The Siren

The Siren is your helpful resource for life's important issues, such as finance, education, property and travel.


There are so many things that can affect your everyday life, from your relationships, job, right through to personal interests. Our Lifestyle section covers it all.

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Tips to shop safely over the holiday season

Here are the most common techniques fraudsters use over the Christmas period and how to avoid them

Here are the most common techniques fraudsters use over the Christmas period and how to avoid them

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Great winter break ideas that won’t blow the budget

Short winter breaks that are kind to your wallet

Take time out to recharge with these short, budget-friendly winter break ideas

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Top 3 Personal Finance Apps

Take control of your finances with tools at your fingertips

Here are three money management apps to help you manage all aspects of your personal finances.

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Making a difference with your finance, food and fashion

Lifestyle changes you can make to better our environment

From your finances to your fashion and food consumption, ensuring you’re an ethical consumer can lead to positive change.  

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Ideas for ethical Christmas gifts

Our top ideas for an ethical Christmas

Check out our list of noteworthy Christmas gift ideas that are ethical, green and kind to the environment.

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Wanderlust in times of COVID

Wanderlust in times of COVID

Domestic trips you can take in times of COVID

With the world on pause in 2020, we look to some great trips you can take right here in Australia.

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How to deal with stress

Explore ways to keep your stress in check

When it comes to dealing with stress, it’s best to know what the signs and causes are, and seek support or simple ways to deal with those in your control.

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6 things everyone should know about online safety

Protect your personal information online

There are a few key ways that you can try and be more aware of your own responsibility when it comes to protecting your personal information on the internet.

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How to set business goals the SMART way

Defined goals can help your business grow

Learn how to set business goals and the common mistakes to avoid.

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Running an ethical business

Behaving in an ethical way doesn’t need to send you broke

If approached in the right way it may reduce costs and result in growth. And the good news; it doesn’t matter how small or large your business is, you can still build an ethical business.

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Firefighters Mutual Bank member, Keith Ashman with son-in-law, Troy Pepperell

All in the family

All in the family for ‘the best job you’ll ever have’

As a parent, there are few things better in life than your kids following in your footsteps, especially when it’s a career that you’ve dedicated over 20 years of service to.

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Firefighters Mutual Bank member, Geoff Hooler's Bedfors water tanker

Of necessity and nostalgia

Some of the most ingenious ideas and innovations happen by accident

Retired station commander and Firefighters Mutual Bank member, Geoff Hooler, shares his story of giving a Bedford water tanker the opportunity to serve again.

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Meet our first staff member

Meet our first staff member, Desma Lindenbaur

Here, she reflects on her time with the bank and helps us celebrate our 50th anniversary.

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