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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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What Went Right - 16 FEB 2017

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

Chiropractor who claimed he could cure cancer convicted of false advertising by Melissa Davey (Guardian Australia)

A chiropractor in New South Wales who claimed he could cure cancer has been fined $29,500 and convicted of false advertising.

Company merges 4G and satellites to bring reliable communications to the outback by Babs McHugh (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

"Mobile service provider Pivotel Group is building custom-designed mobile network bases using 4G and satellite connectivity for use on pastoral stations, mine sites and oil and gas projects. Called the ecoSphere, it offers secure point-to-point voice, video, tracking and monitoring connections."

Vegetable grower eyes export markets for West Australian produce by Joanna Prendergast (WA Country Hour, ABC Western Australia)

A vegetable growing firm in Geraldton is looking to break into the Asian export market for capsicums, Lebanese cucumbers, and possibly zucchinis and eggplant.

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

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What Went Right - 15 FEB 2017

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

Australian scientists make breakthrough in fight against superbugs by Tom Wildie (ABC Western Australia)

A research team at the University of Western Australia have worked out the three-dimensional structure of a protein which is responsible for multiple drug resistant bacteria. The protein in question masks the bacteria from the immune system and from antibiotics.

Ord Valley farmer returns from Brazil study tour with lessons on tropical agriculture and wet season cropping by Matt Brann (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

Kalyn Fletcher has returned from a study tour of Brazil, where she was learning about how Brazilians handle tropical agriculture, and comparing this against methods currently in use in Australia. She was particularly interested in wet season cropping, an area where the Australian system is currently experiencing limited success.

Turtles nesting on Raine Island receive helping hand in bid for survival by Kristy Sexton-McGrath and Stephanie Small (ABC Queensland)

The number of green turtle hatchlings at the Raine Island National Park in Queensland has more than doubled, with the aid of a joint conservation project sponsored by the Queensland government, the Great Barrier Reef foundation, and BHP Billiton. The project has involved creating more hatching space, and reducing the risks to the turtles on the island.

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

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What Went Right - 14 FEB 2017

Running a bit late today, but here's three stories from my mainstream media feeds about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong".

Horticulture producers to get better system to resolve disputes with traders under new code by Sarina Locke (ABC Rural, New South Wales)

The Federal government is working to reform the Horticultural Code of Conduct, after finding in review it was inefficient, and largely ignored by both growers and traders.

Are lupin flakes the next big superfood? by Eliza Borello (AM, ABC Radio)

A profile of The Lupin Co, a new WA-based food business aiming to crack into the Australian wellness market with their product.

Energy Australia boss says national plan for renewable energy is solution to high power prices by Elysse Morgan (Business reporter, ABC Australia)

Energy Australia, one of the largest operators of coal-fired power stations, has joined the growing chorus of groups which are calling for an end to blame-slinging over renewables, and for Australia's federal politicians to join in a non-partisan push for clean energy.

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

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What Went Right - 13 FEB 2017

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

Bankwest cuts negative gearing benefits from home loan assessments by Michael Janda (Business reporter, ABC Australia)

Bankwest has fallen into line with industry best practice, and is no longer using the consideration of tax concessions gained from negative gearing in order to determine whether or not a customer is able to service a loan.

Industry, environment, community groups demand bipartisan energy policy by Peta Donald (Political reporter, AM, ABC Australia)

An alliance of groups from the business, industrial, union, environmental, community and social services sectors have issued a call for Australian political leaders to cut out the partisan parliamentary antics, and get on with working together to create a bipartisan energy policy which will deliver reliable, affordable and clean energy.

Sailing legend Peter Mounsey shares sea tales at Australian Wooden Boat Festival by Ted O'Connor and Felicity Ogilvie (ABC Tasmania)

This article is a profile of Peter Mounsey, who has been fascinated with the sea ever since he served in the merchant navy during World War II. He's in his eighties, and doesn't appear to have slowed down at all, sailing from Sydney to Hobart in a small yacht to participate in the Australian Wooden Boat Festival.

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

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What Went Right - 12 FEB 2017

Three more stories from the mainstream media about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong".

Ravensthorpe cut off by floodwater, chopper sent to rescue stranded drivers by Nicolas Perpitch (ABC Western Australia)

It's a bit damp down Ravensthorpe way, with roads cut by flood waters in all directions. A group of six cars containing about fifteen people were caught between floodways, and wound up needing to get evacuated by helicopter. All safe and sound now, so that went right, anyway.

AFL Women's: Football players from diverse backgrounds aim to rise to top by Damian McIver (ABC Grandstand, Victoria)

The AFL is using the growing popularity of the AFLW season to get more girls from Indigenous and non-English speaking backgrounds interested in the game, and hopefully grow the numbers of women from these backgrounds participating in the women's leagues.

Sydney Harbour hidden plastic pollution is killing endangered turtles and marine life by Nicole Chettle (ABC New South Wales)

The "what went right" in this one is the story of "Clifton", a juvenile green turtle who has been undergoing treatment for plastic ingestion in the Taronga Wildlife Hospital, and is now recovering nicely, with a view to being released once he's back up to a good weight. The wider story is about plastics polluting Sydney Harbour (and indeed, Australia's marine environment in general) and causing problems for wildlife.

So there's my three about "what went right" for today. 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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What Went Right - 11 FEB 2017

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

Kalgoorlie engineer lip reads her way to diverse mining career by Bettina Arrow and Rachel Day (ABC Goldfields, Western Australia)

A profile of Jayne Finch, who wound up contracting meningococcal disease as a 21 year old, which destroyed her hearing. It hasn't stopped her completing a geology degree, and going on to a diverse career in the mining industry.

