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What Went Right - 15 MAR 2017

Good grief, Wednesday already? Have another three stories from the mainstream media about "what went right".

Driverless bus trial notches up 2,000 passengers by Eliza Borello (AM, ABC Australia)

A driverless bus which is having a trial run in South Perth, Western Australia, has carried about 2000 passengers so far, and is largely getting a positive reception. The bus, which has a maximum speed of about 45 kilometres per hour, is currently run at between 11 - 14kph, and is equipped with sensors to detect obstacles. There's also a requirement for a chaperone who is able to grab the controls in an emergency (the bus is a level 4 driverless vehicle).

Momentum builds for resurrecting Ord Valley cotton industry by Matt Brann (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

The last time cotton was sown in the Ord River area was back in 2011, when 800 hectares were planted in order to take advantage of high prices. However, with the expansion of the Ord River irrigation scheme, Kimberley Agricultural Investment is looking to make cotton their preferred broadacre crop (rather than sugar cane). The hope is to get a commercial cotton industry up and running by about 2019, and then consider whether a processing plant in Kununurra is a viable investment.

Antidepressants could soon be rivalled by device emitting tiny electric shocks, researchers hope by Sarah Collard (ABC Western Australia)

There's growing evidence of the efficacy of a device which sends small electric shocks to the brain to stimulate under-performing areas as a treatment option for depression. The device is being said to be potentially at least as useful as anti-depressant drugs as a treatment option, adding to the range of options in the treatment spectrum. It also doesn't have the same sorts of side effects as many anti-depressants, which potentially makes it a more attractive option.

So there's my three articles for the day. If you've found any articles in your news feeds about "what went right", why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 14 MAR 2017

It's going to be a busy day for me today (leaving early, which means I'm rushing to get this up, and arriving home late, which means I'm not likely to see comments until this evening at the absolute earliest), but I'm still going to post three stories about "what went right" from my mainstream media feed.

Petroleum lease over Kimberley national parks fails to attract applicants by Ben Collins (ABC Kimberley, Western Australia)

A petroleum lease put out to tender in September 2016, which included the Windjana Gorge National Park, the Tunnel Creek National Park, the Devonian Reef Conservation Park and the Brooking Gorge Conservation Park has failed to find any applicants. It was one of the six leases opened up for exploration in the Kimberley which were expected to hold unconventional gas resources, which would require fracking to extract - none of these had any interest expressed.

Sculpture by the Sea works moved as tide rushes in at Cottesloe by Laura Gartry and Graeme Powell (ABC Western Australia)

There was a bit of a storm in Perth on the weekend, which, combined with a high tide, means Cottesloe beach is a lot smaller than it used to be this time last week. The loss of beach space meant at least six of the exhibits in the "Sculpture by the Sea" exhibition had to be moved up the beachfront, as did the lifesavers hut.

Ian Thorpe tackles school bullying with hidden cameras in new documentary by Patrick Wood (ABC Breakfast, ABC Australia)

Content warning: bullying, mentions of physical and emotional violence. A documentary hosted by former Olympian Ian Thorpe has taken the step of providing bullying victims with hidden cameras to document the full extent of the problem.

So there's my three stories about "what went right" for the day. If you've found anything in your news feeds about what went right, why not share a link in the comments?

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What Went Right - 13 MAR 2017

A new week, and to start things off right, here's three stories from my mainstream media feeds about "what went right".

WA scallop quota doubled after stock recovery by Eliza Wood (ABC Western Australia)

After a marine heatwave in 2010 - 2011, the Western Australian scallop fisheries were closed to allow stocks to replenish. The fishery in Shark Bay was re-opened in 2015, and this year, the Abrolhos Islands fishery is being re-opened for the first time. Consequently the quota has increased from 166 tonnes to 330.

Wombat programs win funding boost in fight against sarcoptic mange by ABC Radio Hobart (uncredited)

The Tasmanian State Government has committed $100,000 to the fight against sarcoptic mange in wombats in the state, allowing investigation into treatment options and the potential to develop a mobile response to the disease.

Richmond Bridge works begin to preserve convict-era landmark by Rhiannon Shine (ABC Tasmania)

Geotechnical works have begun on the Richmond Bridge over the Coal River in Tasmania, to determine what kinds of maintenance work is required in order to maintain the bridge's integrity. The bridge, which is the oldest in Australia, was built between 1823 and 1825, of local sandstone, and still carries traffic even today.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found any stories about "what went right" in your media feeds, why not share a link in the comments?

