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St.Peters, Sydney Australia, NSW, 2044
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The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t curbed the greed of property developers. At the end of my street 5 tiny townhouses have been built where there were 2 modest houses.
Across the the road from me there is another property development application to subdivide one modest property and to build another tiny townhouse.
In the street behind me another subdivision.
So I’ve been busy writing objections to property developments pandemic and all.
There is another proposal to build a 9 storey block of apartments at the end of the street. Rejected by council so now the devel…

8 August 2020

Susan Hayes
Glenbrook, NSW, 2773

One of the ladies in my old people’s Pilates class told us all that when she gets home from her weekly shop, she sprays all her vegetables with vodka to neutralise any Covid germs that might be lingering. I seemed to be the only person in the class who found this strange. Everyone else chimed in with their own vodka-related remedies, none of which had anything to do with drinking the stuff. It seems they all stock up on cheap Aldi vodka. These really are very weird times.

9 August 2020

Sydney, NSW

Yesterday I read Professor of History at La Trobe University, Clare Wright’s essay in “Meanjin” – How the Dark Gets In. I cried.

The fear of looking in my own mirror and our national mirror during this time has finally caught up with me.
It’s the stories of this pandemic that interest me. The stories of all pandemics.
Stories. History. So I’m here.

Clare Wright says in her essay:

“I know that the stories we tell about ourselves matter. And that the stories that nations tell about themselves rarely reflect the truth of what actually happened in the past.…



I wasn’t surprised COVID19 happened to the world. Many experts had been predicting a serious virus would hit humanity. I wasn’t surprised either that no country was really prepared. Collectively, humans aren’t very smart. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to understand the illness and keep up with what’s going on worldwide. It’s exhausting.

My family hasn’t been affected by sickness or death yet. However, keeping employed has been very difficult for two of my daughters, although I’m so proud how they coped, adapted and ultimately triumphed despite everything thrown at them. My other daughter also…


Sydney, NSW

Online learning and learning from home was the worst for me because I was not motivated to do any of the homework for the zoom classes. But the real reason why it was the worst was because during one of my zoom classes I was very rude to the teacher and my school had to call me and tell me that my behaviour had to change quick fast or otherwise there could be serious consequences. When school said that we could go back to proper school I was over the moon which means that I was glad to go back and do proper school learning in a classroom.

When it came to see any of my family members it was imp…

7th of August 2020

Sydney, NSW, 2035

COVID. Where to begin? It has been very hard watching from afar as I see the news day by day. Numbers are rising and my cousins in Melbourne have been put into stage 4 lockdown. In South Africa my 8 and 5-year-old cousins cannot even leave the house. I felt bad about it but I was aware it was in a different country.

Suddenly Victoria closed and I am so worried it is going to happen to Sydney next. I cannot stand to be put into lockdown again. The sleeping late and no uniform was fun, but school was so boring and I missed seeing my friends and grandparents in person. When COVID first came aroun…

7 aug 2020

Sydney, NSW

I did not like COVID. The reason includes people where dying and that we could not do what we wanted to do. I also really hated online learning, because I like the teacher being there.

7th August 2020

Mudgee, NSW, 2850

Well here I am…

Period 8 Friday afternoon, in the computer lab, trying to encourage a group of elite Year 10 students to take on the ‘The Diary Files’ and demonstrate their prowess with a keyboard.

It’s been a tough year in teaching. Everyone talks about how Covid 19 has changed the world; how we live, how we work, how we eat, how we socialise but, no-one wants to talk about the things that have stayed the same. Same things will always stay the same regardless of war, plague or natural disaster.

When Australia experienced unprecedented bush fires last summer, teenagers st…



Stormy weather is calming to the soul. The subtle patter of the rain, the intoxicating scent of petrichor, the small chill to the howling wind. Every element that adds towards rain makes me long for a permanent winter.

When the rain begins, you rug up in warm blankets with a hot drink and watch your favourite movies. You can walk in the cool showers and enjoy the way everything glimmers, or jump in the puddles like a playful child. Maybe you’ll use this chance to practice driving on wet roads, or allow the sound of droplets hitting your roof to lull you to sleep. Whatever you choose to do…



August, already, this year is going so fast, yet so slow. The days are merging together, but i do know that its Friday today, and I’m extremely glad that it is.

After being isolated for months, I’ve lost the sense of wqnting to do anything, believing that the only salvation i get is from sleep. Or food. Studying is boring, but considering my last report got me all E’s for geography, i think i need to at least try.

Stressed out, is what I will feel soon, i have 4 un-completed assignments, one for History, another for my elective history, one for english, and one for science, al…



It is now August, 5 months ago the entire Nation was situated into lockdown for three months due to the deadly global pandemic, COVID-19.

