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National

If You Want To Know If The Drought Will Continue Watch How Emus Are Mating

1 min read

Emu breeders are closely watching their love birds as mating season nears, knowing the more eggs laid can be linked to a good growing season for farmers.

National

National

Shocking Images Show How Sydney's Iconic Beach Suburbs Were Hit By Drought

3 min read

Drought usually inspires imagery of dusty outback paddocks and cracked dams but a new photography series shows the big dry was a lot closer to home than Sydneysiders may have realised.

National

National

Please Enjoy This Footage Of Wombats As You've Never Seen Them Before

3 min read

The founder of a wombat sanctuary has taken to social media to debunk stereotypes about the marsupial, amid fears their population is rapidly declining.

Good News

Good News

‘May The Force Be With Us’: Australia Is Getting A Star Wars Festival

3 min read

In a drought-ravaged rural community far, far away... locals are proving they're a force to be reckoned with by launching a Star Wars-themed festival in Coonabarabran -- Australia's astronomy capital.

National

National

Mum Of 11's Creative Way To Help Her Family Survive The Drought

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Jacinta Haycock is a farmer, artist and a mother of 11 children -- and somehow she juggles it all at once.

National

National

Water Restrictions Set To Ease After 'Biggest Rain In 20 Years'

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The NSW Cabinet has approved changes to soften water restrictions to level one in greater Sydney from March.

National

National

Desperately-Needed Rain Gives Farmers A 'Psychological Boost', But Won't Break Drought

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Desperately-need rain has lifted spirits, boosted soil moisture and provided "huge relief" to livestock producers in some of the nations most drought-affected communities.

Good News

Good News

Can Aussie Animals Predict When Rain Is Coming?

1 min read

Humans have used all kinds of lore to predict weather, but given the current drought, a few recent signs haven’t gone unnoticed.

National

National

Flash-Flood Warning As Week-Long Drenching Set To Soak East Coast

3 min read

A deluge of rain has started falling in NSW and Queensland, but authorities are concerned heavier downpours in the north could trigger flash flooding.

National

National

Kangaroo Island Fire Survivor Pleads For Tourism After Visitors Cancel Trips

2 min read

It has been a devastating year for Kangaroo Island businesses battling drought and extreme bushfire but now they're experiencing strike three -- the loss of tourism.

National

National

'It's At Crisis Point': Angry Angler Shares Punishing Poem After Fish Kills

3 min read

A Dubbo man has made a passionate plea for improved water management after multiple, large-scale fish kills in the region are said to have decimated native fish, some up to 40 years old.

National

National

'A New Level Of Low': Man Accused Of Scamming Battling Farmers With Discounted Hay

1 min read

An alleged scammer will face court, accused of ripping off battling farmers in drought-stricken communities across New South Wales.

Style

Style

'It's Totally Irresponsible': Suggestion We Should Take More Baths Met With Backlash

3 min read

Can one New Yorker's self-care routine ignite global consequences? Instagram seems to think so.

Good News

Good News

'Never Give Up Hope': Drought-Ravaged Farmers Share Photos Before And After Rain

3 min read

Farmers across NSW have celebrated the state's recent rain by sharing before and after photos of their drought-ravaged properties. 

National

National

NSW Grazier Finally Gets To Shave His Beard After Rainfall

2 min read

Nick Andrews has been growing his beard for 21 months after vowing to avoid the clippers until more than an inch fell on his property -- now he's finally been able to shave it all off.

National

National

Farmer's Got A Wife - And They're Spending Their Honeymoon In A Dusty Ute

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It’s the adventure of a lifetime. Sadly, it’s framed by a landscape scorched dry from years of crippling drought.

National

National

Farmer Battling Drought And Fire Forced To Dump 15,000L Of Milk A Day

3 min read

With fire cutting off highway access to Milton in NSW, it's claimed the Narrawilly dairy farm has been forced to dump 15,000 litres of milk a day.

Good News

Good News

Tiny 'Make-Believe' Shearer's Christmas Wish Comes True

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While Barbies and Lego filled most kids' Christmas wish lists, one four-year-old future farmer unwrapped his dream gift from Santa: shears.

