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Regional Success Stories

500 Miles of Music to lift spirits rural communities doing it tough

Organisers of a travelling country music festival across the Flinders Ranges and Outback are hoping the event will lift the spirits of locals struggling with the impacts of drought.

The inaugural 500 Miles of Music in July will make its way across four outback locations, Wombact Flat near Eudunda, Quorn, Blinman and William Creek, entertaining locals and visitors as well as travellers on their way to the Big Red Bask, the world's most remote music festival in Birdsville, the following week.

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Sailing in the desert as rivers rise

For the enthusiastic boaties, a lake with no water is a little like a pub with no beer, but members of the Lake Eyre Yacht Club are accustomed to the dry spells. Sometimes, it can be two years between outings, but there's nothing like a heavy north Queensland flood to put some wind in your dusty sails.

In the outback town of Marree, where the yacht club has its headquarters, the ice cold tinnies are being cracked open - and the larger floating tinnies are being cranked into action - to toast the swelling rives in South Australia thirsty desert.

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Outback wool stories to be spun through AWN design comp

The provenance of South Australia wool will be celebrated through a public design competition launched by the Australian Wool Network (AWN).

AWN is encouraging South Australians with a strong connect to wool growing in the Flinders Ranges and Outback to help shine a spotlight on the industry, its farmers and the quality of locally grown merino wool through the DNA Design Series competition.

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Andamooka locals: we need a pool to escape the sweltering heat

About 600km north of Adelaide in the South Australian outback, locals in the remote town of Andamooka have spent the past year fundraising for a new public pool.

It gets hot in the old opal mining town, really hot.

So hot that the local publican, John Smirnios, reckons he sets bags of ice on his bar fridges to keep them from overheating in the peak of summer.

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From sheep station to outback luxury

The diversification of Rawnsley Park Station in the Flinders Ranges from an outback shee grazing property to a tourist hotspot is still paying off for its owners Julie and Tony Smith.

The pair are this years celebrating 50 years of tourism at the station and tipping their hats to half-a-century of showcasing the South Australian outback to thousands of visitors.

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Rural women at the forefront of resilient and sustainable farming

Veterinarian and third generation beef pastoralist Ellen Litchfield is heading to desert country in African to research leading ways to farm cattle with little rainfall.

She's also travelling to South American and the United States to explore the ways the world's leading red meat producers tackle climate change as South Australia faces further climate challenges in coming decades.

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Community group revitalises famous opal town

A Coober Pedy community group is on a mission to boost tourism in the famous outback opal town by overhauling its marketing materials and revitalising one of the town's major events.

The Coober Pedy Retail, Business and Tourism Association (CPRBTA) has updated and revised the town's main tourism website with a new look, logo and slogan 'Get Outback, Get Underground!'

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