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Sunday April 19, 2015

Melbourne feeling the change of seasons

12:32 EST Today is the start of a very chilly week for Melbourne.
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More good rain falls over inland NSW

11:49 EST Further healthy rainfall totals have fallen over inland New South Wales across the past 24 hours, with more rain likely on Monday and Tuesday.
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Saturday April 18, 2015

Farmers under pressure as long drought refuses to ease in rural NSW

ABC image 18:41 EST As the kangaroos and emus around her property die in the dry of the drought, May "Bushie" McKeown is doing all she can to keep her cattle alive.
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East Coast Low off NSW Coast

16:51 EST An East Coast Low should form off the New South Wales coast this Monday, bringing heavy showers, strong winds and dangerous surf to much of the coast.
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Heaviest April rain since the 80's for parts of VIC and NSW

10:21 EST Heavy rain with a northwest cloud band has delivered the most significant April rainfall since the 80's for parts of Victoria and southern New South Wales.
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Friday April 17, 2015

Typhoon Maysak: Resilient residents rebuild in Federated States of Micronesia while aid efforts continue

ABC licensed image 17:48 EST More than two weeks after Typhoon Maysak lashed the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), aid workers are still working to provide emergency assistance to those in need.
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Weather bureau calls for community weather observers

Audience submitted image 16:48 EST The Bureau of Meteorology is creating an online weather community where people share information and photos about the weather.
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Smiles across the state as more than 100 millimetres fall in parts of South Australia

ABC image 15:12 EST Rain has fallen across many parts of South Australia giving farmers a confidence boost ahead of the start of the growing season It has been a very welcome site after rainfall on Easter Monday and January's massive deluge.
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Gulf fishermen pin 'surprising' banana prawn harvest on good management

ABC image 14:06 EST Fishermen in the Gulf of Carpentaria are crediting good fishery management for this year's "surprising" harvest of banana prawns.
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Call for government assistance as more grain farmers take up multi-peril crop insurance

ABC image 13:30 EST More grain farmers are expected to take up multi-peril crop insurance this winter growing season.
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Cyclone Pam: Australian Defence Force completes recovery operation in Vanuatu

ABC image 13:24 EST The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has completed its recovery mission in cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu, with the last remaining personnel preparing to return to Australia.
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Heaviest April rain in over 100 years for parts of SA

11:58 EST Persistent rain and slow moving thunderstorms deliver the heaviest April rain on record for parts of South Australia, and the second heaviest rain total for any month.
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A toasty Thursday for NSW

10:20 EST Yesterday, much of New South Wales basked in what felt like a mild summer day.
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South Australia denies loan criteria too strict despite approving just three applications in two years

ABC image 07:17 EST South Australian authorities deny their interpretation of drought loan eligibility is too strict, despite approving just three applications in the past two years.
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Carnarvon banana growers get insurance cash while other farmers wait

ABC image 07:14 EST Carnarvon banana growers in Western Australia's Gascoyne are using an industry insurance fund to support cyclone-destroyed plantations.
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Thursday April 16, 2015

Australian troops return from Vanuatu humanitarian mission

ABC image 21:02 EST The HMAS Tobruk has docked in Townsville in north Queensland after a three week humanitarian operation in cyclone ravaged Vanuatu.
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NT Govt must spend more on cyclone recovery to access federal funds, Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion says

ABC image 20:09 EST Cyclone-affected communities in Arnhem Land will not have access to a pool of federal emergency funding unless the Northern Territory Government spends more money on the rebuilding process, Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has said.
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Drought felt far past farm gate in outback Queensland town of Hughenden

ABC image 17:05 EST Hughenden in outback Queensland is the grips of a devastating drought that has no end in sight.
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Early start to grain growing season in South Australia

ABC image 15:00 EST Sowing has started in parts of South Australia and for some farmers it is the earliest they have ever put a grain crop in.
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Strong demand for cattle train services in western Queensland despite drought

ABC image 14:08 EST The first cattle trains leaving western Queensland hubs this weekend are fully booked, despite the dip in livestock numbers on the transport network last year.
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Some welcome rain on its way for southern Queensland

12:47 EST A rain bearing trough looks set to bring some relief to dry parts of southern Queensland.
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NSW getting ready for a soaking

11:37 EST Widespread rain is starting to move into NSW, helping farmers in some of the driest areas.
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Murweh Shire projects 'ready to go' under proposed federal drought stimulus plan

ABC image 11:14 EST The Murweh Mayor says there are six projects the south-west Queensland council could start immediately, if the Federal Government goes ahead with a proposed drought stimulus package.
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Wednesday April 15, 2015

AgForce calls on Federal Government to improve eligibility criteria to open up current drought assistance schemes

ABC image 16:23 EST Queensland rural lobby group AgForce is calling on the Federal Government to open up greater access to current drought assistance schemes.
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Chance of El Nino this year increases to 70 per cent

