February 12, 2018

Marriage equality is now law, so with the prospect of increasing numbers of those in love rushing off to the altar, the NSW Trustee & Guardian has issued some timely words of advice about making sure a person’s Will is up to date if their relationship status changes.


Updating an existing Will is essential when a relationship status changes and should be one of the first things couples consider. Natalie Darcy from NSW Trustee & Guardian said “Legal documents aren’t romantic but updating your Will can be one of the most practical ways to demonstrate how much you care. When you get married, separated or divorced, if you don’t update an existing Will or have one written, it can affect the people you care about. People spend time updating their Facebook relationship status, why not something as important as your Will. Talk to NSW Trustee & Guardian about updating your Will so you can ensure that your affairs are managed according to your wishes.”

It is important that people seek expert advice when updating or creating a Will to ensure that it is legally valid. www.tag.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 364 103.

Sandra Tiltman


December 7, 2013

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Komune Resort & Beach Club, situated at Keramas on Bali’s east coast, is a new resort for those who love to surf or wish to experience the surfing lifestyle. This hip resort consisting of 33 rooms, that overlooks the world-class surf reef break of Keramas, opened its first stage in late 2012. The second and third stages are set to open in 2014.

45 minutes from Ngurah Rai international Airport in Denpasar via the new Sanur bypass toll road, the resort is only 3 minutes from Bali Safari and Marine Park and a 25 minute drive from Sanur’s shopping district and Bali’s arts & cultural centre, Ubud.

Komune Resort & Beach Club is now offering surf lovers a world first, with the recent launch of a permanent night surfing installation. Each night, guests and visitors can watch the local Bali board riders put on a spectacular performance of surfing the waves.  After  seeing the display, guests can book a night surf, with only five others sharing the waves.  Guests can choose either the night surfing sessions which run from 7pm to midnight each evening, or from 4am to 6am for those early risers, at a cost of $20 per hour.

2013-09-25 22.42.06The resort specialises in finding surf spots to suit individual ability. There is a dedicated tour desk to book boat transfers from Keramas to breaks such as Nusa Lembongan which is great for intermediate surfers, and for more experienced surfers, Tanjung Sari, Hyatt Reef and Sanur Reef.

The resort is part-owned by champion Australian surfer Luke Egan who said “Keramas is the most hi-fi performance wave in Bali so the action in the water is always electric at Komune Bali.”

In February 2014, Komune’s ten Junior Suites will be opened with a launch rate from $140 per night.  Late 2014 will see the launch of luxury Beach Villas that will enjoy sweeping ocean views overlooking the Keramas right-hander, enabling guests to view night surfing from their private villa. Each of the twenty-four two and three bedroom villas will have their own private swimming pool, Bose sound system, internet connection, fully equipped kitchen, outdoor showers, BBQ, outdoor lounge, king size beds and a lounge area with surf views.

Komune Bali prides itself on being environmentally and socially conscious, incorporating solar power, LED lighting, water harvesting and purification, cross flow ventilation, sewer and storm water management, river channel and beach management, cleaning and monitoring.

Co-owner Tony Cannon said “If you want a perfect place to chill on family sized pool deck loungers, desert island style hammocks listening to the waves crashing down whilst snacking on fresh and tasty food with vegetables picked from our own garden, Komune is for you”.

Sandra Tiltman 


November 18, 2013

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To celebrate the return of its 100th rescued and rehabilitated orangutan to the wild, Borneo Orangutan Survival Australia is hosting a public event emceed by BOS ambassador, Triple J presenter and animal rights activist, Lindsay McDougall on Thursday 28 November at The Forresters, 336 Riley St Surry Hills from 6pm – 9pm. Tickets are available at http://www.orangutans.com.au for $25 per head, including food and drinks. All proceeds will go to Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation.

The event will highlight the continued plight of Borneo’s endangered orangutans and provide insight into BOS’s world-first release program that has seen 100 rescued orangutans rehabilitated and released back into protected Bornean forest in the past 18 months.

With a further 600 orangutans still in BOS sanctuaries awaiting their return to freedom, the event aims to raise much needed funds to support this landmark program and help return these magnificent creatures to the wild.

Sandra Tiltman