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Outraged community rallies against council over garden

<p>Outraged residents in a regional Victorian street are fighting against council who want to rip up a beloved community garden.</p> <p>The garden was started by retired builder John Doyle, who told <a rel="noopener" href="https://9now.nine.com.au/a-current-affair/furious-aussie-residents-rally-against-local-council-over-now-iconic-community-garden/1ef71f3e-a53e-49c2-a6fd-8bf51d3b0795" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink"><em>A Current Affair</em></a> that the "oasis" takes his mind off his failing health.</p> <p>"It's just kept me going with some purpose in life," Mr Doyle said.</p> <p>Just three and a half years ago, Doyle was given three months to live after being diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disorder which was initially diagnosed as cancer.</p> <p>He also suffers from ringing in his ears, but manages to volunteer his time to charity work multiple times a week.</p> <p>"It was all an attempt to reconnect the community," he said. </p> <p>"I really attribute the garden to my longevity up to this point."</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838735/man-body.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/06b6560f7a994ac9bdfa0c496b2c7677" /></p> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>However, the City of Greater Bendigo has demanded that the garden be ripped up as it encroached on the nature strip.</p> <p>Neighbours who spoke to <em>A Current Affair</em> expressed their outrage with the council and said they would be sad to see it go.</p> <p>Doyle also lives on the end of a dead-end street and his side of the road does not have a footpath, which means that the garden does not obstruct pedestrian traffic.</p> <p>He said he has never received any negative comments about his yard, which include art installations and a herb garden.</p> <p>"Sometimes I have three or four cars lined up (with) people taking photos of it," he said.</p> <p>"As far as I know everyone loves it."</p> <p>A single anonymous complaint from a resident, however, has brought the council's attention to the garden, who now simply want it gone.</p> <p>The council has also sent letters to other residents asking them if they want anything "unsightly" removed from the street.</p> <p>Mr Doyle's neighbour, single mother Bec Christie, said she believed council was trying to "bait" residents into "saying that his place is like an eyesore".</p> <p>"He makes his famous plum sauce and my kid's Krabby Patties (hamburgers) will not be the same without his famous plum sauce," Ms Christie said.</p> <p>"My kids will actually be devastated."</p> <p>Other residents said that their children regularly played in the garden, but the council has strongly rejected claims that it had told Doyle that it would rip up the garden itself if he refused to do so.</p> <p>"At no point has the City of Greater Bendigo instructed Mr Doyle that it would be removing items from his property or public land adjacent to his property (nature strip), or that it would charge Mr Doyle for cleaning up on his behalf," a statement said. </p> <p>"At no point has warning or enforcement action been taken by the City.</p> <p>"Written warning by the City would need to occur prior to any enforcement action being taken.</p> <p>"No written warning has been issued to date."</p> </div>

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Community outrage as four-lane road built metres from front doors

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Peter Coles loved the quiet lifestyle of the Willowdale development in Sydney's south-west that he paid $805,000 for his home in 2018.</p> <p>"We thought there'd be plenty of room for parking, plenty of room for safety, if children got out of the house and onto the road, they'd be a fair way from the traffic," he told <em>A Current Affair.</em></p> <p>His house and his neighbours houses were built 15 metres from Denham Court Road, but things are changing as two lanes are becoming four.</p> <p>Constant traffic is going past 2.5 metres of their front yards and just 4 metres from their front doors.</p> <p>"We knew they were going to do the road up but this is horrific, really we had no idea of it," resident Robert Jackson said.</p> <p>Developer Stockland did a letter drop in 2019 saying that the road would be expanded, but residents claim that no specific details were given about the road. </p> <p>Mr Coles said "now we look out and, within two-and-a-half metres, we've got cars and trucks, all sorts of vehicles, moving past at 70 kilometres an hour."</p> <p>Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils CEO Charles Casuscelli said that the road is a safety issue.</p> <p>"Sometimes councils and state government agencies need people to thump desks and look them in the eyes and say, 'if you were living here, what would you want?'," Mr Casuscelli said.</p> <p>'I'll tell you what they don't want. They don't want more tar, concrete, or bricks or steel or timber," he said.</p> <p>"What they need is natural environments that are pleasant to live in and actually work for their families."</p> <p>A statement given to <a rel="noopener" href="https://9now.nine.com.au/a-current-affair/real-estate-nightmare-aussie-residents-fed-up-with-roadworks-on-doorstep/bc7728b9-9adf-4053-95ec-b49956a78df6" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink"><em>Nine</em></a> from a Campbelltown City Council said that the road design was approved with requirements of the RMS.</p> <p>"The development application, including the road design, was approved in accordance with the requirements of the RMS, the developer's obligations under the Special Infrastructure Contribution and the requirements of other State Government agencies," the statement reads.</p> <p>"Stockland engaged with residents directly and ensured ongoing communication at each stage of the project. All registered plans for the lots on Denham Court Road, Passiflora Avenue and Plumegrass Avenue highlights road widening from the existing road at the time to the boundary of the lots.</p> <p>"Parking has never been available along Denham Court Road. The plans for construction include a designated bike lane on the side of the road, so while cars are currently driving close to the finished kerb and gutter, once the other side of the road is complete, a bike lane will be painted on the road and cars will be further away from the boundary of these homes."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Angry neighbour rants over chalk drawings

