Abandoned by rail links and surrounded by parched grazing land, Ivanhoe, like many outback towns, is fighting for survival.
Thousands of businesses in the Northern Territory are given just weeks to make sure their plumbing isn't creating a potential hazard to the local water supply.
Months of unexplained night-time power outages in Queensland's Isis district leave farmers, already struggling with high electricity and water prices, unable to reliably irrigate crops in the crucial summer period.
Indian miner Adani remains under investigation by the Queensland Government for alleged illegal works on its Carmichael mine site, despite federal authorities ruling out any wrongdoing in October.
For farmers these are very difficult times, seriously exacerbated by the drought. Those looking for a scapegoat for the recent tragedy of fish deaths below Menindee Lakes achieve nothing more than fuelling media coverage and unrest, writes Les Gordon.
Mina Guli had completed 60 marathons to raise awareness of global water shortages before doctors diagnosed her with a femur fracture that only grew when she tried to complete her quest by walking the remaining marathons.
Acting NT Natural Resources Minister Lauren Moss says she would welcome water resource initiatives after a Curious Darwin investigation raised questions about how the Territory's water supply could be used to develop the region.
Eel fishermen in Tasmania are feeling the pressure from declining sales and tougher regulations.