Last Updated: October 20, 2014

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More towns go ‘gas free’

TWO Western Victorian communities will today declare themselves ‘gas field free’.

Supermarket fears over Green Paper

Supermarket fears over Green Paper

SUPERMARKETS fear Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper will undermine competition law review.

Safeguarding waterways a must

 Mt Gambier's Blue Lakes water levels are dropping.Mt Gambier's Blue Lakes water levels are dropping. Aquifer Tours owner and...

MINING and agriculture can only coexist if the health of aquifers and waterways can be safeguarded.

Racing piglets milking system

Racing pigs

PIG whisperer Kevin Kiley has a simple recipe for racing pig success: dishes of milk.

Show family affair after 60 years

Hobart Show Dairy Cows

FOR 60 years, the Geard family at Broadmarsh has maintained a tradition of showing at the Royal Hobart Show.

Fears for rural nursing

Nurses meet over emergency patient safety concerns. picture of , ANF state secretary Neroli Ellis

RURAL health services across Tasmania are in crisis, with more nursing jobs lost because of budget cutbacks.

King Island wind farm fate closes in

King Island wind farm fate closes in

THE King Island community should know early next year if they will house the biggest wind farm in the southern hemisphere.

Hail flattens Wheatbelt crops

HAIL and heavy rain has flattened some Wheabelt crops, causing thousands of dollars damage.

Bushfire threatens St Helens

mercury tasmania, october 19, 2014, bushfire at St Helens, pictures by Lachlan Ainslie,

HOUSES were set alight and residents and tourists forced to evacuate when a bushfire swept through St Helens yesterday.

Queens of the highway

Trucker - Blayze Williams

IT’S hot and often dusty and the hours are long but there’s something about trucking that is attracting women to the fold.

Rock fishos living dangerously

Frazer Park Rock Fishermen

THE death of a woman while rock fishing on the south coast at the weekend has highlighted calls for the mandatory use of life jackets.

Top Ten Stories

  1. Post-trade period knee jerk reactions

    North Melbourne v. Essendon at the MCG.

    FREE agency and the trade period is over and despite no one playing a single game, let’s make some predictions of who did well and who stuffed up.

  2. Boy bashed outside city restaurant

     The McDonald's on Swanston St near the corner of Flinders St.

    THE LOOP: A BOY’S nose has been broken in an apparently unprovoked attack outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Melbourne’s CBD last night.

  3. ‘Expensive’ defamation case to go ahead

     Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt leaves the Federal Court in Melbourne, Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Bolt is facing racial vilif...

    A SUPREME Court judge has reluctantly proceeded with a libel trial against Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt involving an email to two people.

  4. The great hoaxes that fooled Australia

     cover of Penthouse Aug 1992 - Fairlie Arrow - magazines music singers cleavage

    AN entertainer ‘kidnapped’ by a crazed fan, an incredible fishing rod and a woman living with kangaroos in the outback...They had us fooled, at least for a little while.

  5. Melbourne’s urban legends tested

     30/04/1998 The grave of Frederick

    REVEALED: FROM Crown Casino’s mythical hidden morgue to bodies buried under Vic Market, we uncover the truth behind Melbourne’s most enduring urban legends.

  6. Melbourne’s biggest sport bombshells

     Aust footballer Wayne Carey announcing his resignation from North Melbourne Kangaroos football club 13 Mar 2002. p/ announce...

    IF you thought Ricciardo’s GP disqualification was shocking, take a look at these 10 Melbourne sports bombshells that dropped our jaws.

Top Ten Stories

  1. Help wanted ... but only if you’re Korean

    Korean Staff Wanted

    NON-Koreans need not apply. That is the message from one central Sydney retailer that may have breached the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act.

  2. Strike forces thwart war between bikies

     Rebels motorcycle gang members ride in a procession of more than three hundred from their Bringelly clubhouse in southwester...

    A BIKIE war between the Lone Wolf and Rebel gangs has been shut down by police as they prepare to disrupt and close chapters across the state.