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A Melbourne resident tried to spread joy to her community by drawing on footpaths in chalk, but has since been labelled a "pretentious pr**k" by one of her neighbours.</p> <p>Fiona Cracknell set up Cracknell Chalk Drawings to showcase her chalk designs on Facebook.</p> <p>“I started drawing for my beautiful 3 year old daughter, had no idea it would impact my local neighbourhood while in lockdown this much,” Ms Cracknell wrote on the page.</p> <p>However, another resident took issue with the drawings and has since complained to council.</p> <p>“Someone has complained to the Council about my chalk drawing. Calling me a pretentious p**ck and that I am graffitiing,” Ms Cracknell wrote on the Facebook page on Thursday.</p> <p>“First of all I was doing to bringing joy to the community [sic], not cause drama and second, the Coucil loves it. For the first time in ages I have brought positive news to Gladstone Park.</p> <p>“I cannot believe this! I am really upset and angry. All I wanted was to make people smile at a time they needed it the most.”</p> <iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?height=314&amp;href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2F9NewsMelbourne%2Fvideos%2F266144354828037%2F&amp;show_text=false&amp;width=560" width="560" height="314" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe> <p>The letter was sent in anonymously and called the artwork "destructive graffiti".</p> <p>“I’ve copied the letter to the pretentious p**cks at that house in the hope they will see this letter as a warning and cease their crap,” the letter says.</p> <p>“They may also get it into their skulls that graffiti of council land is illegal. Placing the lives of locals at risk because of their desire to.”</p> <p>However, the council won't be doing anything, according to a statement from <em>7News.</em></p> <p>“Chalk messages and drawings on streets have been developed by children and adults alike during the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing hope and joy to Victorians during this difficult time,” the statement to Seven News said.</p> <p>“Council will not issue any fines for these drawings or ask for them to be removed.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Scott Cam addresses The Block replacement rumours

<p>Scott Cam is loved by those who watch The Block, however rumours have started to circulate that the tradesman was saying farewell to the show and being replaced by Jamie Durie.</p> <p>But on Sunday, the 57-year-old debunked those rumours completely.</p> <p>“I have been at Channel 9 for 21 years on a permanent basis and I have got a few good years left in some contracts, so I reckon I’m staying put,” he told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/subscribe/news/1/?sourceCode=HSWEB_WRE170_a&amp;dest=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.heraldsun.com.au%2Fentertainment%2Ffiona-byrne%2Fthe-block-host-scott-cam-opens-up-about-his-future-on-the-hit-show%2Fnews-story%2Fa6a31ed254c465cedd9614c72c112016&amp;memtype=anonymous&amp;mode=premium&amp;nk=7de07afb1603cf556589fcc05e903c2d-1602992518" target="_blank">The Herald Sun</a>.</p> <p>Executive producer Julian Cress said that Scott, who took on the hosting role of The Block in 2010, was “an integral organ that without him there simply wouldn’t be a show”.</p> <p>“As long as Dave [Barbour, The Block creator], Justin and I are making The Block Scotty will be the host,” he said.</p> <p>Jamie Durie formerly hosted the show from 2003-2004, however it is unlikely he’ll return as he currently hosts rival show House Rules.</p> <p>In other news, The Block has announced that they will film their 2021 season in Melbourne's Hampton.</p> <p>At the Nine Upfronts, a spokesperson said, “The Block will return in 2021 for an astonishing 17th season.</p> <p>“While we can’t say too much just yet, we can confirm that next year’s series will take place in the ultimate family-friendly setting of a picturesque suburban cul de sac.”</p> <p><em>The Block room reveals will air at 7 pm on Channel 9.</em></p>

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Genius mum’s inspired Christmas tree goes viral

