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ILWS - Charles Sturt University

2018

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January

Algae in Wagga’s Lake Albert

Dr Julia Howitt explains why there is blue-green algae in Wagga’s Lake Albert  and that there is no short-term solution to the problem in a story in the Daily Advertiser, Jan 6 and also in an interview for WIN TV Wagga, Jan 12; WIN TV Canberra, Jan 13 and WIN Canberra All Australian News Jan 15.

Bathurst U3A talks

There was an article in the Western Advocate promoting the Bathurst University of the Third Age Monday Morning Show for Term One for which Dr Travis Holland will present the first in the series of eight talks.  His talk, on Feb 5, is on the Politics and Promises of NBN. Story ran Jan 8. http://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/5155541/u3a-matters-from-the-nbn-strife-to-the-pms-home-life/

Ant research

Interviews with PhD graduate Dr Zsofia (Sofie) Palfi on her research on the working habits of ants in the Riverina were on Prime TV Albury, Jan 10; ABC Riverina Breakfast with Anne Delaney, Jan 11 and News; ABC Riverina’s Rural Report, Jan 12 and ABC Central Victoria breakfast, Jan 15. The story was then picked up by the print media with an article in the Tumut & Adelong Times, Feb 2.

Effects of growth on urban streams

A story on recent PhD graduate Dr Buyani Thomy on the effects of changes in urban stream quality on property prices appeared in Dubbo Photo News, Jan 11

Frogs on the move

Recent PhD graduate Dr Carmen Amos talks about frogs using cracks in the soil to shelter from heat in an interview on Prime TV, Jan 12 with a story on her research in the Border Mail, Jan 13 and another interview on ABC Riverina breakfast,  and News Jan 15 and ABC Online Goulburn Murray, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-19/frogs-show-resilience-in-hot-dry-environments/9343586 and Weather Zone http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/maniacal-cackles-show-frogs-adapting-to-hot-dry-environments/527398 and ABC Online, Jan 19;  and FM radio hit104.9 Albury, News, Triple M The Border, Albury,  Jan 22 and on Prime TV, Jan 26

Indigenous recognition matters

Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan says that the Australian Constitution does not mention Indigenous people and that while Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten appointed a Referendum Council to consider options for constitutional recognition of Australia's First People in 2015, this is a symbolic, though politically inconsequential, amendment. Opinion Piece in The Conversation, Jan 18, 2018. Indigenous recognition in our Constitution matters - and will need greater political will to achieve This opinion piece was republished in the Letters section of Dubbo Photo News, Feb 8.

Indigenous recognition

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan spoke about Indigenous recognition and that having a voice for Indigenous people in Parliament will improve policymaking on ABC Mid North Coast, NSW Statewide Drive, Jan 23

First symposium on hydropower and fish

A story about the fish passage conference coming up in December in Albury (International Conference on River Connectivity) which will include the First International Symposium on Hydropower and Fish Management, appeared in Space Daily, Jan 25 http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Global_fish_passage_forum_to_include_first_symposium_on_hydropower_and_fish_999.html

Youth diversionary programs

Dr Kath McFarlane, commenting on a NSW Upper House inquiry into youth diversionary programs, says she is hopeful that it will investigate the connection between the out-of-home care child protection system and other forms of institutional care and juvenile justice, on ABC Central West, ABC Broken Hill, ABC Upper Hunter, ABC Broken Hill, ABC New England North West, ABC Riverina, on Jan 29 and on ABC South East NSW, Bega, Jan 30

Citizenship, democracy and the political determinants of indigenous health

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan says that while Indigenous health receives significant public expenditure, it remains a matter of public policy failure. Solutions require a philosophical reconsideration of the meaning of Indigenous citizenship and opportunities for Indigenous policy deliberation. Published in The Policy Space, Jan 30.  http://www.thepolicyspace.com.au/2017/31/160-citizenship-democracy-and-the-political-determinants-of-indigenous-health#.Wm_qiE9SWhU.twitter

New Zealand vote on euthanasia

Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan's 50th published opinion piece was in The Conversation, January 31. It was about New Zealand's conscience vote on euthanasia which Dominic says exposes the democratic weakness of New Zealand's voting system. https://theconversation.com/conscience-vote-on-euthanasia-bill-exposes-democratic-weakness-of-new-zealands-voting-system-90838 The piece was picked up by the Online news service, Australian Business http://www.businesses.com.au/general-business/425925-conscience-vote-on-euthanasia-bill-exposes-democratic-weakness-of-new-zealand-s-voting-system, Jan 31.

