Body found in Wollongong backyard

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RAW VISION: Police conduct forensic operations at site of Bellambi death.

'It's something to be proud of': Rain couldn't dampen Mardi Gras revellers' spirit

Marleena Stool (Miss Wagga Wagga) and The Bag from Bowral

Rachel Olding It’s not quite bikini weather but that hasn’t stopped Sydney’s most flamboyant crowd from donning their pink g-strings and sequin-studded bras.

Royal Commission: Witness tells of having teeth shattered against sink

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Hay Gaol - Photograph taken by Wilma Robb in 2005 of a historical photograph from 1965, on display at the museum in Hay

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Rachel Browne When Wilma Robb was transferred from Parramatta Girls Training School to the notoriously brutal Institution for Girls in Hay as a 15-year-old, she vividly recalls being told what to expect.

New Sydney Symphony program TunED-Up is music to primary teachers' ears

Lane Sainty The room is full of grins and xylophones, with twenty pairs of hands tapping out different tunes, all converging in a melodious harmony.

Bushfires: Nature is no match for man


Alexandra Smith Almost 150 fines and 2800 formal warning letters were sent to people who threw cigarette butts from cars in the final three months of last year, including while bushfires were raging in the Blue...

Speaking English an obligation: Senator Fierravanti Wells

Bianca Hall As citizenship ceremonies and barbecues fire up across the country for Australia Day, a senior government MP called for migrants to speak English as their main language.

Rite of passage comes with a high risk for those seeking foreign adventures

Overseas deaths.Sandringham.January 23rd, 2014.Photo.Sahlan Hayes.SH Extra.Julie Fitzsimons with daughter Kate. Julie's other daughter () died in Thailand in 2012.

Lindy Alexander The number of Australian tourists under 25 dying overseas has doubled in the past decade as younger travellers push boundaries that they wouldn't at home.

Half university applicants consider their verdict

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Amy McNeilage In the 24 hours after 55,000 students received their HSC results last week, almost 9000 went on to change their university preferences.

Male domestic violence victims need more support

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Mark White Jamie*, a minister of religion in his 60s, spent his 36-year marriage "walking on egg shells". He'd had a very controlling childhood where he'd been told to do the opposite of what he felt was right.

Live Q&A with bushfire expert Dr Trent Penman


How can you protect your home from bushfires? Ask our expert in a live question-and-answer session.

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Bio pen prototype will help surgeons rebuild bone material directly on to the body


Angela Thompson A hand-held ''bio pen'' developed in Wollongong will allow surgeons to draw regenerating bone material directly on to the body.

Putting the 'popular' into K-pop

C-CLOWN - Rome (Barom Yu)

Gabriel Wilder Barom ''Rome'' Yu was a typical Wollongong teenager, into surfing and music...

Investigation into why police failed to act on abuse report

Child abuse

Emma Partridge An internal investigation will look at why police failed to act on the reported abuse of a seven-year-old just before he died from injuries initially blamed on a pogo stick accident, but later...

Foodbank NSW fields record demand for help to put food on table

Lucy Carroll Australia's largest food relief charity will deliver 1.6 million meals this Christmas - 10 per cent more than last year - as demand for grocery assistance reaches a record high.

A clear decision: Sydney water catchment fracking ruled out for now

Stop CSG Illawarra are creating a human sign at Bulli Showground to highlight their concerns over Coal Seam gas exploration near water catchments and rivers. 
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Ben Cubby Coal seam gas drilling has been ruled out of Sydney's drinking water catchment - for now.

'Magic': Ryan Campbell, 19, flies to a new world record

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Kim Arlington When he landed his plane in Wollongong on Saturday, Ryan Campbell landed a new world record, becoming the youngest person to fly solo around the world.

Pair hatch picture-perfect plan for coastline

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Steve Colquhoun Adrian Morgan has set off on the first leg of an around-Australia sailing adventure and will take some happy snaps along the way - 150,000 of them, to be precise.

Split sports: kids pay or don't play

Daniella Miletic, Lucy Carroll Children from affluent families are almost twice as likely to play sport at the weekend, while those from poorer families miss out and also get less physical activity each day.

Customs welcome Siev 358 inquest findings

Australian Customs chiefs say they will improve their "information sharing" after being criticised by the coroner investigating the sinking of an asylum seeker boat with the loss of 102 lives.

Friendly rivalry name of game in archbishop race

Glenn Davies and Canon Rick Smith.

Esther Han, Rick Feneley If you scanned Anglican websites you'd be forgiven for thinking Bishop Glenn Davies and Canon Rick Smith were combatants in a title fight to become the 12th Anglican Archbishop of Sydney.