After wrapping a new set of Christmas lights around the tree and settling back for a quiet night, Erin Dee was startled by a sudden loud crack and smoulder of smoke.
Corruption, cronyism and sexual impropriety, poison pen letters, private investigators, asbestos contamination and allegations of a witch-hunt. Welcome to Hurstville Council.
The healthy food star-rating system should be extended to fast food to give consumers more information about their nutritional value, according to a leading research institute on public health.
Australian children have the fifth highest amount of homework in the world, research from an OECD report into the performance of students has revealed, leading to a backlash from parents and academics about homework destroying school holidays.
Women fleeing domestic violence in NSW are being turned away from refuges in droves as frontline workers say a culture of silence has blanketed the sector more than year after the government overhauled crisis accommodation services.
A shark has been spotted metres from a group of surfers at a beach in Byron Bay days after two shark attacks in the area, one serious.
The owner of one of two boats destroyed by fire at Woolloomooloo together worth $2 million says 'it is extremely frustrating'.
Couple devastated but determined to find answers to what happened to cause love ones' deaths.
What price the habitat of the endangered Blue Mountains skink, the giant dragonfly, rare swamp plants and an increase in salinity in rivers that feed Sydney's water drinking supply?
An environmental consultant says he was sacked by a coal company after he warned that mining was harming endangered swamps near Lithgow.
Patients who may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis are considering legal action against the Sydney dentist who performed invasive dental surgery with poorly sterilised equipment.
Providers of ethics classes in NSW primary schools have responded with outrage to a change to the school enrolment form which removes a clear choice between ethics and scripture.
Karl Kramer became the second American to run Australia's most important and prestigious music academy. He also became the second to leave with his tenure under a cloud of controversy.
The collapse of a wall of coal waste at the Clarence Colliery into part of the Wollangambe River is expected to take "many weeks" to clean up, the NSW Environment Protection Agency said.
A primary school teacher has become the latest man to be charged with child sex offences after a year-long investigation into historical child sex offences at a school in northern NSW.
Sydney's run of unusually cold mornings will extend well into next week as mostly clear skies combine with light winds and a frigid air mass to sink the mercury.
It was supposed to be a green oasis in one of Sydney's booming business hubs.
James Robertson and Eryk Bagshaw
The Dean of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music has been forced to resign after an investigation uncovered the misuse of thousands of dollars on his corporate credit card.
The packaging industry is considering cutting its recycling target after an internal review found imports of plastics were far higher than thought, leaving waste reuse falling further shy of targets.
The energy sector is undergoing an identity crisis and there is one thing that will determine where it goes from here: the humble battery.