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National

Firefighter Claims Poor Quality Masks Left Her ‘Coughing Ash For A Week’

5 min read

A firefighter has complained that the face-covering she was provided by the RFS is so bad that it made her sick after the service denied claims it was handing out thin surgical masks.

News

News

Residents Ordered To Leave As Blaze Closes In On Perth

2 min read

An out-of-control bushfire that has already destroyed a service station remains a threat to lives and homes on Perth's northern fringe.

Perth

Perth

Residents Told 'You Are In Danger' As Bushfires Ravage Perth's North

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An out-of-control bushfire remains a threat to homes on Perth's northern fringe, with schools closed in the area and residents told to take shelter at two evacuation centres.

National

National

Firefighters Told They Can't Crowdfund For Resources To Get The Job Done

6 min read

Australia’s exhausted firefighters say they feel forced to ask for donations so they can buy protective face masks and food, as the spotlight has turned to funding for adequate resources and support for brigades.

National

National

The Tiny Aussie Community Forced To Fight Its Own Fires

9 min read

Residents of a historical valley nestled in NSW’s Hunter region have resorted to defending their area's heritage buildings and properties as bushfires threaten to wipe out the pieces of Australian history.

National

National

NYE Lost Paradise Music Festival Cancelled Because Of Fire Risk

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New Year's music festival Lost Paradise has been cancelled due to the risk of bushfires on the NSW Central Coast.

Life

Life

The GoFundMe Campaigns We Gave The Most Money To In 2019

8 min read

The world's largest social fundraising platform today released its Year In Giving report.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Quick-Thinking Man Saves Dog After Leash Gets Stuck In Elevator

4 min read

All the news you need to know Thursday,

National

National

'We’ve Messed It Up': Boomers And Millennials Unite In Climate Fight

3 min read

As fires continue to burn across NSW, thousands have stepped out in Sydney's CBD for an emergency climate rally urging politicians to take action on climate policy.

Travis Johnson

Travis Johnson

Life In The Big Smoke: Is This Sydney's New Normal?

4 min read

I woke up this morning with a raw and scratchy throat.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Neglected Blind, Deaf Dog Found Living In Own Faeces

4 min read

All the news you need to know this Wednesday.

National

National

Mask Warning Issued As Sydney Residents Battle 'Airpocalypse'

4 min read

As Sydney continues to be blanketed by thick bushfire smoke, NSW Health has issued a warning about the use of face masks after the city suffocated through the worst air quality in a decade on Tuesday.

National

National

Thousands Of Firefighters Continue To Battle NSW Bushfires As Air Quality Concerns Grow

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Temperatures soared across NSW on Tuesday with authorities concerned about dangerous bushfire conditions and the state's ability to cope with the thick blanket of smoke that has worsened as a result.

News

News

Sydney's Most Iconic Landmarks Disappear As Smoke Suffocates City

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The Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Town Hall vanished on Monday as thick bushfire smoke hid them from view, shut down public transport and forced residents indoors.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Girl, 12, Arrested Over 'Death List' Of Students

4 min read

All the news you need to know this Tuesday.

National

National

Firefighters Brace For Horror Tuesday As Temps Set To Soar

3 min read

Firefighters used briefly cooler temperatures over the weekend to prepare for the hot and windy forecast this week.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Dancer Shot In Face After She Paused Performance At Wedding

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Monday.

National

National

At Least 2000 Koalas Feared Dead In 'Devastating' Bushfires

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An inquiry into koala populations and habitat in NSW is expected to hear evidence that more than 2000 of the native Australian marsupials may have died on the state's north coast in recent bushfires.

National

National

Smoke On The Water: Sydney Beach Turns Black With Ash

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With bushfires raging on all sides of Sydney, the city's once pristine beaches are beginning to turn black from charcoal, smoke and ash.

National

National

Firefighters And Residents Brace For Soaring Temperatures In Bushfire Battle

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NSW firefighters hope to seize on a temporary easing of conditions to get critical back-burning and containment work done before temperatures soar later this week.

