After Midnight, warhorse legend breeds on

There are soldiers, there are horses­, and then there are heroes. In some families, you find all three. Like Guy Haydon of Bloomfield in the upper Hunter Valley in NSW, his young brother Barney and their war horses. Their story has not been widely told but when the brothers, whose forebears arrived in NSW in…

Questions over $750 million project in koala habitat area 

A Chinese property developer closely connected to a mayor in southeast Queensland has secured approvals to build a $750 million resort in a koala habitat that the state government has said it will not oppose. The approval by Logan council, which is expected to deliver massive windfalls to developer Liansheng Yue after he bought the…

Abattoir: Drop 457 visas hire axed Aussie locals 

The meat workers union has called on Teys Wagga to replace its foreign workforce with 180 axed abattoir staff from Cootamundra.  It comes after Cootamundra’s largest employer, Manildra Meat Company, announced late last week 150 permanent staff and 70 casual staff will be laid off when the processing plant closes on Friday.  The Australasian Meat…

Caravan park residents face eviction after Chinese developer buys site

About 200 residents of a caravan park in Melbourne’s east are facing eviction after a Chinese developer bought the site to build townhouses. At a community meeting held on Saturday to voice their concerns, residents said the Wantirna caravan park’s new owner had already hiked up the rent and they could not afford to live…

Private donor pays $900k to fix leaking public hospital roof in SA

A public hospital in country South Australia has been forced to rely upon a private donor to fix a badly leaking roof after the State Government ignored repeated requests to replace it. David Senior from Kingston Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital in the state’s south-east said the roof had been a problem for some time. “Several years…

Prime beef cuts “security tagged” in supermarkets

IT appears record high retail beef prices have prompted big supermarkets to implement heavier security measures. Or it could be the shift to self-scanning and do-it-yourself checkouts that is creating the need to crack down on thieves. Either way, consumer and social welfare commentators online are saying it’s a sad indictment when we have to…

Farmers good deed ends in court action by council 

A FARM owner who supplied dam water to neighbours during drought will face court tomorrow on charges of illegally removing native vegetation near the dam. Graeme Watkins allowed water to be pumped from the spring-fed dam on his Yanakie property to help neighbouring farmers last summer. But he has been charged by South Gippsland Shire…

Country of Origin Labelling reforms hit the shelves 

NEW Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) measures have already hit supermarket shelves to inform in Australian consumers, with more expected to flow now that laws have been passed to implement changes to the new system. NEW Country of Origin Labelling package information outlining the percentage of Australian ingredients are already online. Last week the federal…

National parks will suffer if cattle are locked out, Queensland grazier says

Locking graziers out of national parks will cripple graziers and increase the risk of bushfires, says one Central Queensland grazing family. For nearly a century, farmers have been able to lease National Park land in Queensland to graze their cattle. Proposed changes to the Queensland Nature Conservation Act could change that. For more than 40…

Farming, gas can co-exist, says Barnaby Joyce

Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce has warned his federal colleagues that the party will not allow wholesale coal-seam gas mining across prime agricultural land, but says farming and mining “can exist in balance and should be considered on a case-by-case basis”. The Deputy Prime Minister’s comments put him at odds with his Victorian counterparts, who support…