Last Updated: September 01, 2014

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Diversify for better future

GROWERS should look at more diversity, less intensity and off-farm income in their operations.

Farmers win case against Santos

Farmers win case against Santos

ENERGY giant Santos will be forced to hand over water monitoring data by the end of next month.

Geelong will bounce back

Pot room workers after last shift

GEELONG’S economy will recover from its jobs crisis by the end of next year.

Rescue crews search for WA men

Ky Hurst - Westpac Chopper

RESCUE crews are searching for two men and a boat off the coast of Two Rocks following an EPIRB activation this morning.

Dangerous surf up east coast

Cape Fear

DANGEROUS surf conditions will return along the east coast of Australia.

He doesn’t give a finch

He doesn’t give a finch

PALMER’S mine faces huge bill to protect endangered finch

Chopper drops Deck at footy

Gridiron: Croydon v Monah Uni

A VICTORIAN football club invested hundreds of dollars transporting a single player to a weekend game.

Russell’s new role a big hit

FORMER Merrigum dairy farmer and orchardist Russell Speed is still hesitant making cappuccinos.

#FTA4dairy kicks off

#FTA4dairy kicks off

DAIRY farmers today launched a #FTA4dairy “selfie” campaign to help secure a China-Australia FTA.

Weekly Times scoops awards

Rural Press Club Awards 2014

JOURNALISTS from The Weekly Times dominated the Rural Press Club of Victoria awards.

Mining slump a blow for battlers

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TOWNSVILLE in Far North Queensland has recorded the highest number of personal bankruptcies in the state.

Top Ten Stories

  1. E.T. is that you? Not quite

    E.T. is that you? Not quite

    AN object with flashing red, green and blue lights spotted hovering over Melbourne’s southeast was mostly likely a gyrocopter fitted with LED lights.

  2. Pedestrian killed on West Gate

    Pedestrian killed on West Gate

    THE LOOP: A PEDESTRIAN has died after being hit by a truck on the West Gate Freeway.

  3. Pedestrian killed on West Gate Freeway

    Pedestrian killed on West Gate Freeway

    TRAGEDY on Victoria’s roads continued this morning when a man was killed after being hit by a truck during peak-hour traffic.

  4. L-Platers struggling to pass test


    HUNDREDS of wannabe drivers are failing licence test every week in Victoria, with experts calling for L-Platers to take professional driving lessons.

  5. 10 million Chinese eye Aussie homes

    Modern Suburban House. For Sale. Generic image.Thinkstock

    TEN million wealthy Chinese want to move to Australia and the desire for an Aussie lifestyle is behind crowds buying in Melbourne’s most exclusive suburbs, experts say.

  6. Cotchin faces finals birth dilemma

    Richmond training at Punt Rd Oval.

    RICHMOND’s Trent Cotchin and his wife Brooke could be faced with a dilemma with the couple’s little Tiger cub due late this month.

Top Ten Stories

  1. Would-be robber a suspended cop

    Would-be robber a suspended cop

    AT least one of the men arrested in a foiled robbery attempt at Cabramatta today was a NSW Police officer.

  2. New ice epidemic swallowing Sydney

    Clandestine Drug Lab bust in Mount Druitt

    SYDNEY is in the grip of a new ice age, and it’s potentially even more catastrophic than the last one.

  3. ‘I just want justice for my poor mum’

    Injured woman

    AN investigation is under way after a 67-year-old woman claimed hospital staff fractured her arm during a standard MRI procedure.

  4. Mayors taking us on a $2m ride

    The Lord Mayor Clover Moore demonstrate a new underground bin system

    SYDNEY mayors are riding a chauffeur-driven gravy train that costs ratepayers almost $2 million a year. See what they’re enjoying on us.

  5. High time for Sydney as population swells

    Sydney High-rise to protect against Population Growth

    KEY Sydney mayors back calls to build hundreds of tall apartment towers near railway stations to avoid the city reaching an urban population disaster.

  6. Dead hangglider dodged mid-air collision

    Dead hangglider dodged mid-air collision

    A HANGGLIDER killed yesterday in a horror crash in Newcastle may have been trying to avoid a collision with another glider when he lost control.