National

National

Health Warning For Pets As Sydney Chokes On Smoke

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Sydney is choking on unprecedented level of smoke, and while there has been a strong focus on the impact air quality is having on humans, there's a reminder to remember our pets.

Updated

Updated

QLD Residents Allowed To Return Home After 'Unpredictable' Fire Sparked Evacuations

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A fire has been contained after it caused a shipping container loaded with fireworks to explode and prompted an emergency declaration in southeast Queensland.

News

News

Bushfires North Of Sydney 'Too Big To Put Out'

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NSW firefighters are hoping to get some critical back-burning and containment work done before temperatures soar early next week, as dozens of bushfires continue to burn throughout the state.

News

News

WATCH: NZ Firefighters Who Helped Fight NSW Bushfires Perform Farewell Haka

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A group of New Zealand firefighters have packed up and headed home after weeks of helping fight the NSW bushfires, but before they said 'kia ora', they performed a farewell Haka.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Woman Set On Fire On Her Way To Own Rape Trial

4 min read

All the news you need to know this Friday.

News

News

NSW Firefighters Battle 'Mega Blaze' As Three Fires Merge Into One

3 min read

NSW firefighters are battling a mammoth wall of flames after three bushfires merged into one in the Hawkesbury region on Friday.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Father Killed After 'Freak' Christmas Lights Accident

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Thursday.

National

National

Drought-Stricken Christmas Tree Grower Forced To Close Due To Bushfires

4 min read

This weekend is meant to be Sydney Christmas tree grower Lynette Keneally's busiest time of the year. But instead, her plantation is blocked by fires so no one can pick them up.

World

World

Canadian Firies Will Miss Christmas To Help Fight Our Bushfires

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Firefighters from across Canada have volunteered to give up Christmas with their families and fly to Australia to help with the bushfire crisis.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Chilling Moment Shark Knocks Young Boy Off Surfboard

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Wednesday.

National

National

No Relief For Firefighters Amid Dangerous Conditions And Thick Smoke

2 min read

Firefighters are facing tough conditions while bushfires surrounding Sydney will again pollute air quality in parts of the city.

National

National

eBay Slams Prankster's Attempt To Sell 'Sydney Bushfire Smoke'

2 min read

eBay has shut down a poor attempt at a joke after an internet prankster listed smoke from the Sydney bushfires on the website.

National

National

Why The Sydney Smoke Haze Is Worse Than Ever Before

3 min read

No, you're not imagining it. The smoke has been especially bad this fire season.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Mother Charged With Murder After Young Children Found Hanging In Basement

4 min read

All the news you need to know this Tuesday.

Updated

Updated

At Least One Home Lost As Fire Hits Town On NSW South Coast

2 min read

An out of control fire in Shoalhaven, NSW has destroyed at least one home, with dozens of properties still under threat.

National

National

Fire Emergency Warning As Out Of Control Fire Jumps Highway

2 min read

It's just the second day of summer, but the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has labelled the 2019 fire season one of the worst faced by emergency personnel. 

Exclusive

Exclusive

Bushfire Victim Delivers Devastating 'Gift' To Prime Minister

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A woman whose home was destroyed in bushfires will deliver its ashes to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, telling him "your climate crisis burned my home".

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

'Highly Contagious' Box Of Urine Triggers Cinema Emergency

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Monday.

National

National

Out Of Control Fire In South NSW Doubled In Size Overnight

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The bushfire in NSW's Shoalhaven region has been whipped up by westerly winds and has almost doubled in size overnight.

National

National

Total Fire Bans Across NSW As Firefighters Battle 150 Blazes

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Total fire bans are in place for six fire regions around NSW as firefighters battle nearly 150 blazes statewide amid worsening conditions.

National

National

NSW Braces For More Fires With Some Areas In The Severe Zone Over The Weekend

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At least one bushfire has jumped a containment line as NSW firefighters watch over nearly 150 blazes statewide.

Shona Hendley

Shona Hendley

Lewis The Koala Is Still A Symbol Of Hope

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The image of Toni Doherty taking the shirt off her back to help the injured koala, now affectionately known as Lewis, will remain forever an iconic moment in Australia’s history.

