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MP Warren Entsch puts Andrew Forrest's Fortescue on notice over sacred sites
Posted on Saturday September 19, 2020

A new resolution to mining companies is asking for a halt to activities that may impact sacred sites until relevant laws are strengthened.

High-end restaurant suppliers, some flying ducks to SA, yearn for the Melbourne of old
Posted on Saturday September 19, 2020

Producers of boutique products are finding ways to stay afloat, but the impact of the Melbourne shutdown is rippling well beyond the city's limits.

Record rain has outback SA stations rejoicing as SES warns of flash flooding
Posted on Saturday September 19, 2020

Rain brings relief to pastoralists who have suffered through another drier-than-average winter, while rain and wind damages trees and properties.

RFS urges landholders to prepare now as bushfire danger period begins
Posted on Friday September 18, 2020

It's Get Ready Weekend and landholders are urged to take steps to prepare for fire season amid concerns about higher-than-average rain adding to fuel loads.

'Does it reflect poorly on us? Absolutely': Juukan blast sends shockwaves through resources industry
Posted on Friday September 18, 2020

A parliamentary inquiry into the destruction of the Juukan caves showed a strong indication of just how badly the incident hurt the reputation of the WA resources industry — so will it be enough to fundamentally change how big miners do business, asks Rebecca Turner.

Aussie cheesemakers on a roll thanks to COVID-19 lockdown, expensive European imports
Posted on Friday September 18, 2020

Isolation is deepening our love affair for artisan cheese, and a lack of European imports is giving Australian cheesemakers a rare advantage.

US fire expert says Australia is uniquely placed to navigate global fire age
Posted on Friday September 18, 2020

Fire historian and author Stephen Payne says Australia's deadly summer of bushfires is part of a global fire age that he calls the Pyrocene.

A huge indoor farm in China is breeding a billion cockroaches. Here's why
Posted on Friday September 18, 2020

It sounds like the stuff of nightmares: a giant, dark, steamy hangar filled with a billion cockroaches feeding off food scraps. But these roaches are not just household pests, they could be the key to more sustainable farming and reducing landfill.

Seismic events that caused rockfall at Australia's deepest gold mine triggered by explosion
Posted on Friday September 18, 2020

It has been revealed that a blast set off a series of seismic events and a large underground rock fall at the Gwalia mine in WA, just weeks after a $100 million project to extend the life of the mine was completed.

Premier who approved destruction of Indigenous sites calls for royal commission into Juukan Gorge blast
Posted on Friday September 18, 2020

Colin Barnett says he's "not trying to dodge blame" over the destruction of a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site, but says "Canberra politicians" shouldn't be the ones investigating it.

Farmers and agribusinesses could join class action for compensation from Vic and SA governments
Posted on Friday September 18, 2020

Regional Victorian legal firm issues call-out to regional border communities for interest from agribusiness to join class action, citing freedom of trade across state borders as a 'very important guarantee in our federal constitution'.

Victorian mayor blasts Nestle job losses as 'act of bastardry'
Posted on Friday September 18, 2020

Multinational food giant Nestle insists there is a "strong future" for its breakfast cereal factory in northern Victoria, despite slashing dozens of jobs overnight.

Yellowtail kingfish farm on ice as oversupply and instability see market flounder
Posted on Thursday September 17, 2020

Western Australia's only yellowtail kingfish aquaculture producer has stopped farming, citing COVID-19 disruptions and a global oversupply of fish in aquaculture facilities.

Ridges mine restart brings jobs and economic boost to East Kimberley
Posted on Thursday September 17, 2020

An embattled East Kimberley mine appears to have turned a corner since re-opening mid-year, pumping out 260,000 tonnes of iron ore exports and injecting millions of dollars back into the local economy.

Koala with missing foot to receive prosthetic limb
Posted on Thursday September 17, 2020

Triumph the koala was born missing a foot, so his carers have organised for a prosthetic limb to be made.

