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In the news 2016

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January

Emissions Trading Scheme

Prof Kevin Parton quoted in a story "BoM: 2015 Australia's fifth hottest year on record" about the need for the Australian Government to re-introduce an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), EcoNews, January 6. http://econews.com.au/49199/bom-2015-australias-fifth-hottest-year-on-record/

Local welcome for Associate Professor Rosemary Black

A story in the Port Macquarie tourist magazine Focus featured A/Prof Rosemary Black and  her new role with the University sat the Port Macquarie campus. pdf

Buddy system

Ms Marie Sheahan was quoted in a story "Buddy system improving lives of aged care residents in Victorian, Queensland centres" on the ABC's Australia Plus, January 16. 

Virus to control carp

Dr Lee Bamgartner spoke about a virus which will be released which will help control carp on Prime News, Albury, on January 15 https://au.prime7.yahoo.com/v1/news/a/-/local/30583931/virus-to-help-control-carp-video/ 

Vulnerable frogs breeding again

Dr Skye Wassens was featured in a story on the re-discovery of the Southern Bell Frog titled  "Vulnerable frog species breeding in NSW" on 9News including Yahoo GWN7, Sky News on January 19. http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/01/19/14/41/vulnerable-frog-species-breeding-in-nsw, She was also interviewed by ABC Riverina, January 20.

February

March

Rural Migration

Dr Angela Ragusa was interviewed by Prime TV Wagga about why people move to small towns on March 12.

Goodies v baddies? Why labelling wild animals as 'pests' or 'friends' is holding farming back  

The complexities of wild animals in farmlands and cropping is explored in an article by Dr Manu Saunders, Professor Gary Luck, PhD candidate Rebecca Peisley and Romina Rader (UNE) which appeared in The Conversation on March 18. Prof Luck was then interviewed by ABC South Australia Regional Radio on March 23. Dr Saunders also did an interview with Warwick Long for the ABC's Rural Report (Victoria), March 23. 

From the Murray to the Mekong

Prime7 news interviewed Dr Lee Baumgartner on the new ACIAR project to improve migration pathways for fish to benefit the environment and river communities of the lower Mekong Basin on March 24.
https://au.prime7.yahoo.com/n4/news/a/-/national/31183865/from-the-murray-to-the-mekong-video/

A radio interview he did on 2MCE Orange on March 30 was then picked up and broadcasted on the National Radio News on 74 stations across the country at 8am, and again, at 4pm on 65 stations, at 6pm on 71 stations. The story was also picked up by the Narrandera Argus on April 14 and by Anne Delaney on ABC Riverina, April 20.

April

Railway staff reduction

Adjunct Associate Professor Ian Gray was interviewed about the impacts of increasing the number of unattended train stations in regional NSW by  Prime 7, ABC News (Moyra Shields), Central West Daily, 2DU, April 1,  ABC Murray-Goulburn, 2MCE, April 4, and ABC Riverina (Anne Delaney), ABC Central West, National Radio News  on April 5. He was on 2CME, Orange on National Radio News. April 7, at 8am which was broadcast on 74 stations, and again at 5pm which was broadcast on 70 stations. He was also in the Border Mail on April 14. http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/3843700/trains-staff-the-pressing-issues-now/. 

Southern bell frogs breed again

Carol Maberly from the Australian Rural Communication Network interviewed Dr Skye Wassens on the the discovery of Southern Bell Frogs in wetlands in the lower Murrumbidgee on April 7. Interview Mp3

River algae starts to break up

Professor Robyn Watts spoke to Prime7 news on the research findings for the toxic algal blooms affecting our waterways on April 7. https://au.prime7.yahoo.com/v1/news/a/-/local/31297134/river-algae-starts-to-break-up-video/  A story with Prof Watts appeared in the Border Mail on April 8.

