Special Investigation: Wellington’s Waterloo

 
 
 

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  • Down But Not Out: Fighting for a future

    Photo: Peter Devlin.

    In the final chapter of a five-part series about the crisis in our country communities, Peter Devlin looks to the future, and at the efforts of Wellington locals to turn their town’s fortunes around.

     
  • Welfare Woes: cyclical generational poverty

    Welfare Woes: cyclical generational poverty

    The unemployment rate in regional Australia has risen to 7.3 per cent, a 12 year high as job demand continues to shift to major cities. With few jobs and fewer opportunities in country towns, an increasing amount of rural Aussies are relying on government welfare.

    Part four of a five-part series on country communities in crisis. Reporting by Peter Devlin.

     
  • Ice Age: a methamphetamine epidemic

    Ice Age: a methamphetamine epidemic

    Like other country towns in NSW, Wellington is in the grip of an ice epidemic that Australia is struggling to contain. It has become such a problem in Wellington that some locals have dubbed the town ‘Little Antarctica’.

     
  • Rural rut: country towns in recession

    Rural rut: country towns in recession

    As Sydney’s population steadily increases, regional NSW’s population is plunging into decline. People are deserting country towns for metropolitan areas. A lack of employment opportunities has caused Wellington’s population to dwindle.

    Part two of a five-part series on country communities in crisis. Reporting by Peter Devlin.

     
  • Is Taronga a suitable home for its elephants?

    Is Taronga a suitable home for its elephants?

    The NSW Government spent $30 million building the popular Asian elephant enclosure at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. But when overcrowding forced zookeepers to move some of the tight-knit herd to Western Plains Zoo, concerns were raised about whether splitting them up was in the best interests of the animals. Wendy John reports.

     
  • Hello Wello: Wellington, NSW

    Hello Wello: Wellington, NSW

    Generations of doing it tough are taking its toll on regional communities.

    Part one of a five-part series on country communities in crisis. Reporting by Peter Devlin.

     
  • Wellington’s Waterloo: a country town in crisis

    Wellington’s Waterloo: a country town in crisis

    For this five-part special investigation, Peter Devlin visited Wellington, in western New South Wales. Here he found a town on a downward spiral, plagued by cycles of poverty, disadvantage, drug use, drought, and economic decline. It is one of too many rural communities in Australia struggling to cope with the changing times.

     
 
 
 

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