Flexitarians drive growing vegan scene

Minced plant-based 'mince'

JAKE DAY Veganism is becoming more popular in Brisbane, but ‘flexitarianism’ is the main reason you’ll see more meat-free options in supermarkets and restaurants. Flexitarians are people who primarily eat a more traditional diet of meat and … [Read more...]

Cruelty free cosmetics rise in popularity

EDEN PARKES People use makeup to feel good, but the rising issue of cruelty in animal testing is threatening that feeling for many.  Animal testing submits mice, rabbits, dogs, monkeys, birds and other species to a scientific process that may … [Read more...]

Farmers struggle through drought

Farmer Graham Wilson

MICAELA ABOODY The current drought across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and inner Western Australia has left cattle and crop farmers struggling to keep their farms viable. Farmers and support organisations have said while the current … [Read more...]

Juggling birds with beds has benefits

MADDISON MANGAN  Kathryn Killingback sells beds for a living, but when it comes to native birdlife she isn’t prepared to take their survival lying down. The Burleigh Waters businesswoman has rescued more than 600 native animals during the past … [Read more...]

Feeding birds does more harm than good

LUCY REES Feeding the birds is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon, but can be detrimental to the health of ducks, swans and other aquatic animals. Lucy Rees talks to a local wildlife rescuer to learn more about the harmful effect bread has on the … [Read more...]

Universities back sustainability movement

Waste facilities at the University of the Sunshine Coast

JESSICA MCLAUGHLIN Universities around Queensland are moving towards a more sustainable future, as the younger section of the population increases the pressure to go green. While it has become commonplace to see the state’s universities … [Read more...]

Cows find safe haven in hinterland

Gavin and Graham Save A Cow Foundation

JAKE DAY In the Sunshine Coast hinterland is a little-known haven for cows that have been re-homed from beef and dairy farms around the South East. The cows have all been “rescued” by one man, Anthony Walsgott. Mr Walsgott has given a home … [Read more...]

NSW surf towns say ‘no’ to shark nets

Grey Nurse shark caught in net

TOM ROBERTS Following a drop in community support for shark nets on the NSW North Coast and the state government’s decision last month not to carry out a third shark net trial, experts and residents are looking to alternative technologies to keep … [Read more...]

Dog owners connect at Paws and Pizzazz

BY BRIANNA MORRIS-GRANT Paws and Pizzazz has brought Gold Coast dog owners together for a second year. Hundreds of residents and their furry friends gathered at Sanctuary Cove's Marine Village last weekend to enjoy puppaccinos, designer collars … [Read more...]

Therapy dog use on the rise in Australia

Darcy the therapy dog

JESSICA MCLAUGHLIN It is not unusual to use physical therapy and rehabilitation to help people recover from accidents or injuries. It’s a tried and tested recovery technique. But in recent years a much newer and much more surprising recovery … [Read more...]