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Backlash to uni name ploy

Institute Adjunct Associate Professor Bruce Pennay was quoted in an article in the Border Mail with regards to a petition to stop CSU altering its name saying he saw nothing wrong with Sturt University, Jan 7 and also in a story in the Central Western Daily, Western Advocate, Border Mail, Daily Advertiser, re the possibility of changing the name to Wiradjuri University, Jan 5 (online news the day before).

Clinical waste- a major environmental burden

Dr Julia Howitt and Professor Linda Shields were among the CSU authors of a study funded by CSU Sustain which examined the volume of waste from an Australian hospital’s operating theatres, as reported in the Australian Hospital & Healthcare Bulletin. and in online news , January 7.

Fish kill in the Darling River

Ecologist Dr Lee Baumgartner was quoted in a story “Murray fishers, ecologists look nervously north” in a story that ran on line in the Border Mail, Katherine Times, Milton Ulladulla Times, The Leeton Irrigator, Eastern River Chronicle, Port Macquarie News, Southern Highland News, Inverell Times, Macleay Argus, Cootamundra Herald, Manning River Times, The Area News, Southern Cross, Goulburn Post, Namoi Valley Independent, The Armidale Express, Daily Liberal, Ballarat Courier, Warrnambool Standard, Maitland Mercury, South Coast Register, Northern Daily Leader, Bathurst Western Advocate, The North West Star, Great Lakes Advocate, Lithgow Mercury, Central Western Daily, Mudgee Guardian, Coly Point Observer, Bateman‘s Bay Post, Bendigo Advertiser, the Ararat Advertiser, Tasmanian Examiner,  The Advocate, Wagga Wagga Advertiser, Moree Champion, Esperance Express,  Liverpool Champion, Victor Harbor Times,  Narromine News, Nambucca Guardian News, Riverina Rural,  Wauchope Gazette,  Eden Magnet, Port Lincoln Times, Young Witness, Western Magazine, Hawkesbury Gazette,  Port Stephens Examiner, Jimboomba Times, The Senior, Blue Mountains Gazette, Canowindra News, Camden Advertiser, Wellington Times, Riverina Leader, West Coast Sentinel, Redland Bulletin, Kiama Independent,  and 48 other rural newspapers, Jan 9, and in The Land, Border Mail, Jan 10.

He was also quoted in a story for ABC Riverland “Mass fish die-off in Darling River could impact fish numbers in other state, Jan 15.

Lee was also interviewed for a story on WIN TV Albury, Bendigo,Shepparton, and Canberra saying that fish deaths could leader to lower native fish stocks calling for water management practice to change, Jan 16.

Human-deer conflict

Dr Jennifer Bond was featured in a story in the Border Mail re a new study looking at human-deer conflict in the North East with the North East Catchment Management Authority, January 11 with another story in the Country News insert in the Shepparton News, Jan 15 and the Corowa Free Press, Benalla Ensign, Deniliquin Pastoral Times, Seymour Telegraph, Campaspe News, Tatura Guardian, Kyabram Free Press, Riverine Herald, Cobram Courier, Yarrawonga Chronicle, Southern Riverina News, McIvor Times, Jan 17.

Spending $37,000 to promote a tax plan

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan comments on Finance Minister Mathias Cormann spending $37,000 on flights to lobby the government’s corporate tax plan on ABC News Radio, ABC Radio National, ABC News Melbourne, Drive, January 11.

Referee culture

Associate Professor Peter Simmons was interview re a review he has done on how sports’ referees are treated on ABC 24, Jan 11. His review calls for the development of a stronger and more supportive culture for referees. Also went to air ABC News TV, Sydney

Walkability research

Dr Rachel Whitsed was talking about the walkability research in Albury she is leading on ABC Mid North Coast, ABC New England, ABC Riverina, ABC Coffs Coast, ABC Western Plains, ABC Central West NSW, ABC South East NSW, Jan 11.

Magnet for mosquitoes

Dr Maggie Watson spoke to Prime TV Albury. Wagga Wagga about research that scientists have discovered that some Australians have a gene that prompts mosquitoes to bite some people but leaves others alone, Jan 11.

Murray cod research

PhD student Matthew O’Connell spoke about his research on Murray cods on ABC Riverina breakfast, ABC Central West, ABC Western Plains, Jan 11.

Celebrating indigenous culture

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan talks about the PM Scott Morrison’s suggestion of making January 25 the official day to celebrate indigenous culture on 2SER FM, Sydney, Jan 15

Source of algal blooms

Dr Paul Humphries was quoted in a story about the fish kills saying that algal blooms in the Murray are “usually sourced from Lake Hume” in the Sydney Morning Herald, Katherine Times, Wagga Wagga Daily Advertiser, Bathurst Western Advocate and 106 other regional newspapers  Jan  15. with further quotes from Paul about the effectiveness of aerators in WA Today, Brisbane Times, Canberra Times , Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Jan 16. Paul also did a radio interview calling for a scientific review into the river system  for ABC South East SA that  also went to air on ABC Broken Hill, ABC Riverland, Jan 23.

