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"I'd ban their whole operation": Tiny sticker highlights huge crisis

<p>From advertisements to artwork there’s no escaping stickers on street poles, but one that was spotted in Melbourne has made waves, calling out a glaring issue that is impacting so many Australians.</p> <p>The sticker in question was stuck to a traffic light in Melbourne and appears to take aim at homeowners who are worsening the national housing crisis by listing their properties as short-term Airbnb stays rather than long-term rentals.</p> <p>The sticker, shared to social media reads, “You wouldn’t open an Airbnb in a housing crisis” a spoof of the mid-2000s ‘Piracy. It’s a crime.’ public service announcement that was played before movies.</p> <p>Images of the sticker have been shared across a number of social media platforms, with many people quick to praise the “genius” DIY PSA and requesting copies to stick around their suburbs on lockboxes in their own apartment complexes.</p> <p>While some found the funny side of the message, others were more critical of the sticker calling out landlords and Airbnb.</p> <p>“You wouldn’t incentivise opening an Airbnb by making it less onerous and more profitable than renting out your property,” someone said.</p> <p>“Course they would,” another responded. “The ‘f**k you, got mine’ mindset is getting stronger.”</p> <p>“If I had my way I’d ban their [Airbnb] whole operation overnight.”</p> <p>The issue of short-term holiday letting and the growth of Airbnb across the country is that it's eating up potential long-term rentals, which is a</p> <p>The calls come amid the rental crisis in Victoria, with vacancy rates reaching a record low of 0.8 per cent in Melbourne in April 2023, which is one of the better rates recorded across Australia as new rental listings dropped by 18.9 per cent.</p> <p>The only capital city to have rental vacancy above one per cent is Canberra, at 1.6 per cent. While Adelaide holds the tightest rental market with a mere 0.3 per cent vacancy. Perth is close behind at 0.4 per cent.</p> <p>Sydney’s new listings fell by 17 per cent in April 2023 and 5.1 per cent in the past year while Melbourne dropped by 20.8 per cent in the span of a month, and 17.9 per cent in the past year, according to PropTrack.</p> <p>The NSW government introduced regulations to limit the time a property could be on the market to 180 days a year. The Victorian Greens have called on the Andrew’s government to strip it to 90 days.</p> <p>A similar, “tourism tax” has been introduced to cities overseas, where a small payment is added to the guest’s bill in certain tourism hot spots each night in a big to funnel money back into local communities’ infrastructure.</p> <p>Airbnb told <em>The Age</em> that a statewide tourism levy was the preferred way to regulate the industry as it is more consistent than a council-by-council approach.</p> <p>“We believe tourism levies are a fair and sustainable way to raise revenue for local communities, especially in areas of high tourism, as they broaden the revenue base without imposing an additional burden on local ratepayers or businesses,” Airbnb Australia and New Zealand’s head of public policy Michael Crosby told the outlet.</p> <p>Speaking to <em></em>, Airbnb's country manager for Australia and New Zealand Susan Wheeldon said the platform had proposed a series of measures to “help build stronger communities, foster sustainable tourism growth, and equip governments across Australia with tools to help address important issues, such as housing affordability and amenity”.</p> <p>It included a statewide registration scheme to document new listings, introducing consistent Codes of Conduct for guests, hosts, and communities, as well as support for government reviews of eviction protections.</p> <p>“Airbnb is keen to work together with a broad range of stakeholders and help play a part in helping to provide meaningful solutions and tackle the issue of housing supply and affordability,” Wheeldon said.</p> <p>“While short term rentals generally comprise a tiny proportion of the overall property market, we’re keen to keep finding ways that we can make a positive contribution to this important issue.”</p> <p><em>Image credit: Reddit</em></p>

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Victoria Police respond to "anti-Dan" Andrews sticker on patrol car