Life

Life

Chris Hemsworth Slams Water Use Claims As 'A Complete Lie'

1 min read

Actor Chris Hemsworth has publicly slammed accusations that he ordered a "fleet of trucks" to water his gardens.

National

National

What Aussie Farmers Plan To Do On Christmas Day

7 min read

For some farmers who have been fighting to survive in a summer of drought and fire, it doesn’t feel like Christmas -- they’re simply too exhausted to drag out the tinsel, cook up a feast or wrap presents.

Updated

Updated

Facebook Reopens Farming Group Taken Down 'In Error' Over Live Animal Sales

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A social media support group for struggling, drought-stricken farmers that was taken down by Facebook has been reopened.

National

National

Australia's Biggest Farming Community Shut Down By Facebook

2 min read

A Facebook group that connects thousands of drought-affected Australians has been temporarily shut down, but it's unclear why.

Good News

Good News

Hidden Farm Camera Films Unexpected Visitors Dropping In For A Drink

2 min read

A family-run emu farm in Central West NSW was about to shut off its troughs due to drought until video revealed native animals, including an echidna and six-foot goanna, were relying on it for water.

National

National

'Buy From The Bush' Market Boosting Drought-Stricken Rural Communities

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Regional businesses say they're overwhelmed and inspired by the support from people in the city, as the devastating drought wears on across the country.

News

News

25,000 Litres Of Water Stolen From Town Hit By Tough Restrictions

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25,000 litres of drinking water has been stolen from a town on the NSW far north coast as the area goes into tough restrictions.

News

News

Hefty Fines As Tough New Water Restrictions Kick In

3 min read

Level two water restrictions have kicked in for a huge number of NSW residents with hefty fines to be handed out to those who don't comply.

Good News

Good News

Here's Your Chance To 'Buy From The Bush' And Help Australia's Rural Communities

2 min read

The online campaign encouraging shoppers to buy from communities battling drought is coming to Sydney.

National

National

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

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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.

Good News

Good News

Outback Schoolkids Perform Raindance To ‘Bust The Dust’

3 min read

A raindance campaign launched by a tiny rural school with just 50 students is taking off globally to raise awareness and spirits during drought.

Good News

Good News

Watch: Tiny 'Make-Believe' Shearer Who Wants To Be Just Like Dad

3 min read

Every day four-year-old Charlie dons his blue shearing singlet and jeans so he can “shear” his teddies.

National

National

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

5 min read

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

National

National

Even Tougher Water Restrictions Are Coming: What Do They Mean For You?

4 min read

Slip'n'slide toys and washing cars with hoses will soon be banned, as "severe" new water restrictions come into force next month in NSW.

National

National

Honey Prices To Skyrocket As Bees, Flowers Die In Drought

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This could be "the worst season on record" for Australian honey, with beekeepers saying climate change has killed off their hives and the flowers they rely on.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Fortnite Superstar Handed Lifetime Ban For Cheating, 'Ruining Game'

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Thursday.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Childcare Centre Shut Down Amid Multiple Allegations Of Child Sex Abuse

4 min read

All the news you need to know this Wednesday.

National

National

Farmers Are Dancing Because It Finally Rained In Drought Areas

3 min read

Drought-ravaged areas of Queensland and NSW have had temporary relief after receiving massive downfalls of rain.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Family Finds Pictures Of Backpacker's Body On Social Media

4 min read

All the news you need to know this Monday.

National

National

Fiery Confrontation Over Water On Q&A Leaves Viewers Talking

3 min read

A raw and emotional episode of Q&A aired on the ABC on Monday night, where farmers and Aboriginal leaders revealed the toll water mismanagement has had on their communities.

National

National

Drought Blamed For Kellogg's Breakfast Cereal Price Rise

2 min read

The price of Nutri Grain, Corn Flakes, Coco Pops, Froot Loops and All-Bran will rise next year as Kellogg's is forced to hike its prices to weather the impact of drought on its core ingredients.