National

National

Koala Bushfire GoFundMe Is Officially The Most Successful Aussie Fundraiser Ever

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An online fundraiser for a rescue hospital that's taking care of animals that were injured in the bushfire crisis has made history to become Australia's most successful GoFundMe ever.

Good News

Good News

Russell Crowe's Sweaty Cap Has Now Raised $400k To Help Firies

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A sweaty Rabbitohs cap and three billionaires have helped actor Russell Crowe donate $400,000 to NSW firefighters.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Selfies Appear On Facebook Page Of Man 'Murdered' Four Years Ago

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Friday.

National

National

Fires Set To Worsen Amid Hot And Windy Weekend Weather

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The NSW Rural Fire Service has put out a fresh warning for residents to prepare for fire ahead of a hot and windy weekend forecast.

News

News

Russell Crowe Is Auctioning Off His Sweaty, Sooty Cap To Help Firies

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Hollywood actor Russell Crowe has literally thrown his hat into the ring to help in the wake of NSW's devastating fires.

National

National

Three Boys Accused Of Starting Fires That Threatened Queensland Homes

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Police have arrested three teenagers following suspicious bushfires in Redbank and Goodna, west of Brisbane.

National

National

'Like A War Zone': How People Live In Town Gutted By Bushfire

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Eight weeks after a devastating bushfire tore through the NSW village of Rappville and the surrounding areas, people are still living in burnt-out cars and homes, with some families struggling to access water.

National

National

Lewis The Bushfire Rescued Koala Has Sadly Died

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The Port Macquarie hospital which has been taking care of koalas rescued from the NSW bushfires has sadly confirmed that Lewis has died from his injuries after his rescue made global headlines.

National

National

Fears More Fires Were Sparked By Lightning Strikes During Storms

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A night of severe thunderstorms has firefighters waiting to see if numerous lightning strikes have sparked more bushfires across the state.

National

National

'Absolutely F**king Smashed': Russell Crowe Says Fires Still Burning Near His NSW Property

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Russell Crowe has returned to Australia to inspect the damage to his NSW property and surrounding areas caused by bushfires on the state's mid-north coast, saying there's smoke 'everywhere you look'.

Good News

Good News

Firies Dance In The Rain After Three Months Of Bushfires

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After battling blazes for 12 weeks, the skies finally opened above these firefighters -- and didn't they love it.

National

National

Water Run: Thousands Of Litres Of Water Delivered To Desperately Dry Communities

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In the early hours of Saturday morning, 96 trucks loaded with water departed Sydney for drought-ravaged regional New South Wales.

Richie Merzian

Richie Merzian

I've Separated Climate Change Fact From Fiction. Here's Why The Skeptics Are Wrong.

9 min read

It is only November and already New South Wales and Queensland are suffering from catastrophic bushfires, which fire and emergency services personnel themselves are describing as unprecedented.

National

National

2019's Fire Season Is Already NSW's Worst -- And It's Barely Begun

4 min read

Firefighters warned us of "unprecedented" bushfire danger -- and now we've got the scary statistics to back that up.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Mum Charged Over Toddler's Deadly Escalator Fall

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Friday.

Bushfire Crisis

Bushfire Crisis

Sydney Braces For A Third Day Of Thick Smoke And Haze

1 min read

Almost 60 bushfires are still burning across NSW with widespread very high fire danger set to continue across the state.

News

News

Firestarters Are Rarely Punished. Here's What Could Happen Instead.

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Bush fire arson is a notoriously easy offence to commit and a notoriously difficult one to detect let alone prosecute. Experts say it's time police and government rapidly change their approach when it comes to stopping it.

National

National

If You Thought The Smoke In Sydney Was Bad, Try This Outback Dust Storm On For Size

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A dust storm has ripped through the Victorian town of Mildura, turning the sky red and orange.

Updated

Updated

'A Threat To Life': At Least 11 Homes Damaged In South Australia Bushfire

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South Australian authorities have confirmed 11 homes have been damaged in a bushfire that continues to burn out of control.

National

National

Tasmania Braces For Severe Fire Threat, Dry Winds And Hot Temperatures

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Tasmania is bracing for the state's most dangerous fire conditions this bushfire season, with dry winds and hot temperatures forecast.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Lawyer Killed By Gun Presented As Evidence In Court

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Thursday.

