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Rob Greaves

I have been with the Toorak Times since April 2012. I worked as Senior Editor of the Toorak Times for 10 years before retiring in 2012. I continue now as an occasional feature writer. I've been in the Australian music scene as a musician since 1964, and have worked in radio and TV and newspapers (when they were paper ), serious experience in audio editing, and a lot of video editing experience. I retired from paid radio work in 2022 and took up a position in the Education Centre at Puffing Billy

Puffing Billy – The little train that does. . . .

Victoria is blessed with attractions for locals, interstate and overseas visitors, but there is one which never fails to attract - Puffing Billy.   Some would...

Why we should be voting YES in the forthcoming referendum

   There should be NO confusion on what we are voting on with the forthcoming referendum. The only confusion is being caused by the misinformation...

Our Music Hero’s Are Dying and It Reminds Some Of Us Boomers Of Our Mortality

With the recent passing of the amazing Jeff Beck, a true guitar virtuoso, I started thinking of all the artists that I loved and...

Remembering Jack Charles: Indigenous Elder and a Good Bloke

Please be aware - that the recordings below contain the voice of the now deceased Indigenous elder - Jack Charles. I was fortunate to be...

The Passing of Elizabeth the II

The death of Queen Elizabeth the Second was announced some two hours ago. The notice was posted on the gates of the Palace of Holyroodhouse...

Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power – a cheat’s guide to Middle-earth before you watch the new show

Image: Amazon Studios For a newcomer to the wonderful world of Middle-earth, the universe created by the British author and academic J.R.R. Tolkien can seem...

Sunday essay: ‘I feel my heart breaking today’ – a climate scientist’s path through grief towards hope

Image: Joelle Gergis pictured in 2020 following the Black Summer bushfires. Photo: ANU Media I have spent hundreds of hours trawling through countless UN reports and...

Still Light: Vanitas Reimagined – A review of an Exhibition by Maria Gravias

This amazing exhibition features work by MARIA GRAVIAS, winner of the inaugural Mount Avoca People's Choice Award at the 2021 TACIT Still Life prize...

Book Launch: the last hooray by Frank Howson

Book Launch: The Last Hurrah   Thursday 1 Sep 2022 at 6:30pm Readings St Kilda — Boonwurrung Country, 112 Acland St, St Kilda, Victoria, 3182   We are pleased...

The Rogan Josh: A Revisited Review

Image: The facade of the Rogan Josh Rogan Josh is an unassuming restaurant located in Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, that belies a wonderful eating experience. In...

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RENT: The Musical 2024 [Melb]

Experience Jonathan Larson’s electrifying, multi-Tony® Award winning musical RENT Musical AU when it hits Australian shores as of tonight! Step into the vibrant streets of New York City’s East Village, where dreams are born, friendships are tested, and the power of love prevails against all...

No idea what to call this

I’m developing a really good track record for not talking about books this year. Or maybe that should be a really bad track record for talking about books. Both of those are right so take whichever you want. Last week I didn’t write at all and this...

Get your submissions in for the 2024 EEC Awards!

Submissions for the 2024 EEC Awards are open and there’s just over two weeks left to get your nominations in! Now in their eleventh year, the awards are Australia’s highest profile honours for excellence in energy efficiency, energy management and demand response. We’re inviting individuals and organisations to nominate projects demonstrating outstanding achievement in performance, leadership and […]


New-look on the way for some of Australia’s most iconic Easter products. Cadbury set to save an eggstra-ordinary amount of plastic and cardboard packaging this Easter Cadbury Australia has announced a bold move ahead of Easter, transforming its packaging to drive major savings in plastic and cardboard packaging from some Hollow Hunting Eggs and Easter […]

Shape the future of sustainability reporting

Nominations open for new members to join the GRI Stakeholder Council The process is underway to find new members to join the GRI Stakeholder Council, the governance body that fully embodies the multi-stakeholder relevance that is at the heart of GRI’s activities and priorities. An advisory formal forum that provides recommendations on future GRI policy […]


In pursuing a more sustainable future, the transportation industry stands at a crossroads, seeking solutions to reduce its environmental impact. For Australia to eradicate its dependence on fossil fuels, the Government needs to spend an average of more than $100 billion per year over the next 27 years finding a solution. As the nation’s population […]

Kimberly-Clark, Energy Partners sign PPA for one of City of Cape Town’s largest rooftop solar systems

American multinational’s Epping manufacturing facility will be home to new 2.2MW system. Kimberly-Clark (K-C), one of the world’s leading manufacturer of personal care and hygiene products and owner of household brands such as BabySoft®, Kleenex®, Kotex® and Huggies®, and integrated energy solutions company, Energy Partners (EP), have signed a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to […]

Time to name the silent killer: heatwaves

AS WESTERN AUSTRALIA reels from record-breaking heat, the Climate Council is calling for heatwaves to be named, similar to how we name tropical cyclones, as a way of helping avoid more deaths. This move, already trialled in Europe, could increase awareness of the serious health and safety risks posed by heatwaves. Seville in Spain was the first […]

Territory Pharmacy launches first widespread blister-pack recycling program for the Northern Territory

Territory Pharmacy Free Blister Pack Recycling Program Casuarina Village  The first-of-a-kind blister-pack recycling program will provide Northern Territorians, and remote communities with a unique opportunity to increase the rate of recycling.  The Northern Territory’s largest pharmacy group, Territory Pharmacy has launched the very first free, territory-wide blister packs recycling program, in partnership with innovative recycling […]

Rare and threatened shark found in the Roper River for the first time

Charles Darwin University (CDU) researchers and Yugul Mangi Rangers have discovered a population of the rare threatened Speartooth Shark in the Roper River. Pictured: Julia Constance. Charles Darwin University (CDU) researchers and First Nations Yugul Mangi Rangers have discovered a new population of a rare and threatened shark species in the Northern Territory’s Roper River. […]


2023 saw the rising interest in renewable energy higher than ever, withWith the increasing interest in renewable energy, there has been a significant surge in Australian homeowners incorporating batteries into their energy systems. While the solar boom is well underway, this trend can be attributed to several factors, including the growing popularity of renewable energy […]

Introducing Paleblue

Introducing Paleblue A smarter way to recharge #DITCHDISPOSABLES Paleblue started with a clear mission: Rid the world of single-use batteries. Single-use batteries not only have a negative impact on the environment but also our back pockets. Finally, a tech driven solution is available in Australia with the launch of Paleblue and their lithium-ion, fast charge […]