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Queanbeyan hall gets pork-baril treatment

Queanbeyan Hall pork barilo

John Barilaro, Don Harwin overruled expert advice on regional arts funding, documents reveal. Two senior NSW Government ministers ignored expert advice and approved unworthy projects in Coalition-held seats for part of a $100 million regional art fund ahead of the state election. Two of the projects were in Mr Barilaro's Monaro electorate, including

Video-of-the-Week: Koalas driven to drink by climate change


> VIEW VIDEO  (University of Sydney) The back-story ... 'They don't drop dead': Thirsty koalas flock to Blinky drinkers By Julie Power,  Sydney Morning Herald September 14, 2018 WHEN A BRUTAL four-day heat wave killed 25 percent of the koala population near Gunnedah, NSW, in 2009, nobody knew why. Koalas were believed not to

What is lost: the Menindee fish kill leaves town devastated

Badger Bates linocut

BROKEN HILL ARTIST Badger Bates (seen above, his linocut work featuring Brolgas dancing after a flood event) spoke to the ABC of the cultural devastation experienced by the traditional owners of the area losing the Lower Darling water flows. The Menindee fish kill leaves devastated town wondering if its future is

Love is not a permanent state of enthusiasm


An interview with Esther Perel From the New Yorker Festival, the couples therapist and podcast host discusses infidelity, apologies, and the problem with wedding vows these days. THE PSYCHOTHERAPIST ESTHER Perel knows how to work a room. Since the publication of her first book, “Mating in Captivity” in 2006, she has travelled

The Golden Possum!


WE RECENTLY HAD a very special possum brought in to the clinic. She’s a rare golden variety of the Common Brushtail Possum. The golden colour occurs due to a mutation which causes a low level of the pigment melanin which gives them their normal colour. They are so rare in

How to identify a Yam Daisy, or Murnong


WHEN EUROPEANS FIRST arrived in the Canberra area, it was said that the open hillsides glowed yellow with yam daisy flowers  — a delicious indigenous staple food. This little yellow-flowered plant looks remarkably similar to a dandelion, but up close it is quite different. Sadly today yam daisies are quite hard

Save the planet, it’s the only one with beer

beer drinkers toasting

Severe droughts and extreme heat threaten to deplete barley yields, making beer rarer and more expensive, an international study has shown.  Depending on severity of the weather, yield losses are expected to be between 3 and 17 percent, but the authors expect this will mean crops are prioritised for essential goods