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  1. While dishes at Parkes and Honeysuckle Creek take the credit for beaming the vision of the first steps on the Moon to the world, staff known as 'Creekers' at Cooby Creek in Queensland say it was their work that made the whole project possible.

  2. Researchers are scouring the planet for drought and heat resistant crops as many Australian grain farmers face another failed winter season.

  3. Firefighters extinguish a blaze at Warwick East State School on Queensland's Southern Downs, one of the oldest schools in the state with a building that dates back to the 1850s.

  4. After increasing pressure on the Queensland Government, all children held in the maximum security police watch house in Brisbane have now been removed and placed into youth detention centres.

  5. Industry groups estimate a majority of sheep farmers are using pain relief when mulesing stock, but Victoria looks set to become the first state to make the practice mandatory.

  6. The largest study of country newspapers ever undertaken in Australia is hoping to develop sustainable models that can help the declining regional media landscape survive into the future.

  7. Federal Water Resources Minister David Littleproud has confirmed an audit was started into water efficiency projects by major agribusiness just before an ABC investigation.

  8. New technology and changing audience habits have conspired to all but destroy the traditional media business model. In rural and regional Australia, there are fears that local news could die off altogether.
  9. A Toowoomba dairy farmer fought for 40 years to have an Aboriginal ceremonial ground on his property returned to its traditional owners — but the story starts long before that.

  10. Taxpayer investments and the water market are making irrigation more efficient and reducing Murray-Darling's base flow. Here's what needs to happen next, write Q J Wang and Avril Horne.

  11. Police have charged a 26-year-old man with murder over the stabbing death of Oakey man Paul Rock (pictured) in a Lockyer Valley car park, west of Brisbane, last week.

  12. Regional Express Airlines says a video of what is claimed to be a rusty propeller shaft on one of its planes does not actually show corrosion, with CASA saying it had "no current issues" with the safety of Rex aircraft.

  13. A random survey of people living in the Murray-Darling Basin shows support for reallocating water from irrigators to Indigenous communities.

  14. A south-east Queensland council forgoes a $4 million rates windfall it stood to gain from "erratic land valuation fluctuations" to minimise the cost to ratepayers.

  15. Farmers say the Queensland Government's decision to axe "vital" transport subsidies will take a further mental toll on already struggling graziers who have relied on the funding during severe drought periods.

  16. Are large parts of regional Australia doomed to fail or can years of decline be turned around to create a brighter future?

  17. Rape victims are being made to wait for hours in the clothes they were assaulted in before being examined, or sometimes not examined at all, a damning auditor-general report reveals, highlighting the lack of qualified staff.

  18. A decade of dry conditions and lower rainfall has left parts of northern Australia facing an early and "above normal" bushfire risk in parts of northern Queensland and the Northern Territory.

  19. Police allege the 28-year-old Queensland trainer sourced and gave unregulated supplements to horses over a three-year period and "dishonestly gained a benefit through entitlement to prize money".

  20. A group of Barwon-Darling farmers have offered to sell their water entitlements at a value which would encourage new owners "not to grow cotton".

  21. Queensland landholders are afraid that new government mapping of threatened species could lock up their land and force them to stop farming and grazing.

  22. From sky-high water costs to prohibitively expensive livestock feed, new forecasts show how drought will impact Australia's exports and agricultural production.

  23. Big business is set to be hit with hundreds of millions of dollars in extra taxes and royalties as the Palaszczuk Government seeks to tap the top end of town to deliver payroll tax relief to small- and medium-sized businesses, in the hope of boosting jobs — particularly in regional Queensland.

  24. Local governments are already meeting to work out how best to fight the flames when the bushfire season begins in either August or September.

  25. Calculating the road toll is "extraordinarily complicated", according to Queensland police as loved ones say the confusion is compounding their grief following a horror few weeks on the state's roads.

  26. Consumers are increasingly asking for it and Meat and Livestock Australia says it's achievable — carbon neutrality by 2030.

  27. Snow falls near Stanthorpe on the Southern Downs as wind gusts lower the apparent temperatures across southern Queensland.

  28. Australia's cotton crop will be halved this season as climate, water allocations, and lack of rain take a toll.

  29. A regional New South Wales town is set to become a major player in oil production and the renewable fuels market with a plant using world-first technology to recycle thousands of used tyres a year.

  30. Dalby records its coldest morning since 1911 with several May temperature records broken following a winter blast across southern Queensland overnight.

  31. Police urge people to take extra care while driving near small children after a toddler is killed by a reversing car in a car park on Queensland's Western Downs.

  32. Graziers living in central-west Queensland are devastated they won't benefit from rainfall earlier this year after a boom in insects decimates their properties.

  33. Robert Ian Trebeck is again found guilty of murdering Goondiwindi mother Alexis Jeffery, whose naked body was found dumped on the banks of the Macintyre River in March 2014.

  34. The risk of spreading toxic groundwater from one of Queensland's worst environmental contaminations prompts a ban on coal seam gas drilling in an area where companies are already extracting gas.

  35. Country and city race days see a rise in Fashions on the Field entrants, and it's fuelling its own economy of milliners, seamstresses, and fashion stylists.

  36. Extreme weather conditions has cost Australia's largest pastoral company more than $100 million.

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