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Tully and Yasi: the sequel

When tropical cyclone Yasi hit north Queensland in 2011, the small town of Tully suffered severe damage and the region's banana and sugar cane crops were devastated. Discover how this crop damage impacted farmers, the local community and people throughout Australia. Find out how the town has since recovered.

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Farmers' market: by locals, for locals

What are food miles, and how can a farmers' market support sustainable farming and supply a community with fresh food? To find out, view this clip called 'To market, to market', created by young reporters from Willunga Primary School, South Australia. The clip was developed as part of the ABC Splash Live 'Making the news!' ...

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Growing up in the Ord River Valley

Katie Innes takes us on a trip back in time to where she grew up. She shows us a series of photographs from the Ord River Valley near Kununurra, in Western Australia. Over the years people have made major changes to the environment in this place. Katie wonders whether all of their efforts will prove worthwhile in the long run. 

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Tidal power

Journey to Bathurst Island where strong tidal currents can be found in the Apsley Strait. Observe how the Nguiu community is investigating the use of tidal power to provide their electricity needs instead of using non-renewable and expensive fossil fuels.

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Now you're cooking with biogas!

Biogas is a renewable form of energy. In India, it's being made from cow dung and is contributing to the improved wellbeing of the nation's poorest communities. See how the use of appropriate technology can help to break the cycle of poverty.

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Sacred fig tree: lone survivor

Warrgamay elder Bill Morganson visits a sacred meeting place for his people - the last giant fig tree in the Herbert River Valley, north Queensland. He explains how trees like this were used by Warrgamay people and why this surviving fig has such value.

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Self-help housing in Bangalore

Is it possible to break the cycle of poverty? The Sunnadagudu community in Bangalore, India believe so. With a little outside help from an NGO (non-government organisation), they're converting their shacks into houses. Find out how this project is not only putting a permanent roof over their heads but is creating a range ...

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A city without a heart?

Iconic but sterile. Nationally significant yet isolated. The city of Canberra regularly seems to divide opinion. Watch this clip and take an intriguing look at life in Canberra at the start of the 1970s. As you'll see, arguments about the liveability of Canberra are nothing new.

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Record dry spell puts farmers under the pump

Australian farmers cope with all sorts of challenges, including lack of rainfall. But what happens when drought persists for longer than usual? In this clip we investigate the effects of a record dry spell on the wellbeing of rural communities in New South Wales in 2003.

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When mining comes to town

Imagine living in your own little piece of paradise, only to have a mining company move in and start changing it in ways you don't like. On the other hand, imagine the benefits that a mining company would bring to struggling businesses in the area! There are always different perspectives on any issue. As you listen to this ...

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Famine and aid: Ethiopia

The Live Aid concert in 1985 drew attention to Ethiopia's terrible drought and famine. When this clip was made decades later in 2008, the developing nation was still experiencing widespread hunger. See how charitable aid can impact on the lives of those in less developed countries.

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Aquarius counterculture descends upon Nimbin

What would you do to save your home town? By the early 1970s, the northern NSW town of Nimbin was in serious decline. Somewhat hesitantly, local residents agreed to allow the huge Aquarius Festival to come to town, bringing alternative music, lifestyles and values. And money. And people who stayed. Discover how Nimbin locals ...

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Community stories, community values

What does community mean to you? Watch this Heywire clip to find out what Melody Pedler thinks. During her quest to become a city journalist, this girl from a Darling Downs grain farm found a sense of purpose that involves telling stories of vibrant regional communities to city dwellers. Could you write or record a similar ...

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Underground coal gasification

How are scientists using technology to get energy out of coal without having to dig it up? Find out how underground coal gasification (UCG) burns and converts the coal to gas underground. Visit UCG trial sites in Queensland and hear how UCG avoids some of the environmental effects of traditional coal mining, but may have ...

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A moral minefield: Christos Tsiolkas's 'The Slap'

'The Slap', a novel from Australian author Christos Tsiolkas, created plenty of controversy when it was published. Why is it that some novels seem to stir people up more than others? Learn how the novel affected a group of panel members discussing popular Australian books.

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Voluntary exchange

See Indonesia through the eyes of Australian exchange student Sam Howard. Learn how the youth exchange program she is a part of is helping to strengthen cultural ties between near neighbours Australia and Indonesia. Think what you could learn about a country if you stayed in a small community there for a month.

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Turtle rehabilitation in Cairns, 2013

Discover how a community is working together to give sick and injured turtles in North Queensland a second chance at life. Storms and cyclones in North Queensland have had a serious impact on local habitats and wildlife, and turtles have suffered greatly. Watch this clip to see how turtles are being cared for, as well as ...

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Managing bushfires

To burn or not to burn? Investigate the science behind arguments for and against controlled burn-offs that aim to reduce the risk of bushfires to humans. Listen to the reasons Professor Mark Adams of Sydney University gives for a careful approach to prescribed burning.

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Putting down roots

Adjacent to a block of high-rise flats in Richmond, a new community is flowering. Local people, many of whom have recently arrived in Australia, are meeting in the shared space of their community gardens. In this place, language and cultural barriers disappear as friendships grow. See how in this clip from 2005.

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Rescuing the past in Farina

The Australian outback is dotted with ghost towns and forgotten settlements. But Farina in South Australia is different to most. Here, volunteers return on a regular basis to help keep Farina on the map. Watch this clip to find out more about the special connections that people have to this place and reasons for the town's demise.