Last Updated: March 05, 2015

Weather: Canberra 12°C - 25°C . Sunny.


Lake Cooper fish left high and dry

THOUSANDS of fish have died at Lake Cooper in the Goulburn Valley.

Ag courses in favour

Ag courses in favour

UPDATE: AGRICULTURAL enrolments are up at universities across the country.

Earthquake rattles Warragul

Earthquake rattles Warragul

A 2.9 MAGNITUDE earthquake has been recorded in southeast Victoria.

Hockey approves Primo sale

Tasmanian Beef Producer of the Year Award

PRIMO Group’s $1.45 billion takeover by global food giant JBS has been rubberstamped by Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Drought drives water sales

Central Victorian drought

UPDATE: FARMERS across most of western and north-western Victoria are facing a grim situation.

Agribusiness to be redefined

 Murray Goulburn Milk Factory, Tangambalanga

THE Government wants to create a clearer definition of agribusiness after it confirmed new laws surrounding foreign acquisitions.

Health access divides town

NEWS: Patient travel subsidy farce

HAMILTON is a city divided when it comes to country ­patients accessing travel assistance to visit medical specialists.

The changing face of Gippsland

The changing face of Gippsland

THE search to find a new face for The Nationals in Gippsland South has stepped up this week.

Inquiry into Greyhound scandal

Greyhound Racing In Australia

THE Baird government will announce a Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound industry scandal.

More koalas in firing line

Great Otway Tree Plant

MORE koalas could be killed near the Great Ocean Road after the Victorian government did not rule out another cull.

Natural gas rollout axed

NEWS: natural gas Maldon

UPDATE: THE Victorian Opposition wants the Government to come clean over the Energy for the Regions program.

Fire, dry don’t deter hazelnutters

CARON and Peter Fraser have every right to be disenchanted with hazelnut farming.

Dookie seeks to be best

A COMMITTEE of farmers will be brought on board to help Dookie Farm become an industry-leading operation.

Kids don’t go nuts over Smith

A GROUP of high school students hiking on the East Gippsland coast last week got the surprise of their lives.

Saga consumed Lake Bolac trader

WESTERN District rural merchandiser Peter Gorst had high business morals and expected others to have the same.

Labs track down parasites

TWO  new tests to help identify and control liver fluke in cattle have been used with success.

Towns need the gas cash

Towns need the gas cash

PUMPING cheap Bass Strait gas into country towns and cities has been a government plan for 20 years.

Nat’s day of reckoning

 The Murray Darling Basin Plan announcement at the National Convention Centre in Canberra. Danny O'Brien, CEO of National Irr...

IF THE National Party isn’t already worried about the Gippsland South by-election, it should be.

School closure heartbreak

School closure heartbreak

THE loss of a community school is the most heartbreaking, soul destroying and devastating blow.

Mercury soars in Birdsville

Birdsville Hot Weather Mother

A HEATWAVE is searing western Queensland and Birdsville is a chance of smashing the record for its hottest ever March day.

Climate change Proof Australia is getting hotter

Think Hot

THERE’S no point in denying it: Australia is getting hotter, and it’s not going to stop. And here’s the proof.

Editor's Choice

Nature’s true colours revealed

Nature’s true colours revealed

WHAT makes a woman spend hundreds of hours, collecting leaves, bark, flowers, vegetables and fruits?

Let’s talk about hunting

Supplied Editorial Caption: Nicolle Flint is the new Tuesday columnist for The Advertiser.

LIKE many Australians, I’m disappointed with former Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath.

National weather

Lake Cooper

Fish kill at Lake Cooper, February, 2015


Croc steals barra

These fisherman were shocked when a massive crocodile came from nowhere and stole their barra. Courtesy: Sean Evans FB


MLA beefs up the message

MLA beefs up the message

A NEED for a stronger message has driven Meat and Livestock Australia’s new beef marketing campaign.

Tana eyes potato market

Farmer showing freshly dug potatoes Picture: Supplied

PERTH businessman Nick Tana is threatening to sue if his application to enter the highly regulated potato market is rejected.

Asia money ensures milk supply

Fonterra Darnum

THE sharp rise in Asian investment in Australia and New Zealand dairy to secure supply will continue this year.

