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Village residents take their water fight to Asahi head office

Village residents take their water fight to Asahi head office

On a sunny Friday morning grower David McIntyre packed his walnuts and set out from the tiny Victorian town of Stanley to plead with beer giant Asahi to stop buying the water from beneath him.

  • by David Estcourt

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Call to action as Australian recycling rates 'stagnate'
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Call to action as Australian recycling rates 'stagnate'

Australia’s national recycling body has urged governments to address stagnating recycling rates and lagging energy capture from waste, warning the nation is “now at a crossroads”.

  • by Jewel Topsfield
Five myths about water saving in the garden

Five myths about water saving in the garden

Gardeners need to learn how to live with drought and rise to its challenges, says Jackie French.

  • by Jackie French
Short of a judge, US Supreme Court to decide fate of endangered frog
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Short of a judge, US Supreme Court to decide fate of endangered frog

The tiny amphibian will occupy the first order of business for the nation's top court, which opens its new term during a national debate over the fate of Brett Kavanaugh.

  • by Robert Barnes
18 months behind schedule, state government begins Dunwich master plan
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18 months behind schedule, state government begins Dunwich master plan

The Queensland Government will begin a master plan for Dunwich - called Goompi by its indigenous Quandamooka people - next month as the end of the island's mining revenue nears.

  • by Tony Moore
How a wave of nurdles woke up the people of Warrnambool
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How a wave of nurdles woke up the people of Warrnambool

On November 18 last year, Colleen Hughson received a call telling her that thousands of lentil-sized pieces of plastic were carpeting the tidelines.

  • by Jewel Topsfield
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'I do what people say can't be done': recycling queen Narelle Anderson
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'I do what people say can't be done': recycling queen Narelle Anderson

Neville Bonner's great-niece Narelle Anderson is bringing her NSW recycling business to Queensland as part of the state's first container refund scheme to start on November 1.

  • by Tony Moore
What has four Legos and crawls? Turtle takes slow road to recovery
Animals

What has four Legos and crawls? Turtle takes slow road to recovery

A wild turtle with a fractured shell at a US zoo had trouble moving, so a veterinary student designed and built a small wheelchair using Lego pieces.

  • by Dana Hedgpeth
Seal hurls octopus into kayaker's face
Animals

Seal hurls octopus into kayaker's face

It was a real slap in the face for a kayaker who got caught up an almighty fight between a seal and an octopus on New Zealand's South Island.

  • by Alan Granville
Paddleboarder's close encounter as sharks feed on dead whale
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Paddleboarder's close encounter as sharks feed on dead whale

A paddleboarder has told how he was "stalked" by a shark while trying to get a closer look at a dead whale floating in the ocean south of Sydney.

  • by Andrew Pearson
'Blessed': Tree regeneration pioneer Tony Rinaudo gets global gong
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'Blessed': Tree regeneration pioneer Tony Rinaudo gets global gong

An Australian credited with creating a technique that has helped reforest millions of hectares of degraded land globally has won the 'Alternative Nobel Prize'.

  • by Peter Hannam