<p>A Sydney mum has left thousands of Facebook users in awe over her “outstandingly genius” Christmas tree.</p> <p>While most people choose to use fancy ornaments and tinsel to decorate their trees, Marissa Velarde came up with a unique idea - she used 200 family photos, which immediately caught the attention of social media users.</p> <p>The mother-of-two said she didn’t know just how popular her tree would be after it racked up 5000 likes and hundreds of comments on Facebook.</p> <p>“I was so surprised. Oh my gosh. I just didn’t think people would react that way,” Ms Velarde told news.com.au.</p> <p><img style="width: 321.04557640750676px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838248/screen-shot-2020-10-13-at-33106-pm.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/67979c5f77c54c2bbebb2fd724d1c04d" /></p> <p>The process took five days to complete as she looked through family albums to pick out images to cut up and hang on to her tree.</p> <p>After hand-picking 200 images she then saved it to a hard-drive and printed it off at her local Kmart.</p> <p>“I had 6 X 4 photos printed in Kmart, then I cut them to the size I wanted,” Ms Velarde said.</p> <p>“I also bought gold and light brown cardboard paper, cut them both up a bit bigger than the picture, and stuck them on top of each other.</p> <p>“I glued gold ribbon between the photo and cardboard paper.”</p> <p>The 50-year-old said the main reason she decided to hang up photos on her tree was due to a recent health scare.</p> <p>She also has not been able to visit her extended family in the Philippines due to coronavirus restrictions.</p> <p>“A lot has happened health wise for me since last year. I had a stroke and have had a few operations since then where they had to insert a defibrillator into the left side of my chest,” Ms Velarde told news.com.au</p> <p>After suffering from a stroke last August, doctors came to discover that Ms Velarde had Cardiomyopathy, a hereditary disease of the heart muscle.</p> <p>“So they put in the defibrillator to jolt me if my heart stops,” she said.</p> <p>Ms Velarde said if it wasn’t for the stroke, she wouldn’t have known she had a weak and enlarged heart.</p> <p>“I wouldn’t have known I had a heart issue because I never felt anything, I actually didn’t realise I was having a stroke,” she said.</p> <p>“I have been in and out of hospital and I thought, oh my gosh, with COVID we can’t even go anywhere and visit our family overseas which we do every year at Christmas.</p> <p>“So I thought maybe I could do this (photo Christmas tree) and have them ‘here’ with us,”</p> <p>Since posting the photo of her tree, Ms Velarde has received hundreds of comments praising her for the idea. </p>

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Bunnings’ bizarre $129 Christmas item

<p>People were appalled and others were thrilled when Bunnings announced they had a $129 inflatable Axe Throwing Santa available for Christmas decorations.</p> <p>The item had left some shoppers confused, saying it was "peculiar" on Facebook.</p> <p>“It’s really cool, the target deflates after being ‘axed’ and pops back up again. There’s a few new ones in this year,” one shopper wrote about the product on Facebook.</p> <p>“Hahahaha love it,” added another.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838084/bunnings-body.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a83d406adedc433685198bf8dbf93847" /></p> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The garden addition was 1.8m and came with one reindeer pinned to a rotating bullseye along with 18 LED lights that illuminate your garden.</p> <p>However, Bunnings has since pulled the item from stores saying it was "inappropriate".</p> <p>“While we’re always looking for unique Christmas items we decided this product wasn’t appropriate and we’ve withdrawn it from sale,” Bunnings director of merchandise Phil Bishop told news.com.au</p> <p><em>Photo credits: </em><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/home/outdoors/bunnings-sells-unique-christmas-decoration-of-santa-with-an-axe/news-story/b649bf4ed62a347c40c874134e3c7e4c" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">news.com.au</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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"Fan favourite" ALDI cult classic is back

<p>ALDI's popular 3-in-1 barbecue and pizza oven is set to make a comeback and fans are thrilled. </p> <p>The oven is set to appear in Saturday's September 26 Special Buys sale for just $179.</p> <p>An Aldi spokesperson described the popular item as a "fan favourite".</p> <p>"This week, the fan-favourite Special Buy Woodfire Pizza Oven will be returning to the middle aisle," they wrote.</p> <p>"While a trip to Italy might be off the cards for now, for just $179 you can cook up a storm in your own backyard."</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837935/aldi-pizza-oven.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e350992d9e1a472696e13fc03c32dbe1" /></p> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>While the last pizza oven was $30 cheaper, an ALDI spokesperson confirmed that improvements have been made on the latest oven.</p> <p>"This year, the pizza oven comes with an improved heatshield to the oven, to help maintain a high temperature when cooking so you can perfect a crispy base. For recipe inspiration, visit ALDI.com.au."</p> <p>Excited fans are already thrilled with the news.</p> <p>"I have this one. We love it."</p> <p>"We have had ours for 2 years it's great."</p> <p>"It's great! My dad and partner both have one."</p> <p><em>Photo credits: <a rel="noopener" href="https://kitchen.nine.com.au/latest/aldi-bring-back-fan-favourite-3-in-1-woodfire-pizza-oven/054663f9-02a4-401d-b20a-45a328930852" target="_blank">Honey</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div>

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Karl Stefanovic’s fiery interview with upset CEO of Jim’s Mowing