Benefits and costs

Former ILWS PhD student Dr Rebecca Peisley was interviewed on Prime7 News, Albury on the benefits & costs of birds for agriculture, Jan 31.She also did radio interviews on the subject for 104.9 Albury, Triple M, The Border, ABC Riverina, Feb 1, ABC Goulburn Murray, Feb 2 with an ABC Online story, Feb 5. http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-02-05/native-birds-create-bigger-yield-for-farmers-research-finds/9396974 There was also a feature story “A bird in hand might be worth more than fruit growers thought” in the Bendigo Advertiser, Feb 7 http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/5211154/a-bird-in-hand-might-be-worth-more-than-fruit-growers-thought/, a print version, Feb 10 and a report in the Border Mail, Feb 10. Another hits in online news, mcivortimes.com.au. http://www.mcivortimes.com.au/rural/2018/02/13/131457/new-twist-on-bird-threat-to-orchards, Feb 13

February

Pakistan news

A story appeared in the Express Tribune, Pakistan on the groundwater project led by the Institute on Feb 1. https://tribune.com.pk/story/1623246/1-experts-stress-improving-groundwater-quality/

Lasting Legacy

A story on the work of Institute Adjunct Professor David Mitchell with respect to how grey water is treated at CSU’s Thurgoona campus with quotes from Professor Max Finlayson featured in the Border Mail, Feb 3. http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5205055/twenty-years-on-professors-lasting-wetland-legacy-remains/ David was also featured in an article in the Department of Environment and Energy’s Wetlands Australia 2018 magazine story written by Max, http://www.environment.gov.au/system/files/resources/b0f30409-2d92-4ec6-a57d-35e59b765be0/files/wa30-full.pdf

Science in Australia Gender Equity

Dr John Rafferty says it is about time that Australians give women in science the attention they deserve and an organisation Science in Australia Gender Equity specifically formed to ensure there is gender equity on ABC Goulburn Murray, Breakfast, Feb 7

CenWest Innovate

CenWest Innovate is encouraging business owner, employers and staff to take part in the upcoming Next Stage Growth Program via a report on Triple M Central West, Orange, Feb 7 and in the Western Advocate, Feb 8

Small Farm Success Australia

In an interview with the author of a new book Small Farm Success Australia author Anna Featherstone mentions that she interviewed ILWS member Dr Angela Ragusa whose research has found that a lot of people fail to transition because of a lack of research about the community they are moving into, on ABC Radio Sydney, Drive, Feb 8.

Talking politics

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan during his regular segment on ABC Goulburn Murray mornings discusses government plans to install cameras on streets to capture people texting or talking on the phone while driving, the decentralisation program for teen terrorists, and the government’s deal with the Rail, Tram and  Bus Union, Feb 9.

Using aged care facilities

In response to claims that just $6 a day is being spent to feed residents in nursing homes across, Associate Professor Maree Bernoth spoke about the need for people to do research before placing a person in an aged care facility as there is evidence that there is malnutrition happening in some of these facilities, in an interview on 6PR, Perth, Mornings, Feb 12. The story was also on 3AW, Melbourne; 2GB, Sydney; 4BC, Brisbane; 2EC, Bega; 2CC, Canberra; Curtin FM, Perth; Bay FM, Geelong; 7LA, Launceston; Feb 12.

Governor-General visit

Story on 2MCE Orange about the visit by the Governor-General Peter Cosgrove attendance at a church service in Bathurst, which is co-hosted by CSU (Professor Linda Shields), Feb 12.