Lessons learned from previous hypoxic blackwater events

Professor Robyn Watts talks about how the use of aerators to create fish refuges has worked in the past in a story that appeared in Jan 15 with a follow-up radio interview that went to air on 6PR 882 News Talk, Eagle FM, 2GB, Macquarie Sports Radio, and 4BC 116, Jan 15; and further comments on the use of Aerators on Forever Classic 2GN Jan, 2GB Sydney, Power FM Illawarra, Jan 16, and ABC Western Plains,  and ABC Central West, Jan 17.  She was also quoted in a story on ABC Online  as an expert in ecology, management and restoration of aquatic ecosystems, Jan 16. In that same article Professor John Williams, who is an ILWS Adjunct was quoted as an expert in water economics, environment and policy.

Robyn also did an extensive radio interview on ABC Canberra, Jan 19 with a mention the day before on ABC Radio Canberra Drive about setting up fish refuges during heatwaves.There was also a story in the Country News insert in the Shepparton News, Jan 22and 25.

Macadamias under attack

A story about a new research project funded by Hort Innovation and led by Professor David Watson looking the at the effect the mistletoe has on macadamia trees appeared in the Glass House Country News, Jan 16.

Use of restraints in Aged Care facilities

Associate Profess Maree Bernoth spoke on the use of restraints in Aged Care facilities and other Aged Care issues on ABC Riverina, Jan 16.

Respecting the meaning of gender and culture

There was an article in the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal written by PhD student Georgia Tziros, Professor Oliver Burmeister and Associate Professor Maree Bernoth on respecting the meaning of culture and gender for older Greek women, Feb 1.

Attracting and retaining women tradies in regional Australia

A feature story on research being undertaking by a team of CSU researchers including Dr Donna Bridges, Dr Larissa Bamberry and Associate professor Branka Krivokapic-Skoko on women in the trades in regional Australia was in the Australian Education Union’s news on its website, Jan 17.

Audio recordings

PhD student Liz Znidersic spoke on ABC AM ABC with Sabra Lane on sound and sensor technology  being tested for nation’s rising feral cat infestations as part of the Five Feral Cat-Free Island which was then on ABC News radio ,ABC Radio Canberra,  ABC North West WA, ABC Goldfields, ABC MidWest and Wheatbelt AM, ABC Esperance, ABC Great Southern WA, and with others ABC radio stations in Queensland, NBSW and Tasmania, Jan 18.

Plan to help Darling River recover exists

An article in the Conversation “A good plan to help Darling River fish recover exists: so let’s get on with it”, written by Dr Lee Baumgartner and Professor Max Finlayson continues the Institute’s input into discussions around the fish kill in the Darling River, Jan 21. Republished, viw magazine, Han 21; Australian Business, Daily Bulletin,  Daily Liberal, The Adelaide Review, Jan 22, and the Barrier Daily Truth, Jan 23. The article led to Lee doing an interview for ABC 24 TV News in the evening.

He did another interview on the latest fish kill in the Menindee Lakes, also for ABS News 24, Jan 28. and an extensive interview on the current situation for ABC Country Hour which went to air for the Rural Report,  on ABC Goulburn Murray, ABC Riverina, ABC West Coast SA, ABC Broken Hill, ABC North and West SA, ABC West Coast SA, A BC Shepparton, ABC Gippsland, ABC West Victoria, ABC Newcastle, ABC Western Plains, ABC Ballarat, ABC Eyre Peninsula and West Coast, Port Lincoln, Feb 4. ABC Central Victoria, Feb 6; and on NSW Country Hour, ABC Illawarra, ABC Mid North Coast, ABC South East NSW,  ABC New England North West, ABC Central West, ABC North Coast, ABC Western Plains, ABC Upper Hunter, ABC Riverina,  Feb 7.

There was also a story “The ecosystem just blew up”: fish experts with quotes from Lee and Max in the Dubbo Photo News, Jan 31.

Blue green algae outbreak on Lake Hume

Dr Keller Kopf’s interview with Nine News Albury story re blue-green algae alert for Lake Hume went to air  on Southern Cross TV Albury, Jan 21.

Social and economic development

An article written by Professor Manohar Pawar on “Social development and economic development: a case for integration” was published in the January issue of the International Council of Social Welfare’s Global Cooperation Newsletter.

