WHOEVER "invented" poetry probably wasn't thinking about places with underground opal mines or names such as Nuriootpa. Nor, for that matter, were TV producers thinking about poets or rural Australia when they jumped on the idea that busting the bulge, finding a soul mate or disciplining troublesome children could be..read more
HE HAS been spotted noodling in opal fields, lurking around the hippie town of Nimbin and peering into a woman's window in Kempsey. But police are no closer to catching Malcolm John Naden two years after his hiding place in Western Plains Zoo was uncovered.
IT'S Australia's answer to the wild wild west. Welcome to Lightning Ridge ? a frontier town on the edge of the Outback where `going underground' doesn't necessarily mean mining for opals . . . Driving around the motley collection of shafts, shanties and seemingly deserted mine claims that almost..read more
A 17-year-old youth was killed and two other people critically injured when a sandstone roof collapsed on them as they mined 22 metres underground near the opal town of Lightning Ridge in the State's far north-west yesterday. The accident is being investigated, but police believe the trio's digg