Effects of fire and dingoes

Research in semi-arid parts of Victoria on how fire and dingo numbers effect fox numbers shows the benefits for smaller mammals preyed upon by foxes according to Associate Professor Dale Nimmo in interviews on hit 104.9 Albury, Triple M The Border, Feb 13; Geelong Advertiser, Feb 16, ABC Ballarat, Ballarat, Vic Country Hour, Feb 19. There was also a story on the research project “Dingo solution: Foxes on the Run” in the Weekly Times, Feb 21.The story was also picked up by ABC Online, Feb 25 http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-02-25/bushfire-dingo-feral-animal-study-pest/9478270

CSU students win silver in global IoT Spartans challenge

Led by Dr Lihong Zheng (ILWS) and Dr Sabih Rehman from the School of Computing and Mathematics, the 12 students were the only team representing an Australian University, and they placed second among more than 250 universities worldwide that competed in the 2017 challenge. Appeared online at techworld from IDG, Feb 15 https://www.techworld.com.au/mediareleases/31089/csu-students-win-silver-in-global-iot-spartans/

Interview on National Carp Control

In an interview on the Carp Virus Matt Berwick mentioned the CSU research into a global scan on ways of managing fish kills around the world to Dan Bourchier, ABC Radio Canberra, Feb 16. http://www.abc.net.au/radio/canberra/programs/breakfast/what-will-the-carp-virus-introduction-mean-for-act-waterways/9453626

No record of some threatened species in protected area

Dr Geoff Heard, along with other ecologists, has cast doubt on government claims the coalition is funding a conservation project in Victoria’s Endeavour Fern Gully to benefit threatened species – because the listed species are unlikely to occur in the area. The Guardian, Feb 17 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/17/no-record-of-some-threatened-species-in-area-government-says-its-protecting-them

Breakfast Politics

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan during his regular segment on ABC Goulburn Murray mornings talked about the looming rift between the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister, and the Nationals and Liberals. Though Joyce is hanging in there, he feels the Prime Minister is putting pressure on the Nationals to oust him as their leader.  Feb 16.

Stories of Service

Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove was the special guest for Sunday's civic reception and commemorative service to honour military and civilian nurses who have been killed in service. Professor Linda Shields was among those at the service, and says that “the contribution of civilian nurses is just as great as the contribution of military nurses”. Western Advocate, Bathurst NSW, Feb 19. Linda was also interviewed for reports on WIN TV Orange, Feb 19 and WIN TV Canberra, Feb 20.

From books to Britain: courses for all interests at Bathurst U3A

Dr Travis Holland delivered the first Monday Morning show lecture on February 5 “Explaining NBN: then and now”.  A lively and somewhat lengthy question time concluded Dr Holland’s talk, and the audience learnt a lot about the NBN. Online Bathurst Western Advocate, Feb 19

Basin Plan collapse: would we really be better off without it?

In response to recent criticism by a group of pro-environment scientists of the Basin Plan for being ineffective e and the senate vote last week, Professor Max Finlayson has said he “would be horrified if it fell over, and both irrigators and the environment could lose out.” In an online article, The Area News, Feb 19  http://www.areanews.com.au/story/5237710/basin-plan-collapse-would-we-really-be-better-off-without-it/ and in print Feb 21.There was also a story in The Irrigator, Leeton, NSW, Feb 23.

Indigenous Health Open ForumIndigenous health

A model for self-determination in health policy proposed by A/Prof Dominic O'Sullivan in Open Forum Feb 21. http://www.openforum.com.au/indigenous-health

Talking Politics

In his regular segment with Joseph Thomsen on ABC Goulburn Murray, Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan discusses the Barnaby Joyce saga including the uncertain National Party leadership situation and the NSW Government establishing a Productivity Commission, on Feb 23.

Indian Hawkers

Associate Professor Dirk Spennemann spoke about the lives of Indian hawkers at the turn of last century on ABC Central West Saturday breakfast program, Feb 24.

