Earthmovers go from competitors to comrades as Murray River locals share gratitude for non-stop levee works

Earthmovers go from competitors to comrades as Murray River locals share gratitude for non-stop levee works

It’s a normal day at the office for Dave De Grancy and his fellow earthmovers, sharing a laugh and working around the clock to maintain the extensive system of levee banks protecting Riverland towns. Murray River floodwaters are slowly travelling downstream from Renmark. It’s currently at a peak of 190 gigalitres a day, about 2 metres … Read more

SA teenage filmmaker named national festival finalist with tale of Heysen Trail

SA teenage filmmaker named national festival finalist with tale of Heysen Trail

From behind the lens, Gabe Aylen is telling young people to get outside. Key points: A South Australian teen is named a finalist in a national film festival for his short movie Gabe and two friends camped along the Heysen Trail for four days to create the film He hopes to encourage more teens to get outdoors His … Read more

Pygmy right whale delights group of paddleboarders near Port Lincoln

Pygmy right whale delights group of paddleboarders near Port Lincoln

A pygmy right whale behaving like a lost puppy has given a group of paddleboarders the experience of a lifetime off South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. Key points: A group of men were followed by a pygmy whale while paddleboarding near Port Lincoln An expert says it is very uncommon behaviour It is illegal to chase marine … Read more

Little bird with big message: Mr Beaky shares lesson on Aboriginal identity with children in new book

Little bird with big message: Mr Beaky shares lesson on Aboriginal identity with children in new book

It’s not unusual for budgies to speak a few words but there’s something setting this one apart from the rest. Key points: Mr Beaky is the subject of a new book that speaks to what it means to be an Aboriginal person in Australia He helps kids learn phrases of Indigenous language The book is dedicated … Read more

Forth pub celebrates colourful, sometimes tragic, 150-year history in Tasmania

Forth pub celebrates colourful, sometimes tragic, 150-year history in Tasmania

Over the course of 150 years, the double-gabled Bridge Hotel — known colloquially as the Forth pub — has seen every kind of triumph and tragedy. An icon of live music and community spirit in north-west Tasmania, it is also the site of murder, and home to stories about rioting, fire, and a poisoned dog. So much so, in fact, that licensee … Read more

No stopping Bill Treichel, 95, as he paints Australian outback landscapes onto bottle tops

No stopping Bill Treichel, 95, as he paints Australian outback landscapes onto bottle tops

With an eagle eye, Bill Treichel applies his paintbrush to the tiny bottle top in front of him. Not even the rooster’s crow from the garden can break his concentration. Bill has been painting since the 1960s.(ABC Far North: Amanda Cranston) “I like to paint from about seven until nine in the morning because the light … Read more

PNG singer Danielle Morgan makes history as ‘really hard road’ leads to major win

PNG singer Danielle Morgan makes history as ‘really hard road’ leads to major win

Papua New Guinean singer Danielle Morgan has been involved with the music industry since high school. But it was not until after she separated from her ex-partner that she decided to take it more seriously, putting her personal journey at the centre of her work. Key points: Danielle said she was proud “to represent women especially, … Read more

Driver reviver shutdown triggers calls for Queensland roadside trivia boom

Driver reviver shutdown triggers calls for Queensland roadside trivia boom

Outback travellers and one of Australia’s top quiz masters are calling on the Queensland government to supercharge “fatigue zone trivia” after a controversial decision to axe driver reviver sites. Key points: The Queensland government plans to shut down all 23 of its driver reviver sites across the state The Chase trivia expert Brydon Coverdale says … Read more

Vests given to deaf Coldplay fans set to be trialled at Tamworth Country Music Festival

Vests given to deaf Coldplay fans set to be trialled at Tamworth Country Music Festival

People with hearing impairments will be feeling the beat at the Tamworth Country Music Festival next year thanks to a vest-like device designed to be worn on the chest or back. Key points: The vests create vibrations in sync with music to allow deaf people a richer concert experience A cochlear implant user says the technology allowed him … Read more

Can Taylor Swift be toppled by an album of ‘haunting’ extinct frog calls on the ARIA charts?

Can Taylor Swift be toppled by an album of ‘haunting’ extinct frog calls on the ARIA charts?

The hottest new album to drop this year could be a cappella croaking, bleating and barking — and scientists are hoping it will usurp pop superstar Taylor Swift at the top of the pop charts. Key points: Scientists hope a collation of frog noises will leapfrog Taylor Swift on the charts Thousands of frogs have been recorded for the album by … Read more