Saffron Howden

Saffron Howden

Saffron Howden is a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

Anti-coal seam gas activists allowed to stay

Saffron Howden Less than a week after a council vowed to shut down a large anti-coal seam gas protest camp in the state's north and promised police would be called in to send it packing, the activists have been...

Bentley coal seam gas protesters given marching orders

Saffron Howden Anti-coal seam gas protesters in the state's north are on a collision path with police after vowing to defy a move by the local council to shut down their camp by Saturday.

Wild storms hit towns south of Sydney


Saffron Howden Wild storms have wreaked havoc on communities south of Sydney, rupturing a gas main, partially closing a railway line and ripping a large awning off the side of a pub.

Waste-water spill at Santos CSG plant


Saffron Howden The Environment Protection Authority is investigating a 500-litre spill from a coal seam gas operation at the Pilliga forest in north-western NSW.

Thunderstorm warning for Sydney's fringe revised


Saffron Howden, Peter Hannam Sydney's near-perfect summer has extended well into autumn, with the city notching up a record run of warm days for the season.

Police believe illegal hunter to blame for bullet hole in Colo Heights house

John Kealey

Saffron Howden Police are investigating how a bed and breakfast owner got a bullet through his dining room window opposite a state forest the NSW government recently opened for bow hunting.

Man fined almost $20,000 over death of shark

Juvenile great white shark.

Saffron Howden A Sydney man who herded a great white shark into shallow waters with his boat before it was bludgeoned on the head with a metal pole has been ordered to pay almost $20,000.

Battle to let the rivers run wild

Scott, Lorraine and George Gorringe Mithika people from the channel country

Saffron Howden The health of the Mithaka people fluctuates with the ebb and flow of the rivers through their arid outback country.

River to ruin: farmers fear for Lake Eyre basin over irrigation scheme

Angus Emmott

Saffron Howden FARMERS are warning that the Lake Eyre basin could be the next Murray-Darling fiasco if plans to open its network of creeks and rivers to irrigators go ahead.

Red alert on bushfire threat

CSIRO test a 'bushfire-proof' house.

Nick Ralston, Saffron Howden NSW is facing its most dangerous bushfire threat in 12 years as the state swelters through a record-breaking heatwave and fire officials express concern about the public's preparedness.

Rodeos riding into dangerous territory

John Crasti

Saffron Howden Bound to a wheelchair and largely paralysed from the neck down, John Crasti wouldn't mind one last shot at the Orange novice bull-riding winner's trophy.

Owners urged to vaccinate dogs against deadly virus

Cathy Irwin Veterinary Surgeon.

Saffron Howden A SPIKE in cases of a highly contagious virus that can cause an agonising death in puppies has prompted warnings from veterinarians to vaccinate pets.

Indigenous rangers spread the word

This is Indigenous rangers in the Central Land Council region assisting with a feral camel muster in central Australia at Undurana, NT, in May, 2012.  There are around 1 million feral camels in central Australia doing massive damage to sensitive areas as they eat just about every available plant, including threatened species habitat and valuable wetlands. Rangers are helping to control their numbers, some are humanely culled and some are exported to Saudi Arabia for racing camel stock. A few are sold for pet meat but there is no serious market for camel meat in Australia. Pic credit: Central Land Council

Saffron Howden BETWEEN this week and next, Phillip McCarthy will swap 30-degree heat, bushfires and dugongs for the spruce and pines of Canada's vast Boreal forest in sub-zero temperatures.

Villagers fear mine would destroy town

Stewart Mitchell.

Saffron Howden A PROPOSAL to mine through a bushland ridge that buffers a Hunter Valley village from an open-cut coal pit has become a test of planning laws that force developers to ''offset'' their environmental...

Nothing sheepish about these early settlers

Merino sheep

Saffron Howden A FEW hills over from the roar of traffic on the Hume Highway south of Sydney, is a paddock in a time warp.

Army of volunteers enlists in a fight to save the farm

Edward Hoogenboom,65, voluntary game ranger for the game council nsw.Photo: Jacky Ghossein

Saffron Howden The hunter is conflicted, Edward Hoogenboom says. The adrenalin rush that comes with a kill is quickly followed by ''the hunter's lament''.

It's not all gloom at the farm gate

Fiona Simson, 48, president of the NSW Farmers Association on her property Liverpool Plains walking amongst the sorgum. Photo: Jacky Ghossein.

Saffron Howden Thousands of Australia's agriculture workers have packed up their tools and walked off the land during the past two years.

Prior operator polluted Pilliga coal seam site, says Santos

Tony Pickard

Ben Cubby, Saffron Howden The coal seam gas company Santos has admitted more than a dozen instances of pollution occurred at drilling sites in the Pilliga woodland in north-west NSW, many of them not reported to the...

A frolic for some on a dry patch but floods and rescues go on

Emergency stock

Saffron Howden When floodwaters spill out across the flat plains of the state's north-west, remote farmers and the residents of small towns are not the only ones stranded.

Time to celebrate the ebb and flow as lake finally gets its life back

Local young boys swimming at Lake Cargelligo.Photo: Jacky Ghossein

Saffron Howden At the climax of the drought, Lake Cargelligo was a cracked and barren wasteland littered with the carcasses of rotting carp.