Blue gum plantations were once a reliable industry on WA's south coast until an implosion of investments after the 2008 global financial crisis. But backed by new international players, the hardwoods are now generating hundreds of jobs and millions of export dollars.
Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick says the Federal Government's legal advice that disputes a royal commission finding that parts of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan were unlawful should not be "cloak and dagger stuff" and calls for its release.
A West Australian pastoral body has hit out at the state's largest and oldest animal welfare groups over their "silence" on the deaths of more than a thousand cattle on two Indigenous properties in the state's north.
Light planes, helicopters and even jet skis are being used to push cattle to higher ground as floodwater, which came from the same weather system that killed as many as 500,000 animals in Queensland's north and central-west, moves south, and graziers are welcoming it with open arms.