  3. Fiancee wants truth over ‘gentle giant’s’ death

     Bankstown Train Station Gym's personal trainer Luke Wood was the youngest person in Australia to become a professional body ...

    THE fiancee of a body builder who died within days of a kidney transplant has spoken about her ‘humble, gentle giant’ she was due to marry just weeks after his death.

  4. Demerits to disable parking spot cheats

    Demerits to disable parking spot cheats

    DRIVER’S licence demerit points look set to be ­introduced for “low-lifes” who park in spaces reserved for the disabled.

  5. Footbrawlers facing up to five-year lockouts

    Wanderers Fans

    BANS of up to five years may be dished out after the explosive derby between Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC degenerated into violence.

  6. This is the face of a monster

    Convicted rapist Daryl Norman Stanley Cook

    A NOTORIOUS NSW serial rapist has lost a bid for freedom and one of his victims is relieved he can now finally be identified.

Top Ten Stories

  1. Phone scammer’s shocking abusive call

    Generic photo of a woman screaming into telephone. Rage. Angry.

    HE said he was a Telstra rep and that he needed her computer for something ‘technical’. But when she smelt a rat and called him on the scam, the ‘telemarketer’ unleashed a shocking abusive tirade.

  2. F--- the police ‘bikie’ beats the rap again

    Lorne Campbell

    SUSPECTED bikie Lorne Campbell has beaten the law again with a jury finding him not guilty of threatening a rival tattoo shop owner.

  3. NRL stars in nightclub VIP booth fight

    Cowboys v Broncos

    SEVERAL NRL players have been questioned by police and at least one arrested following a wild night in a Brisbane VIP nightclub booth.

  4. Boy is third snakebite emergency in 10 days

    Boy is third snakebite emergency in 10 days

    A YOUNG boy has become the third person airlifted to hospital with snakebite in Queensland in 10 days.

  5. Hospital boss makes shock exit

     BSM 9.4.2010 exterior of RBWH, Bowen Hills. Pic Jono Searle

    THE executive director of Queensland’s largest hospital has abruptly departed the position.

  6. Swimmer missing at popular spot

    Missing Swimmer

    WITNESSES were shocked when a man, 21, went missing at a popular swimming spot on the Brisbane River - and while other people swam nearby, oblivious to the danger.

Top Ten Stories

  1. Murdered ‘for refusing neighbour’s sexual advances’

    Image of murdered Whyalla woman Dianne Rogan supplied by SAPOL and approved by family.

    WHYALLA woman Dianne Rogan was stomped and beaten to death by her neighbour’s son because she rebuffed his request for sex, a court has heard.

  2. Worker dies after ‘falling into path of truck’ at Costco site

     20.10.2014. A worker has died after being hit by a truck on a service road to the Costco building on Churchhill rd , Kilburn...

    A YOUNG worker has been hit by a truck and killed at the Costco construction site at Kilburn after he apparently stumbled then fell under its wheels.

  3. Family wins payout over teacher’s death

     17/09/2003 PIRATE: 17/09/2003 Empty classrooms at Black Rock Primary School, reflect many class rooms across Melbourne due t...

    THE Education Department has been ordered to compensate a teacher’s family because it “more likely than not” caused the fatal heart attack he suffered in front of his stunned students.

  4. Total fire bans across South Australia as temps head to 40C

     19.10.2014. Lily Hart , 8, Campbelltown, makes the most of the above average October temperatures. ( mum is Michelle 0403 00...

    TOTAL fire bans have been declared across most of South Australia as temperatures remain on track to hit 40C amid damaging winds and thunderstorms.

  5. Man killed in two-car crash at Brinkley

    26/12/2007 NEWS: Road accident death markers on Victor Harbor Road near Victor Harbor. Picture: Calum Robertson

    A MAN has died in a two-car crash at Brinkley, near Murray Bridge.

