we keep being told that there is plenty in production seeing it appearing on our supermarket shelves is another thing. The
I’ll be honest, the first thing I did when I read about this concept was cry. We’re all feeling the pressure of COVID-19 as parents and as humans, but it’s the front line workers who are truly our hero’s right now. I saw a meme the other day of a firefighter handing a baton to