THURS FEB 22 - ROYAL MELBOURNE STILL AUSTRALIA’S No.1 GOLF COURSE (JUST) / FOUR TASMANIAN COURSES IN THE TOP 10
Which Courses Head the List in Your State/Territory?
Royal Melbourne Golf Club’s West Course remains Australia’s premier golf course after this week’s release of Australian Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses rankings. ‘RM’ faced pressure from perennial Sandbelt rival Kingston Heath and newcomer Cape Wickham. The other talking point from the 2018/’19 list is the quartet of Tasmanian courses now occupying places in the top-10.

POLL: SUPPORT FOR MONARCHY HITS LOWEST EVER LEVEL
Celebrity PR Blitz Fails to Shift Opinion
A new poll shows the majority of Australians support an Australian republic, while support for the monarchy has fallen to its lowest recorded level. Just 22 per cent of respondents disagree that Australia should be a republic with an Australian as head of state. 52 per cent agree that Australia should be a republic. The poll also shows Australians know the difference between celebrity news and an independent constitution.



LIFELINE SCHOLARSHIP TO RECRUIT MALE CRISIS SUPPORTERS
Lifeline Australia and Gotcha4Life have launched an inaugural scholarship to encourage men around the country to become Telephone Crisis Supporters for the national charity’s 13 11 14 crisis line.  Lifeline Australia CEO Bob Gilkes said the support from Gotcha4Life – a men’s mental health initiative led by TV and radio personality Gus Worland – will pay for 20 men to undertake the lifesaving training each year.
CITIZEN CAMPAIGN TO SAVE THE REEF - WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Every Australian has the ability to ease the crushing pressures on our precious Great Barrier Reef, through their own lifestyle choices.  From the type of fish we eat, to not using straws in our drinks, a new campaign highlights what can make a genuine difference for the reef – and why.



THE WINNER OF THE 2018 WHEELS CAR OF THE YEAR … IS A VOLVO 
The world is changing, and fast.  Not only have we recently farewelled local car manufacturing in Australia, but our perceptions continue to be challenged on a near daily basis.  Now comes news that our most prestigious motoring award has been won by the much maligned marque Volvo, with two other oft-derided Europeans in close pursuit.  Our jokes are seriously out of date.
 
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AUSTRALIA’S 4X4 OF THE YEAR
The Modern Day Workhorse & Urban Escape Pod Keeps Surprising
Just as Australia has come a long way since The Man From Snowy River, so too has the notion of the modern day workhorse (and urban escape pod) the four-wheel-drive.  An essential survival tool for many Aussies, and a recreational godsend, the prestigious 2018 4X4 OF THE YEAR has just been named … and may surprise a few.
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