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SA government to spend $100m on desalination plant and pipeline network ‘pre-feasibility study’

SA government to spend $100m on desalination plant and pipeline network ‘pre-feasibility study’

In short: The SA government has committed $100 million to investigate a $5 billion proposal to deliver water to the state’s far north. Central to the Northern Water project is a 260-megalitre-per-day desalination plant on Eyre Peninsula and around 600 kilometres of pipeline. What’s next? Premier Peter Malinauskas said the project would unlock production of critical minerals required...

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As more people move to the regions looking for a new life, these artists went bush in search of utopia

As more people move to the regions looking for a new life, these artists went bush in search of utopia

Ten artists have spent time in regional Western Australia on a mission to get to know the communities and produce artwork that both challenged and reflected the places they visited. The project, Rural Utopias, run by WA arts organisation Spaced, began in 2019, continued through pandemic interruptions and has culminated in an exhibition at the...

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Australia’s biggest weir built since World War II opens after delays

Australia’s biggest weir built since World War II opens after delays

A key piece of Queensland water infrastructure costing more than half-a-billion dollars is complete. Key points: Construction of the Rookwood Weir, which cost $568.9 million dollars, is now complete When fully operational, it will have up to 86,000 megalitres of water available annually It is already attracting agriculture investment in central Queensland, with a macadamia...

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Canada and Australia strive to solve mutual challenges from space

Canada and Australia strive to solve mutual challenges from space

Open this photo in gallery: Marc Garneau on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on May 19, 2022.Dave Chan/The Globe and Mail A former Canadian astronaut, the head of Space Canada and Australian academics say the two countries should collaborate to solve mutual challenges with space technology as Australia develops its nascent space industry. Both Canada and...

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Destination or thoroughfare? The future of this iconic Melbourne strip has residents divided

Destination or thoroughfare? The future of this iconic Melbourne strip has residents divided

Paula Hanasz avoids travelling down Melbourne’s busy Sydney Road strip at all costs, even though it’s on her doorstep. The public servant lives in one of a growing number of car-less apartment buildings in Brunswick, in Melbourne’s inner north. It means she and her family cycle everywhere, including taking their kids to school and kindergarten using...

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Fans in tears over Jimmy Barnes’ tribute song to Jock Zonfrillo

Fans in tears over Jimmy Barnes’ tribute song to Jock Zonfrillo

Australian singing legend Jimmy Barnes’ has shared a video of his emotional performance on Australia’s The Sunday Project to farewell the late MasterChef star and fellow Scot, Jock Zonfrillo, who was found dead last week. A visibly upset Barnes sung a rousing rendition of The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond for his fellow Scotsman and...

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‘So painful’: Gordon Ramsay’s tearful tribute to Jock Zonfrillo

‘So painful’: Gordon Ramsay’s tearful tribute to Jock Zonfrillo

Gordon Ramsay broke down in tears on The Project’s tribute to Jock Zonfrillo. Photo / Channel 10 It’s been almost one week since the tragic death of MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo and in a touching tribute shared on Australia’s The Project last night, Gordon Ramsay broke down in tears remembering the young father of four....

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After railways were abandoned en masse, former train routes were recognised as a ‘scarce resource’

After railways were abandoned en masse, former train routes were recognised as a ‘scarce resource’

It was once a vital means of connection between communities, but it’s been almost 40 years since a train rattled along the track. The rail link between Crookwell and Goulburn in New South Wales ferried both passengers and freight through the hilly countryside in the decades after its long-anticipated opening in 1902. But since a train hauled...