<p>Locals in Melbourne were shocked after they spotted a police patrol car driving around with an anti-Dan sticker on the back.</p> <p>The sticker, which was placed on the car's back window, showed Victorian Premier Dan Andrews with a red line across his face and the caption "Make Victoria Great Again", which is a play on words for President Donald Trump's slogan "Make America Great Again".</p> <p>The Victorian Police have gone on Facebook to clear up the issues, saying that the driver of the patrol car was not anti-government.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/de7b0126e235444d96ae0d6a0f68a893" /></p> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>“Hi everyone. We’re aware of a photo going around on social media of a Victoria Police vehicle with a sticker on its rear window,” the post begins.</p> <p>“The vehicle had been left unattended for a short time in Yarra Glen when an unknown person affixed the sticker on the vehicle.</p> <p>“Unfortunately, it was driven to Lilydale before the sticker was noticed and immediately removed.</p> <p>“We would just like to state for the record that we think Victoria is already great but would urge members of the public to refrain from putting stickers on our vehicles. Thank you.”</p> <p><em>Photo credits: </em><em><a rel="noopener" href="" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">7News</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div>


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The sticker you don't want to find on your recycling bin

<p>If you’re a serial rubbish offender then you may want to watch out, as council officials have started a new initiative cracking down on lazy recyclers with a simple sticker on their wheelie bins under a new WA government waste program.</p> <p>The stickers, which consist of yellow, green or red hands pointing downwards, may be issued to those who fail to sort out their rubbish in the right bins.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e5fe2c660f0a4af1ac3090519c8c1057" /></p> <p>Having launched on Thursday, the Face Your Waste website wants to educate and encourage the community to sort their waste into landfill, recycling and green waste bins.</p> <p>According to the WA government, “approximately 25 per cent of the contents of a household’s general waste bin is actually recyclable material".</p> <p>The initiative is part of a $20 million waste program that was started by the Western Australian government to divert more waste from landfill.</p> <p>From now on, councils will be auditing residents’ bins by checking the contents of their rubbish, recyclables and compost bins.</p> <p>If residents fail to comply, then council officials will slap the stickers on their bins.</p> <p>The stickers are meant to inform and educate people on how to correctly sort out their rubbish, which is why they will link to further information on the councils’ websites.</p> <p>The average household creates 1,454 kilograms of waste per year, with approximately 100 kilograms of plastic packaging, according to the <em><a rel="noopener" href="" target="_blank">Face Your Waste</a></em> website.</p> <p>What do you think of the initiative? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Don’t get fooled by this annoying airport prank

<p>Most travellers are familiar with the urgent scan in an airport for an available power outlet, so that you can charge up a dying device before boarding a flight.</p> <p>Now, airport pranksters are preying on traveller’s desperation for battery power with a new trick.</p> <p>The jokesters are placing stickers of fake power outlets at airport gates and then watching with amusement as people unknowingly attempt to plug their charger into a sticker.</p> <p>The stickers look realistic, causing even the savviest to fall victim to the stunt.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Whoever put up this fake sticker of an open outlet at the airport, you are now my enemy for life. <a href=""></a></p> — Brandon #BeForTheGame (@Atrioc) <a href="">August 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Sadly, the prank has gained a lot of traction and has started occurring in airports all over the world.</p> <p>“Whoever put up this fake sticker of an open outlet at the airport, you are now my enemy for life,” one person said on Twitter.</p> <p>The stickers have been placed in various places around the airport, including on garbage bins.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Will the person who’s putting fake outlet stickers all over the airport please die already thanks <a href=""></a></p> — Alish Erman (@alishisthebest) <a href="">July 19, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>According to <em>The Sun</em>, the pranksters are getting their hands on these fake power point stickers by purchasing them online.</p> <p>Have you seen one of these power outlet stickers while travelling? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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New car sticker craze you’re going to love – or hate

<p>Move over ‘My Family’ stickers, Australia is being hit with another car sticker craze that you’ll either love or hate.</p> <p>Postcode Stickers let you proudly display your town’s postcode (in your choice of colour) on your car.</p> <p>Carlo Lowden, from Torquay in Victoria, came up with the concept, and his Australian made stickers are available online or from some Australia Post outlets for $6.</p> <p>Speaking to Mr Lowden explained that the idea was to reinforce the sense of community.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img width="497" height="280" src="" alt="1 (59)"/></p> <p>“I grew up in a small town where you used to wave to everyone when you were out buying milk, but nowadays there are so many people in town and so many people with new cars, so you don’t wave to as many people as you used to,” he said.</p> <p>“But when you see someone with your postcode on the back, you know they’re a local.”</p> <p>Mr Lowden explained that sales were strongest in smaller towns.</p> <p>“They seem to work especially in coastal towns with between 3000-15,000 people ... and in places where people love where they live.”</p> <p>From his own research, Mr Lowden found that it was almost 50-50 with people either being a “sticker lover or a hater”.</p> <p>The My Family bumper sticker creators, Gold Coast couple Monica Liebenow and Phil Barham, made millions, so the odds are good for Postcode Stickers to become the next big thing this summer.</p> <p>Would you display your postcode on the back of your car? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.</p>


