Saturday, July 31

Month: January 2021

Victoria closes the border with New South Wales starting at midnight as travelers rush back

A couple decided to drive overnight from Port Macquarie in New South Wales to return to their home in Melbourne, more than 1,200 km away.Police stop cars at a border checkpoint in Albury-Wodonga as travelers race to escape New South Wales before a hard lockdown takes effect starting at midnight. (Nine news)Long lines of cars make their way from New South Wales to Victoria before a border closure occurs at midnight. (Nine news)Another fled Newcastle to cross the border before the closure, with delays of five hours in some places."It's been a bit stressful trying to cross the border, but hopefully we can avoid going into quarantine," the man said when he stopped at the checkpoint near Albury-Wodonga.The Victorians rush out of New South Wales before a harsh border closure occurs at midnigh...

Australian farmer witnesses more rain in 24 hours than in a whole year

When Steve Dalitz woke up in his pastures, once ravaged by drought, soaked and swollen from the rain, it was a sight the Victorian farmer hadn't seen in years.It was early one morning in April this year and 74mm had fallen in just 24 hours. It rained more than the region had experienced in all of 2019.By May, the paddocks would be somewhat restored, with lush grass reaching up to the boots and offering a reward to a very depleted herd of dairy cows.It was a bittersweet moment for Mr Dalitz and his family, who were forced to leave the land in the middle of last year after the crippling drought and the political baggage of the dairy industry nearly broke them.Steve Dalitz (lower right) with his family. (Photo credit: Steve Dalitz)For the family of five, the slow recovery came too late...