Responsibilities and attitudes to kangaroo culling

Associate Professor Peter Simmons appeared in the Western Advocate  on April 15 in relation to a presentation he gave to the Bathurst  Regional Council. http://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/3850340/mount-roo-risks-have-been-reduced/

Environmental forum

Mention of a North East Catchment Management Forum on Innovation in Landscape Conservation supported by the Institute with Dr Dale Nimmo presenting the John Paul Memorial Lecture was mentioned in the Wangaratta Chronicle, April 16.

The old and the new

An article titled "The old and the new" focussed on Associate Professor Dirk Spennemann's interest in photography featured in the UK magazine Amateur Photographer on April 23. pdf

NSW Government Grant to improve urban parks

Dr Rachel Whitsed was interviewed by Prime News on April 27 regarding the announcement of the t by Mr John Ajaka, the NSW Minister for Ageing and Multiculturalism, of a $69,000 grant for Charles Sturt University to develop a spatial tool to help councils plan age-friendly parks.  https://au.prime7.yahoo.com/v1/news/a/-/local/31451243/ndis-to-create-local-jobs-video/  The story also appeared in the Border Mail April 27 and also in the Albury/Wodonga News Weekly, May 4.

Nomination for Scientist

Dr Lee Baumgartner has been nominated to represent Australia at the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education in Peru in August. Story picked by up by the Narrandera Argus, April 29.

May

Great Barrier Reef bleaching is just one symptom of ecosystem collapse across Australia

Dr Dale Nimmo writes in an article in The Conversation  that this is just one example of a far broader problem. https://theconversation.com/great-barrier-reef-bleaching-is-just-one-symptom-of-ecosystem-collapse-across-australia-58579 published on May 3

Scientists in support of Brumby Cull

The Daily Advertiser interviewed Professor Dave Watson  on the recent controversial plan to almost entirely wipe out Kosciuszko National Park's brumby population on May 9.  http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/3895650/scientists-in-support-of-brumby-cull/?cs=148

Migrant Camp Win

A front page story in the Benalla Ensign highlighted the convincing evidence that Institute Adjunct Prof Bruce Pennay presented to the Victorian Heritage Council calling for the former Benalla Migrant Camp to be pout on the Victorian State Heritage List, on May 18 

Rusty Iron

A feature story based on Associate Professor Dirk Spennemann's research into old corrugated iron was published in the May/June issue of the magazine Town & Country Farmer.pdf

Weather Review

Dr Andrew Hall was interviewed re the weather outlook  by Prime TV New Albury, May 31

June

Weather Review and Outlook

Dr Andrew Hall was interviewed by Prime TV, Albury, re weather in autumn and outlook, June 1.

European honey bee steals the media spotlight

Dr Manu Saunder's research on pollination has created a "buzz" in the media,  She was interviewed by 666 ABC Canberra Radio on June 22. The story also appeared in Online News University of  Queensland, June 22,  Australian Geographic online news Bees have too much buzz, June 21 and a  story in the Border Mail, June 25.

BSafe Community Bushfire Preparedness Plan for NSW

A story on the launch of two publications aimed to help people prepare for bushfires and other emergencies developed by BLINN, in collaboration with Drs Sarah Redshaw and Valerie Ingham appeared in the Blue Mountain Gazette June 22.

Study on bird problem

The Western Plains Regional Council has approved a lethal approach to remove starlings from the Dubbo's CBD. The method was first considered after Charles Sturt University (ILWS researcher Dr Maggie Watson) conducted a study into the bird problem back in 2013. Story reported on ABC Central West NSW, Orange, ABC Western Plains NSW, Dubbo, June 28

Impacts of Brexit

The impacts of Britain's decision to leave the EU are expected to be far reaching and could affect Riverina exports according to CSU Professor in Applied Economics, Eddie Oczkowski. Story on WIN TV News, Wagga Wagga, June 28

Voting changes in the Senate

Dr Troy Whitford talked about the voting changes in Senate on ABC Riverina, Wagga Wagga, Breakfast, June 30

July

Catalyst: National network of acoustic recorders.