National

National

Sydney Chokes On Smoke As Another Poor Air Quality Alert Issued

2 min read

Sydneysiders woke to another day of smoke blanketing the city as health authorities urge residents take precautions amid poor air quality.

National

National

Code Red: Victoria To Face Worst Possible Fire Conditions

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Victorians facing Code Red bushfire conditions have been told their houses are not built to withstand the conditions and they should get to major cities if they can.

National

National

At Least Two Homes Feared Lost In South Australia Fires

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Houses and sheds are thought lost in a bushfire threatening lives on South Australia's Yorke Peninsula.

Jarryd Bartle

Jarryd Bartle

Why People Start Bushfires

4 min read

Australia is one of the most fire prone places on Earth.

Bushfire Crisis

Bushfire Crisis

10 Children Allegedly Involved In Lighting QLD Fires

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Queensland Police are dealing with 10 juveniles who allegedly deliberately lit fires across the state.

Chloe Adams

Chloe Adams

If Denial Is A Response To Fear, Scott Morrison Is Just As Scared As The Rest Of Us

6 min read

There’s nothing like waking up to a city choked with bushfire smoke to unsettle your peace of mind.

Bushfire Crisis

Bushfire Crisis

'As Bad As It Gets': South Australia Braces For Catastrophic Fire Conditions

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More than 100 schools will be closed in South Australia on Wednesday, as much of the state braces for catastrophic fire danger conditions.

National

National

More Than 100 South Australian Schools To Close On Wednesday

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More than 100 primary and high schools will be closed in South Australia on Wednesday as authorities prepare for catastrophic fire dangers with temperatures set to soar into the 40s.

News

News

Unforgettable Fire: U2 Thank Firies During Chance Meeting At Melbourne Airport

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One of the world’s most famous rock bands took the time to thank more than 100 Country Fire Authority (CFA) firefighters as they headed off to fight the bushfires in New South Wales.

National

National

'Stay Indoors': Smoke Haze Suffocates Sydney As Air Quality Plunges

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Sydneysiders are urged to take health precautions amid poor air quality as residents woke to smoky, hazy conditions blanketing the city.

News

News

Fire Bans In Place Ahead Of Tough Day For Firies

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Firefighters are on high alert with hot, dry and windy conditions posing a risk to residents around the country.

Emily Little

Emily Little

This Is What It's Like To Lose Everything In A Bushfire

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Shortly before a bushfire ripped through Bobin on the NSW Mid North Coast and destroyed my home, I had planned to meet with local students.

National

National

Campers Forced To Flee As QLD Battles Blazes And Mops Up Storms

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A resort has become a refuge for about 220 campers and holidaymakers forced to flee a bushfire on Moreton Island off southeast Queensland.

News

News

Aussies Burn Folau's Claims That Bushfires Are God's Punishment

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Politicians and religious leaders are among those who have savaged Israel Folau for linking the deadly bushfires to same-sex marriage and abortion.

News

News

Israel Folau Claims Devastating Bushfires, Drought Are God's Punishment

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Sacked Wallabies star Israel Folau claims the bushfires that have devastated the nation and left six Australians dead are God's punishment for legalising abortion and same-sex marriage.

National

National

NSW Schools Closed Again As Bushfire Threat Continues

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There will be 26 public schools closed on Monday, November 18, across NSW as the bushfire threat continues.

National

National

NSW Fire Devastation 'Worse Than Expected'

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Devastation caused by bushfires on the mid north coast of NSW is "beyond" what was expected, the emergency services minister says, as the Rural Fire Service warns conditions are set to get worse.

National

National

Thousands Sign Petition To Scrap NYE Fireworks, Donate Funds To Fire Relief

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Over 10,000 people have signed a petition calling on the government to scrap Sydney's iconic New Year's Eve fireworks this year and donate the millions spent on the display to drought and fire relief.

Bushfire Crisis

Bushfire Crisis

Queensland Fires Flare As Winds Pick Up

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Residents west of Brisbane are in for a sleepless night after being told to evacuate due to two large out of control bushfires bearing down on rural communities in the Scenic Rim and Darling Downs.