<p>In a fiery interview with Karl Stefanovic on the <em>Today</em> show, Jim Penman, CEO and founder of national gardening franchise Jim’s Mowing, labelled Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews the “worst political leader since federation”.</p> <p>“This idea that he consults with business is ludicrous,” said Penman. “It is a joke.”</p> <p>“He is an utter incompetent. He has stuffed the quarantine, he is stuffing the contact tracing, he is stuffing the testing. The only thing he is good at is trashing the Victorian economy.</p> <p>“I cannot think of anybody remotely as bad as this.”</p> <p>“Our industry is no threat to public health at all,” Penman explained to Karl, referring to the sole operators currently working for his Jim’s Mowing franchises. “A lone operator working alone in a garden is no threat to health. But, when you throw tens of thousands of people out of work without need, you talk about mental health issues, suicide, drug addiction, domestic violence and the rest.</p> <p>“He should be tossed out by his own party.”</p> <p>Penman also wrote a highly critical letter to the Premier on September 7 after Daniel Andrews announced the extension of Victoria’s lockdown period:</p> <p>“Premier, you will have blood on your hands. Every day I hear stories of misery and despair. Putting people out of work without need is a massive risk to health and wellbeing.</p> <p>“I have one Franchisee whose son barely survived a suicide attempt. His daughter too is severely depressed... This extension has filled them with despair.”</p> <p>“Drop this senseless measure,” Penman appealed in his letter, asking Mr Andrews to “put human welfare” ahead of political advantage.</p> <p><strong>Images:</strong> Getty Images</p>

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Mum's warning on ALDI cult cleaner

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>An ALDI shopper has issued a warning after noticing this important fact about a popular cleaning buy.</p> <p>Mum Anne shared the detail on Facebook, as she spotted the detail while reading the fine print on ALDI's Di San Pre Wash Stain Remover.</p> <p>The $1.25 product has a cult following as many use it to transform oven doors, jewellery and shower screens.</p> <p>But Anne has warned others to be careful when cleaning with the product after noticing that Di San’s back label reads “Do not mix with other chemicals”.</p> <p>“Warning, don’t mix Di San with other chemicals,” wrote Anne on the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/1034012533313136" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink">Aldi Mums</a> page.</p> <p>“I used this mix to clean grout on floor. Yes it worked.</p> <p>“But this mix of Di San and Mould Away gave me headaches and nausea and I did think about checking the labels!”</p> <p>She gave the warning as many use it to clean the grout on their tiles as they've combined it with other products, such as anti-mould spray.</p> <p>“Thanks for highlighting this,” said one. “It is so important to read labels. Ventilation is paramount too.”</p> <p>“Thanks for sharing and warning other members, I didn’t know either,” said another.</p> <p>Said a third: “A good general rule for all chemicals.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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“Incredibly rare” find leaves historians awestruck

<p>Speaking to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-20/rococo-wallpaper-uncovered-in-historic-tasmanian-house/12567422" target="_blank">ABC</a>, historians have been left dumbfounded after finding a beautifully preserved and rare type of rococo wallpaper, along with a child’s drawing, hidden behind a cupboard in a Tasmanian property for more than 150 years.</p> <p>The owners of Jordan House in the southern Tasmanian town of Broadmarsh recently uncovered the section of wallpaper and a sketch of a coastal town while renovating.</p> <p>The rococo wallpaper has been called "incredibly rare" and Southern Midlands Council Heritage Projects Officer Alan Townsend said the find was significant.</p> <p>“Rococo wallpaper was big in the 18th century,” he told the ABC. “It’s full of shapes like scrolls and seashell, really over the top and curvaceous</p> <p>“This find is amazing because it's incredibly high quality.”</p> <p>After estimating the wallpaper’s installation in around 1850, soon after the time of the building’s construction Mr Townsend said, “We know the reason the paper has survived is because sometime in the 1870s, a set of matching built-in cupboards were put in, and they covered up the wallpaper.</p> <p>“Sometime later, someone has come along and done what everyone did, which is steam everything off the walls.”</p> <p>Mr Townsend put the odds of finding that particular wallpaper in Tasmania at “astronomical” – before adding that it was the child’s drawing discovered beneath the wallpaper that made the find all the more special.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837471/wallpaper2.jpg" alt="IMAGE / Natalie Geard" data-udi="umb://media/49da371b359e4f5497ed541894291a4a" /></p> <p>“It just puts you into the outer stratosphere in terms of likelihood It looks to me like a child's drawing of a wall harbour, which are of course common on the coast of England.</p> <p>“I've never seen anything like this in Tasmania before.”</p> <p>The owner of the property, Ben Geard, is currently looking at options for preserving and showcasing the rare find.</p> <p>IMAGES: Natalie Geard</p>

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The McDonald’s cleaning hack you NEED to try