National

National

Instagram Strips Aussie 'Naked Farmer' Account With No Warning

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Instagram has apologised for an ‘error’ which saw a viral page that features photos of naked Australian farmers shut down for more than a week, with no answers as to why.

The Project

The Project

'All Too Much': Farmer's Viral Post Reveals Heartbreaking Reality Of Drought

3 min read

The drought gripping the nation is an "overwhelming crisis of epic proportions", a farmer has told The Project, urging those struggling to cope to reach out for help.

Good News

Good News

How You Drinking Beer At The Pub Can Help The Farmers

2 min read

Now you can raise a glass for a good cause, with a charity campaign sending money from beer sales to drought-stricken farmers doing it tough.

Kasy Chambers

Kasy Chambers

When Did 'Welfare' Become A Dirty Word?

3 min read

You might have noticed that the word 'welfare' has been turned on its head.

National

National

Aussie Council Given $1 Million In Drought Funding, But They Don't Want It

5 min read

A Victorian council has been given $1 million to help weather the effects of drought, but they've hit back saying they don't want it.

News

News

S.O.S: Save Our Stanthorpe

2 min read

The usually thriving tourism Queensland hotspot is doing it tough. Crippling drought and bushfires have pushed the town to the brink, now it needs our help to get back on its feet.

Good News

Good News

You Can Adopt A Cow To Help Drought Relief

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An Australian charity is offering a lifeline to farmers who are struggling to keep their animals alive during the drought.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Woman Finds Strategically Placed Syringe At Popular Swimming Spot

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Monday.

Melinda Pavey

Melinda Pavey

As 'Day Zero' Nears, We Can't Let Our Rural Towns Run Dry

5 min read

We are in a critical situation in NSW.

National

National

'The Fight In Me Is Dwindling': Dubbo Residents Face The Prospect Of Running Dry

5 min read

Garry Hall rarely ventures into Dubbo, a usually bustling regional NSW city where he can't find a park. Now, the picture is different. 

National

National

Hundreds Of Fish To Be Transported Via 'Noah's Ark' To Avoid Another Mass Kill

5 min read

The NSW government will start relocating hundreds of stranded fish from the Darling River, as authorities warn of an "Armageddon" of both fish deaths and fire this summer. 

Nicola Heath

Nicola Heath

My Dying Rural Town Would Have Been Desperate For The Tamil Family

5 min read

Regional Australia needs families like Priya, Nadesalingam and their kids. So why are we spending hundreds of thousands to deport them?

National

National

You Could Be Fined For Watering Your Garden From Tomorrow

3 min read

People caught using a sprinkler or watering their lawn at midday will soon have to fork out at least $220, as new penalties for water use kick in across parts of the state of NSW.

National

National

Grazier's Fight For 'Justice' After Clearing Trees To Feed Cattle During Drought

3 min read

A Queensland grazier is making a last-ditch attempt to clear his name after being convicted for pushing over trees on his property to feed starving cattle. 

Good News

Good News

This Aussie Is Playing With Fire To Support Drought-Weary Country Shows

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While many country events are striving to continue despite drought, there’s light at the end of the tunnel for some in an unexpected form: a fire whip cracker.

National

National

'Absolutely Incredible': Drought-Stricken Farmers Thank The Project After $300,000 Raised

2 min read

Greg Jerry had just months left before drought would destroy his farm, but the generosity of Australians has changed that.

National

National

Huge Surge In Donations For Drought-Stricken Farmer After Devastation Revealed

2 min read

Australians have dug deep and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for a drought-stricken farmer following an editorial on The Project.

National

National

These Drought-Ravaged Cattle Have To Be Physically Lifted Every Morning

2 min read

In a devastating insight into Australia's crippling drought, a farmer has revealed how his cattle have to be physically lifted off the ground every morning because they can no longer stand on their own feet.

National

National

'Worst Drought In Living Memory': Aussie Town To Dry Up By Christmas

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The town of Stanthorpe is facing an almost unfathomable crisis -- it could run out of water entirely by Christmas.