Mortlake, March 4: Average up

Angus cows and calves. Team Te Mania Angus cows and calves. Generic cattle

TE MANIA Angus increased their average by almost $2000 at their annual autumn bull sale at Mortlake today.

Latest livestock sales

Latest livestock sales

THIS week’s cattle and dairy sale dates.

Ballarat, Feb 27: Prices 20c/kg up

Ballarat, Feb 27: Prices 20c/kg up

STEER prices were at least 20c/kg up on a week ago at Landmark Ballarat’s annual weaner calf sale today.

New Disco dances to the top

New Disco dances to the top

THE Claas Disco 9200 front-and-rear mower combination has been named Machine of the Year.

Rubin 12 makes Australian debut

Rubin 12 makes Australian debut

A NEW model compact disc harrow has its first public showing at the Elmore Tillage and Cropping Day.

Strip tilling solution

Strip tilling solution

ONE alternative to no-till seeding or complete tillage is strip tilling, where only the seed rows are cultivated.

Picture Perfect pony tops show

VICTORIANS had a lot to celebrate at the Royal Canberra Show.

Weekly Times Horse news

Dog trainer done ‘nothing wrong’

SA Greyhound racing at Angle Park

PROMINENT Queensland greyhound trainer Greg Stella insists he has done nothing wrong amid the live baiting scandal.

Footy is good for us: survey

FOOTY: Auskick Superclinic

A LANDMARK report out today has found the benefits of community football extend beyond the physical health of players.

Lalbert mourns favourite son

Lalbert mourns favourite son

UPDATE: THE Lalbert community has been plunged into mourning after the death of a Mallee Eagles footballer.

Towns need the gas cash

Towns need the gas cash

PUMPING cheap Bass Strait gas into country towns and cities has been a government plan for 20 years.

Liberal state director quits

State Election 2006, Liberal Party State Secretary Damien Mantach at the advertisement campaign launch

VICTORIAN Liberal Party state director Damien Mantach has revealed he will step down from the top job next week.

Plenty of ‘shroom to move

FOCUS: Fresh Fields Mushrooms

THE last three growers who owned the mushroom production shed at Avenel went hit some big hurdles.

Hayley and Nam’s new plan

BEING born on a sinking boat as the child of refugee parents is an experience that tends to shape your world view.

Weekly Times Travel News

Watering can beat heat

 Watering cans on a bench in a garden.

MOST plants with large, soft leaves rapidly lose enormous amounts of moisture during hot sunny days.

Don’t let them bug you

Don’t let them bug you

SOME garden pests have a distinctly weird appearance. Scales are a good example.

How to grow corn

Peter Cundall

IT PROBABLY seems a bit weird, but most sweetcorn patches should occasionally become a bog garden at this maturing stage.

Frittatas fit for frivolity

CL Jeremy Vincent Food

FRITTATAS are easy food all year round, and are especially suited to the warm summer nights.

Coconut ice slab

Coconut ice slab

THIS iced coconut slab is simple to make and tastes delicious.

Quail a game changer

CL Jeremy Vincent Food

NEVER tried game before? Perhaps you thought it was too difficult to cook, but it’s not.

Unwanted chattel is a real battle

LAST year we had the story of a blackbuck antelope that had adopted a western Victorian dairy herd as family.

Weekly Times Back Paddock

Cow wears a heart on its head

Cow wears a heart on its head

HOW’s this for a bit of hearty beef?

Can’t find a cow bell?

Can’t find a cow bell?

“So whaddya think of my new look? I call it the Pirelli pendant.”

The changing face of Gippsland

The changing face of Gippsland

THE search to find a new face for The Nationals in Gippsland South has stepped up this week.

The height of wonder

 MARCH 17, 2004: Hiker looks across the pink and ochre-washed vistas of the Grand Canyon, Arizona, 17/03/04. Pic Michael Peri...

IT’S probably fair to say that until recently not too many Australians had heard of Flagstaff, Arizona.

Sri Lanka, a taste of paradise

HIKKADUWA, SRI LANKA - JUNE 26: A tourist walks along the empty Hikkaduwa beach, past a palm tree bent over from the tsunami ...

IT WAS one of my more surreal travel moments.

Castles on the river

Castles on the river

HISTORIC Europe beckons, with The Weekly Times Travel Club’s Grand European river cruising tour

Follow us on Twitter