<p>An Aussie mum has revealed her simple hack for vacuuming tricky areas using an unlikely item from McDonald’s. </p> <p>Taking to Facebook, Queensland mum Kythaya showed how she uses the lid and straw of a Macca’s drinking cup to suck up dust and insects.</p> <p>The trick works by holding the lid of the plastic cup against the end of the vacuum hose and threading the straw inside the hole.</p> <p><img style="width: 364.2384105960265px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837377/screen-shot-2020-08-14-at-21919-pm.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7f6e437dbdc34176899b8d15d19124d3" /></p> <p>When turning no the vacuum hold the lid and straw and move the hose around to suck up dirt and debris from hard-to-reach places.</p> <p>“Check this out, ladies,” she wrote on the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/mumswhoclean/" target="_blank">Mums Who Clean</a> page.</p> <p>“The flies that were stuck in the window sills are gone. There is probably an actual connection for this, but this works too.</p> <p>“Just don’t let the straw go!”</p> <p>The easy trick has gone viral, with thousands responding to Kythaya’s post.</p> <p>“Keep your Macca’s rubbish! Can’t wait to try this,” said one.</p> <p>Added another: “So going to try this! With five kids and Macca’s across the road we have way too many lids and straws.”</p> <p>Said a third: “I did this on my sliding doors and it was amazing. You are a genius.”</p>

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Why would you bother with a kettle?

<p>Kmart’s brand new $79 Instant Hot Water Dispenser hit shelves and online shops this week, to a clamour of rave reviews from early adopters of the magical speedy boiler.</p> <p>The machine claims to be able to boil a very respectable two litres of water in just three to five seconds – which is far, far quicker than anything else in your kitchen can promise.</p> <p>As a result, the positive reviews have been absolutely pouring in:</p> <p>“Goodbye kettle and the waiting,” one happy customer raved.</p> <p>“Jumped on the instant hot water dispenser bandwagon!” another shopper declared, “I’m loving it.”</p> <p>“Mine is on its way,” wrote another shopper who was a little slower on the uptake – but not by much.</p> <p>With three pour capacity options to choose from – 300, 200 or 150mL – and handy variable temperature settings of 98, 75 and 25 degrees, it’s been declared an instant bargain at just $79, with comparable high-end versions like the Westinghouse’s 2.7L dispenser selling for as much as $189.</p> <p>“I’m always amazed at the things Kmart comes up with. Take my money!” wrote another excited prospective customer – perhaps inadvertently borrowing from a recent KFC TV ad campaign.</p> <p>“It’s definitely hotter than the coffee machines,” chimed in another reviewer. “Highest temp on the machine is 95 and lowest 25.”</p> <p>“I'm so in love with my new Instant Hot Water Dispenser. Love that you can change the temperature to suit... Perfect for my green tea,” another happy customer shared.</p>

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Crazy debate sparked over un-mown patch of lawn

<p>A photograph of a freshly trimmed patch of lawn has caused furious debate over whether Australians should be forced to mow their own nature strips and the ones they own with neighbours, or just their own.</p> <p>The photo sparked a heated argument after it was posted to a Facebook community group based in northern Sydney.</p> <p>The image showed grass beside a footpath that stretched across the front of two properties.</p> <p>While the lawn was well maintained on one side, the lawnmower finished his work at the final metre of grass that was on the neighbour's property. </p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837235/lawn-frass.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/07d59535b25c40228f869a94ec6d70f0" /></p> <p>“Seems these two neighbours in Chatswood clearly don't get on,” the caption on the post read.</p> <p>Some locals branded the neighbour “petty” and the alleged dispute between the homeowners as simply “ridiculous”.</p> <p>“Why wouldn't the person just go to the end? Visually it would actually look better,” one person furiously said.</p> <p>However, not everyone agreed that the neighbour should have finished the whole lawn strip and said the other party could be to blame. </p> <p>“We used to have to do this as our old neighbours didn't like us touching "his lawn" even though it was less than 30cm,” a local wrote.</p> <p>Another said: “They would be employing a gardener, doubt the homeowner would be doing that.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837225/lawn-frass-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9116e00d1fc54e3684d85eaae14ac6e3" /></p> <p>According to the Willoughby Council's website the “petty" neighbour may be in the right. </p> <p>“All residents are responsible for caring for the nature strip that fronts or adjoins onto the property in which they reside,” it said.  </p> <p>The owner of the well-mowed lawn eventually took to social media to reveal there was no bad blood between his family and their neighbour. </p> <p>“Relax people, we like our neighbours and promise in future we will get our gardeners to co-ordinate better,” they said.   </p>

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Tradie’s heartwarming note to little boy goes viral

