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Thursday August 28, 2014

Barnaby Joyce rejects criticism the Federal Government's drought assistance package is a 'failure'

ABC image 16:24 EST The Federal Agriculture Minister rejects criticism from the Labor Opposition that the Government's drought assistance package is a 'failure'.
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95% of the country basking in winter's warmth

13:46 EST The past few days have seen quite warm temperatures across western and southern Australia while along the eastern seaboard temperatures have been closer to average.
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Long-term outlook tips dry start to spring for southern Australia

ABC image 12:42 EST The Bureau of Meteorology's forecast for the next three months is tipping a dry start to spring in southern Australia.
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Gympie Music Muster to raise drought awareness

11:41 EST Organisers of the Gympie Music Muster say the event will highlight the need for ongoing drought support in the bush.
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SES rescues people trapped by floodwaters on NSW north coast

ABC licensed image 11:20 EST People trapped in two vehicles surrounded by floodwaters have been rescued by the State Emergency Service (SES) on the New South Wales north coast.
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Your pictures: Thick fog engulfs Melbourne

11:08 EST As the sun set over Melbourne, a thick fog engulfed the city.
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Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast brace for wild weather threat

09:37 EST The weather bureau says south-east Queensland could be facing some wild weather this morning.
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Wednesday August 27, 2014

SA's warm farewell to frosty August

18:16 EST South Australia is ending August with a few warmer nights and days but this month will still go down as the frostiest on record for most of the state.
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Premier visits drought-affected areas of New South Wales

ABC image 17:10 EST New South Wales Premier Mike Baird is making his first tour of drought-affected regions of the state since taking office four months ago.
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Flooding rains swamp northeastern NSW

14:21 EST Heavy rain leading to flooding has drenched northeastern New South Wales overnight with more on the way.
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Baird goes bush

ABC image 11:57 EST New South Wales Premier Mike Baird will visit areas in the state's north west that haven't seen decent rain in more than two years.
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Drought affected farmers seeing benefits of Buy a Bale's Farmer Cards

ABC image 10:07 EST Sixteen thousand dollars has been pledged to help drought affected farmers in Queensland and New South Wales with day to day living expenses.
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Tuesday August 26, 2014

Heavy rain raises flooding fears on the Mid North Coast

ABC image 22:36 EST Heavy rain is forecast to soak the Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers throughout tonight and into Wednesday, as an East Coast Low continues to deepen.
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Heavy rain and flash flooding across NSW prompt emergency rescues

20:16 EST Heavy rain and widespread flooding across New South Wales has created chaos for emergency services, with at least five rescues being carried out on the south coast.
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BlazeAid wraps up maiden drought relief campaign in north west Queensland

ABC image 16:13 EST BlazeAid is wrapping up its first ever drought relief campaign after four months work in north west Queensland.
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Severe weather warning cancelled

13:20 EST A severe weather warning which was in place for people between Bunbury and Albany has been cancelled.
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Foggy week in Victoria

13:10 EST After collecting showers due to an upper level cold pool and trough, which is now generating heavy showers over NSW, Victoria had widespread fog this morning.
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Sydney-Melbourne rivalry heats up in favour of the city on the Yarra

13:06 EST The long standing rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne has long divided nearly 50% of the Australian population.
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Three people safe and well after chopper rescue on NSW far south coast

ABC image 11:52 EST Rescuers say three people are lucky to have escaped injury after their car became stuck in rising floodwaters on the New South Wales far south coast.
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Cruel New South Wales drought highlights mental health needs

ABC image 10:55 EST Walgett farmers are still kicking up dust despite the arrival of good rainfall for many parts of New South Wales.
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Shadow Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon criticises federal drought assistance

07:26 EST The Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Joel Fitzgibbon has criticised the Federal Government's drought assistance measures, saying not enough is being done for what is a vital Australian industry.
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Monday August 25, 2014

Winter soaking coming to northeast NSW

16:02 EST Farmers across northeast New South Wales are anticipating the prospect of fresh rain, adding to last week's soaking.
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Western Queensland Beef Summit: how to produce profitable beef in drought

ABC image 16:01 EST What are the keys to running a profitable grazing enterprise? That is the focus of a two day beef industry 'renewal summit' being held in Longreach in western Queensland.
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Sydney's soggy end to winter

13:33 EST Sunday afternoon saw the perfect end to Sydney's wettest week since last November as the sun made a special appearance to the delight of many enjoying the great outdoors.
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Green Thumb Express: Plants donated to help drought-affected outback gardeners

ABC image 06:36 EST Hundreds of donated plants and cuttings have been given to outback Queensland families whose gardens have withered and died in one of the most widespread droughts on record.
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Sunday August 24, 2014