ABC licensed image 14:27 EST The Bureau of Meteorology says there is now a 70 per cent chance of an El Nino developing later this year.
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Large swell filling into Margaret River

13:40 EST Southern parts of Western Australia are beginning to see the first pulse of large swell which is set to produce high quality surf.
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Rain works its way around the states

12:08 EST Good news for all those in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales who have been waiting on the rain.
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Drought-affected Queensland and NSW towns to receive funding injection to boost lagging economies

ABC image 07:32 EST Drought-affected towns in Queensland and New South Wales are set to receive an injection of funds that will aim to boost their lagging economies.
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Tuesday April 14, 2015

Impressive cloud formations over the ACT

16:26 EST Over the weekend, reports were made of an impressive cloud formation over the ACT known as mammatus clouds.
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Large swell lingers along east coast

11:22 EST Wave heights peaked overnight for the central New South Wales coast, while waves are still increasing over northern New South Wales and southeastern Queensland.
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Social media message aims to bring more tourists to help drought-stricken outback Queensland

11:01 EST An informal campaign has begun via social media to encourage visitors to outback Queensland to help small town economies struggling with the region's crippling drought.
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Rough surf warning for the NSW far south coast

ABC image 07:14 EST Marine Rescue New South Wales is urging visitors to the state's far south coast to be careful after a boat overturned off Batemans Bay.
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Monday April 13, 2015

Cyclone Pam: Thousands still struggling with food, water shortages one month on

19:03 EST Tens of thousands of people in Vanuatu are still facing critical food and water shortages a month after Cyclone Pam hit, aid agencies say.
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Hunter raised funds used to build shelters in Vanuatu

18:23 EST The Salvation Army says funds raised in the New South Wales Hunter Valley to assist cyclone devastated Vanuatu will be used to build a number of cyclone proof dwellings on the island of Tanna.
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Cyclone Marcia Macadamia farmer finds hope in the destruction

18:12 EST As the clean up from Tropical Cyclone Marcia continues in central Queensland some hope is springing from the destruction.
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Tasmania's early taste of winter

13:50 EST It was a chilly start over the Apple Isle, with some more cool weather ahead.
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Ground swell set to sweep across the east coast

12:28 EST A southerly ground swell will make its way along the New South Wales coast today reaching Queensland tomorrow morning.
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Cyclone Marcia: MP Michelle Landry accused of undermining bid for more 'Category D' funding help

ABC image 12:17 EST Queensland's Deputy Premier says a central Queensland federal MP is undermining efforts to get more relief funding for the area.
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Springborg visits Longreach to get first-hand look at western Qld drought impact

ABC image 12:13 EST Queensland's Opposition Leader says governments need to look at medium-term projects to strengthen rural communities, as well as offering immediate drought relief.
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Western Queensland regional development organisation asking for $7 million from governments for wild dog cluster fencing

ABC licensed image 11:27 EST A regional development organisation in western Queensland is asking both the Federal and State Agricultural ministers to fund a proposal for wild dog cluster fencing.
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Sunday April 12, 2015

Warm nights and chilly days for southern WA

17:07 EST A mixed bag of weather for Western Australia's southwest corner.
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Thick fog blankets eastern NSW

09:25 EST Parts of eastern New South Wales were shrouded in thick fog on Sunday morning.
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Saturday April 11, 2015

Heaviest April rain in five years for parts of SE QLD

12:51 EST Persistent showers seemed relentless overnight for parts of southeast Queensland and has resulted in some of the heaviest April rainfall in five years.
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Big wet to continue for WA

11:30 EST Southwestern parts of WA have been saturated over the last few days.
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New flood study to be conducted for Paterson River

Audience submitted image 11:15 EST Maitland, Port Stephens and Dungog Councils are seeking input from the community to better understand the nature and potential for flooding of the Paterson River.
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Warwick residents donate groceries, money, hay to drought-stricken people of Longreach

ABC image 08:48 EST Hundreds of boxes of donated groceries collected in Warwick are being delivered to rural families living through the relentless drought around Longreach as part of an Outback Relief Fund.
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Friday April 10, 2015

Season break for many Western Australian grain farmers with decent widespread rainfall

ABC image 14:28 EST Many farmers in southern Western Australia say recent heavy rainfall marks the break to the season, with parts of the Great Southern region recording up to 60 millimetres overnight.
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Hot dry summer means a daily family drive around stock watering points for drought kids

12:37 EST Western New South Wales is parched and short of pasture, water is in short supply and what stock are left are thirsty; it is all part of daily life for little children in the bush.
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Wind chill for Sydneysiders

12:12 EST The mercury didn't give a true representation of the temperature yesterday in Sydney with wind chill making it feel significantly colder.
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Newcastle beaches closed due to conditions

11:39 EST Due to strong winds and large swell, several of Newcastle's beaches are closed again today.
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