Bushfire mitigation hailed 'successful' with record number of controlled burns
Posted on Thursday September 17, 2020

Queensland authorities say this year's major hazard reduction activities are the most successful, and landowners are urged to work with local fire authorities to prepare their properties.

Victorian free-range chickens are in lockdown too, as bird flu strikes
Posted on Thursday September 17, 2020

Victorian poultry farmers are dealing with the worst outbreak of avian influenza the state has ever seen, with concerns raised about the rapid rise of free-range farming.

Tributes flow for legendary Australian horseman Ron Wall
Posted on Thursday September 17, 2020

A memorial service will be held in Cloncurry today to remember a man who many believe was one of the best horsemen the country has ever seen.

Rock lobster fishing opens early as industry plays COVID-19 catch-up
Posted on Thursday September 17, 2020

Early market opportunities in China keep prices strong, but questions remain over availability and reliability of regular international freight flights to China and other export markets.

BHP given green light to demolish Aboriginal heritage sites, days after Juukan Gorge caves destroyed
Posted on Thursday September 17, 2020

Mining giant BHP concedes it submitted an application to destroy Aboriginal heritage sites at its $5 billion South Flank iron ore project in the Pilbara, despite opposition from local traditional owners.

Riverina bull sale falls short for breeder that owes creditors millions
Posted on Thursday September 17, 2020

The sale of 38 bulls bred by an Angus breeder has barely made a dent in the $13 million the company reportedly owes to creditors.

Developer 'in for the long haul' after another setback for controversial eco-tourism plan
Posted on Thursday September 17, 2020

The Federal Environment Minister wants further scrutiny of a luxury eco-tourism development at Lake Malbena in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, but the developer says he's willing to wait.

Farm facing worker shortages offers $50,000 incentive to attract fruit pickers
Posted on Thursday September 17, 2020

As the pandemic keeps borders locked, Mountain Blue Farms hopes a cash bonus will attract workers to pick the NSW farm's 2020 blueberry crop.

Custom calf wheelchair pushes all the right Buttons
Posted on Thursday September 17, 2020

Buttons the 7-week-old calf has been saved from "crossing the rainbow bridge" thanks to her adoptive owners' ingenious contraption getting her on her feet.

'Little things add up': Primary school students get muddy to help Tasmanian burrowing crayfish
Posted on Thursday September 17, 2020

Students from Andrews Creek Primary at Wesley Vale have been counting crayfish burrows and creating model chimneys out of clay, part of a program to preserve habitat for the local crayfish population.

Farmers hopeful fireweed biocontrol passes CSIRO testing
Posted on Thursday September 17, 2020

Farmers hope plans to import a South African weevil that feeds on fireweed could eradicate the pest weed from pastures.

'It felt empowering': The great NSW koala stoush, as viewed from rural and regional Australia
Posted on Thursday September 17, 2020

While many in Macquarie Street have condemned Nationals leader John Barilaro's stance on koala habitats as plunging the Government into turmoil, supporters in regional parts of NSW say his challenge is "empowering" for grassroots party members.

'Algorithms Facebook uses to detect human faces' used in farming to help save Great Barrier Reef
Posted on Thursday September 17, 2020

Farmers, herbicides and Artificial Intelligence are not a likely match, but AI that targets weeds may be a game changer for reef catchment farmers.

The NT Government has spent nearly $50m on a prawn farm plan that is still not a done deal
Posted on Wednesday September 16, 2020

Nearly $50 million in taxpayer funds has already been spent on a planned cross-state prawn farm, before any signs the project will definitely get off the ground. The project's backers say they still expect the $2 billion prawn farm will go ahead.

Food miles fall under serious scrutiny in a challenge to only eat local
Posted on Wednesday September 16, 2020

Could you get your food only from your local area? It sounds possible — unless you live in Darwin and you like garlic, coffee, oil, and salt.

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