Ecologists are proposing a national network of acoustic recorders to eavesdrop on Australian ecosystems, in the same way that radio astronomy infrastructure listens to the universe. ABC Catalyst segment featuring Professor David Watson. ABC Online news, July 11,  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-11/soundscape-ecology-could-track-environmental-changes/7587354 On July 12 Soundscape: http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4498780.htm

Warning on changes to biodiversity laws

Dr Peter Spooner warns that the proposed changes to biodiversity laws in NSW will lead to an environmental disaster causing native vegetation loss and species extinction. Story on Prime T V Albury, July 13; in the Dubbo Weekender, Dubbo, July 15,  http://www.mediaportal.com/0uq769892514 3CR, Melbourne, Earth Matters, July 17; ABC Riverina, Wagga Wagga, Breakfast, July 19

Story of Asbestos

Interview with Dr John Rafferty as part of his regular science show talking about a technological phone game and asbestos, on ABC Goulburn Murray, Wodonga, Breakfast, July 21 

Co-op opens shopfront in North Albury

The opening of a shop in North Albury designed to benefit the disadvantaged and the environment certainly received much media attention. "The Commons" is the baby of the Goodlife Community Co-op that was formed six months ago by a group that includes Institute researchers Dr Helen Masterman-Smith & Dr John Rafferty. Media began with a story in The Border Mail , July 26 http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/4055003/food-for-thought-and-needy-in-new-venture/ before being picked up by ABC Goulburn Murray, July 29 and then aired ABC North Queensland, Townsville, ABC South East SA, Mt Gambier, ABC Eyre Peninsula and West Coast, Port Lincoln,  ABC Riverland SA, Renmark , ABC Tropical North, Mackay, ABC Gold Coast, Gold Coast, Aug 1; on ABC Alice Springs, Alice Springs, Aug 2; ABC Eyre Peninsula and West Coast, Port Lincoln, Aug 3

Carbon Neutral University

Interview with Ben Wilson, Head of Environmental Science, CSU's status as Australia's official carbon neutral university. It is one of the 27 organisations nationally who can make that claim. ABC Goulburn Murray, Wodonga, July 28.

August

Effects of wet weather

Interview with Dr Maggie Watson, lecturer and ecologist, on the effects of the wet weather, flooding and sodden ground on native animals and plants. She talks about how different animals cope with the heavy rains. ABC Goulburn Murray, Wodonga, Breakfast, Aug 1

Attempt to stimulate economic growth

Economist Professor John Hicks says the decision of the RBA to cut the official cash rate to a record low 1.5%. is an attempt to stimulate economic growth in an unstable market. WIN TV News Orange, Aug 2

Revolution in democracy going on

Interview with Troy Whitford says there is a big revolution going on in democracy at the moment. He says people are wanting to get away from politics with Local Government needing to come into its own. ABC Riverina, Wagga Wagga, Breakfast, Anne Delaney, Aug 3

Little value

Dr Troy Whitford, political lecturer, believes there's little value in political parties running tickets at upcoming local Government elections. ABC Riverina, Wagga Wagga, Aug 3

Reimagining New South Wales

As part of The Conversation's Reimagining New South Wales,  economic sociologist Associate Professor Branka Krivokapic-Skoko was a co-author of an interesting piece in The Conversation titled 'How a happy, healthy regional and rural citizenry helps us all.'  https://theconversation.com/reimagining-nsw-how-a-happy-healthy-regional-and-rural-citizenry-helps-us-all-57732 Aug 5. A story then appeared in Property Observor, Aug 8 http://www.propertyobserver.com.au/forward-planning/advice-and-hot-topics/56392-reimagining-nsw-how-a-happy-healthy-regional-and-rural-citizenry-helps-us-all.html

Organic opportunity grows

A story about Dr Manu Saunders's presentation on the use of animals in organic orchards at the Australian Network of Organic Orchardists' second annual conference at Harcourt featured in the Midland Express, August 8. http://www.elliottmidnews.com.au/story/4081367/organic-opportunity-grows/

Bathurst Kangaroo Project

A story with Associate Professor Peter Simmons, who is involved with the Bathurst Kangaroo Project, regarding the death of a rare white albino kangaroo, went to air on WIN TV News, Orange, Aug 8 and WIN TV Canberra, Aug 9.

