Wide angle view of the township of Broken Hill, in the distance is a mining facility.
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Newscaf Across Australia

Regional stories from 30 years of Newscaf

30 years of regional news highlights

From Broken Hill to Broome, Townsville to Tasmania, our regional TV networks have been capturing the essence of Australia for decades.

As part of our Newscaf Television News and Current Affairs Program, we're delighted to bring you this collection showcasing some of the weird, wonderful and significant stories from regional and remote areas of the country.

This collection is an uplifting reminder of how regional TV news can highlight our culture and diversity, and the importance of having a local voice through which to tell our everyday stories.

Main image: 'Broken Hill township' by John O'Neill, 2007. Reproduced under Creative Commons License CC BY-SA 3.0

Broken Hill Added to National Heritage List, 2015
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In January 2015, after a decade-long campaign, Broken Hill was recognised as Australia’s first heritage-listed city. It now appears on the National Heritage List alongside more than 100 other sites, including the Australian War Memorial, the Sydney Opera House and the Great Barrier Reef.

The unique honour acknowledges Broken Hill's history and contribution to Australian and international mining, plus gives recognition of the city as the birthplace of the eight-hour working day and the industrial relations movement in Australia.

QLD State Library Secures Rare Wartime Love Letters, 1995
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In 1995, the Queensland State Library managed to outbid some of the world's biggest museums to secure a collection of documents and letters written by Second World War 'Dam Buster' Charles Williams.

Williams, a wireless operator and gunner who grew up on a Queensland sheep station, died during the famous raids in Germany in 1943, but left behind meticulous log books, diaries and correspondence, including love letters from his fiancée.

AWOL Army Cockatoo Returns to Base, 2000
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Lance Corporal Albert Lane, the Army cockatoo, has returned to Lavarack Base in Townsville, QLD after being AWOL (absent without leave) for three long weeks.

Ten News reports that the mascot of the Signal Squadron escaped on the day he was due to have his wings clipped, but was safely returned after a few weeks of living with a nearby family. 

Slim Dusty Statue Unveiled in Tamworth, 2014
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The highlight of the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2014 was the unveiling of life-size bronze statues honouring husband and wife duo Slim Dusty and Joy McKean.

Singer John Williamson had the privilege of unveiling the statues with McKean, known as the 'Grand Lady of Australian Country Music', in attendance. 

 

Record Crowds at the Kannamaroo Festival, 1994
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Record crowds attend the annual Kannamaroo Festival in Horsham, Victoria in November 1994.

The three-day festival featured a country and western music concert and a special guest appearance from Humphrey B Bear.

Summernats: First Woman to win 'Go to Whoa', 1989
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News coverage of the 1989 Summernats event in Canberra, including Liz Smith in her pink car – the first woman to win the 'Go to Whoa' fast acceleration and braking event. 

Big Crowds Attend the Elvis Festival in Parkes, 2015
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The New South Wales town of Parkes celebrated its 23rd annual Parkes Elvis Festival on what would have been the weekend of Elvis' 80th birthday.

The yearly festival attracts thousands of fans from all over Australia and the world to attend or take part in events, and features a multitude of Elvis impersonators.

This story comes from the NFSA's Newscaf collection.

30th Anniversary of the Wave Hill Walk-Off, 1996
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Imparja National News reports on the community of Daguragu celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 'Wave Hill Walk-Off'.

The history-making strike at the Northern Territory's Wave Hill cattle station was led by Vincent Lingiari on 23 August 1966 as a protest against work and pay conditions for Aboriginal workers.

This significant moment in Australia's history also marked the start of the Aboriginal land rights movement. 

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program may contain images and/or audio of deceased persons
220-Million Year Old Fossil Discovered in Gosford, 1997
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Imparja National News reports that a 220-million year old fossil has been discovered in Gosford, NSW in February 1997.

According to the Australian Museum, it was the most important find of its kind in Australia in the 20th century.

Plans for Miss Traill's House in Bathurst, 1993
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Members of the NSW National Trust talk about plans for the future of the oldest dwelling in Bathurst, Miss Traill's house. 

Governor-General Hands Back Central Australia Ancestral Lands, 1999
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Imparja News reports on Governor-General Sir William Deane's meeting with traditional owners of the Mount Wedge homestead in the Northern Territory in July 1999. He is there to officially hand back their ancestral lands.

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program may contain images and/or audio of deceased persons
Tiny the Terrier Collects the Mail in Taree, 1988
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Tiny the Terrier, a clever canine from Taree, fetches the mail directly from the local postie on the footpath and delivers it straight to his elderly owner. 

This story comes from the NFSA's Newscaf collection.

Port Lincoln's Tunarama Festival, 1997
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Highlights from the tuna tossing competition, the feature event of the Tunarama Festival, a three-day event held annually on the Port Lincoln foreshore in South Australia.

Celebration of Charles Kingsford Smith's 100th Birthday, 1997
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One of Australia's favourite sons, Charles Kingsford Smith, was celebrated at Port Lincoln airport in February 1997, on what would have been his 100th birthday.

Enjoying the celebrations was one of his passengers on a 1932 plane ride – Port Lincoln's Eric O'Connel. 

O'Connel saved up 10 shillings to pay for the trip when he was a young boy, and shared his recollections of the memorable ride with the legendary 'Smithy'. 

Tasmania's Inaugural Four Bridges Marathon, 2014
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In February 2014, Tasmania played host to Australia's second only dragon boating marathon race.

More than 90 dragon boat enthusiasts rowed the 41 kilometres along the River Derwent from New Norfolk to Hobart.  

Shinju Matsuri Festival Broome, 2001
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A news report on the 2001 Shinju Matsuri Festival in Broome, Western Australia.

The annual festival celebrates the town's cultural diversity with exhibitions, street parades and other events. 

Rare Aboriginal Artwork on display in Kalgoorlie, 1999
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Rare artworks by the Warburton Aboriginal community are on display in the We Made These Things exhibition at the Goldfields Art Centre Gallery in Kalgoorlie. 

Included in the exhibition are more than 200 paintings and items of glassware that are very rarely seen by the public. They were created by members of the Warburton Arts Project.

Adelaide's 60th Annual Christmas Pageant, 1993
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Coverage of the 60th annual Christmas pageant in Adelaide, South Australia on 6 November 1993. The pageant drew record crowds to the city.