When Anna Baker’s flood insurance premium jumped $13,000 in one year, she questioned if she should still be in business. Key points: Outback councils say residents have experienced up to 300 per cent increases on their insurance premiums A south-west business owner says their insurance went from $12,000 to $25,000 in one year Insurance Council of … Read more

Parliament votes to set up voice referendum

Wednesday May 31, 2023 Advertisement Advertisement ‘Fateful note’ shifted police probe into fatal family crash KFC asks workers: Would you like $10,000 in shares with that? CopperString sparks renewables interest at Julia Creek Crisafulli’s ‘no’ to Indigenous voice to parliament ‘We’re serious about this’: RBA boss gets real as inflation spikes again House of Representatives … Read more

Two-thirds of children charged with Queensland’s new breach of bail offences are Indigenous

Two-thirds of all Queensland children charged with breaching their bail conditions under controversial new laws are Indigenous, despite First Nations people accounting for only 7.8% of the state’s youth population. Queensland police data shows 169 children have already been charged with the new offence, with the youngest aged 11. Of those 169 people charged, 112 … Read more

McConnell re-appointed Deputy Mayor

Council McConnell re-appointed Deputy Mayor May 31 2023 Updated May 31, 2023 COUNCILLOR Jeff McConnell has been re-appointed Deputy Mayor for the second year after the only other contender for the job declined to accept the nomination. Subscribe to Fassifern Guardian to read the full story.

Electric vehicle charging stations could be installed along one of Australia’s most isolated outback roads, under a plan pushed by the road’s governing council. Key points: The Outback Way stretches 2,719km from Laverton in WA’s northern Goldfields to Winton in Queensland Since 1997, more than $1.2 billion in state and federal funding has been committed … Read more

Queensland teachers receiving expensive gifts from parents may breach Public Sector Act, former government ethics adviser says

A robotic vacuum cleaner, holidays, cash, gift cards, perfume, jewellery, $1,500 yoga classes and Air Jordan sneakers. It’s just a sample of the tens of thousands of dollars worth of gifts Queensland state schoolteachers have declared they received from parents in the past 18 months. Education Queensland managers say the gifts, which have all been approved by … Read more

Australia’s average temperatures plummet in May as Sydney experiences coldest nights in 66 years

More than 100 Australian weather stations have just registered their coldest May minimum temperatures on record.  The frigid month brought frequent frost, extending as far north as tropical Queensland and the Northern Territory, along with several snowfalls on the south-east ranges. Rainfall was well below average across nearly the entire country. The surprisingly chilly end to … Read more

Sunshine Coast Council goes to great heights to rebuild storm-damaged eastern osprey nest

A daring treetop mission has seen the years-long home of a pair of eastern ospreys rebuilt on the Sunshine Coast after a storm badly damaged it two years ago. Key points: The old, damaged nesting box was removed by a specialist climber A wildlife specialist coordinated the design, construction and installation of an aluminium replacement Much of the work … Read more

Greens reject Lidia Thorpe’s racism claim

Tuesday May 30, 2023 Advertisement Advertisement Oops, we did it again: Defence signed contracts with tainted consultancy after scandal broke Consumer confidence at 33-year low but bank says we just think times are tough Stalled: Troublesome power plant’s return delayed amid surging energy prices Nine injured in latest mass shooting in US Bruce Lehrmann settles … Read more

Heidi will never stop grieving for her lost child, now she’s speaking about the risks of stillbirth

Almost two million families around the world experience the tragedy of stillbirth each year, yet research shows almost a third of those baby deaths are preventable, and up to 40 per cent are unexplained. In Australia, about 2,000 families endure this heartache each year.  Warning: This story contains an image some readers may find distressing.  The grief … Read more

Plastic credits scheme targets banana industry waste but recycling industry calls for greater rigour

Australia’s first plastic credits scheme has been launched to target banana industry waste, but the recycling industry is calling for scrutiny. Key points: The banana industry has welcomed a scheme which sees farmers earn credits for responsible waste disposal Companies can buy the credits to encourage sustainable waste management The recycling industry says all environmental claims … Read more