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Big dry prompts NSW authorities to expand early start to fire season

Big dry prompts NSW authorities to expand early start to fire season

Extremely dry conditions across much of NSW have prompted authorities to increase the number of regions starting their official fire season on August 1.

  • by Peter Hannam

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'It was bizarre': Sydneysiders fear for their pets after fox spotted in Ryde
Animals

'It was bizarre': Sydneysiders fear for their pets after fox spotted in Ryde

When Tilly Simpson saw a fox with a chicken in its mouth, she rang her boyfriend's mum to warn her.

  • by Cassandra Morgan
Sydney shivers through one of this year's coldest mornings yet
Weather

Sydney shivers through one of this year's coldest mornings yet

But early-risers can look forward to an easier start for the rest of the working week, with morning temperatures expected to double.

  • by Cassandra Morgan
Good news, Sydney's sunny weather set to continue into the week
Weather

Good news, Sydney's sunny weather set to continue into the week

While Sydney's above average-daytime temperatures look set to continue, the clear sky means more cold mornings are on the horizon.

  • by Maani Truu
Jackie French: Time ripe to dream of summer harvest
Food

Jackie French: Time ripe to dream of summer harvest

The catalogues have arrived! Flowers, bulbs, shrubs, fruit trees to tempt gardeners for the summer to come.

  • by Jackie French
Where trees rain from the sky so tiger quolls might roam again
Opinion
Indigenous

Where trees rain from the sky so tiger quolls might roam again

In south-west Victoria, planes are being used to "bomb" Aboriginal land with seed balls so manna forests might grow again where quolls once roamed.

  • by Tony Wright
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Canberra’s Stairways to nowhere
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Canberra’s Stairways to nowhere

There is something mysterious about stairways that don’t go anywhere. They make the imagination run wild.

  • by Tim the Yowie Man
Tiny angry bird helped by its own call
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Tiny angry bird helped by its own call

The call of the Mallee emu-wren is a secret weapon in the race to save Australia's tiniest bird.

Premature baby penguin saved after parents broke her egg
Animals

Premature baby penguin saved after parents broke her egg

The chick spent weeks cuddling with a soft toy penguin and was fed what the zoo called "penguin milkshake": blended fish, vitamins and minerals.

Western Sydney incinerator dumped by independent commission
Health

Western Sydney incinerator dumped by independent commission

Nearly 1000 people submitted objections to the hugely controversial project.

  • by Jacob Saulwick
Newly discovered venomous snake in far north Queensland could be under threat
Research

Newly discovered venomous snake in far north Queensland could be under threat

Snake scientist says the reptile, found in the Cape York Peninsula, could be wiped out by mining.

  • by Alison Brown