  6. Stones sound check prompts violinist to pull plug

    The Rolling Stones Perform At The du Arena, Yes Island

    THE Rolling Stones sound check at Adelaide Oval on Thursday will be so loud that it has forced the cancellation of a violin concert at the nearby Festival Centre.

Top Ten Stories

  1. Long-range camera to catch drivers unaware

    Long-range camera to catch drivers unaware

    UPDATE: MOTORISTS beware – tough new traffic penalties are about to come into force and a 700m long-range camera will be used over this long weekend.

  2. ‘Historic’ stairs find halts quay work

    Elizabeth Quay / Development

    WORK on part of Perth’s waterfront project has stopped today after the discovery of possible historical stairs.

  3. $250m land sales to tackle state debt

    Perth Now Generic . Pic Ian Munro . Princess Margaret Hospital .

    SOME 20 sites, including five hospitals, will be sold by the Barnett Government to help pay off some of the state’s $21 billion debt.

  4. Innocent WA children victims of ‘terrorist’ act

    Coffee with Colin

    INNOCENT WA Muslim children are copping taunts over this week’s terrorist act in Melbourne and the illegal activities of IS extremists, Premier Colin Barnett said today.

  5. Gammy scandal: WA twin sister taken to China

    Gammy scandal: WA twin sister taken to China

    THE twin sister of baby Gammy has left WA with her Chinese mother, interrupting a child protection investigation into her convicted paedophile father.

  6. Kewdale worker crushed by beam dies

    MUST CREDIT: MICK SONNEMAN... *** HI-RES *** PERTH NOW Shark Attack. Pictures of the 55yo man who was attacked arriving at th...

    A MAN who was crushed by a falling steel beam at a Kewdale factory this morning has died.

Top Ten Stories

  1. Wide support for mountain cable car


    THE proposal for a cable car on Mt Wellington has significant statewide backing, but not from people in the electorate of Denison.

Top Ten Stories

  1. Silty mess 'not a worry'

    Silt from Inpex dredging

    SILT plumes seen trailing in Darwin's large tides from the Inpex jetty construction site pose little risk to the marine environment - that's the assurance from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

  2. Territorians ‘stay vigilant of terror’

    Giles Pressa

    TERRITORIANS have been reminded to remain vigilant by the NT Government as the National Terrorism Public Alert level has been raised from medium to high.

Top Ten Stories

  1. Cotton On adds 300 new jobs

    Jobs annoucement

    COTTON On will expand its North Geelong headquarters to house 300 more workers over the next three years.

Top Ten Stories

  1. Drones eye in sky for agents


    AGENTS are pumping out slick videos fronted by television presenters to get punters to the front door.

Top Ten Stories

  1. Jump in steroid seizures

    Steroid use

    YOUNG bulked-up men trying to turn heads on the nightclub scene are behind a simmering steroid problem threatening to boil over in the city.

Top Ten Stories

  1. Ping pong is off the table


    THE State Government has ruled out buying a ping pong table to soothe the nerve of kiddie criminals locked up at Cleveland Youth Detention Centre.

Farming vision unveiled

Ag Minister Barnaby Joyce in Gippsland

UPDATE: BARNABY Joyce says biosecurity remains “the greatest threat” to Australian agriculture.

Last lawn bowl exclusion rolls away


AFTER a long-held legal exemption expired, women can now play club pennant lawn bowls on Saturdays in South Australia.

Dairy pool too small

Crole family, Simpson, dairy farmers

THE national dairy industry is “not sustainable” to service a growing domestic and export market.

Tuppal’s nod to farming roots

Tuppal’s nod to farming roots

THOUSANDS flocked to the inaugural Tuppal Food and Fibre Festival at the weekend.

Editor’s Letter: October 2014

 Natalee Ward. Weekly Times. HWT staff.

THE Weekly Times held its first FORUM last month, a day for farmers to get together and hear from some successful producers and marketing gurus on how to build a strong business brand.