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Iconic Fraser Island fire out of control

Queensland has looked across the border for help to contain the out-of-control bushfire burning on Fraser Island, with challenging firefighting conditions expected again today. Key points: Residents in the beachside […]

Farmers fear worker shortage due to COVID-19 restrictions despite rising unemployment

The Federal Government says short-term farm work is impractical for unemployed Australians, so it is seeking international solutions amid COVID-19 travel restrictions. Key points: Farmers warned of severe labour shortages […]

Adopt a backpacker: Blampied couple open their homes and hearts to four young travellers

Susie Losa’s generosity has led her to finding her “COVID family”. Mrs Losa, and her husband, Jean Luc, have opened up their Blampied home to four backpackers seeking accommodation on […]

‘Adopting’ backpackers in Albany a positive experience for all involved

An Albany couple have opened their home — and their hearts — to a pair of backpackers left stranded by the coronavirus pandemic. Key points: Many backpackers chose to stay […]

Backpackers who stayed on World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island amid COVID-19 weigh the cost

White sands, crystal blue waters and a small coronavirus-free community of 350 people: The choice facing a group of backpackers on Lord Howe Island has been to stay and wait […]