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Facebook ban potentially ‘dangerous’ for Indigenous vaccine rollout

Indigenous health and media groups fear Facebook’s shutdown of community pages could have a dangerous impact on regional communities during the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. Key points:Indigenous health and media services are among those blocked by Facebook’s new restrictionsIt’s prompted fears the ban could have potentially dangerous implications for the upcoming vaccine rolloutRegional communities have…

Government rules out Murray Basin rail gauge standardisation

The Victorian government has ruled out standardising the Sea Lake and Manangatang rail lines, in a blow to farmers and freight operators.Key points:Standard-gauge trains on the Mildura line can only access Geelong and Melbourne via AraratThe Transport Minister rules out standardisation under the revised Murray Basin Rail ProjectFarmers and freight groups are outraged by the…

‘An absolute mess’: ‘Gut-wrenching’ bee deaths prompt renewed call for ban on insecticide Fipronil

A southern Queensland beekeeper is desperate for answers after losing up to 600,000 honeybees to suspected poisoning by a controversial agricultural chemical.Key points:Biosecurity Queensland is investigating the cause of bee deaths at Dalby on the Western Downs Beekeeper Peter Donohoe says traces of the insecticide Fipronil were found on his dead bees and hivesHe’s now…

Race to kill toxic, invasive weed that sprouted from chicken feed

Authorities are working to eliminate more than 1,000 noxious weeds on a rural property south of Sydney.Key points:More than 1,000 parthenium weeds have been found at a rural property in GerringongAn emergency response from multiple environmental agencies is underwayThe weed can cause serious allergic reactions in people and taint the products of livestockThe highly invasive…

250,000 plants and 70 jobs planned for huge medicinal cannabis hub

West Australia’s remote Gascoyne region will soon be home to one of the largest medicinal cannabis facilities in the southern hemisphere, with the industry poised for budding success.Key points:More than 250,000 cannabis cultivars will be planted in the GascoyneThe project is expected to create up to 70 jobsMedicinal cannabis manufacturing has been projected to become…