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THE Nullarbor Plain, an arid, tree-less expanse of low shrubs, was once home to thriving forests of gum trees (Eucalyptus and Corymbia) and banksias (Proteaceae) until Australia’s climate started to dry out.
TORRENTIAL rain wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of enthusiastic revellers as the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder held its annual Big Aussie Breakfast at Centennial Park on 26 January 2016.
AS A kid mesmerised by art Eleanor Gates-Stuart did not have an inkling where this passion would take her in life.
CONSERVATIONISTS have taken stock of areas of the south-west hit by bushfires late last year and determined that fragile populations of one of WA’s most iconic plants has been significantly ravaged.
BIODIVERSITY has flourished amid the devastation left by a bushfire that tore through a section of the south-west last year, with an Albany botanist discovering a plant species in the region.
THE first comprehensive study of two shrub species from the Euphorbiaceae family, which only occur near Ravensthorpe, suggests the plant’s limited range may one day lead to its extinction if land clearing in the region continues.
PEOPLE travelling across the Nullarbor Plain nowadays would be used to the region’s arid nature but it may surprise some to learn that climate conditions along the Nullarbor were exactly the opposite approximately 3-5 million years ago.
ONE of Australia’s oldest Indigenous languages is being immortalised in a speech register with work underway in the Western Desert to document formal ways of speaking before the knowledge is lost forever.
A PILOT quit smoking program trialled on prisoners in the Goldfields has helped quash the inmate’s nicotine dependency, thereby laying the foundation for smoke-free prisons throughout WA.
TWO of the Goldfields' premier mining companies, St Barbara and manager of Kalgoorlie's famous Super Pit, KCGM, are vying for honours in the 2015 Golden Gecko Awards which are to be announced this week.