Nervous wait for new leader of the National Party

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan comments on possible contenders for the National Party’s leadership now Barnaby Joyce has resigned from that position in the Central Western Daily, Feb 25, http://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/story/5248625/gee-tight-lipped-as-nationals-prepare-to-elect-joyces-replacement/, Daily Liberal, Dubbo, and the Daily Advertiser, Wagga Wagga, Feb 26

March

Encouraging Indigenous students

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan says we need to find more ways to encourage Indigenous students to go on to post graduate study and become academics in Australian Business, March 2 http://www.businesses.com.au/general-business/426491-australia-could-look-to-new-zealand-to-increase-the-number-of-indigenous-academics-and-students

This story followed an Opinion piece in The Conversation "Australia could look to New Zealand to increase the number of Indigenous academics and students" — http://theconversation.com/australia-could-look-to-new-zealand-to-increase-the-number-of-indigenous-academics-and-students-92174 published March 2.

Talking Politics

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan’s regular segment on ABC Goulburn Murray breakfast, covered the role of media in democracy, Jobs Minister Michaelia Cash’s comments about Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s office, related CWA’s comments, the Census Business Index, speech by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to the American Governors’ Association Conference and the NSW asset recycling program, March 2.

Likely problems from carp virus

Dr Keller Kopf was one of the authors of a letter in the journal Science looking at the likely problems of introducing the herpes virus to carp problems in Australia, with the story picked up by sciemex.org Aedt Nzdt, March 2 https://www.scimex.org/newsfeed/giving-carp-herpes-may-not-have-desired-effect,-says-expert

Who is looking after our water?

A story in the Border Mail promoting the North East Regional Water Forum which the Institute is a co-sponsor of, March 3. http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5259800/wade-into-the-world-of-water-at-forum/

Looking after our frogs

Dr Geoff Heard was interviewed on ABC Goulburn Murray Mornings re his research on identifying refuges for endangered frogs, in particular, the Southern bell frog, the fungal disease they are subject to and the importance of their having a network of environments rather than a single population, March 6.The story was also on 2MCE Orange, March 9,  hit 104.9Albury, Triple M, March 13.

Science and Stuff

Dr John Rafferty, as part of his regular segment on ABC Goulburn Murray breakfast, spoke on the Four Corners report which reported that Brown Brothers have relocated some of their grapes to Tasmania as a way of taking action against climate change as an example of changes the agricultural sector is taking to address climate change. He also said Australians should look at insects as a source of protein, March 7

Letter from Scientific Committee (Australia)

Professor Max Finlayson has written a letter on the topic of “Sensitivity and Resilience of Lakes and Wetlands in Drylands, published in the International Lake Environment Committee Foundation’s newsletter, No 65, March 2018. (page 3) http://www.ilec.or.jp/en/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/newsletter_no65_web_e.pdf

Online communications

Dr Wes Ward has written second  blog in his series on online communications for research teams which was published on the Researchers in Agriculture for International Development (RAID) web site, March 9. The blog “Please, can I use something else to eat my lasagne”   https://www.raidaustralia.net/index.php/news/item/733-please-can-i-use-something-else-to-eat-my-lasagne is based on findings from his PhD study which explored in-person and technologically mediated communication within international agricultural research teams.

Child protection report

Dr Katherine McFarlane had an Opinion Piece, Child Protection report lacks crucial national detail on abuse in out-of-home care, published in The Conversation, March 9. This was picked up by the online news service, Australian Business, March 9 and the Ballarat Courier, March 12.

Talking politics

In his regular segment on ABC Goulburn Murray breakfast, Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan discusses Barnaby Joyce’s comments about the paternity of his partner’s child; NSW Government capping pokie machine numbers; the latest opinion polls for the forth-coming NSW elections; and the Snowy Hydro shares sales proceeds, March 9.

Feral cat numbers

Professor David Watson spoke about the increase in the population of feral cats and what needs to be done about it on Prime TV, Albury and Wagga Wagga, March 14

Nine Ways to fix

Great little article: Australia's draft 'Strategy for nature' doesn't cut it. Here are nine ways to fix it.  The Conversation article has been co-authored by ILWS ecologist A/Prof Dale Nimmo, March 16.

