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‘We still don’t know what the policy is’: Regional Australians still in the dark on net zero

Victorian dairy farmer Daryl Hoey has been keenly watching and waiting for details about Australia’s newly inked net zero plan, but he has been left sorely disappointed. Key points:Regional Australians want more detail on the government’s net zero planCoal communities remain worried about what it will mean for employmentBut some farmers say their businesses have suffered…

South Australian rose festival branches out with upgrade to successful youth program

A youth ambassador program that started as a way to engage the Riverland community with Renmark’s annual rose festival has broadened to become a career pathway into business management, charity work and traditional cultural tourism for young leaders.Key points:The Renmark Rose Festival has rebranded itself as the Riverland Rose and Garden FestivalThe rebranding coincides with an update to its ambassador program for youth leadershipAmbassadors receive…

Tasmanian salmon company set for Brazilian ownership

Tasmanian salmon giant Huon Aquaculture appears almost certain to become foreign controlled, after Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board green-lit a takeover plan from Brazilian meat-processor JBS. Key points:Farmed salmon producer Huon Aquaculture is almost certain to be acquired by Brazilian company JBS later this week after the takeover won Foreign Investment Review Board approvalShareholders could still block…

Hold on — our new rodeo queen wants to empower rural women

Australia’s new rodeo queen wants to keep using her platform to inspire other women, mothers and young families to get involved in the sport and community of rodeo.Key points:Rodeo champion Lana Jones is encouraging women to get involved in the sportThe majority of this year’s national contest was run online due to COVID-19 restrictionsMs Jones will open two major…

Barossa Fine Foods recalls ham products sold across Australia due to listeria contamination

Prominent South Australian food producer and retailer Barossa Fine Foods has been implicated in a second listeria contamination scare in less than three weeks, with two more of its products recalled.Key points:No Added Nitrite Ham and Double Smoked Ham are being recalledThey are sold in 100-gram packages in various states across AustraliaIt comes after four pâté products…

Proposed mine wants to double its taxpayer loan but ditch promised port upgrade

The federal government’s Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) says it will investigate its support for a proposed mineral sand mine in the Kimberley after a joint venture with a privately-owned Chinese company was formed.Key points:A federally-funded $95 million loan to develop a mine is being reviewed after the Australian proponent partnered with a Chinese companyThe joint venture is seeking…

Farmer forced to move entire dairy says he’s one of the lucky ones as market booms

Dairy farmers across south-west Victoria are struggling to maintain farm leases as landowners cash in on rural land prices and a booming industry.Key points:Farm property prices across Australia are increasing, leaving farmers in the lurch and locking out newcomersA Victorian farmer says leaseholders are being squeezed out amid high demandHe says the dairy needs to address the…

Relief for hospitality as capacity restrictions ease in regional Victoria

“It’s a bit buzzy out there, beautiful and sunny; people are out and about just happy to be catching up with friends.”Key points:Capacity limits for regional Victorian hospitality venues have eased30 fully-vaccinated people indoors, 100 outdoors are allowed, subject to density limitsStaff are required to check the vaccination status of customersAs Melbourne emerges from its interminable lockdown,…