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In the News

Members of the Institute engage with the media considerably and are often called upon to provide expert advice and commentary on important issues affecting rural and regional Australia.

Engaging with the media also provides the opportunity for our researchers to engage with the wider community and to promote and publicise their research and findings.

All media releases involving ILWS researchers are issued as CSU Media Releases. Our researchers engage with both traditional media (print, radio and TV) as well as social and on-line media.

In the News 2020 is a compilation of media coverage received by ILWS members from information provided by CSU Media and the news monitoring services it uses.

Our researchers also regularly write Opinion Pieces and Articles for on-line news services such as The Conversation.  See Commentary for more details


The Benefits of Masters Sport to Healthy Aging

SIRCuit March 31 2020Professor Rylee Dionigi and her Canadian colleagues were invited to write this article about their research for Sport Information Resource Centre (SIRC). SIRC is Canada’s leader and most trusted partner in advancing sport and physical activity through knowledge." Masters sport has been regarded as an ideal facilitator of healthy aging, and this article focuses on relevant discussions for Masters athletes 60 years of age and beyond. In particular, the authors highlight their research program that has focused on illuminating the voices and stories of Masters athletes themselves. SIRCuit March 31.

How fungi’s knack for networking boosts ecological recovery after bushfires

The Conversation Fungi March20The aftermath of wildfires can make landscapes appear devoid of life. Yet under the ash beds lies a vast living network of fungi... ecologists are only beginning to learn how fire affects fungi and what role they might have in hastening ecosystem recovery following wildfires writes Dr Adam Frew (past member now with USQ), A/Prof Dale Nimmo, Dr Jodi Price, Leanne Greenwood (PhD Candidate) with A/Prof Andy LeBrocque (USQ) and Dr Eleonora Egidi (U.Western Sydney) in The Conversation, March 20.

Barriers for women in peacekeeping

Policy Forum March 10The work of female peacekeepers in crucial missions around the world brings irreplaceable advantages, but the United Nations and its member countries have much to overcome if they are to harness that potential, Donna Bridges writes for the Policy Forum, International Women’s Day Special Edition. Asia and the Pacific Policy Society, March 10.

Last summer’s fish carnage sparked public outrage. Here’s what has happened since

The Conversation Last Summer Feb 28In April last year the federal government committed A$70 million to improve the river’s health and prevent more fish deaths. Professors' Lee Baumgartner and Max Finlayson examine what’s been done so far in The Conversation, February 28.

How you can help – not harm – wild animals recovering from bushfires

How you can help not harm wild animals recovering from bushfires...beyond the vital role of providing financial support, here are a few simple things individuals can do – and avoid – to help our native wildlife recover.  This helpful guide outlining 5 ways to help was co-authored by Associate Professor Dale Nimmo and appears in The Conversation, February 20.

The Human Right to Belong: Indigenous rights and sovereignty in Australia

Human right to belongLast week the High Court of Australia found, in a 4-3 decision, that indigenous people cannot be deported as aliens, even if they are not citizens. In this article, Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan discusses what this means in The Oxford Human Rights Hub on February 18.

Its the economy stupid, but lets make it fit for purpose

The Economy is StupidMedia rants on our summer firestorms blame the lack of fire preparedness or a tardy emissions policy. To nudge Australia out of harm’s way over the next fifty years requires systemic and harmonious change over six big areas: implementing local firecare systems, more taxes to pay for it, enacting the social contract to bring us all along, building in fire resistance, developing a fit-for-purpose economy and finally, driving the first five by more benign personal consumption patterns. Institute Adjunct Barney Foran writes Its the economy stupid, but lets make it fit for purpose, in on January  31.

What good are wetlands? 5 essential reads

What good are wetlands?An article on The Conversation entitled What good are wetlands? 5 essential reads is based on articles previously published by The Conversation including one by Insititute Adjunct Professor Max Finlayson and two colleagues from the Society of Wetland Scientists on climate change and wetlands (why we shouldn’t drain the swamps), January 24.

Drought, fire and now heavy rain – what this climate is doing to Australia’s waterways and fish

Drought, Fire, Heavy RainWith heavy rain falling across many areas impacted by the bushfires, two fish experts warn the ash, charcoal and silt this rain will wash into the rivers can quickly deteriorate the water quality and have adverse impacts on aquatic life an opinion piece by Dr Luiz Silva and Professor Lee Baumgartner, freshwater fish ecologists in Charles Sturt University News Opinion, January 21.

Welcome aboard, denialists: now let's stop fiddling and start fixing

Welcome aboard denialistsFor many people with reservations about the climate change issue, these catastrophic fires have been a turning point. Don’t worry about admitting you were wrong—scientists do it all the time, Professor David Watson writes in the Sydney Morning Herald, January 18.

Tales of wombat ‘heroes’ have gone viral. Unfortunately, they’re not true

Wombat heroesIf you’ve been following the bushfire crisis on social media and elsewhere, you may have seen reports of benevolent wombats herding other animals to shelter into their fire-proof burrows.  These stories went quickly viral – probably reflecting the appetite for good news after the horrors of the bushfire crisis. However the accounts are not entirely accurate. Associate Professor Dale Nimmo explains wombat behaviour in The Conversation, January 15.

The sweet relief of rain after bushfires threatens disaster for our rivers

The sweet relief of rainFire debris flowing into Murray-Darling Basin will exacerbate the risk of fish and other aquatic life dying en masse as witnessed in previous years.  While our current focus is on putting the fires out, as it should be, it’s important to start thinking about the future and how to protect our waterways say Institute Adjuncts Dr Paul McInernay (CSIRO), Dr Gavin  Rees ( CSIRO) in their article with Klaus Joehnk in The Conversation, January 13.

Animal response to a bushfire is astounding. These are the tricks they use to survive

Animal response to bushfiresA sobering estimate has put the number of animals killed across eastern Australia at 480 million. But let’s look at some uplifting facts: how animals survive, and what challenges they overcome in the days and weeks after a fire. Associate Professor Dale Nimmo, ILWS animal ecology expert outlines the techniques and strategies employed by Australia’s ingenious fauna when a bushfire threatens their survival in The Conversation, January 8.

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