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What Went Right - 12 MAR 2017

Well, there are a lot of people celebrating in Western Australia today, as the election results put the ALP in government. However, there are a lot of people who are disappointed, and who are also waiting on results. So I'm not counting anything about the WA election in the "what went right" selection for today. Here's the things I think do count.

Ute crashes through Hobart unit wall narrowly missing 71yo woman inside by Edith Bevin (ABC Tasmania)

A car lost control on a roundabout in Goodwood in Tasmania this morning, and crashed through the wall of a nearby unit into the living room. Fortunately, nobody was harmed in the crash - the occupant of the unit had decided to go back to bed while the living room heated up, and was therefore unharmed; the driver was unharmed in the crash as well.

End-of-life wishes: From medical care to last drinks, people urged to document final requests by Kathy McLeish (ABC Queensland)

The Australian Medical Association of Queensland is launching a campaign to get people to document their plans and preferences for end of life care - things like how much intervention you'd want, who you'd appoint as having your medical power of attorney and so on. While the article is Queensland-specific, it's probably something we all should think about. As the article says, "life, like all great stories, deserves a good ending.".

Planet Earth II showcases the fungi photography of Steve Axford by ABC Australia Wide (uncredited)

Steve Axford started photographing fungi as a hobby, and in retirement, the hobby became an obsession. His fungi photography has now ended up in the David Attenborough-narrated documentary "Planet Earth II". He's also discovered a few new species in the course of his work.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found anything in your news feed about something going right, why not share a link in the comments?

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What Went Right - 11 MAR 2017

State election day here in Western Australia - if there's any other Sandgropers reading this, please remember to vote if you haven't done so already. In the meantime, here's another three things from my mainstream news feeds about "what went right".

Big rams bring towns together for tourism on opposite sides of Australia by Andrew Collins and Leah McLennan (ABC Great Southern, Western Australia)

Built around the presence in each city of a sculpture of a giant ram, Goulburn in New South Wales and Wagin in Western Australia have decided on a sister city arrangement. The hope is that this will potentiate tourism between the two areas, and bring benefits in terms of agricultural exchange.

Researcher examines elusive bats in WA to increase knowledge about behaviour by Sarah Tallier (ABC Mid-West and Wheatbelt, Western Australia)

Murdoch University PhD student Diana Prada is working to increase the amount of knowledge we have about the various species of microbats living here in Western Australia. So far she's been assisted by Bush Heritage, Australian Wildlife Conservancy and Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, which have provided access to sites and animals.

Cincinnati Zoo tiger cubs cared for by Australian shepherd dog by AP (uncredited)

The Cincinatti zoo has a new litter of tiger cubs, but unfortunately their mother's maternal instincts didn't kick in. Enter Blakely, the Australian shepherd dog, who provides an "adult" presence for the cubs, stopping them when the rough-housing gets a bit too vigorous and providing someone for them to cuddle up to.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found a story about "what went right" in your mainstream media feed, why not share it in the comments?

(Now I'm off to vote, and hopefully get a democracy sausage out of it as well!)

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What Went Right - 10 MAR 2017

Another week nearly ended, and here's another three items about what went right from my mainstream media feeds.

Australian-Chinese joint venture outlays $50M on live export assets as Sino Marine launches first ship by Matt Brann (ABC Rural Western Australia)

Harmony Agriculture and Food, in a joint venture with Hopshun Australia, has created a livestock supply chain for global markets, including China. They're launching their first ship today in Dalian, China, which is expected to have its maiden voyage shipping sheep to the middle east.

Story Dogs help Perth children to build confidence reading and develop into bookhounds by Hilary Smale and Emma Wynne (ABC Radio Perth)

Children who lack confidence in their reading skills are finding opportunities to practice their reading and build their confidence by reading to Story Dogs. The Story Dogs and their owners go into schools on a volunteer basis, and listen to children practising their reading.

Outback wranglers use float plane to relocate aggressive croc from remote Kimberley region by Erin Parke and Leah McLennan (ABC Kimberley, Western Australia)

A three-metre long saltwater crocodile has been removed from near a pearl farm in the Osborn Islands to a crocodile farm in Broome by use of a float plane. The removal (done under permit from the Department of Parks and Wildlife) was considered a more humane option than simply shooting the animal.

So there's my three stories for the day. If you've found a story about what went right in your news feed, why not share it in the comments?

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What Went Right - 09 MAR 2017

Once again, three items from my mainstream media feeds about what went right, rather than what went wrong.

