Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Are tree frogs spreading lungworm?

Scientists say common green tree frogs may be spreading lungworm.

Photo by Rod Hartvigsen

Photo by Rod Hartvigsen

They have an immune system that can handle the parasite, but may be carrying it from one species to another.

Lungworm is fatal to cane toads (which can’t climb) to magnificent common green tree frogs (which spend little time on the ground).

Prof Rick Shine says magnificent green tree frogs living in remote areas, which cane toads don’t like, will probably survive.

Science Network WA [read this story]

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Categories: Environment

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Cattlemen sue Commonwealth over live exports ban

Northern cattle industry members have launched a class action against the government for suspending live exports to Indonesia.

They filed the case in the Federal Court on Monday.

In 2011 the Gillard government’s agriculture minister Joe Ludwig abruptly banned live cattle exports due to animal cruelty concerns.

The Australian [read this story]

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Categories: Business and finance, Government

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Buru to start fracking next year

Buru Energy intends to start its exploratory hydraulic fracturing program in March next year.

In the meantime it will be concentrating on construction works, well preparation and what it describes as diagnostic fracture injection tests.

Energy Publications [read this story]

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Categories: Business and finance, Oil and gas

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Koolan Island: Main pit closed for repairs

Mount Gibson has closed Koolan Island iron ore mine’s main pit to repair a section of sea wall.

Management told The Australian repairs are expected to take about four weeks, and all workers had been redeployed to another pit.

The Australian [read this story]



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Categories: Business and finance

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Cattle prices up as sales fall off

West Kimberley pastoralists say cattle prices remain strong as the wet season approaches.

Farm Weekly [read this story]


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Categories: Broome, Business and finance

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

PGA lawyer to brief stations on new leases

The PGA urges its  members to attend a briefing in Broome next month.

The organisation’s solicitor will answer questions and note concerns about the forthcoming new pastoral lease.

Division president Peter Camp said the solicitor will go through the document, line by line, to explain it to the meeting.

Farm Weekly [read this story]

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Categories: Broome, Business and finance, Government

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Halls Creek: Ngoonjwah workers owed $190,000

ORIC says Halls Creek’s former resource agency still owes CDEP workers almost $190,000 in unpaid wages.

A total of 227 former Ngoonjuwah workers are owed amounts of between $11 and $3682.

Administrators have transferred the money from the former Aboriginal corporation to the Office of the Registrar of Aboriginal Corporations (ORIC) which is still trying to find the former workers.

The Stringer [read this story]

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Categories: Aboriginal, Business and finance, Halls Creek

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Broome: New deputy shire president

Harold Tracey is Broome’s new Deputy Shire President.

Broome shire officeHe replaces Jenny Bloom, who resigned from council last week.

The shire has also voted not to hold a by-election for Ms Bloom’s former seat, leaving it vacant until next year’s elections.

You can read a shire media release here:

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Categories: Broome, Local Government

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