<p>A tradie's note to a young boy who helped out with work on a family home has captivated over 250,000 people on social media.</p> <p>Taking to Twitter to share the touching gesture, British woman Steph Kemp took a photo of the builder’s printed “pay packet” letter for her six-year-old son.</p> <p>Blown away by his “kind” gesture, she revealed she had her patio renovated her son Harry loved helping the builder out.</p> <p>“So it made his day to receive this. What an example of kindness,” she said alongside a snap of the note.</p> <p>The completed responsibilities of the “smashing little guy” includes passing bricks, passing “little pavers”, mixing cement and loading stone.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">We have just had our patio done and my 6yo has loved going out and helping the builder, so it made his day to receive this. What an example of kindness 😊 <a href="https://t.co/Wq39TU4uwL">pic.twitter.com/Wq39TU4uwL</a></p> — Steph Kemp (@steph_heathcote) <a href="https://twitter.com/steph_heathcote/status/1287688369905033217?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 27, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>It also appears the little boy went above and beyond during his short stint as a tradie, “taking pictures of black birds and spiders”.</p> <p>He was rewarded a grand total of £10 ($A18) for all of his hard work, “minus tax and national insurance”, of course.</p> <p>The tweet has attracted more than 250,000 likes and been shared more than 22,000 times.</p> <p>“This is lovely – what a kind man! Keeping him in mind for future projects – the builder, not your son!” one person replied.</p> <p>“This is so special, thoughtful and empowering, I am sure that your son as he gets older will reflect on that act of respectful kindness,” wrote another.</p> <p>But, in usual internet fashion, not all replies saw the adorable side to the innocent note.</p> <p>“Yeah show him from a young age that all his hard work will be rewarded very minimally and show him he will not be adequately trained for the job,” one user responded. “This is actually bullying of a young child and it’s horrific.”</p> <p>And another: “As a builder I’d like to add the other side. Construction sites are dangerous places and I’ve lost track of the amount of times I’ve had to have stern words with customers that insist on letting their little darlings run around freely after already being asked nicely to stop them.”</p> <p>While others had a lighthearted reaction.</p> <p>“Love it but he shouldn’t be getting tax and national insurance deductions based on his age and income,” one person joked.</p>

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Jacinda Ardern shows off thrifty item in dining room tour

<p><span>Sometimes, we seem to think we know everything about public figures, but it turns out until yesterday, we didn’t know Jacinda Ardern was a serious thrifter.</span></p> <p><span>During a Facebook Live video yesterday, the Prime Minister of New Zealand started off the live stream but giving a tour of her dining room, which she said was “pretty stock standard, really” despite living at Premier House, the PM’s official residence.</span></p> <p><span>“It’s just a table with some of the features that usually you find in a family home – chalkboard,” Ardern said, gesturing to a chalkboard behind her that had some scrawlings from (we assume) her two-year-old daughter Neve.</span></p> <p><span>However, Ardern showed off an “unusual” feature in her dining room, as she revealed her chairs lived a life before she got her hands on them. </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span><img style="width: 500px; height: 330.173775671406px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836759/screen-shot-2020-07-01-at-110755-am.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/35e256186ae44ac59de43d2be0d97c1e" /></span></p> <p><span>“Probably the one unusual piece of furniture that is here, I’ll share this with you,” she explained, gesturing to the red leather chairs.</span></p> <p><span>“These are the old Cabinet chairs from back in the day.</span></p> <p><span>“We of course make sure that nothing goes to waste so they’ve been recycled and they’re now our dining room chairs.”</span></p> <p><span>She was quick to admit the chairs weren’t the most comfortable, which is most likely why she added a cushion.</span></p> <p><span>“Not always the most comfortable,” she said, “which perhaps back in the day may have kept Cabinet meetings short.”</span></p> <p><span>Ardern appeared on Facebook to discuss the latest coronavirus developments for New Zealand. </span></p> <p><span>Like Australia, New Zealand was successful at flattening the curve of coronavirus cases early on but has faced challenges as restrictions lifted.</span></p> <p><span>While she had previously declared New Zealand coronavirus-free, a recent spate of cases thanks to travellers has seen her under increased pressure to keep the country’s borders closed.</span></p> <p><span>Speaking to reporters, Arden said opening New Zealand’s borders was “dangerous” and shouldn’t be considered until coronavirus cases drop around the world.</span></p> <p><span>“Any suggestion of borders opening at this point, frankly, is dangerous and I don’t think we should put New Zealand in that position,” she said.</span></p> <p><span>However Ms Ardern was open to the idea of travel between New Zealand and COVID-19-free Australian states, but it would be a matter for Australia when it opened its borders to international travel.</span></p> <p><span>“Ultimately, it’s up to Australia to decide whether or not they’ll go for a whole country approach or a state-by-state approach,” she said.</span></p> <p><span>“Obviously, where there is community outbreak, that is a no-go for New Zealand.</span></p> <p><span>“Where they have border controls in place and where they’ve had no community transmissions for sustained periods of time … that may be a different scenario.”</span></p>

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“Something hatched!" Mum’s disturbing backyard discovery

