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Saturday May 23, 2015

Canberra on ice

11:34 EST Canberra is set to see a few mornings drop below freezing as a high sets up over the southeast.
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Wet weather set to continue across the Hunter

09:12 EST Weather forecasters say some parts of the Hunter have received more than half of their annual rainfall average since April.
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Drought assistance should not be given to bad farmers, agribusiness leader says

ABC image 08:47 EST Drought assistance should not be used to prop up bad farmers, a leading agribusiness consultant has warned.
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Friday May 22, 2015

Queensland drought: Not every farm should be saved by taxpayers, Senator Barry O'Sullivan says

Audience submitted image 19:43 EST Not every farm will or should be saved by the taxpayer from the drought that is gripping most of the state, Queensland senator Barry O'Sullivan says.
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WA set for a steady soaking

14:38 EST Western Australia's Pilbara region is likely to see a week long rain event.
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Footbridge to Torryburn inundated by rising river

12:55 EST The small Hunter Valley village of Torryburn is again isolated by floodwaters, less than a fortnight after a footbridge was built to enable residents to leave.
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Brisbane quarry rock face collapse creates worry for local residents living on the edge

ABC image 12:23 EST A quarry on Brisbane's northside which has been closed since the 1920s has local residents worried after recent rain caused the rock face to crumble.
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Rain delays re-opening of erosion damaged The Boulevarde near Hawks Nest

Audience submitted image 11:59 EST Wet weather today, has delayed Great Lakes Council efforts to restore access for people living along an erosion damaged road near Hawks Nest.
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Wind and rain surge along the NSW coast

10:51 EST A complex low pressure system is moving north along the New South Wales coast, bringing damaging winds and heavy rain.
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Surry River estuary flooding near Portland eroding recreation reserve sites

09:31 EST A south-west Victorian management committee has warned there is "no going forward" if flooding at the Surry River estuary, east of Portland, continues.
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Costly bridge repairs as Singleton Council counts costs of storm

07:41 EST Singleton Mayor John Martin says there is no clear solution to repairing the approaches to the Gresford Road bridge damaged in the Hunter Valley super storm.
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Thursday May 21, 2015

'Morning glory' cloud phenomenon rolls into the Gulf of Carpentaria three months early

ABC image 19:58 EST The meteorological phenomenon known as the 'morning glory' has appeared in Queensland's Gulf of Carpentaria three months earlier than usual.
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Rural lobby group AgForce labels Queensland drought the 'worst in living memory'

ABC image 16:05 EST Queensland rural lobby group AgForce says its members are reporting the current drought gripping the state is "the worst in living memory".
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Agricultural consultant wary of multi-peril crop insurance products for grain industry

ABC image 15:12 EST A prominent Western Australian farm management consultant has strong reservations about multi-peril crop insurance (MPCI).
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Hunter Valley flood damage tops 100m just for agriculture

ABC image 15:07 EST The damage bill for agriculture in the devastating floods and storms in the Hunter Valley last month is now over $100 million.
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SES sends out an SOS for people to heed flood warnings during an emergency

ABC image 14:45 EST The Minister for Emergency Services has paid tribute to the tireless efforts of the SES volunteers during the recent storm event in New South Wales.
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Dungog residents critical of emergency services during eye of super storm

ABC image 14:17 EST Dungog residents are questioning whether emergency services did enough to warn people about rising floodwaters during last month's deadly super storm.
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Blustery and wet for opening of Vivid

14:11 EST A Tasman Low is set to form on Thursday afternoon bringing a wet and blustery day along the New South Wales coast on Friday With a beautifully clear and still Thursday morning, many Sydneysiders would have planned to head into the city to see the opening night of Vivid on Friday.
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Thick fog blankets south-east Queensland for second morning

ABC image 12:48 EST Heavy low clouds blanketed south-east Queensland for a second morning as the fog season officially hits the region.
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Healthy rain spreads across NSW and QLD farmland

12:16 EST Widespread rain has moved across western NSW and southern QLD, with some parts seeing their best rain since last spring.
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Flooded famers in the Hunter Valley still struggling with the impact one month later

ABC image 09:45 EST Hunter Valley New South Wales farmers are still struggling one month after floods.
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Ease upstream embargoes now that Broken Hill's secured: MP

ABC image 09:42 EST The far west's state MP says success in shoring up Broken Hill's water supply should allow for some relief for drought-affected farmers upstream.
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Ag sector damage bill from Hunter storm set to top $100m

ABC image 09:37 EST The Minister for Primary Industries says the damage bill from last month's super storm to the Hunter's agricultural sector is estimated to be more than $100 million.
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Children's health charity urges parents to use play to beat drought stress

ABC image 07:15 EST When you're dealing with floods, trying to survive a drought, or battening down the hatches for a cyclone, finding time to play with your kids might be the furthest thing from your mind.
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Wednesday May 20, 2015

