February 2013 Issue 32
The Institute for Land, Water and Society is one of four Centres of Research Excellence within Charles Sturt University, Australia. Its principal focus is on integrated research which contributes to improved social and environmental sustainability in rural and regional areas.
Do we look for the health messages?
ILWS researchers are investigating what rural and regional Australians know about common, everyday health risks and activities. “Health authorities across Australia are constantly sending out messages to help Australians make better health choices. But residents in Australia’s rural areas have been shown to have greater trouble understanding health messages than people in metropolitan areas,” said project coordinator Dr Andrea Crampton. The researchers are seeking metropolitan and rural participants to undertake an online survey here. “We want to see what people actually know about common activities that might pose short and longterm health risks.” For more information on the survey, call Dr Andrea Crampton on (02) 6933 4032
Stop selling off national parks: ILWS expert
Leading ILWS ecologist Associate Professor David Watson is part of a vocal group of Australian researchers who fear our parks will become playgrounds for the rich rather than reserves for Australia’s endangered plants and animals. Read more
No future for Australian car makers
Government assistance to prop-up Australian car manufacturing is a waste of taxpayers’ money according to ILWS researcher Professor Kishor Sharma who said funding should instead be targeted at supporting workers who will lose their jobs. The closure of Ford Australia’s manufacturing plants in 2016 should not be a catalyst for more industry assistance. Read more
Our national parks must be more than playgrounds or paddocks
A semi-random tweet by Euan Ritchie of Deakin University ended up mobilising a small army of scientists including ILWS's Dave Watson and Ian Lunt to co-write an article for The Conversation on the rapid destruction of this country’s national parks system.