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Friday April 18, 2014

Royals bring the sun to Sydney

11:20 EST Since the the royals stepped off the plane on Wednesday afternoon, Sydney has turned on the great weather.
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Melbourne's grey Easter weather

10:18 EST Easter celebrations in Melbourne will be slightly dimmed under cloudy skies, bringing the coldest day since last year.
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Thursday April 17, 2014

Seeding underway in southern WA

16:48 EST Patches of good rain in southern parts of Western Australia has got the tractors rolling and some grain farmers are starting to put in this year's crop.
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Southern Rangelands property destocks due to dry conditions and wild dogs

ABC image 16:15 EST The tough combination of dry conditions and increasing numbers of wild dogs is taking its toll on small livestock producers in Western Australia's Southern Rangelands.
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Ita slamming into New Zealand

15:27 EST Ita's remnants have gained strength in time to lash New Zealand with damaging wind and flooding rains to rival its impact on Queensland.
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Large swell expected for the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

15:27 EST A 6-8 foot groundswell is on the horizon for the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.
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Drought package funds couple of months away: Baston

15:03 EST The State Government is expecting it will be more than two months until funds from a concessional loan package for drought-stricken farmers begin rolling out in Western Australia.
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MetEye a new weather service from the Bureau of Meteorology

ABC image 14:26 EST The Bureau of Meteorology has launched a new online service in Queensland, called MetEye, it provides access to the latest information on rainfall, temperatures, and seven day forecasts.
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Joyce says drought is far from over

ABC image 14:16 EST Less than two months after the announcement of a federal drought package, 650 farmers have had their applications for assistance approved.
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Ingham recovers from flood and mud

ABC image 13:06 EST It's the possible double whammy of flood damage and the mysterious disease, yellow canopy syndrome, that are really worrying cane growers in North Queensland.
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Farm assistance paperwork is 'too onerous'

Audience submitted image 12:57 EST Federal and State Government officials say they're finalising financial support for rural families, but some farmers it's too difficult to access.
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Fruit and veg wholesalers unconcerned about Ita

ABC image 12:49 EST Fruit and vegetable wholesalers across Australia aren't expecting a major impact on supply and price from Cyclone Ita in Queensland.
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Cyclone Ita recovery: Queensland rail network under repair after category-four storm

11:05 EST Queensland Rail says there is significant damage in the state's north after Cyclone Ita, with parts of the east coast network likely to stay closed until at least Sunday.
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Croydon council offers drought-hit landowners rates relief

10:39 EST The Croydon Shire Council north-west Queensland has decided to defer rate payments due to the drought.
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Wednesday April 16, 2014

Queensland Government offers aid package for cyclone-hit farmers

ABC licensed image 15:35 EST ,Queensland primary producers hit by Tropical Cyclone Ita will now be able to apply for disaster recovery funding.
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Toowoomba council approves flood detention basins amid protests

13:57 EST The Toowoomba Regional Council has decided to build two controversial flood detention basins in the city's south.
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Don River flood mitigation study still being finalised

13:35 EST The Whitsunday Regional Council says a final report on how to mitigate flooding from the Don River is still several months away.
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Showers soak Sydney and Hunter

13:25 EST Eastern New South Wales has been soaked by some of the heaviest showers since spring.
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Cyclone Ita clean-up: Government outlines emergency available funding to residents

ABC image 13:18 EST State and federal MPs and Queensland's disaster recovery coordinator have outlined emergency funding available for residents of communities ravaged by Tropical Cyclone Ita in the state's north.
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Easter bunny bringing sunshine to most Australian capitals

12:25 EST It is Wednesday and the holiday season in nearly upon us.
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Fraser Island 'open' for business after wild weather

11:42 EST Queensland's National Parks Minister Steve Dickson says Fraser Island is back open for business, despite some campers choosing to leave their camp sites this week because of wild weather.
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Eidsvold Show campdraft canned

ABC image 11:18 EST Queensland's Eidsvold Show campdraft has been cancelled because of a lack of cattle.
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Sugar and bananas cop Ita's brunt

ABC image 09:43 EST The banana and sugar industries seem to have been the hardest hit in Queensland by Tropical Cyclone Ita.
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Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour among Australia's hail damage 'hotspots'

ABC image 09:02 EST New research has found the mid north coast centres of Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour are among the two of the most hail-prone centres in the country.
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Tuesday April 15, 2014

Cardwell prawn farm well prepared for cyclone

ABC image 14:24 EST Staff at north Queensland's largest prawn farm are working around the clock harvesting 40 tonne of prawns for Easter.
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Sugar and bananas cop Ita's brunt

ABC image 13:56 EST The banana and sugar industries seem to have been the hardest hit in Queensland by Tropical Cyclone Ita.
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Cyclone Ita's damage to far north Queensland sugar cane to cost millions

ABC image 13:21 EST Sugar cane growers in far north Queensland say about 90 per cent of crops in the region have been wiped out by now ex-Tropical Cyclone Ita.
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Ita to wreak havoc in NZ

