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Third La Niña brings hope for a wet summer in outback Queensland

Graziers west of the Great Dividing Range can’t believe their luck at the prospect of a third La Niña in a row. Key points: A wetter than average early summer is expected following almost 12 months of steady rain Many rainfall records were broken this year, with Queensland living through the wettest winter in six years Some on … Read more

Channel Country is teeming with colour, with wet summer forecast to come

The sprawling waterways of Queensland’s Channel Country are a tapestry of colourful, vibrant wildflowers. Rain events from earlier in the year have sent down floodwaters that have awakened dormant seeds and blanketed the region in a kaleidoscope of flora. Floods have brought the Channel Country to life, splashing colour as far as the eye can see.(Supplied: Lisa Alexander … Read more

Channel Country advisory group outcomes about gas exploration and fracking remain secret

Almost 12 months after the Queensland government quietly granted oil and gas leases in the environmentally sensitive Channel Country they promised to protect, there are calls for the outcome of stakeholder meetings to be made public.  Key points: A beef company and a traditional owner say Queensland’s organic beef industry is at risk if further gas exploration is … Read more

Outback in bloom as floodwaters travel hundreds of kilometres into Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre

It’s a special time in the outback and deserts of central Australia.  For many tourists, it is not the dust bowl they had in mind.  It’s hard to imagine the variety of wildflowers in these arid landscapes and Zippy says it’s blown her mind.(ABC Western Qld: Carli Willis) Cairns local Zippy Warnecke is currently travelling through … Read more