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Sophie Landau

Sophie Landau is a news reporter for ABC Riverland based in the South Australian town of Renmark.

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Endangered fish returns to Murray in record numbers since the Millennium drought

Land and water stakeholders are overjoyed to find the threatened southern pygmy perch returning to the Murray River in record numbers.
two men in the wetland waters doing fish monitoring

How a love of video games helped a teen with autism crack the code to finding work

High school student Jesse Cross believes he may have found his purpose in life as he turns his behind-the-scenes gaming skills into a job.
a man sitting at a desk with a computer wearing an orange shirt

Regional residents warm to legalising cannabis

Roughly a third of South Australians who live in regional areas support legalising cannabis use, new data shows.
Hands holding a flowering hemp plant in the field

Nicola Centofanti walks back on Liberal Party 'women issue' comments amid task force launch

An SA Liberal Party leader says members have "realised" they need to increase the number of women in parliament, despite denying the party had a 'women problem' just weeks ago.
Two men and two women in front of columns at Parliament House

Rare, endangered bird at greater risk after getting frisky with the wrong species

One of Australia's most vulnerable bird species, the black-eared miner, became endangered due to decades of agricultural land clearing, but a loss of habitat is not the only thing putting the birds at risk.
Two grey and yellow birds facing each other

Ninja Warrior grand finalist already a hometown hero in South Australia as ultimate challenge looms

Simon Martin has not only lit up the demanding competition — he's also become an evening feature for residents of a tiny SA town as they celebrate his success.
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Silos at night with colourful images projected onto them.

Historic paddle steamer makes first voyage in 81 years

The PS Canally was merely a skeleton when she was saved from the bottom of the Murray River, but after 12 years of hard work from volunteers, she's back where she belongs.
A steamboat sits on a river bank, with a rainbow in the background.

From drought to drenching rain: South Australian farmers optimistic about future after 'best rain in years'

After a long dry spell, farmers say the good falls have brought a sense of optimism for the future of their businesses.
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View from 4WD looking at puddles on an orange dirt road in the Riverland with Mallee scrub on the sides.

Footy legend's grassroots dedication honoured in match day tribute

Late football legend Russell Ebert's sporting prowess was only surpassed by his community spirit, as was evident at a home town tribute match which drew thousands of people to pay their respects. 
Port Adelaide's Russell Ebert holds a premiership flag

Safe Barker electorate offering 'no contest, just meh', as regional voters feel overlooked by major parties

Days out from the federal election, residents of one of Australia's safest seats say they are being forgotten by the major parties due to a lack of contest among regional candidates.
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Incumbent Liberal MP Tony Pasin

'Tears of despair' as houseboat owners cut adrift amid Riverland development plan

One owner says residents may be forced to sell at a loss as the council prepares to clear Ral Ral Creek to make way for a housing and marina development.
A houseboat on blue water, in front of a blue sky. The grass is green.

'A complete and utter disgrace': Regional SA to get new phone towers, but north of state misses out

Living in a mobile black spot can have a devastating impact on locals trying to navigate an emergency situation, but new mobile towers in regional South Australia might fix that.
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A man stands with a phone in his hand by a silo

NSW Water Minister says 'no' to Murray-Darling Basin Plan to send Menindee Lakes water to SA

Water stakeholders in South Australia say they will stand their ground to ensure water for the environment is delivered in full, as NSW Water Minister Kevin Anderson sparks debate with comments on radio.
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A man standing in front of a shopfront in a shopping plaza.

'Draw from these two giants': Ruby Hunter and Archie Roach monuments unveiled in the Riverland

Family of the late musician Aunty Ruby Hunter say a monument recognising her impact in the Riverland will inspire young Aboriginal people for years to come.
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A close up of a painted glass mosaic, a pelican landing on water

Low-income earners priced out of South Australia's regional rental market

The majority of rental properties available in the Limestone Coast, Riverland and Murraylands are out of reach for low-income earners, a new study shows.
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A man with glasses smiles at the camera with a sign behind him reading 'a c care'

Safe to get some pork on your fork as Japanese encephalitis virus vaccine rolls out to impacted piggeries

Pork producers guarantee consumers it is safe to eat pork, as the country continues to manage Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV).
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A piece of pork meat being chopped by a knife.

Australia's largest contingent of Vietnam veterans per capita reunites after nearly 50 years

The Vietnam War was the first conflict where Australian troops were conscripted into service, but one town in Australia had more veterans per capita than anywhere else, including more than 70 from one school.
Vietnam War veterans marching.

Plucky young poultry judge shows off her skills at Sydney Royal Easter Show

Emmeline Vivian, 23, says growing up in an agricultural world has impacted everything she does in life, including inspiring her to take up an unusual hobby.
A woman holding pen and paper and wearing a white lab coat.

Two Riverland aged care homes locked down as COVID-19 cases hit local state-run facilities

In the space of week, two Riverland aged care homes have barred visitors from entering, while two others have also declared outbreaks.
An elderly woman holds onto a younger person's arm while sitting together.

One of South Australia's most famous country race days has been saved

After being told one of their community's most important events would be cancelled, a community in South Australia's Mallee came together to save the Mindarie-Halidon race day.
Three women are dancing, wearing colourful dresses. There are people standing and smiling in the background.

Family finds peace after Aboriginal WWI veteran spent decades in unmarked grave

Uncle Lush Wilson's family knew his final resting place was somewhere in Barmera, South Australia. After painstaking research, his burial site finally honours his service to country.
two men sit on park bench smiling

Houseboat owners up the creek with nowhere to go as council decides not to renew leases

Up to 25 houseboat owners —some of whom have been in place for 20 years — are ordered to relocate their vessels away from Ral Ral Creek by the end of June, after Renmark Paringa Council decides not to renew their leases.
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A houseboat on blue waters, in front of a blue sky, with green grass in the foreground.

One Nation support in Chaffey 'pushback' against lacklustre Labor campaign, incumbent says

Liberal Minister Tim Whetstone is expected to retain his historically safe Chaffey seat, but says support for One Nation candidate Sab Feleppa could be thanks to Labor.
One Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson smiles at a media conference.

SA council to build $300k 'turn-key' home in bid to combat housing crisis

A council in South Australia's Mallee region is planning to build and sell affordable homes in an unusual and hands-on approach to addressing the region's housing shortage.
A construction worker on a ladder building a house.

Dancer with a disability Darcy Carpenter showcases talent in Riverland homecoming performance

With hopes of one day becoming a dance teacher, the 23-year-old wants other people with disabilities to know they can "do anything".
A woman wearing a black dress smiles, behind her is a black curtain.

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