Parramatta River reveals surprising biodiversity 

Esther Han 4:49 PM   A sprawling necropolis is among the most thriving and exciting habitats for native animals in the Parramatta River catchment area.

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Junior rugby violence: clubs' 'final warning'

Precautions: Security guards Tonga Koli (left) and Itilani Latu from E Group security patrolling the Penrith and districts Junior Rugby League matches.

Eamonn Duff 12:30 AM   Police call outs, pitch brawls, touchline punch ups, makeshift weapons and injured spectators. Welcome to weekend junior rugby league.

The ice labs feeding an epidemic

Ice, methamphetamines, cocaine and cannabis were seized in the police operation.

Eamonn Duff 12:30 AM   It was a drug lab so large that hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of ice crystals was left behind.

Video evidence change for domestic violence 

The government must help by preserving and extending programs preventing domestic violence.

Kirsty Needham 12:00 AM   Domestic violence victims "shake with fear" in court, reading out statements before an abusive partner. From Monday, a new law means they don't have to relive the trauma.

'Governments need to hear us'

Abdullah Elmir from Bankstown has also left Australia to fight with the Islamist fanatics.

Adam Gartrell, Natalie O'Brien and Michael Bachelard 12:15 AM   The allocation of secret grants for the federal government's countering violent extremism programs has been criticised by some of Australia's ethnic communties and caused a rift among Muslim  communities.

Pill-popping nation polluting environment

Pharmaceutical pills, generic

Natalie O'Brien 12:15 AM   According to a new study, drugs are being thrown away and ending up in water and soil, which is producing a toxic time-bomb.

Hurstville Council's 'big brother' tactics

Hurstville mayor Con Hindi is at the centre of a battle over asbestos on his development block.

Natalie O'brien 11:45 PM   Hurstville City Council allegedly ordered investigations into the private affairs of two of its residents and asked for their emails to be tracked after they had run foul of the southern Sydney municipality.

Call for nannies to be qualified

Narraweena midwife Nicky Richards with husband Adam and their four children, Hugo, 4, Lucas, 6, Sophie, 9, and Roman, 12. With childcare costs of $170,000 a year, they  could benefit under the new government-subsidised nanny scheme.

Tim Barlass 12:15 AM   Nanny training schools and agencies have warned the qualifications bar has been set too low for nannies who will work under a new federal government scheme to provide subsidised home care from next year.

Sold: 5000 public roads in NSW

Brian and Naomi Kilby who oppose the closure of a road running through a farm that gives their family access to the Barrington River.

Nicole Hasham   If you can dodge the odd rock and handle moderate rapids, kayak guide Naomi Kilby says the stretch of Barrington River at Bindera is the perfect white-water adrenalin rush.

Sydney cycling lane removal risks lives: MP

If bike paths are ripped up cyclists will be forced onto pathways or into dangerous traffic: Shayne Mallard.

Jacob Saulwick   "They are life-saving pieces of infrastructure for cyclists."

Luke Foley's red rag to unions

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NSW OPPOSITION LEADER with Adam Searle NSW Shadow Minister for Industry, resources and Energy SPEAKING to the  MEDIA  regarding AUSTRALIAN ENERGY REGULATOR?S FINAL DETERMINATION ON NSW ELECTICITY NETWORK CHARGES at State Parliament House Photo by Louise Kennerley smh

Sean Nicholls   NSW opposition leader Luke Foley has declared he will not go in for "fake consensus" with trade unions and that it's time the party "moved on" from its "obsessive focus" on electricity privatisation.

Lord Howe  shows the mainland how it's done

Rhonda Wilson, with her husband Ed, owns an electric golf car and their home runs on solar panels.

Nicole Hasham   Residents of Lord Howe Island have gone dirty on diesel and now have an ambitious target for renewable energy.

The most common injuries in the workplace

Dan Thomas became a style consultant after injuring his back.

Anna Patty   Dan Thomas ran his own window cleaning business until a back injury forced him to reinvent his career.

Parramatta 'losing its soul' in redevelopment

Dr Stephen Brancatisano ... "there's so much history here".

Kelsey Munro   Parramatta is on the move, but residents say they're being left behind.

Sorry, John, John and John. This time the award goes to a woman

Cathy Foley ... winner of the Clunies Ross award.

Nicky Phillips   Physicist Cathy Foley and colleague Keith Leslie have been awarded the prestigious Clunies Ross award for innovation and commercialisation.

The 'silent epidemic' in gay relationships

Same-sex couple Russ Vickery (L) and Matthew Parsons have both been in domestic violence situations in their previous relationships.

Bellinda Kontominas 11:47 AM   Domestic violence has become a "silent epidemic" in the gay and lesbian community, despite occurring just as often as in heterosexual relationships.

New tools tune up the brain

Guinea pig: Amy Corderoy gets hooked up to the transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) machine.

Amy Corderoy   Stevan Nikolin once participated in a scientific experiment that involved him spending eight hours with needles in the base of his tongue.

Wettest autumn to make way for drier times

Autumn had fewer days like this than last year.

Peter Hannam 5:57 PM   Three days of heavy rain in mid-April were enough to make it Sydney's wettest autumn in 12 years but conditions have largely dried up since.

How to be happy at work

Henry Stewart,  chief executive Happy Ltd, says most companies concentrate on the bottom line, "but how to get that bottom line is through your people".

Anna Patty    Keeping workers happy is the key to business success, says UK consultant Henry Stewart, who reckons it can be done in four steps.

Police should have shot Monis in head: lawyer

Siege gunman Man Haron Monis.

Lisa Visentin   Sydney siege gunman Man Monis was a 'very evil smart guy' whom police should have immediately shot in the head during the Martin Place siege, a lawyer he consulted has said.


Sydney weather: Wettest autumn in 12 years to make way for drier times

Three days of heavy rain in mid-April were enough to make it Sydney's wettest autumn in 12 years but conditions have largely dried up since.

Social media honeymoon over for Wedding Cake Rock

An Instagram craze for posing on Wedding Cake Rock is putting visitors in danger and threatening the structure itself.

'Fashion is for all women, no matter where you're from'

"The hijab is beautiful and Muslim women are entitled to be passionate about fashion.''

Super Sydney's dark side: the threat to open spaces

For all the great events and buzz, the community must be on guard to defend our green space.

Not waiting for coding to be in the curriculum

The federal parliament is talking up the value of coding and it being in the national curriculum. Amanda Hogan and her class of eight isn't waiting.

Revolving doors: CSG industry snaps up advisers

Two former deputy prime ministers, a resources minister and a climate change minister are among ex-politicians and political staff now helping companies involved in the coal seam gas industry, a Herald investigation reveals.

'Once in a lifetime opportunity'

 One of the state's grand old cities is now its great hope for economic prosperity - 'the infrastructure capital of the world', as the premier put it.

Let the axe throwing begin

It was a long and hard-fought battle, but the team behind Australia's first urban axe throwing venue can finally don lumberjack shirts, raise hatchets and let the lobbing commence.

The five charts that show why 2015 is going to be a scorcher

The world remains on course for another record hot year with the first four months of 2015 setting a new high for temperatures and more signals indicating the emerging El Nino event will be a strong one.


Photos 1440 exhibition

The most startling moments captured by Fairfax photojournalists during the past year are on display the annual Photos 1440 exhibition.

George street light rail fly through

The NSW government have announced that the George street light rail will extend to Sydney's south east and will begin construction in October.

RAW VISION: Yagoona man critical after shooting

RAW VISION: Police investigate after a 54 year-old man was shot in the head in Sydney's south-west on Monday night.