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Despite the fires, logging continues in damaged forests

Logging in the fire-damaged South Brooman State Forest this week. Further, because most of the timber ended up being turned into low-cost wood chips or pulp due to its condition, the practice is not profitable. “The taxpayer ends up funding the destruction of their forests,” Professor Lindenmeyer said. During a …

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Rubbish idea nets $2 million in crowdsourcing

“In Australia, there’s a lot less littering in the water than in Spain or France. We just found there was a much higher ingrained level of respect for the environment in Australia, New Zealand and Nordic countries.” Loading Seabins has developed the technology, but the concept is pretty simple: large …

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Goyder backs all AFL clubs and AFLW to survive

AFL commission chairman Richard Goyder has promised all 18 AFL clubs and 14 AFLW teams will survive the coronavirus crisis. In a letter to all club supporters, Goyder re-iterated that the game was facing its greatest-ever challenge, but renewed his commitment to all 18 clubs, and also that the league …

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Isolation, unsupervised internet a ‘perfect storm’ for cyber prowlers

“Kids need to be connected but all general cyber safety rules don’t go out the window because of COVID-19. In fact, the risk to kids and teenagers is greater than ever before,” Ms McLean said. “Having kids at home … while parents are also working from home is absolutely the …

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‘Desperate situation’: SCG Trust urges members not to walk away

The chairman and chief executive of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust say the organisation is fighting to remain solvent after the shutdown of sport due to COVID-19, urging people to retain memberships but admitting the situation is so dire it is not in a position to offer refunds. …

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Survive, adapt, create says Australia Council

Peak industry bodies were informed by Australia Council at a weekly roundtable meeting on Tuesday that an announcement around the fate of the $100 million-plus funding pool was imminent. However, it is understood that with funding not due to kick in until early next year the federal government is unlikely …

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Smith finds plenty of positives in Tricky situation

“We started her off at 1400m last time in but based on her trials you wouldn’t think she’d have any trouble with 1200m. We’re starting off at 1300m and she’ll run well, no doubt about that.” If there is a small concern in Smith’s mind it’s a wet track first-up …

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Child molester to serve at least half of sentence after A-G appeal win

A man who molested a seven-year-old girl after abducting her from a Kmart store must serve at least half of his jail term, following a successful Queensland government appeal. Sterling Mervyn Free was sentenced to eight years’ jail in October last year after pleading guilty to taking the girl from …

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WA builds ‘virtual Wuhan’ to bring a hospital’s worth of beds online

The Chinese government claimed to have built two hospitals – and 2600 beds – in Wuhan in under two weeks. Although there were reports many of the beds in the Chinese hospitals were unusable, Mr Cook said WA’s health service would have so many beds coming online across the metropolitan …

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Banks mull rolling out wider debt relief measures

“The ABA and Member Banks anticipate that there will be a continued and increasing need to take urgent industry-wide action to minimise the broad, varied and rapidly evolving impact of COVID-19 and the Government legislated shutdowns to protect public health, on their retail and business customers,” the ABA said in …

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