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'Extraordinarily large' muddy flood plume seeps into Great Barrier Reef

Fri, 2019-02-15 05:38

Massive plumes of polluted floodwater spanning the entire coast of north-east Queensland encroaches on the outer reaches of the Great Barrier Reef, sparking a fresh threat to the beleaguered natural wonder.

'You notice the smell': The 'invasive' process of fixing a flooded home

Fri, 2019-02-15 05:37

Is it easier to rebuild a house that has been damaged by flooding than by fire? We've asked the experts how flooding can affect different parts of the home.

Koala in same danger as orangutan, WWF warns

Fri, 2019-02-15 05:32

World Wildlife Fund International president calls for urgent action to better protect the nation's forests and koalas.

Valentine's Day song Another Woman Gone tackling violence against women and girls

Thu, 2019-02-14 18:59

Australian women allegedly murdered are remembered in a powerful new song released as part of a global campaign to end violence against women and girls.

Cattle too 'shell-shocked' to find grass in flood-ravaged Queensland

Thu, 2019-02-14 10:38

Graziers describe the "horror" of watching cattle die lame in deep water and mud, surrounded by rotting carcasses, with some property owners estimating stock losses to be as high as 70 per cent.

Every day is Valentine's Day for the fast-breeding endangered bilby

Thu, 2019-02-14 08:35

A two-week pregnancy is handy when you are an endangered species, and the bilby has that ace up its sleeve.

'Heartbreaking' decision to dump $55,000 worth of flood-damaged toys

Thu, 2019-02-14 07:59

Australia's Best Large Toy Library has been hit hard by the Townsville floods and has to dump all of its stock as the city grapples with a massive clean-up operation.

Paralympian left stranded: 'I had to lower myself down using my bottom'

Thu, 2019-02-14 06:11

A champion Paralympian had to slide down two flights of stairs on her bottom at a cinema. Now she is calling on businesses to make disability access a priority.

Accidental sweet potato farmers turn old-fashioned farming into a success

Thu, 2019-02-14 05:16

Ann and Peter Brooke became sweet potato growers by accident and now handpick each of their 16,000 plants, selling their organic produce at farmers' markets.

The cotton grower, the water minister and the broken meter

Thu, 2019-02-14 05:14

Facing close to $750,000 in fines for taking 381 megalitres of water during an embargo, irrigator Anthony Barlow pleads guilty to water offences, but maintains the former water minister told him he could pump water "unless told otherwise".

The race to rescue a once-in-a-lifetime dinosaur discovery from an outback creek bed

Thu, 2019-02-14 05:10

Nearly 100 million years ago, three creatures walked over a mudflat and — incredibly — their tracks were beautifully preserved. But the looming threat of present-day floods meant the precious discovery needed to be moved to safety. And with the recent devastating rainfall, it happened not a moment too soon.

'Monster in the dark': Serial rapist snuck into homes, assaulted women while they slept

Wed, 2019-02-13 17:35

The victim of a serial rapist who broke into the bedrooms of five women in far north Queensland and sexually assaulted them while they slept describes how her "life imploded" after the crime.

Push to ban MP Jason Costigan from schools after harassment complaint

Wed, 2019-02-13 17:25

The Whitsunday Regional Council passes a motion seeking to ban embattled MP Jason Costigan from visiting schools in the region.

Adani to be issued with 'show cause' notice over coal-laden floodwaters at Abbot Point

Wed, 2019-02-13 17:05

The Queensland Government is poised to act against Indian energy giant Adani over the release of coal-laden floodwaters from its coal port at Abbot Point in the state's north.

Heatwave hits Queensland's east coast, string of scorchers grip Roma and Brisbane

Wed, 2019-02-13 16:56

A heatwave stretching from south of the Queensland border all the way to Cape York sees a record-breaking run of high temperatures in the town of Roma and 35 straight days of searing weather in Brisbane.

Fire, floods, dust and snow: How is this all happening at the same time?

Wed, 2019-02-13 16:29

Fires in NSW, floods in north Queensland, dust in Canberra, and snow in Tasmania — it's been a wild few days of weather in Australia.

Families reeling as rental prices skyrocket in wake of Townsville floods

Wed, 2019-02-13 16:28

Some home rentals in Townsville are going for more than double their normal asking price as locals fight it out for a rapidly dwindling housing stock.

Gumboots, teddies and more: Flood donations trucked into Townsville

Wed, 2019-02-13 16:24

A community campaign started by a Brisbane business owner to solicit donations for the flood-impacted community Townsville proved so successful that she had to temporarily shut down her business.

Brisbane gym operator says hefty council ‘entertainment’ fee will kill her business

Wed, 2019-02-13 14:06

A Brisbane gym operator starts a petition against council's "entertainment venue fee", arguing a boombox in the corner doesn't mean she's in the entertainment industry.

WA's live export trade kicks off early due to Qld floods

Wed, 2019-02-13 12:26
Devastating flooding in Queensland has provided an unexpected boost to Western Australia's struggling cattle live export industry.