<p><span>A woman’s terrifying discovery in her yard has left a number of social media users baffled.</span></p> <p><span>The woman, believed to be from Australia, posted a video of a small black mound sitting on top of dirt to a Facebook group last week, as she asked members to help her figure out what it is.</span></p> <p><span>“Has anyone seen these before? Just appeared today in a few spots around the yard. It has been raining here overnight,” she said. </span></p> <p><span>In the footage, the woman touched the mound, causing what appears to be thousands of tiny alive bugs to move.</span></p> <p><span>They seem to go right back to where they were as she pulls her fingers back.</span></p> <p><span>Horrified users on Facebook jokingly told the mum to burn her house down or move away from the “alien eggs”.</span></p> <p><span>“I have never seen anything like that before!” one woman said.</span></p> <p><span>“It looks like kinetic sand,” another wrote. </span></p> <p><span>“Something hatched!” a third chimed in. </span></p> <p><span>But one person revealed that the bugs appear to be springtails, otherwise known as Anurida Maritima.</span></p> <p><span>“Springtails for sure! We have the same thing happen to us and know they come every year. Hate it lol,” someone responded to her. </span></p> <p><span>Springtails are a common occurrence in gardens, but they’re still relatively unknown due to their small size, according to the agricultural school of Texas A&amp;M University.</span></p> <p><span>“Springtails are common insects that live in leaf litter, compost piles and lawn soils, recycling dead plant material into nutrients to fertilise your lawn,” according to the school.</span></p> <p><span>“Only about a millimetre long, springtails are rarely seen, but given the right environmental conditions, they can multiply to become a nuisance.”</span></p> <p><span>They are not harmful and do not bite people, pets, spread disease or damage homes. </span></p>

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The $27 Bunnings cleaning hack that could save you thousands of dollars

<p>The coronavirus pandemic has got Australians cleaning around the house more than ever – and now, a shopper has come up with a cleaning hack that could have households save thousands of dollars.</p> <p>Reddit user <a href="https://www.reddit.com/r/australia/comments/gtserm/lpt_go_to_bunnings_for_cleaning_supplies_that_30/">A_Cat_Named_Frank</a> advised visiting the cleaning aisle at Bunnings for a $27.44 product which could make up to 300 litres of spray and wipe.</p> <p>The user pointed out that an equivalent volume of the item – Peerles Jal 5L Active “O” Spray And Wipe Cleaner – could cost a customer $2,700 at Coles or Woolworths.</p> <p>They used the calculation based on a 500mL bottle of Dettol Healthy Clean Kitchen Spray, which retails for $4.50.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836354/jal.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a514c4e5d5ec45faa6955e371fecbbb5" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Source: Reddit / <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.reddit.com/r/australia/comments/gtserm/lpt_go_to_bunnings_for_cleaning_supplies_that_30/" target="_blank">u/A_Cat_Named_Frank</a></em></p> <p>The post soon attracted hundreds of comments, with people praising the trick.</p> <p>“Probably the greatest life hack I’ve seen in ages. Thank you!” one comment read.</p> <p>“I use this, great product,” another wrote.</p> <p>“Nice tip! I'm on this one next weekend,” one said.</p> <p>Another user pointed out that the hack also proved to be more affordable than home brand products. “It’s $1.80 for 750ml of Coles brand multipurpose spray. Which is $405 for 300L.”</p>

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The special meaning behind Queen Elizabeth’s favourite flower

<p>The Queen has revealed her favourite flower for the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show this year.</p> <p>In honour of the first day of the show, which was moved online this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the monarch shared that one of her favourite blooms was lily of the valley.</p> <p>“Members of the Royal Family are taking part in the #MyChelseaGarden campaign, sharing a selection of their favourite plants and flowers at this time of year,” an Instagram post on the Royal Family account read.</p> <p>“The Queen has chosen lily of the valley, pictured here in the Buckingham Palace gardens. Lily of the valley featured in Her Majesty’s coronation bouquet and has held special associations since.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAVRMEpHS4c/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAVRMEpHS4c/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">On the first day of the virtual Chelsea Flower Show, members of the Royal Family are taking part in the #MyChelseaGarden campaign, sharing a selection of their favourite plants and flowers at this time of year. 🌿🌸 . As this year's show coincides with #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, @the_rhs are encouraging people to brighten their social media feeds with images of plants and gardens, to provide a moment of respite in these challenging times. The Queen has chosen lily of the valley, pictured here in the Buckingham Palace gardens. Lily of the valley featured in Her Majesty’s coronation bouquet and has held special associations since. Visit our website to see #MyChelseaGarden images shared by other members of the Royal Family (link in bio). . #MyChelseaGarden #VirtualChelsea #RHSChelsea</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/theroyalfamily/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Royal Family</a> (@theroyalfamily) on May 18, 2020 at 7:19am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The spring flower is the May birth flower, and is said to bring luck in love.</p> <p>The white buds were also featured in the wedding bouquets of many royals, including Queen Victoria, Princess Astrid of Sweden, Grace Kelly, and Duchess Kate.</p> <p>Other royals also shared their favourite flowers on the Royal Family website. The Queen’s daughter Princess Anne opted for hellebores, stating: “Not only do they flower early but they keep flowering for two months, and they are often beautifully marked with endless variations.”</p> <p>Prince Charles picked delphiniums, while his wife Duchess Camilla chose Alchemilla Mollis. The Duke of Gloucester celebrated daisies, and his wife the Duchess of Gloucester chose sweet peas.</p> <p>Her Majesty’s cousin Princess Alexandra picked the Golden Celebration rose, saying it “gives me great pleasure to look at and has the most extraordinary and unique scent”.</p> <p>The Queen released a special message of support for the show on Monday.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAU3LeuH3HI/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAU3LeuH3HI/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">The Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show is moving online for the first time. 🌸💻 . Visit @the_rhs for a unique timetable of events from Monday 18th to Saturday 23rd May, including gardening advice and virtual sessions. The RHS have been supporting gardeners old and new, with more people than ever accessing the advice pages on their website over recent weeks. Her Majesty has been Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society since 1952 - she first attended the show as Monarch in 1955, and has visited almost every year since. The Queen has today sent her best wishes to all those associated with the RHS: ‘My family and I have always enjoyed visiting the Show, and I know that your Members and Supporters will be disappointed that they are unable to attend in person this year. . ‘I am sure that my grandmother, Queen Mary, who first attended the Chelsea Flower Show in 1916, would be delighted that many people today have an enthusiasm for horticulture, and that gardening remains a popular pastime in the United Kingdom.’ . #RHSChelsea #VirtualChelsea #ChelseaFlowerShow Images: ©️ @the_rhs Lindley Library</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/theroyalfamily/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Royal Family</a> (@theroyalfamily) on May 18, 2020 at 3:32am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I am sure that my grandmother, Queen Mary, who first attended the Chelsea Flower Show in 1916, would be delighted that many people today have an enthusiasm for horticulture, and that gardening remains a popular pastime in the United Kingdom,” she said.</p>