Class action launched into Callide Dam flooding in central Queensland

ABC image 18:58 EST More than 200 homeowners whose properties were damaged when the Callide Dam overflowed have banded together to launch a class action.
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A mixed bag of weather for QLD

16:25 EST Rain is making a brief appearance in Queensland.
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New South Wales farmers say drought help should be easier to get

Audience submitted image 16:01 EST New South Wales Farmers Association president Fiona Simson says federal and state authorities seem to be passing the buck on who sets the drought criteria.
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Queensland Government delays Cyclone Marcia flood review

ABC image 14:49 EST The Queensland Government has delayed the release of a report into flooding following Cyclone Marcia.
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Wodonga Library closed until Monday after storm damage downpour

13:06 EST The Wodonga Library in north-east Victoria was damaged in a storm that pounded the border region yesterday afternoon.
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Storms across central and southern NSW

12:08 EST Rain and storms have swept through inland parts of NSW bringing some of the heaviest rain of the year.
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Queensland agricultural show organisers say drought is reducing spending at local events

ABC image 11:55 EST Drought is hitting Queensland's show circuit, with spending down across some events.
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Fog season begins in south-east Queensland with white-out affecting flights at Brisbane Airport

ABC image 11:11 EST Fog season has officially hit south-east Queensland, with the region waking up to a thick blanket of white that affected flights at several airports.
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Drought-stricken SA farmers reveal unequal access to low-interest loans, as state minister goes to ground

ABC image 10:50 EST The South Australian Government has agreed to review the way it assesses drought concessional loan applications, following revelations the process is different for farmers in other states.
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Central Victorian grain growers keen for more rain amid mixed weather outlook

09:35 EST The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) says grain growers need more rain to boost their confidence for this year's season.
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Tuesday May 19, 2015

Drought farmers call for urgent reversal of water embargo on Barwon Darling

ABC image 19:19 EST "Lose the farm or start the pump." In an open letter to water authorities farmer David Fleming said this was the choice he faced in coming days.
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South Australian Agriculture Minister refuses to comment on why drought-stricken farmers face unequal access to loans

ABC image 18:00 EST South Australia's Agriculture Minister Leon Bignell is refusing to comment on why debt-ridden farmers in his state have unequal access to drought assistance.
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King salmon stocks surge in gulf as barramundi drought continues

ABC image 14:00 EST King salmon are stealing the limelight in the barramundi capital of Australia.
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Thunder wakes Adelaide residents, who feared explosion, as rain lashes city

ABC image 13:06 EST Some extraordinary thunder woke thousands of Adelaide residents in the early hours as the city and suburbs were lashed by rain.
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A welcome soaking for SA

12:56 EST Parts of South Australia have seen some of the best rain in over in over year.
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Patchy fog and a warmer start for Sydney

11:38 EST Fog for western parts of Sydney on one of the warmer mornings of the past week.
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Oyster farmers warn of shortage after local crops destroyed

ABC image 10:50 EST Hunter region oyster farmers are warning of a statewide shortage of the delicacy for years to come, after last month's super storm decimated local crops and infrastructure.
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Queensland drought: it's not just graziers looking to the skies for answers

ABC image 10:39 EST The rains will come to Longreach eventually, but the question is whether the drought will break before the people in this outback Queensland town do, writes Blythe Moore.
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Penola Racing Club to host Mount Gambier Cup's final races following safety concerns

08:18 EST A horse race that was abandoned due to safety concerns in South Australia's south-east on Friday has been relocated to Penola.
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Week-long Hunter storm blackouts raised at power sale inquiry

ABC image 07:28 EST Opponents of a proposed sale of New South Wales' poles and wires have seized on mass power outages in the Hunter's recent super storm to strengthen their fight against the plan.
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Repairs almost complete for storm damaged roads at Hawks Nest

06:58 EST A roadway at Hawks Nest that was badly eroded during last month's super storm is almost repaired and will soon be back in service.
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Monday May 18, 2015

Pineapple farmers meet outside Yeppoon to get tips on cyclone recovery

ABC image 13:55 EST Pineapple farmers from across Queensland have met on a cyclone-damaged farm outside Yeppoon on the central coast to continue talking about recovery.
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Soggy set of days for SA

13:37 EST Areas of rain and storms are sweeping across South Australia today likely to reach Adelaide this afternoon.
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Heavy rain drenches southwest WA

13:18 EST The best rain in more than a decade has soaked southwest parts of Western Australia over the last two days.
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Bore mechanic says new drought support could have helped save his business

ABC image 11:14 EST A Queensland bore mechanic who was forced out of work at the height of drought says new tax breaks in this year's budget could have helped him stay in business.
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New CSIRO software to predict and track bushfire movements across landscape in real time

10:37 EST Scientists from the CSIRO have unveiled a new software system aimed at predicting and tracking the movement of bushfires.
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