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    Epworth Geelong closure: hospital maternity ward to close in March

    The maternity ward at Geelong’s Epworth hospital will close in March following months of consultation with staff and community members.In a statement released on Thursday, Epworth Healthcare announced the ward’s final date of operation would be March 31.That announcement is understood to impact 100 expectant mums who are due to give birth at the hospital

    BHP management warns Muswellbrook staff of uncertain future

    The company behind New South Wales' largest coal mine fears it could have to close earlier than anticipated, leaving thousands of workers questioning their future. Key points:Muswellbrook's Mt Arthur Coal employs 2,000 people in the NSW Hunter regionBHP says it will have to redirect 1.5 million tonnes of coal under the coal reservation schemeBHP management says it

    Devastating development moments after Aussie mum celebrates win

    Vesna Andric and her Tathra Surf Lifesaving Club women’s team were stoked after winning their leg in the George Bass Surfboat Marathon on the NSW South Coast.Exhilarated but exhausted, they started making their way back to shore, rowing their 300kg surfboat into Horseshoe Bay at Bermagui.WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Horrifying moment Vesna is pinned under

    ‘Underrated’ and ‘overlooked’: Australia’s best beach has been chosen and it isn’t easy to get to

    A secluded stretch of Kangaroo Island coastline has beaten back shorelines around the nation to claim the title of the country’s best beach.Key points:Stokes Bay on the north coast of Kangaroo Island tops the list of Australian beachesAll states and the Northern Territory were reflected in the top 10The chief curator says it was pleasing to give the top gong

    Social media users keen for a sunflower selfie are helping future-proof this Aussie farm

    Social media users keen for photos with blooming sunflowers are snapping up tickets to a West Australian farm.Key points:A WA sunflower farm has transformed paddocks into an event space and selling tickets to the publicThe tickets add value to conventional farming practicesAll tickets sold out, as the community showed support for the farm’s niche conceptFor the last two years, Crooked Brook

    Queensland teacher’s suspension over ‘inappropriate relationship with 15-year-old he met on sugar daddy website’ upheld

    A Queensland teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old girl he met on a “sugar daddies” website has had his suspension upheld.In his judgement, Professor Ned Aughterson said he was “not satisfied the teacher did not pose an unacceptable risk of harm to children”.The man, who has been registered as a teacher

    Why India has banned this documentary about its Prime Minister Narendra Modi

    KEY POINTS:The Indian government has banned BBC documentary “India: The Modi Question” It has also used emergency powers to force Twitter and YouTube to remove footage from their sitesUniversity students attempting to screen the film have been detained and attackedElectricity was allegedly cut to universities and Twitter links censored as part of a ban on

    After 175 years including world wars, fires and pandemics, this local show is still thriving

    At 175 years old, the Kiama Show Society is no spring chicken, but generations of volunteers and staunch family traditions continue to keep the show as relevant as ever.Key points:Organisers expect large crowds after cancellations in recent yearsShow president Neil McLaren says volunteers are responsible for the show’s successGenerations of families have participated in the eventAmong

    Ravensthorpe nickel mine plans switch to wind power to lower emissions

    The owners of the Ravensthorpe nickel mine on WA’s south coast have become the latest in a string of resource companies to embrace wind power in an effort to lower carbon emissions. Key points:Wind turbines could be supplying electricity to the Ravensthorpe nickel mine by next yearThe first mine in Australia to use wind power was

    Former Australian Open tennis champion Victoria Azarenka bundled out by Elena Rybakina in semi-final

    Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina has ended Victoria Azarenka’s inspired run to be the first woman through to the Australian Open final in Melbourne.Continuing her relentless charge through the draw, Rybakina overpowered the two-time former champion 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 in Thursday night’s opening semi-final at Rod Laver Arena.WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Aussie doubles star forced to