Year of the rooster Australian gold, silver and opal coins a boon for Perth Mint by Babs McHugh (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

The Perth Mint has been doing brisk business in commemorative coins for the Lunar New Year, with the silver and opal coins selling out (silver coin with opal rooster emblem). They also do a solid gold coin with a rooster emblem, which is selling well too.

Emoji inventor Shigetaka Kurita says MoMA New York acquisition 'feels like a dream' by Rachel Mealey (Tokyo reporter, ABC Australia)

The original 177 emoji have been added to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, which both surprises and pleases their inventor, Shigetaka Kurita.

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

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What Went Right - 10 FEB 2017

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

WA weather: South-West hit with flooding, blackouts in February downpour by Graeme Powell (ABC Western Australia)

Perth has recorded it's second wettest February day on record, receiving more than 106mm of rain since 9.00am Thursday. Despite flooding, there have been no accidents caused by aquaplaning vehicles.

Asian Comedy Invasion seeking laughs at Perth's Fringe World Festival by Courtney Bembridge (ABC Western Australia)

"A group of rising Asian comedy stars has arrived in Perth for a series of shows as part of the Fringe World Festival. Australian comedian Ro Campbell has imported the stand-up comedians from India, Malaysia and Singapore for the festival, after a number of emerging Asian artists caught his attention."

High school artists hung at Art Gallery of WA for 25th graduates show by Emma Wynne (ABC Radio Perth)

Every year for the past quarter-century, the WA Art Gallery has held an exhibition of the best artwork by Year 12 students. This year is no exception, and it looks like there's some good works on view.

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

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What Went Right - 9 FEB 2017

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

Beyond the stereotypes: Meet the teachers and students at Perth's Langford Islamic College by Emma Wynne (ABC Radio Perth)

A profile of the staff and students of the Langford Islamic College, in Perth's southern suburbs. The staff are a mix of people who follow Islam and people who don't, the curriculum is very much the standard Western Australian school curriculum (with a few added extras, such as Arabic and Islamic Studies), and the main visible difference is the girls are encouraged to wear the hijab after year four, and cover up a bit more.

Perth Zoo welcomes second puggle from short-beaked echidnas Chindi and Nyingarn by Eliza Laschon (ABC Western Australia)

The Perth Zoo's captive breeding program for the short-beaked echidna has resulted in a second puggle (sex not yet known) from a particular set of parents (10th overall), and more information they can put toward a potential breeding program for the endangered long-beaked echidna.

Shorebird record in Albany WA highest in six years by Lisa Morrison (ABC Great Southern, Western Australia)

As part of the national shorebird monitoring program (Shorebird 2020), coordinated by Birdlife Australia, Albany observers have counted 560 birds, across 15 species. This is an improvement on previous years (up from a low of 351 in 2014) but is far from the sorts of numbers which used to be seen in the late 1990s. It's hoped the information from the count can aid in conservation efforts and habitat retention.

So there's my three for the day. It's been a good day for stories about what went right today, so I'll probably drop all the other stories I found into the comments. If you've found something in your news feed about "what went right", why not share a link in the comments as well?

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What Went Right - 8 FEB 2017

Once more, three articles from the mainstream media about "what went right" rather than what's going wrong.

Harvey bait factory churning out cane toad sausages to protect Kimberley wildlife by Matt Brann (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

In a bid to save native wildlife (especially predators) from cane toad poisoning, a special sausage containing cane toad meat has been created by a Harvey bait factory. The hope is native predators will eat the sausage, and wind up vomiting from the taste, causing aversion to the taste of cane toads in future. The sausages are planned to be used in a trial for the procedure on the Mitchell Plateau in March.

Homelessness in WA's South West brought into focus by Bunbury artist by Jacqueline Lynch (ABC Western Australia)

Bunbury photographer Kate Heaslip is running an exhibition of photographs of people who are sleeping rough in the Bunbury and Busselton area. The project is an effort at making these people visible again, rather than invisible.

(This is something which is "going right" because it's about making these people recognisable as humans, rather than socially invisible).

Australia's first school lawyer offers support to disadvantaged kids by Jeremy Story Carter (The Law Report, ABC Radio National)

Vincent Shin is employed by WestJustice, a community legal centre in western Melbourne, to work for four days a week at a P - 12 (i.e full school-age range) college in Hoppers Crossing. His role is in providing legal advice and advocacy for students of the school and their families, ranging from classes about their rights as commuters on public transport right the way up to representing them in court.

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

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What Went Right - 7 FEB 2017

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

Farmers and pastoralists celebrate as Gascoyne River reaches Carnarvon by Matt Brann (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

The Gascoyne River, the longest in WA, doesn't always flow all the way to the coast. This year, it is, and farmers in Carnarvon are hoping it'll flow for long enough to refresh aquifers in the region.

Indonesia 'deradicalising' 75 people deported from Turkey over Islamic State links by Adam Harvey (ABC Indonesia correspondent)

A group of 75 people who were deported from Turkey for attempting to join the Islamic State group are currently being counselled and helped with the process of re-integration into their communities by the Indonesian government.

SA merit award students include Blessing Nyoni, who plans to become a doctor by Tom Fedorowytsch (ABC South Australia)

Among the recipients of the SA Merit Award (awarded to the highest achievers in the SA Certificate of Education) is Blessing Nyoni, an immigrant from Zimbabwe.

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

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