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Canberra hospital staff said air ‘virtually unbreathable’ during bushfires

An Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report has shown a short-term increase in respiratory issues from the 2019/2020 bushfires.

Bushfire recovery package excludes Queanbeyan, Braidwood

A Senate Estimates Committee has heard the National Bushfire Recovery Agency was not consulted on eligibility requirements for a recent bushfire recovery package that excluded Queanbeyan, Braidwood and several other affected communities.

$1.37 million injection for bushfire recovery plan

The ACT Government will invest an initial $1.37 million as part of a long-term bushfire recovery plan for Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.

Canberrans urged to be storm and bushfire ready

ACT residents are being urged to be both storm and bushfire ready now, with severe weather events usually occurring in Canberra between September to March each year.

BlazeAid Braidwood rebuilds fences and community

Dennis and Carol McGrath travelled around Queensland in their caravan for five months after Dennis retired from the plumbing industry in the middle of 2019, before they returned to Canberra through thick...

ACT 2020 bushfire review calling for change

Future commitment to volunteer firefighters, protection of whole farmland, and bans on residential development in high risk bushfire zones were some suggestions put forward yesterday at the review of the 2019-20 ACT bushfire season.

Insurance reforms needed ahead of next summer’s bushfire season

Home insurance affordability is a key concern ahead of the next bushfire season, a Senate Finance Committee has heard.

Homecoming: platypus return to Tidbinbilla

Three platypuses have been brought home to the ACT's Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve after being moved to Taronga Zoo in Sydney for the bushfire season.

Calls to list koalas as ‘endangered’ and increase legal protections

Three leading animal welfare organisations have called on Australian governments to increase legal protections for koalas Australia-wide, following horrific bushfires that wiped out a quarter of their habitat in NSW alone. WWF...

ACT’s bushfire season officially declared over

The ACT's toughest bushfire season since 2003 has officially been declared over.

From the editor: A hazy New Year

Starlog, Summer 2019/2020 - A hazy New Year Day 66: The smokewave has returned, again; bushfires continue to burn in southern ACT and along the NSW coast. I seem to exist in timewarp...

‘Disaster tourism’ flames fury and frustration

In the last week of January as the Orroral Valley Fire burned out of control, posing a direct threat to residents of far south ACT, many instances of ‘disaster tourism’ were reported...