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​ALDI shopper goes viral with bizarre coronavirus headwear

<p><span>A UK man has gone viral on social media for his bizarre headwear during the coronavirus pandemic.</span><br /><br /><span>The man, who was shopping at ALDI, was pictured wearing a shed on his head and quickly after they were posted to Twitter, the images and the post went viral.</span><br /><br /><span>Stunned onlookers could be seen in the pictures.</span><br /><br /><span>Matt Read took the images outside of an ALDI supermarket in Bristol.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836096/twitter-bird-box-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b901ed6530214c1686fabb1e070a7c72" /><br /><br /><span>“Interesting take on PPE queueing to get into my local Aldi,” Matt captioned the snap.</span><br /><br /><span>The hilarious snap left people quite amused, with some calling the idea “impressive”.</span><br /><br /><span>“Well he’s staying at home, in a sort of way,” one person mused.</span><br /><br /><span>“Probably under there laughing at all the other idiots who forgot their houses,” another said.</span><br /><br /><span>A third quipped, “That was a Special Buy in Feb.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836095/twitter-bird-box-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/89112af07d4a4faa84839783b29c9cca" /><br /><br /><span>It seems however this is not the first time the man has been seen around town wearing a shed, and he is something of a local celebrity.</span><br /><br /><span>Shed by name, shed by nature, the clever dresser has been identified as one Michael Shedworth and he is often seen walking through the city streets with flashing lights upon his head. This newest creation, however, certainly turned heads a little more than usual.</span></p>

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Bunnings launches podcast series Staying Grounded

<p>Bunnings has launched a new seven-part gardening podcast series called <em>Staying Grounded</em>, offering listeners gardening advice from a host of well-known plant experts.</p> <p>With independent research commissioned by Bunnings, uncovering 2 in 5 Australians are planning on optimising their gardens in the coming months, the series aims to provide handy tips to help Aussie gardens thrive.</p> <p><em>Staying Grounded</em> episodes will be centred around slowing down, connecting with nature and doing more around the home and garden. The series will cover a range of plant themed topics including indoor plants, setting up an edible garden, shade friendly plants and more.</p> <p>Chloe Thomson of gardening and cooking show <em>The Gardenettes</em>, said she was excited to host the new Bunnings podcast series.</p> <p>"I love talking plants, it makes me so happy! I'm chatting with some incredible guests about all things gardening – from tools and tips to indoor plants and all your outdoor needs. This show will appeal to newbie gardeners and seasoned green thumbs alike, plus inspire you to get your hands dirty while <em>Staying Grounded</em>” Chloe said.</p> <p>Bunnings has launched the first two <em>Staying Grounded</em> podcast episodes which are available on your favourite podcast app including Apple Podcasts and The Podcast App. The launch episodes feature plant designer Jenna Holmes of @plantmama_ discussing all things indoor plants and <em>The Block’s</em> Dale Vine covering the tools you need for gardening success.</p> <p>For more information on the <em>Staying Grounded</em> podcast series, visit:</p> <ul> <li><a rel="noopener" href="https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/staying-grounded/id1509652105" target="_blank">Apple Podcasts</a></li> <li><a rel="noopener" href="https://podcast.app/staying-grounded-p1150581/?utm_source=and&amp;utm_medium=share" target="_blank">The Podcast App</a></li> </ul> <p> </p>

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