Australia closes border to southern Africa

Australia has shut its borders to nine southern African countries and suspended all flights from that region amid growing concerns about the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Upper Hunter a NSW flood concern

The NSW premier is urging residents to follow safety advice and avoid driving through flooding, after State Emergency Service volunteers had to rescue more than 30 people from dangerous waters overnight.

NSW COVID-19 case numbers fall

NSW recorded 235 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.   Three cases have been excluded following further investigation, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 80,981.   There are currently 174 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 26 people in...

Upper Hunter a NSW flood concern

State Emergency Service volunteers have staged two dozen flood rescues and responded to almost 600 requests for help across NSW since lunchtime on Friday. SES Assistant Commissioner Dean Storey says it has been a hectic 24 hours throughout the state but particularly in the Upper Hunter. "That continues to be where our...

Ocean wind farms on horizon for Australia

Global investment in offshore wind farms is booming as nations seek to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.

Aussie vegie production going gangbusters

Australia is rolling in spuds and swimming in carrots.In fact, the nation's potato farmers grew enough of them in the past year to fill the MCG.