Fog at Adelaide Airport prevents planes from landing

ABC image 15:06 EST Thick fog over Adelaide has caused headaches at the city's airport, with at least one plane caught in a holding pattern before being diverted.
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Sunshine Coast and surrounds drying out after drenching

13:27 EST The Sunshine Coast and surrounds, including Gympie Muster territory are now drying out after two months worth of rain fell in about a week.
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Eastern Tasmania's best August rain since 2010

13:26 EST Eastern parts of Tasmania receive the heaviest August rain since 2010.
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Saturday August 23, 2014

Soaking rain swamping Southeast QLD

13:51 EST Southeast Queensland has been engulfed by heavy rain due to an east coast low.
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Darwin's coolest August morning in 72 years

12:49 EST Clear skies have allowed the mercury to drop almost eight degrees below average about parts of the Northern Territory.
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Friday August 22, 2014

Rain prompts RFS to rethink bushfire danger start date

ABC image 15:20 EST Heavy rain in the past few days led the Rural Fire Service to reassess plans to bring forward the bushfire danger period in the Hunter region to September the first.
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Mayor says 'plague' roo numbers impacting inland graziers

13:57 EST A western Queensland mayor says most graziers are positive about the outlook, although rising kangaroo numbers are causing concern.
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Showers over southeastern QLD

12:55 EST Parts of southeastern Queensland have received the most significant August rainfall since 2011.
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Flooding rain on its way to coastal NSW

12:50 EST In a surprisingly wet month, eastern New South Wales is set for another drenching, this time focussed on the northeast.
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Chasing storms on the road to a life of meteorology

ABC image 11:21 EST If you are a regular listener to the South Australian Country Hour you'd probably be able to name a couple of people from the Bureau of Meteorology.
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Thursday August 21, 2014

North-west farmers say they're fighting drought and native vegetation legislation

ABC image 15:00 EST Cam Rowntree says the recent tragic shooting at Croppa Creek near Moree is exactly that, a terrible tragedy.
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Low cloud steals Melbourne's chill

13:49 EST Overnight all the weather parameters were primed to bring a very cold morning to Australia's unofficial cultural capital.
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WA hogging unseasonable warmth

13:47 EST Much of Western Australia's west has already been experiencing unseasonable warm weather this month, now other parts of the state are about to sample it.
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Hope remains for improved weather outlook in drought-hit western Qld

10:22 EST A leading climate scientist says there are some indications of improved seasonal conditions for parts of Queensland's west.
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Grazier backs Fitzroy Gap Dam proposal

10:06 EST A central Queensland grazier says he believes a proposed super dam on the Fitzroy River will help to flood-proof Rockhampton.
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Wednesday August 20, 2014

Alice Springs shivers through unusual late-winter cold

15:08 EST Alice Springs is currently experiencing its coldest August to date in 25 years, and the fourth coldest on record.
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Collaroy driveway collapse: Bricks trucked in to fill massive ground cave-in

ABC image 14:21 EST Authorities are working to fill a gaping hole after part of a driveway collapsed due to heavy rain on Sydney's northern beaches, threatening residents in an apartment block.
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Australia's far east set for deluge

12:37 EST After months of very dry conditions over eastern Australia, the weather gods took notice and opened the gates of heaven bringing some relief to areas stricken hard by drought.
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Central Queensland cotton growers battling nematodes with wheat and corn

ABC image 12:26 EST Cotton growers at Theodore in Central Queensland are branching out into other crops, to address a nematode problem in the area, brought on by severe flooding three years ago.
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Tuesday August 19, 2014

Residents evacuated after driveway collapses from heavy rain on Sydney's northern beaches

ABC image 21:22 EST A block of flats at Collaroy on Sydney's northern beaches has been evacuated after part of its driveway sank due to heavy rain.
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Top Enders dig out the long johns

18:05 EST August is known as a month of warming for those in the Northern Territory Top End but this year the region has been hit by a late cold snap, causing residents to dig out the long johns.
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Drought impedes flood recovery in Condamine catchment, southern Queensland

Audience submitted image 17:03 EST Ongoing dry conditions are impeding the rehabilitation of farming land across Queensland, badly damaged by widespread flooding in the state last year.
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Federal Agriculture minister responds to drought assistance criticism

ABC image 15:40 EST The Federal Minister for Agriculture has defended the effectiveness of his department's drought assistance program.
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Flying debris amid wild storm sparks plea to secure backyard items

13:52 EST South-west Western Australian residents are being urged to secure yard items after a destructive storm.
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Wheat crop forecast unchanged after weekend rain in New South Wales and Queensland

ABC image 13:52 EST Recent rain in has come too late to boost winter crop forecasts, but will help maintain the current outlook.
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