Something fishy about this pub crawl

The media launch, of ILWS PhD student Matt O’Connell’s project looking for trophy Murray Cods, at the Astor Hotel, Albury on Friday, March 16, was picked up by the Border Mail, General News, and in its Fishing Report “Fishers, hunters at ready”, March 17. Before the event, the story featured in the Central Western Daily, and Matt did TV interviews on Prime TV Wagga Wagga and Albury, https://www.prime7.com.au/news/1350-hunt-for-stuffed-cod and a radio interview with ABC Goulburn Murray breakfast, March 16.  The story was then picked up by hit 104.9 Albury, ABC Riverina, ABC Mildura-Swan Hill,  ABC Broken Hill, Triple M The Border, Bendigo, ( including Triple M’s online news) March 19  and by Mildura Midweek newspaper, March 20, and the Weekly Times, Walgett Spectator, the Riverine Grazier, March 21. His radio interview was also broadcast on 5CC Port Lincoln, ABC Riverland, Renmark, SA, 2NM Muswellbrook, NSW, March 21 with a mention on ABC Ballarat breakfast,  and in 2GB’s and ABC’s Radio Adelaide online news http://www.abc.net.au/radio/adelaide/programs/afternoons/murray-cod-trophy/9573306 March 21 following his interview with Sonya Feldhoff, ABC Radio Adelaide (Late Afternoons). His interview was broadcast by Sinead Mangan ABC Ballarat, March 23. Country News insert, Shepparton, March 27, ABC Goulburn Murray Online March 28, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-28/researcher-scouting-local-pubs-for-clues-about-murray-cod/9596692 ABC TV News Sydney, April 2, Triple M Goulburn Valley, April 3, ABC Radio South East SA, April 5.

Poor quality water in private supplies

An article in the Barrier Daily Truth, Broken Hill features Institute Adjunct Professor Peter Waterman talked about the problems of water supply at a public meeting as part of the Secure Safe Domestic Water program, March 19. There was also radio coverage about the meetings on ABC Broken Hill, March 19. A follow-up story about the public meeting in Broken Hill was then published in the Barrier Daily Truth, Broken Hill, on March 20 with further interviews on ABC Broken Hill, ABC Central West, ABC Radio Sydney, The World Today,  and ABC Online news, on March 20. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-20/professor-encouraging-rural-communities-to-treat-their-water/9567366 And the blog fssalerts, March 21. https://fssalerts.wordpress.com/2018/03/21/brain-eating-parasite-among-the-dangers-of-unsafe-rural-water-says-professor-battling-complacency/

Nine ways to fix Australia’s draft ‘strategy for nature’

Associate Professor Dale Nimmo was one of the authors on Australia’s poor conservation record for a wealthy and politically stable nation, that was originally in The Conversation and has now been published in Open Forum, March 19 http://www.openforum.com.au/nine-ways-to-fix-australias-draft-strategy-for-nature/ It was also picked up by the kevinwildside blog on March 20. https://kevinswildside.wordpress.com/2018/03/20/australias-draft-strategy-for-nature-doesnt-cut-it-here-are-nine-ways-to-fix-it/

Students helping a water system

Prime TV Albury ran a story with Dr John Rafferty on how CSU’s students at the Albury-Wodonga campus at Thurgoona are helping to implement one of Australia’s best water management systems, March 19.

Water Forum

Professor Max Finlayson was interviewed on current and future issues of water management in the region by ABC Riverina for the North East Regional Water Forum in Wodonga on March 22.

Talking politics

In his regular segment on ABC Goulburn Murray breakfast, Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan shared with Joseph Tomsen the Sydney Morning Herald's discussion NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian's Sydney Stadium proposals and the lack of public support for them. He then discussed the ALP's position coming into next years election.  He then commented on the Tas and SA elections and the fact that the minor parties did not poll very well on March 23.

