Email By Tom Lowrey Updated December 16, 2019 09:32:57 Photo: The number of wild horses living across the Australian Alps has more than doubled in five years. (Supplied: ACT Government) Related Story: Fears brumbies are contributing to blue-green algae in Snowy Mountains Related Story: Wild horses pose a 'high' risk to Kosciuszko campers Related Story: NSW Deputy Premier backflips on brumby debate Related Story: Feral brumby culls found to be crucial in ensuring native ecosystems' survival Map: Canberra 2600 Wild horses running through Australia's alpine country are booming in numbers under new legal protections handed to them by the New South Wales Government. Key points:A new survey reveals brumby numbers have grown from 9,187 to 25,318 in five yearsBrumbies are culled in Victoria and the ACT, but last year were handed some protection — prohibiting lethal culling— by the NSW GovernmentThe ACT's Environment Minister says the population needs to be … [Read more...] about Wild horse numbers boom in Kosciuszko National Park under controversial new legal protections
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Email Updated July 28, 2019 19:51:03 Video: Richard Ings says Swimming Australia should have been more transparent about what was going on. (ABC News) Related Story: Australian swimmer Shayna Jack failed doping test before world titles Related Story: Mack Horton in hot water with swim bosses after 'drug cheat' protest Map: Australia Swimming Australia has come under fire for its handling of the positive doping test by Australian swimmer Shayna Jack, with claims the sport's governing body tried to cover the news up during the world swimming championships. Key points:News of Shayna Jack's positive dope test emerged two weeks after the Australian quit a training camp for "personal reasons"Swimming Australia claimed that it was unable to reveal the news because of its own anti-doping policyBut former ASADA chief Richard Ings has pointed to a specific clause in the policy which allows it to go public News of Jack's test failure broke on Saturday, when the Queensland-based … [Read more...] about Former ASADA chief Richard Ings accuses Swimming Australia of trying to cover up Shayna Jack positive test
Email ABC Rural By national rural reporters Clint Jasper and Kath Sullivan Posted June 18, 2019 12:10:35 Photo: Land that would normally provide premium grain crops has been harvested for straw, due to a low allocation of irrigation water for NSW farmers. (ABC News: Will Kendrew) Map: Australia Australia's drought has slashed grain production, driven the national cattle herd to 25-year lows and stripped away export value, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). Key points:Farm production forecast to drop 3 per cent in coming seasonAustralia imports grain for first time since 2007Value of livestock exports forecast to drop by 11 per cent But, in its latest forecast and a series of farmer confidence surveys there are signs of positivity emerging among Australia's farmers.ABARES reported the total value of Australia's farm production will drop 3 per cent in the coming 2019-20 season to $59 billion, while export … [Read more...] about Drought eats into Australia’s agri-accounts as we import grain, deal with 25-year low cattle herds and spiralling water costs
Email By Geoff Lemon Posted December 16, 2019 08:30:14 Photo: Nathan Lyon took match figures of 6-111 in Perth. (AAP: Dave Hunt) Related Story: Australia wins first Test in Perth after NZ's resistance finally crumbles Related Story: Peter Siddle in line for shock Boxing Day recall Map: Australia Of all the misfortunes a Test match can visit upon a team, losing a bowler to injury is among the most dreaded. Especially early, and especially when they're one of four.The sight of that bowler leaving the field means that a win is out the window, a draw becomes the best case, and some long days of losing toil are more likely. It is a sentence handed down to innocent souls by a bent and capricious judge.When both teams suffered this fate in the Perth Test, New Zealand looked the luckier. They had conceded a big score and lost two wickets, but at least they had a proper seaming all-rounder to help fill in for Lockie Ferguson, and at least he had helped bowl until near tea on the … [Read more...] about Nathan Lyon’s off spin was Australia’s quiet weapon in the first Test against New Zealand
Email By national regional and rural reporter Jess Davis Updated November 15, 2019 14:05:32 Video: Fire retardant dropped on fires and residential houses (ABC News) Related Story: Former fire chiefs 'tried to warn PM ' to bring in more water-bombers ahead of bushfire season Related Story: The three factors that demand Scott Morrison rethink his approach to climate change Related Story: Firefighting veteran Mullins is scared — and says everyone else should be too Map: Sydney 2000 It has become a familiar and reassuring sight — planes and helicopters dumping loads of water and fire retardant on out-of-control blazes. Key points:After this week's catastrophic fire levels, experts are asking if we have enough firefighting aircraft available year-roundLarge aircraft and helicopters are expensive to lease, so firefighters borrow aircraft from the northern hemisphere when neededFire seasons are overlapping between the northern and southern hemispheres, so aircraft … [Read more...] about Are bigger water bombers the answer to Australia’s bushfire woes?