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Victorian businesses want support from Government for 'vaccinated economy' trial
12 hours ago
Many businesses have recently struggled to police COVID-safe rules while checking IDs and masks, so what kinks need to be ironed out before the system is running statewide?
What should Victoria's roadmap out of lockdown include for renters?
11 days ago
Tenants signing new leases are being asked to sign condition reports without having inspected the property, and there is a backlog of cases before VCAT.
Workplaces offering to sponsor egg freezing for female employees
12 days ago
More women in their twenties and thirties are considering freezing their eggs, but if their workplace pays for it, does that give employers control of their staffs fertility?
Illegal pet breeders and puppy farms being dobbed in during the pandemic
There has been a rise in illegal pet breeders scamming hopeful puppy and kitten owners during the pandemic, o what are the red flags when buying pets online?
Ricotta get through this: Victorians making cheese during lockdown
As retail sales of cheese continue to rise in 2021, how can Victorians ensure they are buying cheese that benefits local producers and dairy farmers?
Nurses retiring from COVID-19 burnout puts strain on Victoria's health system
"Last year broke me — as a human being and a nurse," says Michelle, a nurse in her 50s who has taken indefinite leave from work.
Staff members policing customers for COVID-19 compliance
Staff of retail stores and restaurants fear that anger will rise if staff are soon required to check "vaccination passports" before allowing customers into their venues.
Why do Australians love owning goats?
Goats are being used to eat weeds along train tracks, to help prevent bushfires, and miniature goats are becoming a popular pet.
Demand on delivery drivers prompts concern about workers conditions
Delivery drivers are busier than ever, so how can drivers ensure they are working under fair conditions?
If Victoria was redesigned, what infrastructure should be given priority?
In the last 12 months, over 22,500 Melburnians moved to regional Victoria. So how could we redesign the state to accommodate for pressures on housing, transport, jobs and hospitals?
Eating disorders on the rise in Victoria
Regional towns are struggling with demand for eating disorder support services, but new programs for school teachers and siblings have been introduced during the pandemic.
Has the pandemic changed how much Victorian’s will rely on cars in the future?
Car sharing or reducing the number of cars owned per family was a popular choice before the pandemic, but with the hesitancy of using public transport, car sales are once again going through the roof.
Should the hospitality industry pay for street dining to continue?
If Victorians can only dine outdoors for the remainder of 2021, should street dining continue for free? Or will food trucks become more popular?
Playgrounds for seniors, kids, and people of all abilities
Victorians love of playgrounds has never been more obvious, but as 'mega' playgrounds become more popular, are the designs accessible for everyone?
Calls for fashion labels to create stylish adaptive clothing designs
Adaptive clothing is only just starting to be recognised by well known fashion labels, but people living with a disability or sensory issues say there is still a long way to go.
Designing pandemic-proof buildings with better ventilation
Experts want immediate changes to building regulations, so that any new structure, from hospitals to public housing towers, have windows that open and improved ventilation.
Victoria has a bushel of apple varieties, but do we have enough pickers?
Victoria is home to a bushel of apple varieties, from Granny Smith's and Golden delicious, Jonathon's and Pink Lady's, but are there enough fruit pickers to harvest them all?
Anxious teenagers sharing bedrooms with parents during COVID-19 pandemic
Teenagers as old as 17 are experiencing sleep regression, needing to sleep in their parents room or even beds, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Could keeping native animals as pets help conservation of threatened species?
"Last time I checked our numbers we probably had about 80 people in Victoria keeping crocodiles as pets," said Jennifer Cane from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
Should you switch off social media during lockdown?
With lockdowns becoming more frequent, do you find social media to be an effective way of connecting with loved ones? Or do platforms like TikTok and Instagram serve as a bleak reminder of our isolation in lockdown?
Will regional and metropolitan Victorians be reunited in 2021?
Some regional Victorians are desperate to get Melburnians back to town, but others want to reinstate a ring of steel. So do we need ID checks and rapid tests to reunite the state?
How Victoria's olive oil industry is booming
Olive oil means big business in Victoria. There are now multiple olive oil producers across the state, and well known company Cobram Estate has just been listed on the ASX.
Should COVID-19 press conferences include a mental health expert?
"This is probably the most sustained and serious stress that many of us are going to face in our lifetimes" said NSW chief psychiatrist Dr Murray Wright during their COVID press conference.
How Australia can improve access to languages other than English
If COVID-19 information in different languages is out of date, and most road and safety signs are in English, how can people who don't speak English get by in everyday life?
Are feral pigs causing problems for Victorians?
You may not think feral pigs impact anyone but farmers, but they are causing problems for the global climate and sacred heritage sites.
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