War on foxes to protect Turtles

Charles Sturt researchers were mentioned in an article in the Gannawarr Times March 23 and then on ABC online news regarding a fox baiting program to assist with survival rates for turtles in Victoria's north, March 27.http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-27/baiting-program-at-gunbower-saves-turtle-nests-from-preying-fox/9586878

A week in Politics

A/Prof Dominic O'Sullivan discussed the latest news poll suggesting the Sydney Stadium build will influence around 40% of Liberal voters with Joseph Tomsen on ABC Goulburn Murray breakfast.  A/Prof Sullivan says the election season has highlighted what the priorities are for the two major parties with Labor focused on Schools, Hospitals and TAFE. March 29

I've always wondered: can two chickens hatch out of a double-yolk?

Dr Maggie Watson answers the double-yolk to chicken question in The Conversation series "I've always wondered...." where readers send in questions they would like an expert to answer.  March 30 https://theconversation.com/ive-always-wondered-can-two-chickens-hatch-out-of-a-double-yolk-egg-94165

Murphy's report n Covenant Farms

A/Prof Dave Watson was interviewed by Sean Murphy on ABC Rural News TV about the Bioblitz at Woomargama Station, a property passionate about conservation and farming. March 30

April

Hope as endangered fish found booming in NSW creek

A story in The Border Mail Online on Dr Luiz Silva's  discovery of a population of the endangered Murray Perch in Mannus Creek, NSW, April 3, The Daily Advertiser Wagga Wagga and The Border Mail and Tumbarumba Times April 4 ; Prime 7 Albury TV, April 4, Tumut and Adelong Times, April 6  http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5321415/hope-as-endangered-fish-found-booming-in-nsw-creek

Year 9 Students devising wastewater solutions at the David Mitchell Wetlands

Around 60 Year 9 high school students are hand in hand to devise a solution for wastewater in the local region as they investigated how the Greywater Treatment System at Albury-Wodonga's Charles Sturt University campus could be put to good use. Dr John Rafferty was interviewed by Prime7 Albury and Win Albury, April 3 and the story appeared in The Border Mail, April 4.

The Nursing and Midwifery Codes of Conduct: Privilege, Prejudice and the Indigenous Citizen

A/Prof Dominic O'Sullivan argues a society that needs to debate the merits of a professional body instructing its members to avoid biased, discriminatory or racist practice is likely to have wide differentials in health outcomes across population groups in his article in The Policy Space, April 4

Knuckle cracking leads to arthritis myth exposed

Dr John Rafferty's myth-busting session with Joseph Thomsen on ABC Goulburn Murray included the one-hour swimming rule after eating, thistle juice doesn't cure warts, and the validity of body parts being used for measuring things. April 4

Ecological Thinning Trials

A/Prof Peter Spooner, a researcher involved the trials, was interviewed by ABC Riverina on the outcome of the ecological thinning trials of the southern Riverina's Red Gum Forest and said the first results of the research will be released mid year. April 11

Support for national inquiry

Dr Kath McFarlane did an interview with ABC Central West, April 12, based on her CSU Media Release http://news.csu.edu.au/latest-news/business-and-commerce/support-for-national-inquiry-to-break-care-to-prison-pathway supporting a national review of the child protection laws and processes affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

The Week in Politics

A/Prof Dominic O’Sullivan discusses the PM’s 30th consecutive Newspoll loss; possible replacement for the leadership position being Julie Bishop and the tensions between the two in relation to the possibility of China establishing a military base in Vanuatu; NSW Premier’s announcement to plant 5m new trees in Sydney; and the Opposition leader Luke Foley’s argument for states to have more say in immigration policy, on ABC Goulburn Murray breakfast, April 13.

Shooters, Fishers and Farmers challenge to NSW Nats

A/Prof Dominic O’Sullivan comments on the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party first salvo in the 2019 state election campaign, taking aim at the Nationals, in the Daily Advertiser, April 14 and The Area News, April 15

https://www.areanews.com.au/story/5342825/shooters-take-aim-at-nats-over-regional-business-taxes/

Conservation in Action conference

A story about an upcoming conference “Conservation in Action” at Bathurst May 15-17 with Professor David Watson a keynote speaker appeared in the Mudgee Guardian, April 13.