Preserving century old trees

Professor David Watson was interviewed re efforts to help preserve century old trees and to protect lives by plantings of dozens of native shrubs that will stop people from sitting in the danger zone on WIN TV News, Albury, August 10.

Sustainability community group discussions

"What's On" information about sustainability community group discussions in Bathurst, August 25, and August 27, for a project with Dr Andrea Crampton in the Western Advocate, and the Western Times, Bathurst, August 18.

Open Ideas

The final Open Ideas talk for 2016 at the Albury LibraryMuseum on Wednesday, August 24 on the Goodlife Community Co-operative with Drs Helen Masterman-Smith and John Rafferty was promoted in the Border Mail, August 23.

Call for more spending on country rail

Adjunct Associate professor Ian Gray was interviewed on Prime TV, Wagga Wagga; Orange saying, in response to the Government's announcement of new intercity trains for the east coast, that time was running out to save regional rail, on August 19.

Embrace wet and dry

Professor Max Finlayson says we have to change our view of the Winton Wetlands and appreciate it won't ever return to what it once was, and enjoy it when it's wet and dry. He spoke at the Wetlands Restoration Science Forum, "Wetlands in Catchments A Landscape Perspective". Story in the Benalla Ensign, August 24.

Supporting brumby cull

Professor David Watson, Dr Dale Nimmo and Dr Alison Matthews(Adjunct) were among the 41 scientists that signed a letter sent to the NSW Premier calling for the brumby cull in the Snowy Mountains to include aerial shooting and a faster cull than originally proposed.  Media coverage, with Prof Watson included:Win TV News, Shepparton, Albury and Wagga on August 23  https://www.facebook.com/WINNewsRiverina/videos/vb.113992652021218/1099638740123266/?type=2&theater

Sydney Morning Herald Katherine Times, August 31 http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/charles-sturt-university-ecologists-back-aerial-culling-of-alpine-brumbies-20160826-gr1o01.html

Canberra Times (mention also of Dr Dale Nimmo)  http://www.mediaportal.com/0xk783791760 
In newspaper headlines segment, 666 ABC Canberra, August 31  http://www.transcontinental.com.au/story/4132086/charles-sturt-university-ecologists-back-aerial-culling-of-alpine-brumbies/ Port Augusta Tanscontinental, August 31.The story also had a strong Twitter following.

Climate crisis

The Institute's Dr Melanie Massaro and Professor David Watson were among the 154 Australian atmospheric, marine, environmental, biological and medical scientists, including several leading climatologists, who signed an Open Letter to Australia's Prime Minister, Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, on the climate crisis. The letter was published in The Conversation, August 25 https://theconversation.com/an-open-letter-to-the-prime-minister-on-the-climate-crisis-from-154-scientists-64357

And picked up by the kevinswildside.wordpress.com ; World News Australia and SBS (Korea) https://kevinswildside.wordpress.com/2016/08/25/an-open-letter-to-the-prime-minister-on-the-climate-crisis-from-154-scientists/

Crossing the floor

Dr Troy Whitford was interviewed re politicians 'crossing the floor" on ABC Riverina, August 25.

Aboriginal fire management

Dr Dale Nimmo, who has receive a new grant from the Hermon Slade Foundation , spoke about his proposed research on whether or not aboriginal fire management is able to restore mammal communities on ABC Riverina, August 25.Six minute interview on ABC Eyre Peninsula and West Coast, Port Lincoln, SA, August 25 Prime TV news, Albury, Wagga Wagga, August 25

September

Links to Bonegilla

Institute adjunct Associate Professor Bruce Pennay spoke on ABC Goulburn Murray mornings about his new book, Picturing and Re-Picturing Bonegilla, Sept 1 and on ABC Riverina, Breakfast, Sept 8.