Jigalong midwife 'raising the bra' to support women in remote WA by Gian de Poloni (ABC Western Australia)

A midwife who works on a fly-in-fly-out basis in the remote community of Jigalong in WA's Kimberley district has been collecting bras for the women who live there. Currently, buying a bra for these women would involve a minimum of a 4-hour journey by car to Newman in order to purchase a bra from a supermarket. The nearest shopping mall is in Port Hedland, a 12 hour journey away.

Family reunion: Siblings meet in Perth after brother given up on Melbourne street in 1947 by Sarah Collard (ABC Western Australia)

Brian Stubblety was given up for adoption at the height of the Great Depression, at the age of two months. Nearly seventy years later, he's being reunited with a sister he never knew.

Scientists make discovery that 'shakes up' foundations of wheat genome research by Tyne Logan (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

A team of researchers at the University of Western Australia have found 21,000 new genes in across sixteen wheat varieties, a discovery which is set to shake up the foundations of wheat gene research.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found a story about what went right in your mainstream media feeds, why not drop a link in the comments, and boost the signal?

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What Went Right - 08 MAR 2017

Once again, three stories from my mainstream news feeds about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong".

Albany wood pellet plant to re-open and become Australia's largest by Tyne Logan (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

A plant which takes sawmill residue and woodchips and creates an energy-dense wooden pellet to be used in coal-fired power stations as a renewable alternative is being recommissioned in Albany. The plant had originally closed in 2012, due to lack of market demand, a lack of supply, and the high Australian dollar at the time.

'Greatest game of hide and seek ever' ends as missing five-year-old found in car by ABC Western Australia (uncredited)

A five-year-old boy has been reunited with his family after having gone missing from his family's property in Gidgegannup.

International Women's Day: Meet the 70-year-old VCE graduate starting a degree in criminal justice by Fiona Pepper (ABC Radio Melbourne, Victoria)

Joan Oliver was the oldest person to graduate with a VCE last year. Now she's heading to university to study a criminal justice degree. (Just goes to show: you're never too old to learn).

So there's my three stories about what went right. If you've found something about "what went right" in your news feeds, why not share a link in the comments?

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What Went Right - 27 FEB 2017

Once again, three stories about "what went right" from my mainstream news feeds. (Good grief, is February nearly over already? When did that happen?)

Pastoralist bucks pivot trend to trial sub-surface irrigation in WA's Kimberley by Eliza Wood (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

David Stoate from Anna Plains station is trialling sub-surface irrigation for a trial 20ha paddock, with the hopes this will reduce pumping costs, water evaporation, and fertiliser loss to volatilisation which are issues with the traditional "pivot sprinkler" method of irrigation in the region.

WA election: Aboriginal candidates for both major parties in first for WA seat of Kimberley by Matthew Bamford (ABC Western Australia)

Both the ALP and the Liberal Party of Western Australia have nominated candidates for the seat of Kimberley who identify as Indigenous Australians, in a first for the seat. The ALP's Josie Farrer is seeking re-election to the seat, while the Liberals' Warren Greatorex is the first ever Indigenous candidate for the seat for this party. Both candidates regard this as a positive thing, and see it as an encouraging sign of Indigenous people getting interested in politics.

Taliban leader uses 'special message' to urge Afghans to plant more trees by Reuters (uncredited)

"The Taliban has used a rare public statement in the name of its leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, to call on Afghans to plant more trees for worldly and other-worldly good." (Which definitely counts as "something going right").

So there's my three for the day. If you've found a story about "what went right" in your daily news feeds, why not share a link in the comments to boost the signal?

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What Went Right - 26 FEB 2017

Another day, another three reports from my mainstream media feeds about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong".

Architect's memoir imagines Syria after the war by Sarah Collard (ABC Western Australia)

Marwa al-Sabouni (a Syrian architect) wrote her memoir of the Syrian civil war, "The Battle for Home", in the city of Homs, across the street from the frontlines of the battle. She brings an interesting perspective to the question of why the war started, and what could be done as a part of the process of rebuilding to try to prevent future conflicts.

Olympic swimmer Jarrod Poort takes out solo in the Rottnest Channel Swim, but fails to break record by Courtney Bembridge (ABC Western Australia)

It was near-perfect conditions for the Rottnest Channel Swim (from Cottesloe beach to Rottnest Island), although unfortunately no records fell in this year's event.

