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From an ecologist's concerns to a woman's campaign to promote sustainability in a niche industry to a 40-year-old cold case and lawnmower racing. Then there's the tragic tale behind what, on the surface, seems a photo simply oozing fun. Settle in and have a read - or at least bookmark some great Sunday reading.

This photograph of a teenage Michael Beattie has been used to promote the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, but it's story has a tragic end

This photograph of a teenage Michael Beattie has been used to promote the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, but it's story has a tragic end

BALLARAT COURIER: Michael Beattie's photo holds a dark secret

Nestled on a wall of a small gallery in Lydiard Street is a photograph of a teenage boy riding through a burst water main in Sebastopol on March 10, 1987. The boy in the black and white image seemingly without a care in the world - which has prominently featured in publications promoting the Ballarat Foto Biennale - is 13-year-old Michael Beattie. But the image of smiling boy lies. READ ON

 Garbage Pile: Plastic collected in a trial of the Ocean Cleanup system.

Garbage Pile: Plastic collected in a trial of the Ocean Cleanup system.

NEWCASTLE HERALD: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a big problem in more ways than one

More than 80,000 tonnes of plastic is believed to be floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. That, if you're wondering, is the equivalent of 500 jumbo jets. A Newcastle-based ecologist has raised major concerns about a project that aims to clean up. READ ON

Mentoring sessions on beekeeping are part of the hive adoption program. Photo: supplied

Mentoring sessions on beekeeping are part of the hive adoption program. Photo: supplied

MANNING RIVER TIMES: Making honey and saving a native species from extinction

You mightn't know it but native bees pollinate a larger percentage of our food crops than European honey bees do. And like many of our native animals, the native bees are facing an increasing number of threats - so much so, populations are declining. Enter Chelsea Hands. Let reporter Julia Driscoll explain ... READ ON

 A mower races around the track at Powranna on Saturday. Pictures: Matt Dennien

A mower races around the track at Powranna on Saturday. Pictures: Matt Dennien

THE EXAMINER: Beyond the backyard, Tasmanian lawnmowers pick up speed

Emerging from the sharp right-hand corner through billowing dust, Shirley Wiggins appeared to have the ride-on lawnmower under control. Though on later reflection, she felt she was being overly cautious. Reporter Matt Dennien immersed himself (literally) in the world of mower racing. READ ON

A mammogram didn't pick up breast cancer for Albury's Bernie Hurley and she wants other women to be aware. Photo: Tara Trewhella

A mammogram didn't pick up breast cancer for Albury's Bernie Hurley and she wants other women to be aware. Photo: Tara Trewhella

THE BORDER MAIL: 'The x-ray didn't pick it up': Bernie's breast cancer message

Bernie Hurley listened to her GP - she turned 50, and went to do that screening for breast cancer. In December, the Albury psychologist had her first free mammogram and nothing of concern was raised. But only a month later, she found a lump in her breast. READ ON

MANDURAH MAIL: Cash for clues in 40yo mystery will hep, says grieving brother

From potentially case-cracking information, to the heartbreak of the family left behind, reporter Carla Hildebrandt wraps up Australian Community Media's true-crime podcast Annette: Cold Case Unlocked. The four-part series has examined the suspicions and secrets surrounding the September 1980 disappearance and death of 19-year-old Annette Deverell.LISTEN TO THE LAST EPISODE HERE

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