National

National

The 11-Year-Old Boy Raising Millions To Help Our Farmers

2 min read

Jack Berne might only be 11 but he is one of the country's most successful drought awareness campaigners.

World

World

Cities Across The World Are Running Out Of Water

5 min read

Taps running dry, dams hitting record lows and debilitating drought -- large parts of the world are simply running dry.

Views

Views

'I Left My Job To Drive 25,000 Kilometres Around Australia'

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“It’s always been one of those dream things. But always too hard, too big, too much to actually do. Until you sort of realise, well no one is going to do it for you."

News

News

Water Restrictions Start Today For The First Time In 10 Years

3 min read

Beginning Saturday, water restrictions will kick in across Sydney for the first time in a decade.

National

National

Water Restrictions Changed Sydney Once, Can They Do It Again?

4 min read

Dam levels are dropping fast, and water restrictions are imminent, as a crippling drought continues to grip the country.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Family Cops $650 Fine For Keeping Basketball Hoop On Kerb

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Thursday.

Drought Crisis

Drought Crisis

After A Record Four-Month Dry Spell Rain Is Finally On The Way To Melbourne

1 min read

Melbourne has just endured its driest first four months of the year. Fingers crossed, it's about to get wet.

Features

Features

Hamish Investigates: Did the Government Just Waste $80-Million Buying Water?

4 min read

Water wars - questions are being raised whether due process was followed in an $80-million water licence sale

News

News

Customers Freaking Out Over Iced Coffee Shortage

1 min read

Disgruntled customers have taken to social media to point out a big gap on supermarket shelves where their beloved Farmers Union Iced Coffee usually sits.

National

National

Parma For A Farmer Drought Fundraiser Is Coming Back

2 min read

Rural Aid has announced the Parma for a Farmer scheme is back, as the drought crisis continues in much of the country.

National

National

This Aussie Summer Came With A $2.2 Billion Price Tag From Natural Disasters

4 min read

A number of 'catastrophic' weather events sparking tens of thousands of insurance claims in three Australian states, have racked up a damage bill of more than $2 billion in just three months.

Drought Crisis

Drought Crisis

Farmers Are Celebrating The End Of 'Soul-Destroying' $1 Milk

2 min read

As the sun pokes through the rain clouds over Tony Biffin's dairy farm, he's filled with hope for his industry for the first time in a decade.

National

National

Aldi, Coles The Latest To Axe $1 Milk To Help Struggling Farmers

2 min read

More supermarkets have moved into line with Woolworths, and will no longer sell milk for $1 per litre in efforts to help struggling dairy farmers. 

National

National

'Just 10 Cents': Farmers Storm Coles Over $1 Milk Protest

2 min read

Queensland dairy farmers have converged on Coles to demand the supermarket stops selling $1 milk.

National

National

'It Sucks The Happiness Out Of You': Country Kids Share The Drought's Hidden Stories

3 min read

Shooting malnourished lambs for the first time, feeding stock in between school and homework and constantly thinking about money. 

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Woman Gives Birth While In Coma, Didn't Know She Was Pregnant

2 min read

All the news you need to know this Tuesday.

National

National

Woolworths Axes $1 Milk In Effort To Help Farmers

3 min read

Supermarket giant Woolworths will no longer sell milk for $1 per litre, raising prices with the increase to go to struggling dairy farmers.

Features

Features

Statement from Dept of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

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Statement from Dept of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

National

National

Australian Beef Supply To Be 'Significantly' Impacted By Flood Deaths

4 min read

More than 500,000 cattle have been killed and another 150,000 in danger of starving to death as a result of the devastating Queensland floods.

Drought Crisis

Drought Crisis

'It Could Change Someone's Life': These Best Mates Want You To Phone A Farmer

2 min read

Young farmer Jim Honner knows all too well the power of a five-minute call, and he's urging you to pick up the phone.

National

National

The Aussie Town Where Motor Neurone Disease Is 7 Times The National Average

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The rural New South Wales town of Griffith has a startling rate of the deadly condition, also known as ALS.