Food truck vendors spruik Tasmania's potential, hospitality industry wary by Elise Fantin (ABC Tasmania)

Food truck operators are proclaiming Tasmania (and Hobart in particular) as one of the next big places for food trucks, hoping to build the industry to the point where events can be held built around the presence of food trucks.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found any stories in your mainstream media feeds about what went right, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 25 FEB 2017

Once again, I'm back with another three stories from my mainstream media feeds about what went right, rather than what went wrong.

(In highly local news about what went right: I've just purchased a new laptop for uni - a little HP Stream 11 inch thing, in bright blue. I'm thinking of calling it "Elfadunk".)

Footballers, fans set to swelter in Eagles vs Dockers pre-season derby by Glenn Barndon (ABC Mid West and Wheatbelt, ABC Western Australia)

The pre-season derby match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers is being held in Geraldton, with the local temperature expected to reach 37C (at that, they're better off than if they'd been playing in Perth, where we're expecting 40C today). Both teams are being allowed to use an extended bench during the game, to reduce the chance of heat injury to players.

'Not Our Way' campaign launched in Dubbo to curb drug abuse in Indigenous communities by Kathleen Ferguson (ABC New South Wales)

A new targetted campaign is working to reduce the chances of young Indigenous people turning to drug abuse. It includes information about the effects of the drugs, and also profiles of people who are former addicts, showing firstly the devastating impact of addiction, and secondly, the possibility of recovery.

All-timber apartments assembled like flat-packed furniture by Mary Lloyd (ABC New South Wales)

There's a revival of using timber (particularly stable forms such as cross-laminated timber) in construction. The components are created in a factory, then assembled on site, rather like flat-pack furniture. It's quieter, faster, cheaper, and more predictable, and needs less staff on site (so less risk of accidents). Plus, of course, timber is a carbon storage material (each piece of timber locks carbon away, rather than emitting carbon the way concrete does), and it's a good insualtor as well.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found any stories about "what went right" in your mainstream media feeds, why not share a link in the comments?

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What Went Right - 24 FEB 2017

Once again, it's three articles from my mainstream media feeds about "what went right", rather than "what went wrong".

Betroffenheit plunges into unimaginable depths of father's grief in PIAF production by Brianna Shepherd (ABC Western Australia)

Content warning: mentions of drug abuse, addiction, and potentially confronting imagery in photographs. This one is a "what went right" because it's about exploring tragedy, grief, PTSD, and the process of recovery from all of these and trying to make these things understandable to others - and that's always something I'll think of as a "right thing" in the universe. Betroffenheit is a dance-theatre work which is the result of a collaboration between Jonathon Young and Crystal Pite (two Canadian artists).

Women inmates share personal experience of domestic violence in short film by Nathan Morris (ABC Goldfields, Western Australia)

Content warning: domestic violence, descriptions of abuse. Again, this one counts to me as "what went right", because it's about people who have been in situations of domestic violence getting together and saying "well, what can we do to try and prevent this? How do we break the cycle?". Inmates of Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison have shared their stories, and created a short film about domestic violence as a community education resource. The film is included with the article.

Lana Turner spreads the joy of swing dancing, from its roots in Harlem all the way to Perth by Emma Wynne (ABC Radio Perth, Western Australia)

A swing dance aficionado from New York has come to Perth for the Perth International Arts Festival, and is enthusiastic about getting people up and dancing. To quote her: ""One of the things I do is try to get people who don't dance to dance. I just go and get them and say, 'it's OK if you don't know the steps, it's alright'. The idea is to understand the joy and the exuberance of dance."

So there's my three articles for today (it's a good day for news about what went right today - I may drop a list of all the other articles I found in the comments). If you've found any stories about something going right - and remember, it's not necessarily about something "good" or "positive" - just something not going wrong, or someone doing something to fix something going wrong, or someone sharing how they got through bad times; if you've found any stories like that, why not share them in the comments?

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State of the Meg Update

So, I'm heading back to uni (again - hopefully this time I'll get a degree out of things). I'm studying part-time, because that way I'm not going to be overloading myself, and I'll be able to get things like, y'know, housework and such done as well as studying without pushing myself to the point of breakdown. Unfortunately for me, this week is O-week, which means I pretty much need to be on campus every day.

Yesterday was O-Day (Guild clubs & societies sign-up day). It did not go well for me.

A bit of background: I am hyper-sensitive to noise. Lots of noise overloads me, because I basically don't have a filter for "foreground noise" or "background noise" - everything I hear comes in marked "process immediately", so too much noise, and too many sources of noise, and too much volume means my brain literally gets overloaded. I am also somewhat claustrophobic in crowded situations - I prefer having something of a generous personal space bubble, and crowded areas make me anxious and panicky.