Financial rewards to encourage private conversation on farms

Professor Max Finlayson’s radio interview re a $55M deal which will see two properties on the Lower Lachlan jointly managed between an environmental charity and an agricultural group and his comments that governments could be providing more financial rewards to encourage private conservation efforts on farms was aired on ABC Radio Sydney, ABC News Radio, ABC Mid West and Wheatbelt AM, ABC Esperance, ABC Great Southern WA, ABC Kimberley, ABC South West WA, ABC Perth, ABC Far North Queensland, ABC Western Queensland, ABC Radio National, A BC World Today,   and 15 other ABC radio stations throughout the country, Jan 23; ABC Central West, ABC Riverina, Jan 24

Impact on ongoing heat

Dr John Rafferty in his regular spot on ABC Goulburn Murray breakfast spoke about the impact of congoing hot temperatures on the body and climate change in general, Jan 24.

Is it safe to run when pregnant?

A Conversation article “We asked five experts is it safe to run while pregnant” with co-author Professor Rylee A. Dionigi was published Jan 28. Republished in online news services Essential Baby, Jan 29

Coming up to the election

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan spoke about the state of play coming up to the NSW elections on ABC Western Plains, Jan 29.

Call for unity re fish kills

Associate Professor Skye Wassens talked about the conditions that have led to the fish kills on Forever Classic 2GN, 2NM Muswellbrook, National Rural News, Jan 29.

Balranald Shire Council connection

The General Manager of the Balranald Shire Council, Michael Kitzelman, said he was meeting with professors from ILWS in relation to the fish kills  and a need to better manage local water and local resources, on 2GB Sydney, Jan 29.

Innovation for wildlife

Professor David Watson leads a CSU sustainability team that is creating high-tech 3D printing nesting boxes to protect wildlife such as gliders and parrots. He says it is an exciting innovation for wildlife.  Story on 2TM Tamworth , 2LT Local News,  an interview for Prime TV Albury, and radio interviews for Jan 29, 2BH, 2HD, 2SM,  Jan 30. He also did an interview for ABC Goulburn Murray, breakfast, Jan 30 and ABC Central West NSW, Jan 31.  Story was also in the Daily Advertiser, Feb 1 and the Country News insert in the Shepparton News, Feb 5. There was also a radio interview about the project on ABC Newcastle, Feb 4, ABC Riverland, and ABC South East SA, ABC Northern Tasmania, Launceston, TAS Country Hour, and more stories in the,,,,,, Shepparton News Online,,,,, Deniliquin Pastoral Times, Riverine Herald, Feb 5. Story was also picked up by ABC Ballarat, Feb 8

Comments on Aged Care report

Associate Professor Maree Bernoth spoke on NSW Statewide Drive in response to the key findings of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Aged Care’s latest report which went to air on ABC Mid North Coast, ABC New England North West, ABC Riverina, ABC Western Plains, ABC Central West, ABC Coffs Coast, ABC South East NSW, Jan 31.

Benefits of mistletoe

A story focussing on the benefits of mistletoe quoting Professor David Watson by the Mudgee District Environment Group was in the Mudgee Guardian & Gulgong Advertiser, Jan 31.



Protecting the world’s wetlands

Professor Max Finlayson was one of the experts quoted in a special release by The Conversation for World Wetland Day (Feb 2) Protecting the world’s wetlands: 5 essential reads, which came out on Feb 1.

Meeting with ILWS

A meeting with representatives from the Balranald Shire and ILWS members to discuss an integrated waterway management plan was referred to in a radio interview with the Shire’s General Manager on ABC Central West,  ABC Mid North Coast NSW, on Feb 1.

Wetlands in serious decline

Professor Max Finlayson says recent fish kills are symptoms of a “global malaise” towards wetlands which are in decline world-wide in a story in the Border Mail, February 4. This followed a radio interview on the decline of wetlands that Max did for World Wetlands Day ABC Goulburn Murray, ABC Shepparton, Feb 1 which followed a CSU out on Jan 31 that was picked up by online news service miragenews, Max was also interviewed by Prime News Albury re a webinar held as part of World Wetlands Day, Feb 5.

Federal Politics

In his regular radio segment, Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan spoke about the government closing the gap in polling but that there was still a long way to go on ABC Central West and ABCX Western Plains, Feb 1.

Reasons for thunderstorms

Professor Kevin Parton who is studying weather patterns in the Central West NSW believes there is a co-relation between high temperatures and thunderstorms in a story in the Central Western Daily, Forbes Advocate, Cowra Guardian, Oberon Review, Grenfell Record, Nyngan Observer, Western Magazine, Canowindra News, Parkes Champion-Post, Narromine News, and four other regional newspapers, Feb 1, South Coast Register, Daily Liberal Feb 2 and Lithgow Mercury, Feb 5.

