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Stand tall, Matildas; the country is so proud of you 🇦🇺🇦🇺
Last night’s semi-final clash with England is officially the most-watched TV event in Australian history, with 11.15 million viewers.
But the job’s not done..
Let’s get it this Saturday.
We’re with you all the way 👊
In today’s email
FIFA Female Financials: The Top 10 Female vs. Top 10 Males Salaries compared
That Smiley Face Speed Sign: Is logging your data, and local results are in
Wholly Jandals: 15,000 Kiwis rush to permanently cross the ditch (probably to the GC)
Trending: David Warner hitting English touchy nerves for six 🏏
Around the Web (Snippets): The world’s largest electric boat to get built in Australia, Father’s Day gift ideas from a local craft brewery, twilight markets return to Southport, The Pacific Airshow starts tomorrow and more!
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1. One Big Thing: FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 Financial Disparity
The Rise and Rise of Women's Football
As the 2023 Women's World Cup nears the ultimate match this Sunday, it's crystal clear that world sport isn't just about football—it's also about finance.
From ticket sales to memorabilia, this event has been an absolute financial windfall for the country, but with the increased focus, the big, bright light also gets shone on the darker parts.
The Pay Gap Challenge
Despite the incredible success seen by Australia’s Matildas, and the whole country now seeing them as the superstars they deserve to be when it comes to earnings, the World Cup has highlighted some pretty incredible disparities.
Which is probably a good thing to get people talking about it.
And though FIFA has already promised a move towards pay equality by 2026-27, it's evident there's a substantial field to level if you compare the results below, which makes FIFA’s claim seem a bit unrealistic.
Top 10 Female Players at 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Alex Morgan – USD$7.1 Million
Megan Rapinoe – USD$7 Million
Alexia Putellas – USD$4 Million
Trinity Rodman – USD$2.3 Million
🇦🇺Sam Kerr – USD$2.2 Million🇦🇺
Crystal Dunn – USD$2 Million
Julie Ertz – USD$2 Million
Sophia Smith – USD$2 Million
Lindsey Horan – USD$1.5 Million
Rose Lavelle – USD$1.4 Million
The Top 10 Male Players in 2023
Cristiano Ronaldo – USD$214 Million
Kylian Mbappe – USD$63 Million
Lionel Messi – USD$41 Million
Neymar – USD$37 Million
Mohamed Salah – USD$35 Million
Erling Haaland – USD$35 Million
Andres Iniesta – USD$31 Million
Robert Lewandowski – USD$27 Million
Eden Hazard – USD$27 Million
Kevin de Bruyne – USD$25 Million
Australia's Progressive Strides
Our Matildas are more than just players; they're advocates for women doing an epic job deserving to get paid better.
In its bid to be a beacon of equality, Australia already ensures that both the Socceroos and Matildas get an equivalent slice of the prize money.
Still, on the global front, a mega recalibration is in order, which FIFA should be held accountable for delivering on.
With an anticipated viewership of 2 billion for this year’s 2023 Women's World Cup, the stakes have been high.
Such vast attention, especially in Australia, will undoubtedly be the pivot point for substantial investment in women's football moving forward, hopefully positively altering the sport's financial dynamics.
Where to next
This Women's World Cup isn't just a testament to athletic prowess but also a marker for economic progress in the sport, which has come a seriously long way.
As we cheered for our legendary Matildas, we should collectively keep cheering for more equity in the sport.
Who would have thought that Australia is sensational at soccer?
2. Speed Awareness Device Proves Effective on the Southern Gold Coast
Local Smiley Face Speed Sign Data
Did you know the smiley/sad face LED sign is actually logging your data?
We didn’t, either.
Gold Coast's initiative, ‘Drive Safe’
Targeting speeding hotspots, these signs are positioned in full view of motorists and are hard to miss around the Gold Coast and other Australian cities.
Recently shared data posted by local Councillor Gail Oneill for a local 'Smiley Face' digital sign deployment on Miles Street, Coolangatta, has shown that these digital signs are not just pleasant to look at but have a concrete purpose – curbing speeding.
From March 16 to May 24 2023, the devices monitored a whopping 356,159 vehicles.
With a speed limit set at 50km/h, the data reveals intriguing insights.
By The Numbers
Before approaching the device:
Vehicles exceeding the speed limit: 167,359
Average speed: 50km/h
Over-speeding rate: 47%
Compliance with the speed limit: 50%
After passing the device:
Vehicles exceeding the speed limit: 167,359
Average speed: 44km/h
Over-speeding rate dropped drastically to 21%
Impact on Speed:
Overall reduction in speed: 8km/h
Speed reduction for vehicles initially over-speeding: 9km/h
A commendable 67% slowed below the set speed limit after seeing the device.
3. The Great Kiwi Migration to Australia
Rapid Road to Residency
In a record-breaking move since new citizenship rules rolled out on July 1, more than 15,000 Kiwis have flocked to apply for Australian citizenship.
That's 375 a day.
Express Lane Details
These changes mean that special visa holders from NZ can now skip the step of becoming permanent residents and jump straight to applying for citizenship.
They need to be four-year Aussie residents and tick a few other boxes.
Out of the eager crowd of 15,000 applicants, 500 have swiftly jumped through the hoops, acing the citizenship test.
They are now preparing to officially call themselves 'Aussies' when they pledge their allegiance to King and Country at upcoming ceremonies.
Immigration Minister Andrew Giles couldn't contain his enthusiasm, stating, "15,000 of our closest friends want to be part of our Aussie family!"
Where Are They Settling?
Of course, Queensland is the top pick for these newbies (and the Gold Coast), hosting 35% of applications, trailed by Victoria and New South Wales.
A Look Back
Historically, Kiwis automatically got permanent residency in Australia, but things changed after 2001.
This new pathway simplifies the journey for 670,000 New Zealanders in Australia, itching to call Australia their forever home.
What To Look For Next
With a mega housing crisis already in play here, especially on the Gold Coast, as much as we love em’, we do wonder where they’re all going to stay.
David Warner hitting a few English touchy nerves for six last night before the match 🏏
5. Around The Web (Snippets)
Local GC Father’s Day Gift Ideas - Like this epic bundle from local craft brewery Earth Beer Company
CBD Sundown: Twilight markets return to Nerang Street in Southport
A Waddling Turtle Robot: That guides baby sea turtles from their beach nests to the open ocean to help them survive
Property market as buoyant as ever on the GC: Is the insight from local developers, especially with works like these in Palm Beach and Kirra from Urban Activation
We’re gonna need a bigger drone..: To track bigger sharks
The world shed 3.5 million millionaires in 2022: At markets not as good as the few years prior drained wealth at the top
The Pacific Airshow: Starts tomorrow in Surfers Paradise with limited tickets remaining
The World Largest Electric Ship: To get built in Australia in a boon for domestic jobs
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