O-Day yesterday was trying to cram pretty much the entire cohort of first year students, plus a fairly substantial chunk of second and third year students, into a single 500m by 20m (widest point maybe 50m) stretch of the campus. Plus two different sound stages within about 100m of each other, dozens of club and society booths, and numerous corporate and social bodies trying to get people's attention as well. Essentially, if I ever wind up in hell, it will be like being stuck in something like this on a never-ending basis.

O-Day officially started at 12 noon. I was getting the fsck out of there by about 12.30pm, and I only managed to sign up for one of the (potentially four) clubs I was interested in. Even thinking about it now is making me feel uncomfortable. I have not felt so purposefully excluded in years. (This was actually probably the least of their accessibility fails - I wouldn't have wanted to be trying to get a wheelchair or walker through that throng without a cow-catcher bolted onto the front, TBH).

Fortunately the earliest I have to be on campus today is about 3pm, for a Mature Age study skills session, and tomorrow I only have one thing to attend (a one-off lecture for one of my courses, where I'm hoping to receive the unit outline, since it isn't available online). But I'm really not feeling welcome there or happy about being there.

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What Went Right - 23 FEB 2017

Another three articles from the mainstream media about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong".

Western Australia introduces new border controls for managing bovine Johne's disease in cattle by Matt Brann (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

Western Australia has introduced border controls to protect cattle from Bovine Johne's Disease, a condition which is capable of killing cattle, and leads to a loss of saleable condition prior to death.

St John rewards 'heroes' for courage, skill and exceptional judgement in emergencies by Eliza Laschon (ABC Western Australia)

A group of 17 Western Australians have been recognised by St John Ambulance WA for their "exceptional judgement and skill to deliver care.. in a medical emergency", including a crew of eight who worked on a smash involving an ambulance on Mundijong Road last year.

Hunt for a safe haven for world's rarest marsupial continues by Lisa Morrison and Andrew Collins (ABC Great Southern, Western Australia)

Locations are being sought for rehousing colonies of Gilbert's Potoroo, the world's rarest marsupial. The potoroo had been believed extinct, but a small colony was discovered near Albany in 1994. However, bush fires in the area in 2015 mean the Albany colony is struggling, and new locations for colonies are being sought.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found any stories in your news feeds about what went right, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 22 FEB 2017

Once again, three articles from my mainstream media feeds about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong".

One of Australia's first free-range certified pig farmers leaves industry by Tyne Logan (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

One of the first pig farmers in Australia to be certified as "free range" is retiring (due to age), but don't worry, there's a successor on the horizon.

Medicinal marijuana sale approved by Federal Government by Stephanie Anderson (Political reporter, ABC Australia)

Medical marijuana has been approved for sale by the Australian federal government for patients with chronic or painful illnesses. Patients would be required to request access to the drug via prescription from their GP.

Dolphin-mounted cameras give scientists a glimpse of mammal's underwater life by Nicole Chettle (ABC New South Wales)

Custom made cameras (mounted using suction cups) are being used to give a "dolphin's eye view" of the life of a group of dolphins off the coast of Kaikoura, New Zealand.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found any stories about "what went right", why not share a link to them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 21 FEB 2017

Morning all, and here's another three articles from my mainstream media feeds about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong".

World-first 'solar-glass' developed in Perth hopes to make deserts bloom by Michelle Stanley (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

"Western Australian scientists have developed what is believed to be a world-first clear, energy harvesting glass which, if used in greenhouses, could produce crops in any climate or season."

Kimberley wet season causing havoc but creating tourism opportunities by Erin Parke (ABC Western Australia)

The wet season in the Kimberley this year (the wettest on record for some communities) has created a number of tourism opportunities through replenishing a lot of waterfalls - local tourism operators want to rename the season "waterfall season".

Adelaide Fringe show 41 Seconds tackles suicide impact by Caroline Winter (ABC South Australia)

Content warning: extensive mention of the impacts of suicide. This one counts as a "what went right" because it's about trying to raise awareness of mental health issues, and trying to get a conversation started about suicide and its impacts. The play profiled in the article, 41 Seconds, is playing at the Adelaide Fringe festival at present.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found any articles about "what went right" in your news feeds, why not share a link in the comments.

Admin note: Please be aware comments on this journal are screened, and get unscreened when I receive notification about them. Unfortunately, this week is O-week (Orientation week) for my university, so I'm not home as much as I previously was. I'll try to check things when I get home each day, but otherwise comments will be unscreened the next morning.

