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Summer live sheep export ban causes unease

A sense of unease covers WA’s live sheep industry leading into next year’s three-month northern summer stall, with producers declaring the ban underpins short-term planning but does not secure the trade’s long-term future. Exporters revealed earlier this month a ban on live sheep shipments to the Middle East would be …

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Denmark SHS boys win gold medal

Denmark Senior High School have returned from the Australian Schools Championships in Victoria with their first gold medal in the boys division after their top side won the under-17 division 4 title last Friday. Three DSHS teams went to the annual championships that attracted more than 150 teams from schools …

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Fifty nomads take up free overnight camper pitch

Fifty nomads have already taken advantage of free overnight rest areas in Bunbury with campers spending more than $15,000 in the city, according to Bunbury City Council. A little over a month after the council gave support to a two-year trial on free overnight rest areas at three locations, the …

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Fire trucks sweeten Christmas with lolly run

It wouldn’t be Christmas in Karratha without the tradition of the lolly run — the annual procession of fire trucks through the streets, sirens blaring, sharing lollies and inciting water fights. To the delight of local children, the Karratha Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service began its lolly run last Friday …

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Warning issued over animal smuggling

It’s been a strange year for Australia’s biosecurity officers, with two live squirrels the latest items to be intercepted at airports and seaports. A man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly tried to smuggle the rodents into Brisbane on his way back from Bali two weeks ago. Biosecurity and …

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