Swooping Magpies

Ecologist Dr Melanie Massaro explained why magpies are attacking people on WIN TV Albury News and Shepparton, Sept 7.

Spotlight on farm succession planning

A new report, Australian Farming Families: Succession and Inheritance, produced as the result of a research collaboration between business advisory firm Chapman Eastway and CSU (Professors Adam Steen and John Hicks) featured in a story in the on-line news service, Get Farming, Sept 5. http://getfarming.com.au/2016/09/05/putting-spotlight-farm-succession-planning/   and another story http://getfarming.com.au/2016/09/15/preparation-key-successful-farming-retirement/ Sept 15; Business First Magazine, http://www.businessfirstmagazine.com.au/family-farms-at-risk/17932/, Sept 26;  and Weekly Times Now, Oct 10. Adam was also on air on radio  ABC Central West NSW, ABC Western Plains NSW, ABC Ballarat, National Rural News, Sept 8.Print stories have been published in The Land, Sept 8; Border Watch, Mt Gambier, SA, Sept 9;North West Magazine, Mudgee NSW, Sept 12; Country News, Gippsland Times & Maffra Spectator, Sept 13; Burdekin Advocate, Sept 16;Esperance Express, Area News, Griffith, King Island Courier,  Sept 21;  Farm Weekly, Perth, Sept 22 & 29; Bowen Independent, Sept 23; the Australian Financial Review, Sept 25;Bairnsdale Advertiser, Sept 26; the Narrabri Courier, Sept 27; Mansfield Courier, Sept 29,Dairy News Australia, Oct 1; Weekly Times, Oct 5 and Avon Valley and Wheatbelt Advocate, Northern WA, Oct 19. The report also featured on ABC Riverland, SA, Breakfast program on Oct 28.

Call for opinions on parks in Albury

Story in the Border Mail regarding the launch of a survey for the Better Parks for People project with Dr Rachel Whitsed, Sept 8. Dr Whitsed was then interviewed on ABC Goulburn Murray mornings about the survey on Sept 14.

Grampians struggling with drought and deluge

Dr Dale Nimmo was a co-author of an EcoCheck (a series looking at some of Australia's most important ecosystem) piece in The Conversation about the state of the Grampians where small mammals are on a 'kind of boom-and-bust rollercoaster ride' published September 9. https://theconversation.com/ecocheck-the-grampians-are-struggling-with-drought-and-deluge-65097  It was picked up by kevinswildside.wordpress.com blog the same day.

Expert on global board

A story on Associate Professor Rosemary Black's appointment to the Global Sustainable Tourism Council's (GSTC) Board of Directors featured in the Daily Liberal, Dubbo, Sept 10

Research gives the thumbs up to Livi's Place

A story on research involving Associate professor Rosemary Black funded by a CSU Rural and Regional Community Initiated Research Grants Program assessing Liv's Place, a playground in Port Macquarie, featured Port Macquarie News, Sept 10 and again Sept 14. http://www.portnews.com.au/story/4154012/livvis-place-achieves-its-goals/

The far right

Dr Troy Whitford gives his views on the "far right" in Australian politics as part of a report on Rear Vision, Radio National, Sept 12.

Take care managing your own superannuation

Professor Adam Steen warns Australian investors to take care ahead of managing their own superannuation fund and is providing access to a free on-line course on how to establish a SMSF in a report in senior.com.au on Sept 12. http://www.seniorau.com.au/6406-managing-your-super-fund-successfully  The story was also picked up by the on-line Financial Standard http://www.financialstandard.com.au/news/view/87703523

New appointment

Associate Professor Rosemary Black's appointment to the Board of Directors of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council was  featured on FM Radio, ABC Coffs Coast, Sept 13.