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What Went Right - 20 FEB 2017

Another three stories from the mainstream media about "what went right", rather than "what went wrong".

Fish skeletons help monitor health of West Australian fishery by Lucinda Jose (WA Country Hour, ABC Western Australia)

The WA Department of Fisheries is conducting research into the ages and conditions of fish in various fisheries to determine whether measures to reduce over-fishing and allow the fishery to regenerate are having an effect.

Kempton races one lap long as sheep sprint draws crowd to Tasmanian country town by Harriet Aird (ABC Tasmania)

The annual Kempton Festival is on, and with it the Sheep Racing Championships. While this isn't the only sheep race in Australia, their race-caller definitely feels it's the best!

Why the National Multicultural Festival is a celebration of more than just food by Tegan Osborne (ABC Australian Capital Territory)

A photo-filled profile of the National Multicultural Festival in Canberra, which isn't just about food, but also about cultural exchange, sharing information, and just celebrating the different groups which make up Australian society.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found any stories about "what went right" in your newsfeed, why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 19 FEB 2017

Once again, three stories from the mainstream media about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong".

Watermelons smashed, eaten and celebrated in annual Chinchilla Melon Festival by Elly Bradfield (ABC Queensland)

The annual Chinchilla Melon Festival is on again, including things like a beach party, melon rodeo, melon games and a street parade.

Adelaide Fringe Parade kicks off proceedings for 2017 with lights and glitter by ABC South Australia (uncredited)

The second-largest arts festival in the world (the only one larger is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival) has kicked off for the year, and will run until 19 March.

Australian company behind bee-friendly bio insecticide Sero-X secures deal to keep production in Goondiwindi by Sean Murphy (ABC Landline, New South Wales)

The company behind a new bio-insecticide which is safe for bees and other beneficial insects has managed to secure funding which will keep its production operations in Australia. The pesticide, Sero-X, is manufactured in Goondiwindi, and has peptides from the butterfly pea as an active ingredient.

So there's the three for today. If you've found any stories about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong", why not share them in the comments?

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What Went Right - 18 FEB 2017

Another three articles from the mainstream media about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong".

Summer rains awaken dormant Western Australian desert turtles by Nathan Morris (ABC Goldfields, Western Australia)

With the recent rainfalls, normally unseen forms of desert life have come out of a period of dormancy, to feed, breed, and stock up for the next long dry. This includes things like the flat-shelled long-necked turtle, and various forms of burrowing frogs.

How to avoid getting into trouble when collecting for charity by Emma wynne (ABC Radio Perth, Western Australia)

More of a "how to do it right" than a "what went right", but this one is a brief profile of how to avoid problems when fund-raising for charity. Be aware the information given may be very specific to Western Australia - but the overall point of the article is probably pretty universal.

Goat meat price breaks records in Western Australia by Joanna Prendergast and Lucinda Jose (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

Goat meat is currently fetching $6.2 per kilogram, an unbelievable price for an animal pastoralists formerly regarded as a pest, barely worth the bother of killing. The price is actually higher than the price being offered for sheep meat.

So there's my three stories for the day. If you've found any stories in your mainstream media feeds about "what went right", why not share a link to them in the comments? I found a lot today, so I'll probably put in a comment with the rest of 'em a bit later.

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What Went Right - 17 FEB 2017

Another week draws to a close, but there's still things going right out there. We just have to look to find them. Here's three stories from my mainstream media feeds about what went right, rather than what went wrong.

Fashion show held for first time in Kiwirrkurra, Australia's most remote Aboriginal community by Leah McLennan (ABC Kimberley, Western Australia)

The remote community of Kiwirrkurra has held its first ever fashion parade, an idea which evolved out of a life skills program, and which complements work being done by the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council (NPYWC) Youth Program in the community.

Quintuplet lambs born to stray sheep in Uduc in a 'one in a million' event by Michelle Stanley (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

Sheep usually give birth to single lambs, twins occasionally occur. In this case, a stray ewe gave birth to five at once.

Senate scraps gold pass, votes to establish authority to oversee ex-politicians' entitlements by Ashlynne McGhee (Political Reporter, ABC Australia)

"Former federal politicians will no longer be able to take free flights on the taxpayers' purse, amid an expenses crackdown voted on by the Senate on Thursday night. The Upper House also voted to establish an Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority to oversee politicians' spending."

So there's my three for the day. If you've found stories about what went right in your news feeds, why not share a link to them in the comments?

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