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PHOTO: A typical bore pump on Tamborine Mountain (image by Abby Williams)

Qld Election Explainer: Water Security for the Gold Coast Hinterland

October 29, 2020

The Gold Coast hinterland conjures images of waterfalls, lush rainforests and subtropical climate, but...

Being cut off from social interaction during the pandemic can seem even more isolating in remote rural areas where community is everything. Photo: Courtesy Bec Ritchie/Unsplash

Rural communities fight mental health strain

October 15, 2020

There’s no arguing that rural communities in New South Wales have had it tough in recent years, being h...

Restoring hope in a Cambodian village

Restoring hope in a Cambodian village

September 23, 2020

More than three decades after enduring genocide, many rural Cambodians are still struggling. But on...

DRU’s animal sanctuary has approximately 30 acres of land where ‘residents’ can spend their days in comfort. Photo: Courtesy Emily Daly

Animal Rescue Sanctuary Opens Gates to Public

August 24, 2020

COVID-19 has affected industries in many different ways, with many facing an uncertain future, but one ...

Left to Right: The Koori Education team in the Campaspe region – Wayne Cowley, Paul Clarke, Rick Ronnan and Howard Armstrong.

School the key to good outcomes for children

June 4, 2020

By the time kids drop out of school it’s often too late, experts say. Teachers are even more important for disadvantaged children, write Millicent Spencer and Hannah Williams.

Young people face a struggle to stay away from the youth justice system

Homeless, young and in trouble: regional kids struggle with lack of resources

June 4, 2020

With fewer resources to keep them off the streets, young people in regional areas face a major struggle to stay away from the youth justice system. Support agencies are desperate for more funding to help, writes Jemima Nash.

cattle in paddock

Animal agriculture: Innovation or alternatives?

May 26, 2020

The push to reduce greenhouse emissions from animal-based agriculture is on, with new farming practices under the spotlight.

Sally Gamble doll

Indigenous artist creates dolls to connect kids to country

May 4, 2020

Hundreds of dolls have been created by Aboriginal artist Sally Gamble as part of care packages for remote...

Biogas technology makes a lot of sense in an agricultural context, due to the abundance of biological feedstock – in other words, poo. The heat that is produced as a byproduct of the process can be used back on the farm in various ways. Photo: Charlotte Grieve

They huffed and they puffed and hey presto – pigs fuelling poo power

April 30, 2020

In a rural piggery and an inner-city backyard, innovators wanting to haul back emissions and costs are investing their efforts in biogas technology.

In town camps of Alice, coronavirus raises stakes of digital divide

In town camps of Alice, coronavirus raises stakes of digital divide

April 2, 2020

Indigenous communities are at extreme risk from Covid-19, but many of them fall on the wrong side of the digital divide at a moment when connectedness has never been more crucial. Else Kennedy reports from Alice Springs.

A honey bee gathers pollen from japonica flowers near Lake George NSW. Photo credit: AJ Macpherson.

Flying under the radar: the truth about bees and food

February 7, 2020

Claims that bees are declining across the globe and endangering the future of our food crops are appearing with increasing frequency. But are we really about to run out of bees – and therefore, food? AJ Macpherson investigates

Produce retailer Charles Pattison says a warmer, drier climate will mean less choice of farm produce.

Feeling the heat: producers and consumers facing up to climate change

November 29, 2019

A warmer, drier climate means we will have to think carefully about where and when we can buy fresh farm produce.

University student journalism from Australia, NZ and the Pacific.