Top Ten Stories

  1. Horror movie: We’re sitting in filth

    Actor Janet Leigh screaming in the famous shower scene of Alfred Hitchcocks 1960 film 'Psycho'.

    A NIGHT at the movies turned into a nightmare after group of friends realised they were sitting in filth. “I wanted to throw up,” said one.

  2. Pensioner who pulled a swifty on Palmer

    Question Time - Reps

    IT TAKES business savvy to become a billionaire like Clive Palmer. So how did he let this disability pensioner get the better of him?

  3. FIFO hell: He said his ‘brain had broken’

    Supplied Editorial

    HE was working 12-hour days for three weeks straight, on call 24 hours a day. This FIFO worker told his partner it was a “living hell” - and one day he snapped.

  4. Silent killer stalks our country women

    Hospital entrance. Emergency. Generic image.

    WOMEN living in rural Australia are at higher risk of dying from this insidious disease than their city counterparts.

  5. Is the Borg about to say bye bye?


    SENIOR Nationals have rallied around Barnaby Joyce after reports Lawrence Springborg was being touted to enter ­federal politics.

  6. Newman denies breaking rule on assets


    THE Newman Government has denied breaching one of its own rules relating to how it handles asset sales.

Top Ten Stories

  1. How I saved my dead liver

    Liver lady

    ADELAIDE woman Jaynie Morris was told her liver was dead and she would probably need a transplant. But natural remedies gave her a new lease of life.

  2. If you see flashing lights, now you have to go 25km/h

     n24me911 police car called to fire alarm in Lygon st at nova theatre , Flashing lights

    MOTORISTS must slow to 25km/h as they pass emergency service vehicles from today — as new speed limits come in for the South Eastern Freeway.

  3. AGL ‘deceived 62,000 SA customers’

    AGL ‘deceived 62,000 SA customers’

    POWER supplier AGL deceived and misled almost 62,000 SA customers about discounts on their electricity bills, the Federal Court has heard.

  4. UFO spotted over Melbourne

    THE PULSE: All the news you need to read

    A UFO over Melbourne, fog grounds flights out of Adelaide and the Aussies have been beaten by Zimbabwe. The Pulse has all the news you need to read.

  5. SA’s top lawyer to help Qld’s bikie fight

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    SOUTH Australia’s Solicitor-General Martin Hinton, QC, will help defend a Hell’s Angel-led High Court challenge against Queensland’s anti-bike laws.

  6. Revealed: Crows planning an HQ in the parklands

    29/03/14 - Aerial photos from the 7 News helicopter of the first AFL game at Adelaide Oval, between the Crows and the Power. ...

    THE Adelaide Football Club has developed a confidential proposal to build a city headquarters in the parklands just a few hundred metres from Adelaide Oval.

Top Ten Stories

  1. Corryn Rayney murder mystery deepens

     Copy pic of Supreme Court registrar Corryn Rayney, who was last seen at the Bentley Community Centre 07/08/07 and her body f...

    EXCLUSIVE A CAREER criminal linked to the murder of Corryn Rayney is set to face trial on ­charges of deprivation of liberty and ­indecent assault.

  2. High-rise vision for Canning Bridge precinct

    High-rise vision for Canning Bridge precinct

    EXCLUSIVE A NEW bus station, ferry terminal, high-rise buildings and replacement bridge are planned in a new vision for Canning Bridge.

  3. Shark kill documentary shock

    Shark kill documentary shock

    A DOCUMENTARY which aims to expose the reality of the Barnett Government’s bait-and-kill shark safety measure hits cinemas nationwide today.

  4. School quiz MC panned over racist, gay gibes

    ELECTION - Tamworth

    A WA lawyer has stunned patrons at a Perth primary school with a tirade of racist, homophobic and anti-Gina Rinehart comments at a school quiz night.

  5. Two injured in South West smash

    Breaking News Breaking News FW: Stock images - RAC Rescue helicopter

    A MAN has been flown to hospital with serious injuries and another person injured in a two-car crash near Myalup, 150km south of Perth.

  6. One-punch accused claims self-defence

    One-punch accused claims self-defence

    A MAN accused of killing a 23-year-old Irishman in a one-punch assault in Perth will claim self defence at his trial.