The Science of Stuff

In this week's regular segment on ABC Goulburn Murray Dr John Rafferty talks about edible wrapping and chiko rolls, Sept 15.

Invasive Predators

Dr Dale Nimmo is the co-author of an article in The Conversation "Invasive predators are eating the world's animals to extinction – and the worst is close to home" which is based on research recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research shows that cats, rats, and foxes, but also house mice, possums and many others – have contributed to around 60% of bird, mammal and reptile extinctions. The worst offenders are feral cats, contributing to over 609 extinctions. Published September 20.  https://theconversation.com/invasive-predators-are-eating-the-worlds-animals-to-extinction-and-the-worst-is-close-to-home-64741.The story was then shared through two blogs https://kevinswildside.wordpress.com/2016/09/20/invasive-predators-are-eating-the-worlds-animals-to-extinction-and-the-worst-is-close-to-home/ on Sept 20; on http://sciblogs.co.nz/guestwork/2016/09/25/invasive-predators-extinctions/ Sept 25

Insects and bugs are important

Dr Manu Saunders spoke about the importance of insects and bugs to the ecosystem and how your garden design determines what wildlife visits your garden on ABC South East SA, on ABC Goulburn Murray mornings, Sept 28. It follows an article she had published in The Conversation, Sept 27 https://theconversation.com/birds-bees-and-bugs-your-garden-is-an-ecosystem-and-it-needs-looking-after-65226   which was then also picked up by Property Observer On- Line, Oct 6.

Small town succeeds

Institute Adjunct Pennie Scott has written an article in The Land newspaper about a new cheese factory in Coolamon, Sept 29. The story then appeared on Farm Online http://adf.farmonline.com.au/news/magazine/industry-news/general/a-small-town-succeeds/2753970.aspx, Oct 4

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October

Dr Dale Nimmo, who has won both a NSW Tall Poppy Award from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science as well as the 2016 Wiley Next Generation Award, was interviewed on ABC Riverina, Breakfast, Oct 4. A story on his success and his research on finding answers to the modern extinction crisis then appeared in the Border Mail, Oct 11

Flooding responses

Dr Paul Humphries talked about the benefits of the floods for aquatic life as well as mosquitoes on Win News Albury, October 5

Soggy kangaroos

Ecologist Dr Dale Nimmo was interviewed by Prime TV Albury on the effects of the floods on wild animals including predictions of a good growth season which will mean a baby boom and increase bird populations. The segment went to air in Albury and Wagga Wagga, Oct 6. https://au.prime7.yahoo.com/v1/news/a/-/local/32823043/bush-baby-boom-expected-video/

Plebiscites

Dr Troy Whitford spoke about the history of plebiscites in Australia and the proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage on ABC Riverina, Oct 12

Community spirit

ILWS PhD student Jenny Wood's PhD on the community spirit sown by North Wagga residents in the face of flooding featured in a story in the Daily Advertiser, Oct 16 http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/4228387/spirit-key-to-recovery/

Flood coverage

Institute Director Professor Max Finlayson discussed the infrastructure and environmental damage caused by the recent floods as well as how animals and plants can adapt to extreme weather events on ABC Riverina, Breakfast, Oct 17

Drs Paul Humphries & Andrew Hall interviews re effects of current weather patterns on the catchment (Andrew), plus flood benefits to the environment including an increase in fish populations (Paul) went to air on WIN TV News Albury, Shepparton, Ballarat, Bendigo, Gippsland, October 17

Information evening

Dr Lee Baumgartner talked about an Upper Murray Streams and Rivers Fish information session on in Corryong, Oct 19, on ABC Riverina, Breakfast, October 18.

The Science of Stuff

Dr John Rafferty talked about toppings on toast, grey hair and baldness, during his regular segment on ABC Goulburn Murray mornings, Oct 20.

