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“In 1952, Bert Hauptmann decided to buy a plot of land in what was then called Fyshwick. Today, it is known as Pialligo — about a 10-minute drive from the city centre and within sight of the airport. He still lives there to this day, on what is his 100th birthday.”

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“A young couple are braving danger and isolation in one of the most remote areas of Australia to help turn around the country’s extinction crisis.

UNSW-Sydney ecologists Dr Rebecca West and her husband Dr Reece Pedler run the Wild Deserts project in the Sturt National Park — an ambitious 10-year collaboration to re-introduce seven locally extinct animals into safe havens and restore the health of the desert into the bargain.

With Australia’s extinction crisis among the worst in the world, re-populating the desert with the animals that once thrived there is a ray of hope in a race against time.”

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“The EP Semantics charted on the Australian Singles Charts to reach #1 and consequently some sources list “Reckless” as a #1 single. It was written by lead singer and guitarist James Reyne. Listeners of Triple M voted “Reckless” the 39th best song of all time in 2007; it was the highest placed Australian Crawl song.”

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