Australia-first trial to retain GPs in rural areas will see them employed directly by state government

Tasmania will be the first in the country to trial a new $13 million statewide rural general practitioner training model in the latest attempt to help combat widespread doctors shortages and GP clinic closures. Key points: Some doctors prefer to train for hospital work rather than as a GP because they have a single employer … Read more

Bid to boost regional sport in SA as volunteer and participation numbers drop

Tony Elletson believes South Australia’s Limestone Coast can be the best regional area in Australia for producing elite athletes.  Through the Limestone Coast Sporting Academy, he trains young people in the region to compete in their sports alongside the best in the state and country.  But he knows local grassroots sport is the starting ground for everyone, … Read more

Permanent hairdresser in Tieri makes world of difference for residents of tiny mining town

Throughout Tracey Ryder’s enduring battle with bowel cancer, one simple pleasure has provided her with an escape from the endless medical appointments – a fortnightly visit to the hairdresser.   Key points: Queensland mining town Tieri didn’t have a permanent hairdresser for about 12 months until sisters Jamie-Lee O’Reilly and Lisa Franco moved from NSW Jobs … Read more

Monica Stockdale’s family call for national aged care screening to be introduced sooner

The friends and family of an alleged murder victim want the implementation of the national aged care screening process fast-tracked to ensure those working in the sector are fit for the job.  Key points: A national aged care screening process is on its way  The federal government says testing of the platform will start next month  The … Read more

The Promised Land swimming hole near Bellingen records faecal contamination of water

Some tourist spots are struggling to cope with their renewed popularity as visitors return to summer holiday hangouts for the first time since the pandemic. Key points: A secluded freshwater river on the Mid North Coast has been compromised by lots of visitors The council says it doesn’t promote the popular swimming area as a tourist destination Forestry Corporation … Read more

Esperance’s Wally Byrne failed high school exams but had an esteemed career in medicine

Wally Byrne, who just received the key to a country town for his decades of medical service, was never the studious type in high school.   The sports-mad Sydneysider failed all his exams at the end of year 10 and left to begin a carpentry apprenticeship. Fourteen years later, he would be up past midnight every evening … Read more

Residential construction has been hit with delays. So what does 2023 look like for those trying to build a house?

In May 2020, not long after welcoming their first child, Fiona and her husband decided to embark on another exciting adventure: building a new home for their growing family. Fast forward almost three years and Fiona has just given birth to their second child, but the family’s house in regional South Australia is yet to be … Read more

Cow gets lost in shopping centre, stuck in mud, during 24 hour emergency streak

A confused cow on the run in Western Sydney has sparked two emergencies in less than 24 hours.  Key points: Emergency services were called to Caddens shopping centre for a rogue cow Firefighters escorted the cow to Werrington The cow later became stuck in a muddy dam needing rescue The cow was first spotted on … Read more