Red panda project launch

There was coverage of the red panda project launch and herder training in Bhutan's national TV and radio as well as an article in its national newspaper Kuensel, October 25

Cities and Wildlife

Dr Dale Nimmo was interviewed re a new project based in Albury Wodonga looking at biodiversity and conservation, and how cities can cope with increasing population sizes while keeping their wildlife, on ABC Riverina breakfast, October 27.

November

Addressing the impacts of blackwater

Professor Robyn Watts was interviewed on ABC Riverina re research that is investigating how to address the impacts of black water on native fish as a result of flooding in southern NSW with comments on how long the blackwater is expected to last. Various parts of the interview went to air three times on Nov 3.

Passage to prosperity

A story in ACIAR's magazine Partners, Issue 3, 2016, featured the work of the Institute's Dr Lee Baumgartner who is the project leader on two of the three ACIAR projects bringing fish-passage technology to Laos. http://aciar.gov.au/files/part_1610_p06-07_passagetoprosperity.pdf

Commitment to carbon emissions

Dr Andrew Hall says an ambitious commitment to reduce carbon emissions will help bring climate change under control in an interview on Prime TV, Wagga, Nov 4, and in Albury, Nov 7.

Changes to backpacker tax

Professor Adam Steen did an interview re his research on the backpacker tax and commented that working holiday makers should not be punished; instead we should be looking at the issue of unethical labor hire companies exploiting them, on ABC Mid North Coast, November 9

Funds for shark deterrents

CSU is mentioned re new research funding to investigate "community perceptions" about shark management technologies in The Australian, November 14. Further mention, after a media release from the NSW Department of Primary Industries about its new projects around sharks was in the Courier-Sun, Bellingen; Echo Netdaily http://www.echo.net.au/2016/11/funding-new-technologies-aimed-deterring-sharks/,  and the Bryon Shire News,Nov 15.

ARC Funding for conservation research

A story on Dr Dale Nimmo who was recently was awarded $372,000 over three years from the Australian Research Council for his research on the impact of Indigenous land management on mammal communities  and its potential to restore degraded ecosystems appeared in the Border Mail, November 11.

Reaction to Trump

Dr Troy Whitford spoke to Anne Delaney saying that the shock element of Trump's election as US President was more of a reflection of the media and political establishments' mistaken prediction s than about democracy on ABC Riverina, Nov 10.

Improving fish stocks

Prime TV Wagga Wagga's local news ran a story on Dr Lee Baumgartner receiving nearly $100,000 to help improve fish stocks in the Mekong River Basin on Nov 11 as did the Narrandera Argus, on Nov 10.

Sustainable community development projects

The Border Mail ran a story on Nov 16 on the success of "The Commons"  - part of a project involving ILWS researchers Dr Helen Masterman-Smith, Dr John Rafferty and Dr Marie Sheahan  - and two associated community forums, People Powered Economy (Nov 18/19) and People Powered Democracy, Nov 4/5. Both were held during the month long Albury-Wodonga Sustainable Living Festival.

Powering down

Dr John Rafferty says low-income hospitals will be the target of a new pilot program on energy efficiency in Albury. He and colleague Dr Helen Masterman-Smith will be hosting a workshop on improving energy efficiency. Report on The River FM, News, Albury, Nov 21.

New job

Former ILWS PhD student CHAKA Chirozva was welcomed as the new Executive Officer of World Heritage at the Naracoorte Caves National Park in a story in the Naracoota Herald, Nov 17.

Floods play an important role in ecosystems

Drs Paul Humphries, Nicole McCasker and Keller Kopf were the authors of a piece in The Conversation titled Floods play a vital role in ecosystems – it's time to get out of their way" which was published Nov 17. https://theconversation.com/floods-play-a-vital-role-in-ecosystems-its-time-to-get-out-of-their-way-66676

Following on from this Dr Keller Kopf was on air on 2MCE, Orange, November 23

Women in leadership conference

Associate Professor Rosy Black, who chairs the University's Leadership Development for Women program, was interviewed for Win TV News, Wagga and Canberra, re a two day leadership conference held in Wagga on Nov 21/22.