How to save fish in the Darling River without more water

Institute Adjunct Professor Mallen-Cooper gave his views on what can be done to revive the Lower Darling River in a story that appeared in Stock & Land, The Land, North Queensland Register, Queensland Country Life, Stock Journal Australia, Farm Online, Farm Weekly, Feb 1, Queensland Country Life, Feb 3. with another piece in The Land, Stock & Land, Farm Online, Queensland Country Life, North Queensland Register, Feb 7

Appointment to fish death panel

Dr Lee Baumgartner’s appointment by the Federal Minister for Water Resources, David Littleproud to the Federal Government’s Darling River Panel to review fish deaths in that river was picked up by the Sunraysia Daily, Mildura, Barrier Daily Truth, Broken Hill, and Feb 5 with news reports on ABC Shepparton, ABC Goulburn Murray, Feb 6.

Key trade partner

Australia could prevail as a key trade partner as Britain’s exist from the EU looms says Professor Steven D’Alessandro on Southern Cross TV Wollongong, Southern Cross ACT, Nine News Canberra, Southern Cross Wagga Wagga, Southern Cross Nice Central West, Feb 5.

Blue green algae

Dr Julia Howitt spoke about the blue-green algae outbreak at Sumsion Gardens, Wodonga, on Southern Cross Albury, Feb 5.

Commentary on fish kills

Institute researchers continue to be asked by media for input into this discussion. Professor max Finlayson spoke on 2bs about what else was needed after the review teams reported, Feb 6.

Floods play a vital role

A Conversation article written by Dr Paul Humphries in 2016 “Floods play a vital role in ecosystems – it’s time to get out of their way” has been republished by the Australian News Daily, Feb 11.–-it-s-time-to-get-out-of-their-way

Abuse of children in care

A Conversation article written by A/Prof Kath McFarlane in 2016 “Northing to see here? The abuse and neglect of children in care is a century-old story in Australia” was republished by the Australian News Daily, Feb 11

Letter to the PM on Climate Change

An  Open Letter to the Prime Minister on the climate crisis, from 154 scientists included Dr Melanie Massaro and Prof David Watson, originally published in the Conversation has been republished in the Australian News Daily, Feb 11

When do baby birds begin to breathe

A Conversation article “written by Dr Maggie Watson, “I have always wondered: when do baby birds begin to breathe?” was republished in the, Feb 10

Indigenous recognition in our constitution matters

A Conversation article written by A/Prof Dominic O’Sullivan “Indigenous recognition in our constitution matters and will need greater political will to achieve” was republished by the Feb 10 with another Conversation Piece Planned closure of charter schools in New Zealand prompt debate about self-determination, also published by Feb 11

Wild bee and butterfly decline

A Conversation article written by former ILWS post-doc Dr Manu Saunders “Neonicotinoids linked to wild bee and butterfly declines in Europe and US” was republished by the Feb 11

The Crown is Māori too

A Conversation on Feb 8 article “The Crown is Māori too –citizenship, sovereignty and the Treat of Waitangi”” written by A/Prof Dominic O’Sullivan was republished by Daily Bulletin, Feb 8,,, Australian Business, Feb 9

Political update

Associate Professor Domini c O’Sullivan speaks about the current situation in politics, looking at the elections coming up and parliament resuming next week, on ABC Shepparton, ABC Goulburn Murray,  with another regular segment talking about the political reaction to the Banking Royal Commission and other current political issues on  ABC Central West, Feb 8.

Enough supply

Dr Jonathon Howard was quoted in a story in the Daily Liberal, Dubbo, Western Advocate, Bathurst,  Central Western Daily, Wagga Wagga Advertiser, Mudgee Guardian, Bathurst Western Advocate, Lithgow Mercury, Daily Liberal, Narromine News, Western Magazine, Blayney Chronicle, Wellington Times, and eight other regional NSW newspapers, saying that there is enough supply in the Central West’s various dams to keep the towns and cities of the region watered, Feb 12. The story was also picked up as a news item on Radio 2EL, Feb 12.ttps://

Australia is the canary

Dr Keller Kopf has written an Opinion Piece “Australia is the canary, and the coal mine, for the world when it comes to water stress”, that appeared in The Guardian, Feb 11.

Rights of indigenous people

Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan had a piece “The universal declaration of human rights and the rights of indigenous peoples at an 80th anniversary reflection” published in the Oxford Human Rights Hub, Feb 12.

Australian rural communities and healthy rivers

Adjunct Dr John Williams was on ABC The Drum, saying that we've got the science to go through drought and keep our rivers healthy.  We have just got to find the political will, Feb 12.