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Scientists Release ‘Fish Kills Report’ with Recommendations

A new proposal to Save the Murray Darling in this week’s ‘Fish Kills Report’ has been handed down by a panel of scientists. The Australian Academy of Science has released a report and video (below) this week, confirming excess water extraction upstream combined with temperature increases has contributed to the proliferation...

Drone Monitoring Reveals Pelicans Breeding in Coorong

Thanks to Drone technology, Pelicans have been monitored actively breeding in the Coorong South Lagoon. University of Adelaide ecologist, Jarrod Hodgson, has been working on the Living Murray Program with the Department for Environment and Water to use drones over a year to better understand pelican breeding behaviour. He has been able...

Privatisation on Cards for Medical Imaging at Murray Bridge Hospital

The medical imaging unit at Murray Bridge Hospital is at risk of being outsourced to a private provider. SA Health has told the Murray Valley Standard a proposal is being considered and would provide better value for taxpayers with no extra costs to patients. However the union disagrees, with Public Service Association...

Wanted Man Narrowly Escapes Police Overnight

A high risk parolee is on the run, narrowly avoiding multiple police pursuits overnight. Luke Deane Brandon has stayed just out of reach of authorities since allegedly cutting off his electronic monitor on Friday 15 February 2019. The 33-year-old offender is wanted on a parole board warrant. At 3.30am on Monday 18 February,...

Homes & Resort Spared in Encounter Bay Fire

A hectare of bushland in Encounter Bay was engulfed by flames overnight, but lives and properties were spared. The raging fire near the Bluff and Jagger Road was spotted by residents just before 5pm on Sunday 17 February 2019 with some witnesses reporting fire leaping several metres above the scrub. Metropolitan Fire...

Major Typo in Georgina Downer's Election Flyer

Image of the flyer from Nat Cook's twitter post An unfortunate typo for Georgina Downer in her election material this month. A flyer in letterboxes across the Mayo electorate misspelled the Liberal candidate's first name ‘Georinga’ . Labor Member Nat Cook tweeted the error over the weekend with the hashtag #alwaysproofread. Georgina Downer, the...

Kingston Father & Son Team, 'Farmer of the Year' Finalists

Photo: Full wool Marino sheep A father-and-son team from South Australia's South-East are in the running to be titled the nation’s best farmers. Deane Goode and his son Henry are finalists in the Weekly Times 2018 'Farmer of the Year' awards. The pair has been recognised for their innovative and forward-thinking approach to...

Privacy vs. Transparency - Rate Payer Protection Under Spotlight

A proposal to make local government more transparent is reportedly making some councillors nervous. Once enacted, Labor’s 'Ratepayer Protection and Related Measures' Amendment Bill 2018 will, among other things, force local councils to release details of; staff spending, rate rise projections and private contractor arrangements. While there is a mixed response to...

Dry Year Ahead - Murray Darling Will Struggle

With very dry conditions forecast for this and next year, the health of our river system faces more hurdles. A new report out by the Murry Daling Basin Authority has found substantial inflows are unlikely before July. It also suggests fish deaths in the lower Darling are symptomatic of the stress the...

Drilling in Bight Safe, According to APPEA

In the wake of fear and criticism about potential environmental degredation in the Great Australian Bight, APPEA says oil drilling will be safe. The peak national body representing Australia’s gas and oil production says the industry has a long and strong track-record of safely mitigating risks. They say conditions in the...