National

National

Residents Told To Flee Fires As QLD Braces For 'Significant Concern' Tomorrow

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Residents of a tiny town on the Queensland and NSW border are being urged to immediately shelter from a raging bushfire as the sun set on another grim day for firefighters across the state.

Jordon Steele-John

Jordon Steele-John

Why I Said The Major Parties Are No Better Than A Bunch Of Arsonists

4 min read

We are on track for at least four degrees of global warming by the end of the century.

NSW Bush Fires

NSW Bush Fires

Heartbreaking Video Shows Koala Desperate For Water After Surviving Bushfire

1 min read

Kate the koala is one of the lucky few who were rescued during this week's bushfire tragedy, her rescuer found her sitting in burnt-out bushland in Bellangry State Forest.

News

News

Firies Forced To Take Cover As Hot Pink Flame Retardant Rains Down

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Vision has emerged of the moment a giant load of hot pink flame retardant coated a Sydney suburb, sending unsuspecting firefighters running for cover.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Gym Junkies Use Workout Gear To Attack Each Other In Wild Brawl

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Friday.

Bushfire Crisis

Bushfire Crisis

Strong Winds, Hot Temperatures To Whip Up Fires Burning In Queensland

1 min read

Queensland firefighters are facing another day of severe fire conditions as dry westerly winds bring heatwave conditions to the state.

Bushfire Crisis

Bushfire Crisis

Hot And Dry Conditions Prompt Severe Fire Danger

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Fire danger in some parts of NSW has risen to severe as hot, dry, windy conditions put an end to a brief reprieve for bushfire-hit areas of the state.

Crime

Crime

Man Allegedly Set Wires On Fire In Sydney Suburb

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A man is alleged to have used a crowbar to lift up a piece of footpath and set wires underneath alight during a total fire ban in Sydney's inner west.

National

National

Sydney Hosts Massive Fireworks Display While NSW Fights Bushfire Crisis

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A 20-minute fireworks display was allowed to go ahead in Sydney, despite a total fire ban in place and bushfires raging across NSW.

Updated

Updated

Tragic Final Message From Fourth Victim Of NSW Bushfires

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A fourth person who was found dead in bushfires ravaging NSW has been named as Barry Parsons.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Man Punished For Smuggling Overweight Cat On Plane

4 min read

All the news you need to know this Thursday.

Bushfire Crisis

Bushfire Crisis

Conditions Set To Intensify On Queensland Fire Grounds

1 min read

Firefighters will make the most of a brief weather reprieve to strengthen containment lines as Queensland braces for worsening conditions.

Bushfire Crisis

Bushfire Crisis

'Dead On Their Feet': Firefighters Battling Exhaustion As Blazes Burn

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Volunteer firefighter Greg Walker and his team are battling exhaustion as they continue to combat a devastating blaze south of Taree that they have been fighting for a week now.

News

News

Pilot Accidentally Covers Sydney Suburb In Bright Pink Flame Retardant

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The firefighting pilot who dumped a giant load of bright pink flame retardant on a northern Sydney suburb has revealed the manoeuvre was actually a slight "drop button" miscalculation.

Good News

Good News

NSW Bushfire Victims Find Sheep Had Given Birth In The Chaos

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A NSW couple who lost their home to bushfires got some surprising news when they were reunited with their sheep – the ewe was pregnant and had given birth in the chaos.

Irfan Yusuf

Irfan Yusuf

I'm A Conservative – But Barnaby, The Greens Are Right On Climate Change

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Winston Churchill has been famously misquoted as declaring that "if you aren’t a socialist by the age of 25, you don’t have a heart. If you’re still a socialist by the age of 40, you don’t have a brain."

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap: Toddler Tragically Killed By Air Conditioning Unit That Fell Eight Storeys

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Wednesday.

National

National

Hundreds Of Schools Remain Closed In Fire-Affected Parts Of NSW

7 min read

Schools in fire-affected parts of NSW will be closed on Wednesday, November 13, as a safety precaution.