Drought Crisis

Drought Crisis

The Young Face Of The Drought Crisis 'Humbled' By Award

2 min read

The morning after Darcy Howard was named Young Citizen of the Year by his local council, he was busy picking up hay. 

National

National

Dead Fish And Drying Rivers Reveal What's ‘Rotten’ About The Murray-Darling

3 min read

A kangaroo struggles to free itself from mud in a cracked lake bed while fish corpses begin to rot.

National

National

'We Can't Take It Anymore': Farmers Holding Dead 'Century-Old Fish' Want Answers

4 min read

Two farmers stand knee-deep in water on the banks of the Darling River lined with dead fish. The smell is "unbearable". 

News

News

Why Are Hundreds Of Thousands Of Fish Washing Up Dead In Aussie Waterways?

2 min read

Hundreds of thousands of fish have washed up dead along a stretch of the Lower Darling River in NSW for a second time in weeks.

National

National

The Beautiful Christmas Tour Through A Drought-Ravaged Region

2 min read

If you drive along a 60-kilometre stretch of road in south-west Queensland, you'll come across some joy among the dust. 

10 Yearly

10 Yearly

The Most Catastrophic Natural Disasters Of 2018

9 min read

While mother nature tried to tear cities apart, it was a compassionate and determined human spirit that put them back together.

National

National

How Your Christmas Lunch Could Help Drought-Affected Farmers

3 min read

Never has your mince pie-making and Christmas-carolling been quite as important. 

Drought Crisis

Drought Crisis

Morrison Offers Drought Relief As Heat Intensifies

4 min read

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a multi-billion-dollar drought fund to help farmers prepare as weather conditions persist.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

$5 Billion Drought Fund And More Explosive Packages In US

4 min read

All the news you need to know this Friday.

Royals Down Under

Royals Down Under

'As Tough As They Come': Prince Harry's Emotional Address To Drought-Stricken Farmers

2 min read

Australia's rural communities and drought-stricken farmers are the "backbone of this country," Prince Harry said.

Hidden Faces Of Hunger

Hidden Faces Of Hunger

Regional And Ravenous: Where Hunger Hits Hardest

3 min read

ten daily we went to regional NSW to better understand why an increasing number of rural Australians are struggling to afford regular meals.

Drought Crisis

Drought Crisis

Rain Hits Drought Affected Areas But More Is Needed

1 min read

Some drought-affected areas across New South Wales are receiving a much-needed drop of rain, though more is needed to ease the current dry.

Good News

Good News

Strawberry Farmers 'Proud' After Nation Rallies In Support After Needle Scare

3 min read

It's been a rough week for Robert Edwards and his staff.

Drought Crisis

Drought Crisis

How Do Woolworths' And Coles' Milk Levies Stack Up?

3 min read

A 10-cent-a-litre increase on selected home brand milk is "a start but nowhere near enough" for our dairy farmers, advocates say.

National

National

We Could Be Witnessing The Death Of The Aussie Outback

4 min read

"The health of the outback is very much at risk"

National

National

Crippling Drought Conditions To Drive Down Crops

1 min read

The government's agriculture forecaster has revised its national winter crop production, down by 12 percent.

Drought Crisis

Drought Crisis

Milk Levy For Dairy Farmers Could Be A 'Temporary Measure'

2 min read

But the PM is cautious it's an added cost to 'mums and dads pouring milk on their cornflakes'.

Good News

Good News

'Rope for Hope': Kids Band Together To Help Drought Affected Farmers

1 min read

The money raised helped deliver a truck load of hay to the Eastern Eyre Peninsula region, where farmers are battling dry and windy conditions.

Drought Crisis

Drought Crisis

How Your Holiday Can Help Drought-Affected Farmers

4 min read

Be it untouched camping spots or a yacht club in the outback, drought-affected farmers are giving you all the reasons to visit them on your weekend away.

Drought Crisis

Drought Crisis

An Extra 10 Cents Per Litre Of Milk Would Help These Farmers Survive

5 min read

'We need this to feed our animals and ourselves.'

News

News

Mental Health Counsellors To Help Drought-Stricken Farmers

2 min read

$6.3 million to help struggling land workers.