Top Ten Stories

  1. Paramedics hit panic button

    Paramedics hit panic button

    PARAMEDICS were forced to hit an alarm button at the RHH to get emergency treatment for a little boy stuck in ambulance care.

  2. Cars set alight in crime spree

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    A GROUP of thieves and vandals went on a crime spree across greater Hobart overnight, stealing property and setting fire to cars.

  3. Mayor urged to rein in Briscoe

    The controversial proposal for a walkway along the Battery Point foreshore is one step closer, Hobart City Council alderman J...

    A CALL for Lord Mayor Damon Thomas to rein in alderman Jeff Briscoe “for his anti-cable car crusade’’ has ignited furious debate.

  4. Bird fanciers flock to help

    Parrot Man

    BIRD lovers have rallied in support of Port Arthur pensioner Roy Dadson, who lost 17 exotic birds in a brazen theft from his home.

  5. Glenorchy duo to run again

     Glenorchy empty schools and vandalism, picture of the Abbotsfield primary and the Glenorchy Mayor Stuart Slade,

    GLENORCHY Mayor Stuart Slade has fired the starting gun for what promises to be a vigorous mayoral election race.

  6. Students on track to build racer

    Race Car

    ENGINEERING students at UTAS have taken on the task of designing, building and racing their own car.

Top Ten Stories

  1. Love me, Tinder

    Love me, Tinder

    I wasn’t aware that prostitution and gambling addictions were first date conversation. What ever happened to using small talk to assess potential suitors?

  2. Croc too smart for trap

    Croc too smart for trap

    A Darwin fisherman was shocked to see a croc sunbaking in a city creek - on top of a croc trap.

  3. Uninvited guessst joins wedding

    Supplied Editorial Fwd: Wedding Snake Pictures

    WHEN the best man yelled “snake!” after the ceremony, he wasn’t suggesting the groom needed to zip up his fly.

  4. Selfies lead cops to stolen phone

    Selfies lead cops to stolen phone

    AS crims increasingly turn to technology like the rest of us, we can be thankful there are a few numbskulls in the Top End very much on the wrong side of modern-day advances.

  5. Woman “loses plot”, sets fire to car

    Woman “loses plot”, sets fire to car

    A WOMAN “lost the plot” and allegedly set a car on fire in a Darwin suburb.

  6. The stories you need to know today

    The stories you need to know today

    THIS is how Justin Bieber treats his grandpa. Poor grandpa. We can’t help but feel sorry for him.

Top Ten Stories

  1. Coast supports marriage equality

    Coast supports marriage equality

    GAY marriage has sparked a fiery debate in the Surf Coast Shire council chambers but not for the reason you might expect.

Top Ten Stories

  1. Bashed buck’s ‘mate’ waits in jail

    Southport Court

    UPDATE: A MATE accused of drunkenly bashing the groom at a buck’s night will remain behind bars awaiting news of his former friend’s medical condition.

Top Ten Stories

  1. People power fights shocking risk


    IT’S a potentially shocking situation: People living at the foothills of mountains near Trinity Beach say trees near powerlines are a deadly risk.

Top Ten Stories

  1. Visiting fur seal warms to our climes

    Lucinda Jetty Fur Seal

    THIS fella’s GPS might have been a little off when he ended up waddling on to a Tropical North Queensland Beach.

#FTA4dairy kicks off

#FTA4dairy kicks off

DAIRY farmers today launched a #FTA4dairy “selfie” campaign to help secure a China-Australia FTA.

WEG riders on road to Rio


AUSTRALIA’S dressage riders have secured a team place at the Olympic Games at Rio in 2016.

Falling commodities hit profits

 State Coal Mine at Wongthaggi Picture: Supplied

FALLING commodity prices have hit the profits of the resources sector hard.

Lighter combines in new design

Lighter combines in new design

AMONG the current crop of updated harvesters is the Gleaner S8 Super Series combines.

Steve bends the rules

Steve bends the rules

THERE was no crisis or yearning for a creative outlet that triggered Steve Tobin’s career change.

Editor’s letter: August 2014

Natalee Ward. Weekly Times. HWT staff.

IN case you’ve ever wondered how important branding is, you only have to listen to Rita Bikins from Red Rock Olive oil at Pomonal to know the truth.