Now five months later I am writing a Diary entry on what affects it has had on my livelihood.

Thankfully, my family wasn’t in any way affected by the virus, but my favourite sport and hobby was. Basketball is an indoor contact sport, the virus is easily transmitted indoor and through sweat so for the government to cancel all basketball games was a no brainer.

These were the only affects that the virus had on me.


Connor Van Reason
Mudgee, NSW, 2850

Almost done. Five years of work. Five years of persistence, of setbacks. Five miserable years of everyone I know turning their backs on my groundbreaking invention. But now, it’s time for payback. Ever since I found a way to link the electrical signals of the human brain to a robotic reader, I was determined to take it further. And with every new creation, another loved one backed out. They threw words at me like knives, trying, hopelessly, to persuade me from continuing. They questioned my morals, called on my ethical views, saying that man and machine were not meant to be joined. And w…

7 August 2020


In these last few months the world has been through a lot of problems and anxiety with this Covid thing. You could say the world is basically f**ked at this point. Who knows if it will even get better, especially with the increasing covid cases we are seeing around the world. Florida is going to have an especially tough time coming back from this year, as well as China and the rest of the U.S..

Not to mention the amount of deaths from Covid but also the Black Lives Matter protests and Australian bushfires which have also caused a large disruption to this year.

There have also been some positive …

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😡Covid-19 has brought upon tough times for virtually everyone. Its unprecedented arrival has left many people missing friends and family. I was excited when school was transferred to many different forms of online learning, it was a small recession in the amount of work and pressure on us. After a few weeks of 4am nights we had to go back to school, back to the large heaps of work and pressure. But the work was easier and it made more sense.

It wasn’t bad to be back at school and i could also see all my many friends that I have. Its been a couple months since then and now we might return…

7 August 2020


2020 has been the hardest year of my life because of all the things that have gone wrong. I really enjoyed home schooling because it gave me more freedom for when to eat and which order to do your work, you can also wake up later. When I had walks after lunch it was fun going around on my bike and finding new ways to go around my block. It was really scary at fist because my mum has very bad asthma so it would of been very bad if she caught COVID-19.

Because everyone was at home working, the WIFI was sometimes very bad and it made it difficult to do work. Some of the teachers were not good at …


mudgee, NSW, 2850

Everyone has something to write in their diary while here i am still thinking what to write.I mean, this day is not really bad and not really good. Me and my friends just played Uno in the library at lunch and that’s the enjoyable thing that i did today. It’s also raining so my two brothers didn’t attend school because they don’t feel like it.

Mom didn’t go to work because she is working at farm and it’s hard to work in farm when it is raining you know. But what’s good when she didn’t work is she can fetch me, but I’m thinking if should i a…



Never in my life had i thought i would ever be experiencing something like that which is happening right now. It has showed me the value in face to face education with a structured normal school day. Whilst in lock down with covid restrictions in place really affected my learning capability. It also greatly restricted my ability to socialise with friends from school.

Getting back into the swing of things and getting used to a normal school`day has been difficult to say the least and is still a very hard thing to get use to.



During Covid-19 it has been very hard for my family to see each other. At first I could not see my grandmother. I had to adjust to only see her virtually. It was a tough adjustment as I have such a strong connection with her. After restrictions eased and I went back to school. I could go to see her.

She lives on the top floor of her apartment building. Every step I took to get to her apartment I get more excited. When I finally reached the door was already open with my grandma standing in the arch. With open arms, I run the rest of the staircase. It was such a rewarding experience to see her. …


kobie close
Mudgee, NSW, 2850

He really did look like a tourist, with a camera around his neck and a bottle of sunscreen sticking out of his tote bag.

The portly man sat on the terrace, sipping lemonade and pretending to look at a glossy cruise brochure. His sunglasses masked his eyes, but I knew he wasn’t looking at the brochure: he hadn’t turned a page for the last ten minutes.

As I brought him his clam chowder, he coughed up a “thank you” and looked at me briefly. I tried not to stare at the tiny scar across his left eyebrow.

I walked back inside with my empty tray, shaking my head. He looked famili…


Mudgee, NSW, 2850

Today it was raining. My friend is sitting next to me. It is currently 3:02 pm, and our school finishes at 3:25 pm so I get to go home soon. I have to catch the bus home, so I will get home at 4:16. But then I can have a hot shower, which is good because it is cold outside. I have two huskies, the first one is named Bear. His birthday is on the 20th of February and he is 4 and a half years old. He is black and white and has one blue eye and one brown eye. My other one is named Rose, her birthday is in August sometime and she is 2 years old. She is red and has one blue eye, and one amber eye. T…