13:14 EST Ex-Tropical Cyclone Ita has now been downgraded to an extra-tropical low as it tracks southeast along the southern Coral Sea on a direct collision course with New Zealand's North Island.
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Too early to assess soggy tomatoes

ABC image 12:23 EST A horticulture lobby group says it's too early to tell what impact Cyclone Ita will have on tomato supply.
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Showers spreading onto NSW coast

12:12 EST A wet afternoon and evening is on the way for much of the Illawarra, Sydney and Hunter coastlines.
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Campers leave Fraser Island amid wild weather from ex-Cyclone Ita

11:48 EST Authorities say some campers on Fraser Island have chosen to leave as ex-Cyclone Ita continues to cause problems in Queensland.
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Don River flooding sparks call for dredging

11:45 EST The Member for Burdekin says it is very alarming that the Don River broke its banks in areas that were previously seen as "safe".
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City and North Wagga levee bank upgraded sidelined in WWCC 2014/15 budget

10:58 EST The Wagga Wagga City Council is looking to remove its funding of the main city and North Wagga levee bank upgrade from this year's budget, in favour of using a proposed rate increase to pay for the project.
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Typhoon Haiyan survivors in Australia seek government support

10:02 EST An Australian who escaped Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is asking the Australian Government for emergency assistance to help get his family back on its feet.
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Pineapple growers relieved Ita didn't cause much damage

ABC image 09:32 EST Pineapple growers at Yeppoon, on the central Queensland coast, are relieved that Tropical Cyclone Ita failed to bring significant rain to the area.
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Hope Vale bananas wiped out by Cyclone Ita

ABC image 08:32 EST Cyclone Ita has devastated a 50-hectare banana farm at Hope Vale in far north Queensland.
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Monday April 14, 2014

Authorities assess earthquake damage in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands

Audience submitted image 22:44 EST Officials are still assessing the damage caused by two large earthquakes in Bougainville in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.
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Expats raise funds to help Solomons floods victims

ABC image 21:15 EST A group of expatriates living in Melbourne is raising money to help recovery efforts in Solomon Islands.
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Cyclone Ita: System downgraded to tropical low as floodwaters cut Ingham in north Queensland

ABC licensed image 20:33 EST The north Queensland town of Ingham is expected to be isolated by floodwaters until later tonight, as Cyclone Ita continues to head away from the coast.
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Cane crops damaged but not destroyed

ABC image 15:29 EST Farmers in the Mackay region have been spared any major damage, as Tropical Cyclone Ita passed by overnight.
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Campdraft finals dodge rain

ABC image 14:22 EST Hundreds of horse riders converged on the small north Queensland town of Nebo last week amid turbulent weather to compete in the national campdraft finals.
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Lizard Island resort escapes major damage from Cyclone Ita

13:42 EST Operators of the Lizard Island tourist resort off far north Queensland say it appears to have been spared any serious damage from Tropical Cyclone Ita.
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Fraser Island tipped to feel Cyclone Ita fallout

13:40 EST Damaging wind gusts of up to 90 kilometres per hour and dangerous surf conditions are expected to develop on Fraser Island tonight as Cyclone Ita moves south-east down the Queensland coast.
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Rail line between Rockhampton and Cairns closed after Cyclone Ita

13:37 EST Queensland Rail says it is likely the train line between Rockhampton, in the state's central region, and Cairns, in the far north, will be closed for another couple of days.
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Fears Ita may have sparked tailings dam spill at Clive Palmer's Yabulu nickel refinery

13:19 EST Queensland Environment Minister Andrew Powell says he is concerned the tailings dam at billionaire Clive Palmer's Yabulu nickel refinery near Townsville is overflowing.
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Hope Vale shelter rated to withstand 'category five' cyclone

13:07 EST Hope Vale Mayor Greg McLean has backtracked over his earlier claim the far north Queensland town's emergency shelter was only built to withstand a category three cyclone.
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Swimmers warned to take care in dangerous surf conditions along Mid North Coast

ABC image 12:48 EST North coast lifeguards are warning of dangerous conditions at the region's beaches as a strong southerly swell moves north.
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TC Ita speeding away

12:34 EST Tropical Cyclone Ita is finally making its departure from Queensland as it speeds off over the Coral Sea, but not before it brought heavy and squally rain to the coast overnight.
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Tropical Cyclone Ita: Category-one storm loses steam as it moves further out to sea

12:16 EST Much of the danger associated with Tropical Cyclone Ita has now passed, but wild weather is expected to continue over parts of the Queensland coast.
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Sydneysiders putting up with rainiest start to autumn in decades

11:36 EST Sydneysiders are struggling to get the washing dry in the city's rainiest start to autumn in 24 years.
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Royals bring the sun to Sydney

11:20 EST Since the the royals stepped off the plane on Wednesday afternoon, Sydney has turned on the great weather.

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