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Australian, Greg Norman.







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Duboisia.

Used in over-the-counter motion sickness and stomach pain medications

And grown in...Australia....... Queensland to be more specific.


This country town is a secretive centre for big pharma drug production and an alleged cartel​


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Rescue planned for family stranded in bogged campervan in Simpson Desert after heavy rain​

Why is it so hard to rescue the family stuck in there because it's all deep mud around the vehicle?
 
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It is located bang smack in the centre of Australia. No towns. Very few people.

Extremely deep mud/sand. The toughest of 4 wheel drives would not get there. trcuk would have immense trouble even if you could talk the owner into going out there. He would have to be crazy or drunk or hopefully both.

They ended up sending a chopper from Port Augusta in South Australia. The chopper trip took approx 6 hours with a refuelling stop on the way.

They airlifyed the family out....winched them into the chopper....the ground still not hard enough to take the choppers weight.

They decided to evacuate them becasue of impending heat. They were located around 150 km north east of Oodnadatta....which is arguably the hottest, driest town in all of Australia.
The temps out where they were located would range upwards from 38 C.+ .... No trees , no cover.

The Australian Outback is a Hard place. It is not to be trifled with.
The couple with two young children can thank their luck stars that they had an emergency beacon. Without that they may be dead. No other vehicles came their way.

THIS page gives good detail and a few pics, which give meaning to the term....out the back of nowhere.
 
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"In the case of Wyangala, that dam has received its entire capacity in the last four to five months," he said. "It's received more water in the last four or five months than it did in the previous four years."
 
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From a journalists point of view.
The disappearance and subsequent finding of Cleo Smith

do yourselves a favour......LOOK at Carnarvon on a map.....and then get down to street level and look again.

 
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Innovation & sustainability jewels in Western Australian pearl farmer’s crown​



Embracing science and innovation, and a willingness to diversify, have been crucial to overcoming major biosecurity, climate and market challenges in a third-generation pearl farming enterprise in the far north of Western Australia.

Recently named the 2021 Kondinin Group-ABC Rural Australian Farmer of the Year, James Brown was recognised for his forward-thinking approach to innovation and sustainability to help lead an industry through some desperate times.
 
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Bioluminescence in Sydney Harbour​


A rare display of bioluminescence put on a show in Sydney's Lavender Bay earlier this week.


On a normal night, the water in Sydney Harbour is an inky black canvas that reflects the colorful lights of the Opera House, Luna Park and the Harbour Bridge. It's a spectacular sight to see, especially during the world-famous New Year's Eve fireworks.


But earlier this week, onlookers were treated to an extra show of vivid blue lights as a rare display of bioluminescence lit up the water in Lavendar Bay.

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Dartmoor(Victoria, Australia) man finds deadly snake hiding in shopping bags after cat raises alarm​



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Australia's biggest national park declared in South Australia's far north​


Australia's largest national park has been formally proclaimed, edging out the previous title holder Kakadu by more than a million hectares.

Key points:​

  • A new national park in the Simpson Desert has become Australia's largest
  • It's bigger than Kakadu, and more than half the size of Tasmania
  • The South Australian government has also created several other new parks

The Munga-Thirri—Simpson Desert National Park in far northern South Australia reaches the Queensland and Northern Territory borders.
 
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Low GI sugar that helps fight obesity, type 2 diabetes now a United Nations award winner​


Sydney-born scientist David Kannar never thought developing a low GI sugar would see him internationally recognised less than five years later.

Key points:​

  • Dr David Kannar lost his brother to diabetes, motivating him to develop a low GI sugar
  • His food tech company Nutrition Innovation created a means make to it which mills are using around the world
  • The company has been recognised by the United Nations for its innovation

After losing his brother to type 2 diabetes in 2016, Dr Kannar was determined to tackle the sugar crisis and improve world health, minimising the likelihood of obesity and diabetes.

According to Susan McLeod, a nutritionist at LaTrobe University, this slow release of glucose into the bloodstream is proven to be much more beneficial for the body — from improving energy levels to managing weight, diabetes, and other health concerns.

"The lower the glycaemic index the slower our bodies metabolise it," she said.

"And when sugar is metabolised slower the body can control the release of glucose into our system.

"For someone with diabetes that's really beneficial because their body doesn't respond to glucose in the system the same as someone without type two diabetes would … they need that extra time."

Low GI sugar in Australia​

Sunshine Sugar, based in northern New South Wales, was the first company in the world to start using Nutrition Innovation's technology and create their own low GI sugar.
 
