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Memories and the experiences gained through play are foundational to one’s lifelong learning. (Shutterstock)

A day at the beach: Deep learning for a child

Through a play day filled with choices at the beach with supportive adults, unexpected challenges and social experiences all help children to build far more than sand castles.
Fast tests can help keep people out of the water when it’s unsafe, and let them back in sooner once the coast is clear. Paul Fisher

Rapid water quality tests better protect beachgoers

Traditional water quality test results tell you what was happening at the beach yesterday. More real-time answers can be a boon for public health.
Media reports tend to focus on people who drown at the beach. But almost as many people drown in rivers and lakes. Where are the safety messages for them? from www.shutterstock.com

Australia’s spike in summer drownings: what the media misses

Migrants are no more at risk of drowning than Australian-born swimmers but you'd never know from media reports.
People go to the beach in large numbers and for many different reasons, and sometimes that’s a recipe for conflict. tazzymoto from www.shutterstock.com

Contested spaces: we shall fight on the beaches…

In many ways, the conflict we see on our beaches may be a small price to pay for the free and open access to our beaches, which Australians have long fought to preserve.
Hefty problem: a local council was left with a huge clean-up bill after a dead whale washed up in Perth last year. AAP Image/City of Stirling

Dead whales are expensive – whose job is it to clear them up?

Dead whales can cost beachside ratepayers a lot to clean up. The alternative is to tow them away before they wash up - but the legal question of who does the job is far more complex than it sounds.

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