Cost of a healthy diet

Stories from research on the cost of a healthy diet in Western NSW undertaken by Institute adjunct Jackie Priestly and project co-leader Pollyemma Antees from North West Nutrition were in Dubbo Weekender, Daily Liberal, and on WIN TV News, Orange, and Wagga, Nov 25; in the Wagga Daily Advertiser, Nov 27;  on Prime TV Wagga, Nov 28;  ABC Broken Hill, ABC Riverina, ABC Mid North Coast, and in The Land, Sunraysia Daily, Mildura; Barrier Daily Truth, Broken Hill,  Nov 29; Star FM Dubbo, 2GZ Orange, November 30, and in the Hillston Ivanhoe Spectator,  November 30 and Good Fruit & Vegetables, Jan 1, 2017.

Trade agreement

Professor John Hicks talked about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP) saying that US President-Elect Donald Trump has declared that the US will opt out once he takes up office, on ABC Goulburn Murray mornings, Nov 29. There was also a story in the Southern Weekly, Nov 25; Daily Liberal, Dubbo, Nov 26 and Southern Cross, Junee, Dec 5. http://www.juneesoutherncross.com.au/story/4316974/withdrawal-from-tpp-is-a-major-concern/

Promoting Aboriginal tourism

The Institute's Associate professor Rosemary Black is one of the partners in a project designed to promote Aboriginal tourism as  mentioned in Port Macquarie News, Nov 28. http://www.portnews.com.au/story/4319845/commitment-to-aboriginal-tourism/

December

Who's to blame for the blackwater?

A letter commenting on the views of Dr Paul Humphries with respect to the management of the Murray Darling Basin was published in the Murray Pioneer, Renmark, SA, on December 2.

Agriculture greenhouse gases

Dr Julie Howitt was interviewed about a national study on agriculture green houses gases with the pilot project at the Wagga Wagga campus. The story went to air on WIN TV Ballarat, Wagga Wagga, and Orange, December 6 and then on WIN TV Gippsland, Albury, Canberra and also Prime TV, Wagga Wagga, December 7. Also was on 2NM, Muswellbrook, December 9.

Farm succession planning

The story on the importance of farm succession planning, based on a report by Chapman Eastway and CSU (Professor Adam Steen and Professor John Hicks) is continuing to make the rounds with another story published in the Warracknabeal Herald, Dec 6 and and the North Queensland Register, Townsville, Dec 15.

Brumbies in Kosciuszko

Professor David Watson spoke about his concerns re the Deputy Premier John Barilaro's contrary views to those of National Parks and Wildlife Service on brumby numbers in Kosciusko National Park, on ABC South East NSW, Bega, on December 8 & 9, ABC Gippsland, Sale, Dec 8.

Bottle flipping

Dr John Rafferty spoke about the bottle flipping craze as part of his regular science program on ABC Goulburn Murray breakfast, on Dec 8.

Luisa and Winton Wetlands

A story on PhD graduate Dr Luisa Perez-Mujica and her research on the re-establishment of wetlands and socio-ecological approaches to assess sustainability appeared in the Border Mail, Dec 14. http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/4353334/winton-wetlands-love/?cs=53

Research on blackwater

A story on ILWS research looking at blackwater, as part of the LTIM project in the Edward-Wakool River System appeared in the Daily Liberal, December 29 http://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/4377722/research-to-reduce-black-water-deaths/

Mistletoe misunderstood

A story on Professor David Watson and his passion for mistletoe appeared in the Border Mail, December 23 http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/4369943/mistletoes-misunderstood/  which followed a TV interview on Prime TV Wagga Wagga and Tamworth, December 22