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NSW, Australia......Floods (instead of fire)


Australia, the land of extremes.

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All of these pics are taken in the north west of NSW, Australia...

boggabri, Wee Waa,.... @charlie.corder take note...

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Meet the man who walked 4,000 kms from Perth to Sydney to raise funds for refugees​

Ivor Houston wanted to make a difference to the lives of refugees, so he packed some essentials and travelled 4,000km from Perth to Sydney on foot. After six months, he's now home.

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.....now THAT is a walk !


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Umbearra Station's young McKay family is building a desert dynasty in the Red Centre​


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Angus and Kimberley McKay are modestly building a cattle dynasty in the desert, making bold purchases and adopting a conservative cattle management strategy to look after their land.

Key points:​

  • The McKay family settled on Umbearra station in 1962
  • They have one of the largest herds of Red Angus cattle in Australia
  • Red Angus originated in Scotland and were imported to Australia in 1990

Mr McKay was just 24 years old when his father handed Umbearra Station to him and his young wife Kimberley.

The property is in spectacular desert country on the border of South Australia and the Northern Territory.

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Locals say if you can play the long game and endure the seasonal vagaries, this land will give back in spades.

We basically started from scratch. There's a lot of work there. So, we've been pulled out of our comfort zone now. And we're back to the drawing board again, developing another big block," Mr McKay said.

Their goal is to eventually pass the properties on in the way it was to them.

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Even on a cold day it's hard to keep these little station workers away from the cattle yards when something is happening. (Landline: Kristy O'Brien)
"We want to give these kids the same opportunities we had when we were younger. So, you know, we've got an obligation to try and pass that on to them," Mr McKay said

"So, yeah, we'll build up our business and hopefully we can do the same for them. It's what my father did for me. That's the goal to walk away from here and, you know, with a successful succession plan in place."
 
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Trailblazing and internationally acclaimed, David Dalaithngu walked tall in two cultures​

AKA David Gulpilil Ridjimiraril Dalaithngu,....or David Gulpilil

At just 17 years old, when David Dalaithngu first touched down in Europe, he was the toast of the town — a young, handsome Aboriginal film actor from the remote Northern Territory who could hardly speak English.

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In 1986's Crocodile Dundee — one of Australia's biggest ever film exports to the American market and a movie he would later decry as "bullshit" — Dalaithngu played the role of Neville Bell, a citified tribal man who had returned to the Top End to perform ceremony with his family.

In Storm Boy (1976) he was the lovable Fingerbone Bill, a role through which he captivated the nation's schoolchildren, who watched him teaching his traditional knowledge to a small South Australian lad in the Coorong.

By his own accounts, Dalaithngu also dabbled in the universe of celebrity excess — he partied with Beatle John Lennon, smoked weed with Bob Marley and had "crazy" times with Hopper.

To him, acting could be "a piece of cake".

"When the camera rolls, I be someone else," he said while shooting The Tracker.

After being introduced to grog and ganja on the set of Walkabout when he was still a teenager, the actor wrestled with the demon of alcoholism throughout his life.

It was a struggle which led to his lowest moments: camping in the long grass as an itinerant in Darwin and being thrown into the NT's Berrimah jail for assaulting his wife.

Although he made hundreds of thousands of dollars for his high-profile movie roles, at times he remained penniless, living in a shack constructed from corrugated iron he'd scrounged from the tip.

"When I get paid for a film, I share with family, that's what I do with my money … I could've been a million-dollar man," he said in One Red Blood.
"Big name, no blanket."

In a video acceptance speech in which he revealed he was dying from cancer, a greyed Dalaithngu told the audience: "To everyone, thank you for watching me … I will still remember you even though I am now gone forever."

In 2021, Dalaithngu appeared in what was promoted as his swan song — a documentary about his life.

Narrated by Dalaithngu himself and directed by another of his long-time collaborators Molly Reynolds, who is married to De Heer, the film chronicles his life and singular achievements as an Australian actor.

In the film, seen visibly ailing while under around-the-clock care in Murray Bridge, he appears as a man calmed by his connection to a rich tradition and culture, comfortable with his own mortality.

An initiated Yolngu man of the Mandhalpuyngu, Dalaithngu never lost his connection to language, song, law and country.

"I am the Mandhalpuyngu … the water goanna dreaming, and my sons and daughters too," he once said.
"Where is promised land — there is Mandhalpuyngu."
 
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