Kiska Battlefield Exhibit

A story about an exhibition at the Alaska Aviation Museum featuring photographs taken by Associate Professor Dirk Spennemann ran in Alaska Business, April 16.The photography is featured in a new Kiska Exhibit which commemorates a little-known Alaska battlefield of global significance, Kiska Island.  A slice of Alaska World War Two history, the Kiska Exhibit includes both historic and modern images of Kiska’s battlefield landscape. The Kiska Exhibit opened on Thursday, April 12, 2018 and runs until January 27, 2019.  http://www.akbizmag.com/Education/Nonprofits/New-Kiska-Battlefield-Exhibit-Opens/

Solution to issues within the aged care sector

Associate Professor Maree Bernoth says that that Federal Government’s new aged care industry monitor will fail to fix the sector and what was required was a Royal Commission on the sector in an interview on ABC Riverina, andABC Mid North Coast Taree, NSW Statewide Drive, April 23.

Media reporting on women in the military is preserving a male dominated culture

The Conversation article by Dr Donna Bridges on how the media reporting of women in the military is preserving a male dominated culture, was picked up by Australian Business, http://www.businesses.com.au/general-business/427471-media-reporting-on-women-in-the-military-is-preserving-a-male-dominated-culture and dailybulletin.com; viw.com.au; Women’s Agenda; modernaustralian.com; April 24.

Scrapping of Medicare levy

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan discusses the scrapping of the Medicare levy and revenue forecasting on ABC Central Victoria, April 25.

Politics with Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan

In his regular segment on ABC Goulburn Murray Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan discusses the Federal Government’s decision to scrap the Medicare levy; the fact that Admiral Harry Harris will no longer be the US Ambassador to Australia and that South Korea is more important to the US than Australia; and the delay of the Banking Royal Commission, April 27.

May

It will take decades, but the Murray Darling Basin Plan is delivering environmental improvements

"Our main reason for writing this article was to try to let people know that within the operating environment we’ve got (the volume of water, restrictions on release rates, limited ability to get water onto floodplains, etc.) good things ARE being achieved for the environment. That seems to be a message being lost in much of the media."  An article in The Conversation co-authored by LTIM leaders including ILWS's Prof Robyn Watts, A/Prof Skye Wassens, May 1.

The article was republished in the North Queensland Register https://www.northqueenslandregister.com.au/story/5375245/it-will-take-decades-but-the-basin-plan-is-delivering/, Queensland Country Life, Stock & Land, May 2;in kevinswildeside  blog, https://kevinswildside.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/it-will-take-decades-but-the-murray-darling-basin-plan-is-delivering-environmental-improvements/, May 4.It was then picked up and published in the Property Observer, May 18.

The Stuff of Science

Dr John Rafferty spoke with Joseph Thomsen, ABC Goulburn Murray breakfast on a wide range of topics including Australia’s high rate of animal extinctions and what we are and are not doing about it including efforts to conserve regent honeyeaters, mountain pygmy possums and why we should look at supporting organisations that are trying to do something about it, on May 2.

New industry watchdog for aged care sector

Associate Professor Maree Bernoth believes that a royal commission, not a new industry watchdog, is the only way to reform the aged care sector, in an interview on ABC Broken Hill, May 3

Politics with Dominic O’Sullivan

In his regular segment on ABC Goulburn Murray Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan discusses the NSW Government’s decision to install speed cameras to catch mobile phone users; the debate about Australia’s immigration policy; and free TAFE fees following the announcement of the Victorian state budget, May 4.

Women in male-dominated trades

Dr Larissa Bamberry is leading a project looking at how women can help address the problem of a lack of skilled workers in traditionally male-dominated trades as interviewed on ABC TV News Sydney, ABC TV National News, May 4 with an extensive radio interview on ABC Goulburn Murray mornings, May 7.  Dr Bamberry was also interviewed by Prime TV  for Albury, and Wagga Wagga  May 8 and on 2MCE Orange, May 11.