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Why this sticker has drivers around Australia fuming

<p>Australian motorists have been driven into a frenzy after the New Police Force Facebook page shared an image of a car’s sticker which has gone viral.  </p> <p>The sticker which reads, “KEEP LEFT UNLESS OVERTAKING. YES YOU”, was photographed last Friday and has since been shared and liked thousands of times.</p> <p><iframe src=";width=500" width="500" height="387" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true"></iframe></p> <p>But it didn’t strike a chord with everyone.</p> <p>Comments on the post have been quite divisive, with many keyboard warriors using it as a chance to criticise the motorist, NSW police and everyone in between.</p> <p>“I’m tipping he’d be one of the muppets who tailgates within 0.5 seconds while drivers ARE actually overtaking, giving them a dose of high beam,” wrote one Facebook commenter.</p> <p>“Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for better enforcement of this rule, and I’ll keep the hell out of lane 3 on the M4 as much as possible. But, if I’m out there passing a vehicle and I’m pushing a GPS-verified number that’s damn close to the limit, just chill till we are both past the slower guy, yeah? I’ll move over when we’re clear. Then you can get back to your 130km/h.”</p> <p>To see the criticism for yourself, <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>click here</strong></em></span></a>.</p> <p>What are your views? Do you think the sticker is all in a bit of fun? Or is it a little patronising?</p>

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Stickers aren’t just for kids. Here’s how to have fun with Facebook stickers

<p>Did you know that you can use “stickers” all over Facebook – and no, that doesn’t mean you’ll be spending hours scraping sticky residue off your computer screen. This fun feature can be used when you’re sending messages to your friends and family, as well as when you’re commenting on a post (like an article on the Over60 Facebook page).</p> <p>Just like stickers you’d use in real life, Facebook stickers come in all shapes and sizes. You can get different kinds of smiley faces, cute animal characters, different hand gestures that look like the Facebook “like” symbol and many more. There will often be new sets released to coincide with new movies being released. And the best part – they’re free. They’re also addictive, so you’ll soon be stickering everywhere.</p> <p><strong>Here’s how you use them</strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">In chat</span></p> <ol> <li>Open a chat with your friends and click on the smiley face icon in the bottom right corner.</li> <li>You’ll see a list of available stickers. Click on the one you want to use and it will be sent straight away.</li> <li>If you have more than one “set” of stickers, you can use the arrows at the top of the window to scroll through and find the set you like.</li> </ol> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;">In comments</span></p> <ol> <li>In the text box where you would usually type, you will see two icons – a camera and a smiley face. Click on the smiley face.</li> <li>You’ll see a list of available stickers. Click on the one you want to use and it will be posted straight away.</li> <li>If you have more than one “set” of stickers, you can use the arrows at the top of the window to scroll through and find the set you like.</li> </ol> <p><strong>How to acquire more sticker sets</strong></p> <ol> <li>When you have the sticker window open (either in chat or a comment), press the “+” symbol to open the Sticker Store.</li> <li>A new window will open up showing you the dozens of colourful sticker sets you can download. Simply click on the green “Free” button and it will be added to your collection.</li> </ol> <p>Now that you know how to use Facebook stickers, we expect to see them in your comments on <a href="" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Over60’s Facebook page</strong></span></a>.</p> <p><strong>Related links:</strong></p> <p><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="/lifestyle/technology/2015/04/hidden-facebook-features/">3 hidden Facebook features you’ll want to know about</a></strong></span></em></p> <p><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="/lifestyle/technology/2015/04/crop-photos-on-smartphone/">How to crop photos on your smartphone</a></strong></span></em></p> <p><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="/lifestyle/technology/2015/04/find-people-on-facebook/">3 easy ways to connect with your family and friends on Facebook</a></strong></span></em></p>


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