Cookies Statement

“Cookies” are small pieces of information stored by your internet browser onto your computer’s hard drive. Like most website providers, we use cookies and similar devices to enable us to operate the Website, to recognise your browser and allow us to count the number of visitors and see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. We also use them for your convenience to give you an improved experience when interacting with the Website. We may also use them to provide personalised features to you to give you a better experience when you return to our Website, for example to remember your details when you have made a comment so that you can leave future comments without having to re-enter your information. To ensure you get the best from our Website, we advise you to keep cookies active on your computer. By accessing our Website, you automatically consent to our use of cookies and similar devices.

Our Use of Cookies

The following table shows you the cookies our Website stores for the operation of the Website and for your greater experience:

Name Purpose Description
_ga, _gid, _gat Performance These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website and blog, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited.

By default these are set to expire after 2 years, 24 hours and 1 minute respectively, although this is customisable by website owners.

Find out more on the Google Analytics privacy page

__atuvc and/or __atuvs Functionality These are created and read by the AddThis social sharing site JavaScript on the client side in order to make sure that vistors sees the updated count if they share a page and return to it before the Websites share count cache is updated. No data from that cookie is sent back to AddThis and removing it when disabling cookies would cause unexpected behaviour for users.

By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.

Find out more on the AddThis privacy policy page

comment_author, comment_author_email, comment_author_url Functionality When visitors comment on a news post, they will have cookies stored on their computer. This is purely for convenience, so you will not be required to re-type all your information again when you want to leave another comment in the future.

The commenter cookies are set to expire a little less than one year from the time they’re set.

_AVESTA_ENVIRONMENT Functionality This is a session cookie which is used when a user is signing up to our email service and is used to pre-fill your email address into the subsequent subscription form of our email newsletter service provider. No personal information is held.

This will expire when the browsing session ends

cookie_notice_accepted Functionality This cookie is used to indicate that a user has accepted the Website’s cookie notice and hides the message for future visits.

By default it is set to expire after 1 year, although this is customisable by website owners.

Third Party Cookies

Users of the site who wish to share content on social platforms directly from the Website may have cookies stored on their computers from these third party websites.

Cookies are collected from third party sites so that you can be logged in to your account on their site and share our content simply and easily.

We embed videos from the official YouTube channel of Mark Webber and Aussie Grit using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.

For more information on the cookie policies of these third party sites, please visit their websites. You will be able to control the way cookies are used when you are signed into your accounts on these sites through the privacy settings they have made available to you.

We may also work with third party advertising networks that use cookies and web beacons to collect non-personal information when you visit our Website and third party sites. This non-personal information is used by these advertising networks to analyse your online activities for purposes of serving you with advertising tailored to meet your preferences.

How Do I Change My Cookie Settings?

If you want to prevent cookies and similar files from accessing your hard drive, you can delete and block all our cookies from our site by referring to your browser’s help section or user guide. Please note however that some parts of our Website will not function properly or be available to you if you refuse to accept a cookie or choose to disable the acceptance of cookies.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit or

Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website.


We may update this Cookie Statement from time to time in order to reflect, for example, changes to the cookies we use or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons. Please therefore re-visit this Cookie Statement regularly to stay informed about our use of cookies and related technologies.