Feral cats

Border cat owners may be contributing to the region’s feral cat crisis which is endangering native animals and spreading deadly diseases according to Professor Dave Watson, on Prime TV Albury, May 9 and Prime TV Wagga, May 10.

Autumn color

Dr John Rafferty spoke about the autumn color of leaves on Prime TV Albury, May 9.

Drought myth holds Murray Darling back

Institute Adjunct Dr Mallen-Cooper has written an Opinion Piece  “Drought myth holds Murray Darling back: New hope springs across Basin” that appeared in Queensland Country Life and The Land, May 10 which was based on a paper in the scientific journal Ecohydrology. The Opinion Piece was then published in The Land, May 16 https://www.theland.com.au/story/5403621/drought-myth-holds-murray-darling-back/?cs=4963; Farm On Line, North Queensland Register, Queensland Country Life, Stock & Land, Stock Journal, and Northern Daily Leader, May 17.

Itchy Wombats

Dr Maggie Watson spoke on GWN7TV Perth about wombats scratching themselves to death because of a skin disease caused by mites, May 11

Cutting carp numbers

Dr Keller Kopf was on air on Prime TV news, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Tamworth, speaking about the carp issue and the potential release of the carp herpes virus as part of a meeting of 70 people from various agencies who got together in Wodonga (North East Water) to discuss the issue, May 11. https://www.prime7.com.au/news/2116-carp-plan

Hatching a turtle plan

Dr James Van Dyke and his plans to save turtles presented at a community information evening at Wonga Wetlands on Friday evening, May 11, were presented in a story in the Border Mail, May 12. All three native species, the broad-shell turtle, the Murray River short-neck turtle and the Eastern long-neck turtle, were falling victim to foxes, road accidents and other challenges. https://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5396031/hatching-a-plan-to-save-the-murrays-turtles/?cs=11

There was also a short story in the Border Mail, promo for the evening with Dr Van Dyke on FM Radio Triple M, The Border, hit 104.9, Albury,and TV interviews on Win TV Albury and  Canberra and Prime TV Albury,  May 11.

Talking about Politics

A/Prof Dominic in his regular slot with ABC Goulburn Murray Breakfast spoke about the Federal Budget’s tax cuts for low and middle income earners and NAPLAN not achieving its goals, May 11.

Economic health of the region

There was a short piece in the Border Mail, May 14,  about a collaborative study (led by Professor Mark Morrison) by CSU and Regional Development Australia-Murray, on the economic health of the region, details of which will released at community meetings in Jindera and Corowa, May 15. https://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5399391/new-economic-study-shines-light-on-health-of-the-murray-region/

Murray Darling Medical School

Professor Linda Shields was a member of a team made up of a number of CSU professors including the Vice-Chancellor, and Western Sydney University’s rural health director Professor Ross Wilson, that met with the Member for Calara Andree Gee and Federal Regional Health Minister Bridget McKenzie’s visit to CSU Bathurst, as reported in Stock and Land, and Queensland Country Life, May 15 https://www.stockandland.com.au/story/5399512/we-felt-surrounded-by-enemies/, Daily Liberal, Dubbo, May 15 , Central Western Daily, Western AdvocateNorth Queensland Register, May 14 & 15;  on Win TV Orange, May 14; and Western Magazine, May 16

Women in the Trades

Dr Donna Bridges says it will take time to break down the social and cultural barriers faced by women wanting to work in the trades industry on ABC Mid North Coast, Taree, May 14

The Week in Politics

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan, in his regular segment on ABC Goulburn Murray discusses the NSW Government’s plan to declutter the school curriculum; and the Government’s plan to introduce a bill to reduce third party spending on election campaigns, May 18.

Heritage of the Snowy Mountains brumby

A move by the New South Wales Government to recognise the heritage value of the Snowy Mountains brumby has received scrutiny from environmentalists. Ecologist Professor David Watson, says if passed, the new laws will be harmful to the country's alpine zones on Win TV Wagga Wagga, May 21. https://www.facebook.com/WINNewsRiverina/videos/vb.113992652021218/1720584151362052/?type=2&theater

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