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Molly the horse delivers flood updates and fun during a tough time for Echuca-Moama residents

Molly the horse has come out of retirement to help bring “flood-watch reports” and a bit of lighthearted fun to residents of Echuca-Moama on the New South Wales-Victorian border.  Molly, a 25-year-old Clydesdale cross, and her self-proclaimed “servant” Danielle Garden journey through the Murray River town almost every day. “Since the floods started, we decided to go out and about and check […]

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Sunshine Coast schoolies reflect trend toward less alcohol, more health-conscious choices

In a far cry from the packed crowds and pumping DJ sets of the Gold Coast, schoolies on the Sunshine Coast say they are looking for a laid-back vibe.    Key points: Red Frogs director Andy Gourley says drinking habits among schoolies have changed Schoolies on the Sunshine Coast say they want to explore the region, meet […]

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Western grasswren returns to Dirk Hartog Island for first time in a century

The call of the western grasswren once again quivers on the winds across Dirk Hartog Island in Western Australia, breaking a century of its absence.  Key points: The wrens are one of 13 species being reintroduced to Dirk Hartog Island in one of the biggest ecological restoration projects of its kind Western grasswren have been […]

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The cuzmobile fictional Aboriginal superhero’s car to be restored by Alice Springs students

The car of Australia’s first fictional Aboriginal superhero will be making a comeback next year, if these trainee mechanics have their way. Superhero Cuz Congress first came to life in the 1980s to spread the word on resilience and hope through Central Australia. His car, the cuzmobile — a 1960s Valiant — is currently an empty shell. But student mechanics are working in Alice […]

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Record numbers of eastern quoll joeys born at Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary

There’s been a baby boom of eastern quolls at a New South Wales wildlife sanctuary, with a record number of joeys born this season. Key points: A breeding program manager says the births feel like a “modern Jurassic Park” The joeys are being carefully monitored There has also been successful breeding among quolls previously released […]

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Sam Tucker restores cars then gives them away to people down on their luck

A Sunshine Coast man is making a big difference in the lives of others one car at a time in an initiative that has grown from simply collecting cans. Key points: Sam Tucker started a project called Cans for Cars to make a difference in his local community By collecting and cashing-in cans, he raises […]

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Melbourne’s peregrine falcon hatchlings at 367 Collins Street prepare for first flight

Peregrine falcon hatchlings at the top of a Melbourne high-rise are expected to make their first flight in the next 48 hours in front of an audience of more than 45,000. Key points: The falcons gained a cult following during Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdowns The chicks’ biological father was ousted by a new male who was initially reluctant […]

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Pay-it-forward coffee at Echuca cafe lifts spirits amid Victoria’s ongoing flood battle

A regional Victorian cafe’s pay-it-forward coffee initiative is attracting donations from near and far as the state’s heart-breaking flood disaster continues. Key points: An Echuca cafe says its long-running pay-it-forward coffee initiative is more popular than ever People pay ahead for one or more coffees to go to a customer in need Cafe co-owner Aileen Mackrell says “everyone’s been […]

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Ngamumu mother’s group in Cairns returning First Nations practices to parenting

A group of mothers and their children sit casually on bamboo mats in the shade, weaving napkin holders out of raffia while they talk and laugh. Lia Pa’apa’a is running the weaving workshop and she gently guides the group through each step. Lia teaches weaving and provides mums with nourishing, healthy snacks.(ABC News: Amanda Cranston) “We run […]

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Sunshine Coast police officer Mark Barclay back at work after near-fatal fall

Sunshine Coast police officer Mark Barclay doesn’t remember the earth giving way or falling 15 metres to the rocks below, but his family says his actions saved his four-year-old son’s life. It was just after Christmas 2021 when the accident played out in front of horrified relatives on what was meant to be a joyous […]

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