Species of smaller populations of Australian animals could be wiped out by a bad fire season
Associate Professor Dale Nimmo was quoted in an article in New Scientist, “There is No Plan A” saying that many species with smaller populations [than our koalas][ could be wiped out in a bad fire season, January 3.
Not doing enough monitoring
Dr Maggie Watson was mentioned in a letter to the editor published in the Stock Journal with respect to Australia not doing enough bird and insect population monitoring, January 4.
Animal tricks for staying Alive
Associated Professor Dale Nimmo has written a piece for The Conversation entitled Animal response to a bushfire is astounding. These are the tricks they use to survive which was then picked up the Daily Bulletin, MSN Australia, January 8, tag, Barrier Daily Truth, Gizmodo Australia, Firstpost.com, January 9.
Impact of global warming
Associate Professor Andrew Hall spoke about the impact of global heating on our climate in an article in The Daily Advertiser in response to the Bureau of Meteorology recoding the hottest, driest year on record in NSW, January 9. https://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/6573649/state-swelters-through-2019-enduring-hottest-driest-year-on-record/
Rebuilding bushfire affected areas
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan spoke about the Government’s response in terms of funding to help bush fire affected areas to recover and rebuild on ABC Riverina, January 9.
Effects of bushfire disasters on mental well being
Dr Belinda Cash spoke about the effects of bushfire disasters on mental well-being and what people could do to alleviate this, including reaching out for support services, on ABC Goulburn Murray, ABC Broken Hill, ABC South West Victoria, ABC West Victoria, ABC Central Victoria and ABC Ballarat Jan 8, ABC Shepparton, ABC Goulburn Murray, ABC Gippsland, January 9 with more interviews on ABC South East NSW, ABC Illawarra, and ABC Riverina, ABC North Coast NSW, January 10.
Wildlife response to bushfires
Associate Professor Dale Nimmo spoke about how Australian native animals respond to fire, and the torpor state that they go into to survive, on ABC Central West, ABC North Coast, ABC Mid North Coast, ABC Upper Hunter, ABC Coffs Coast, ABC New England, ABC New England North West, ABC News Radio, January 8.More radio interviews broadcasted on Radio Adelaide, ABC Alice Springs, ABC Darwin, ABC North and West SA, ABC Adelaide, ABC West Coast SA, ABC West Victoria and 19 others ABC radio stations including ABC Sydney January 9 to January 12. http://radioadelaide.org.au/2020/01/12/native-animal-responses-to-bushfires/ Also an interview on Nova 91.9, January 13. There was also a story ‘Who will mourn Australia’s velvet worms?’ mentioning Dale in VIPortal, January 9. https://www.viportal.co/news/who-will-mourn-australias-velvet-worms/There was also a story in Head Topics, in the US, entitled “Some of Australia’s smallest species could be list to wildfires, January 13; a repeat of an article in the New York Times. https://headtopics.com/us/some-of-australia-s-smallest-species-could-be-lost-to-wildfires-10662181 as well as his views on the effects of the fires on out native species included in articles in the Wall Street Journal, https://www.wsj.com/articles/australia-fires-imperil-populations-of-green-bees-honeyeaters-and-potoroos-11578997803 and The Times Post, January 14, Yale Environment 360, January 16, USA@ News Hub, January 19;the Financial Review, January 20. Also in The Independent, January 23 https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/australia-wildfire-species-extinction-worms-beetles-spiders-a9278231.html Also radio interviews on how to conserve biodiversity after a bushfire on Radio Adelaide, January 24.
Challenges for wildlife post fire
Dr Andrew Peters spoke about the challenges facing wildlife post bushfires and the risk of losing whole collections of species and ecosystems on SBS Radio, January 12. He is spearheading an operation to restore habitats in the Snowy Valleys that have been lost or impacted by the bushfires. Reported on in the Daily Advertiser, January 18 and January 21. https://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/6584539/efforts-begin-to-rehabilitate-riverina-wildlife-after-bushfires/ Radio interview on ABC Riverina, Triple M, January 17.
Species likely to go extinct
Professor David Watson says it might be a decade before Australia finds out which species have gone extinct because of the bushfires, in a story in WA Today, January 13. https://www.watoday.com.au/politics/federal/uncharted-territory-as-species-likely-go-extinct-in-bushfires-20200113-p53r3z.html Sydney Morning Herald, worlddaily.us, January 14; usadailyexpress.com, The Southland Times, January 15
Effects of fires on our animals
Dr John Rafferty spoke about the effect of the fires on our wildlife as well as of landclearing on The Border’s 105.7 Triple M, January 14 and again January 16.
Wombats aren’t heroes
Associate Professor Dale Nimmo’s Opinion Piece in The Conversation Tales of wombat ‘heroes’ have gone viral. Unfortunately, they’re not true was picked by Viw Magazine Australia, January 15. Big News Network.com January 15. He then did radio interview on the subject on ABC Melbourne, January 16.Story picked up by OverSixty, January 17.Picked up by The Village Voice, January 24.
70km fish kill
Professor Lee Baumgartner was quoted in a story “Bushfires: ‘Ecological disaster’ as mass fish kill stretches 70km” relating to the fish kill in the Macleay River in northern NSW, in The Australian, January 15. https://www.theaustralian.com.au/science/bushfires-ecological-disaster-as-mass-fish-kill-stretches-70km/news-story/24a0b7110755e106bfc359c09991f7d7?btr=511e9926c378b53e7ba061b386c03eb2 ABC Mid North Coast, ABC Coffs Coast, January 16. More interviews on hit 106.9, 2AD 1134, January 18, and stories in WatsNews2Day https://whatsnew2day.com/hundreds-of-thousands-of-fish-die-after-rain-ashes-and-sludge-in-a-river/ Internews cast, Yahoo. News UK, January 17, Mail On Sunday January 18. The story was also picked up by The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/17/hundreds-of-thousands-of-fish-dead-in-nsw-as-bushfire-ash-washed-into-river and syndicated via a range of UK publications and was an ABC TV nationally via state bulletins and ABC online
Appointment to expert panel
The initial meeting of an Expert Panel, which includes Associate Professor Dale Nimmo, that met with the Federal Minister for the Environment Susan Ley in Canberra on January 15 to help steer the recovery process from Australia’s bushfires as part of the Government’s $50 million Wildlife and Habitat Recovery Package was reported on the National Tribune, https://www.nationaltribune.com.au/wildlife-experts-head-to-canberra-to-steer-recovery-process/ and Australasian Leisure Management, January 15. That appointment was mentioned in a story in the Independent Australia, January 22
The importance of social media
Dr Travis Holland spoke on the importance of social media networks, particularly during the bushfire emergency, on 2BS 95.1, January 17.
Win for endangered Lord Howe Island’s woodhens
A story on the rat eradication program on Lord Howe Island which involved moving the island’s entire population of woodhens and many of its Lord Howe currawongs into captivity while the program and the corresponding research study being undertaken by Dr Melanie Massaro was featured on ABC Mid North Coast January 18 and in Australian Geographic January 19. https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/news/2020/01/win-for-endangered-lord-howe-island-woodhens/ MSN Australia, January 21; WhatsNew2Day, January 21
Welcome aboard denialists: now let’s stop fiddling and start fixing
Professor David Watson’s Opinion Piece about what should be done in light of the recent bushfires featured in the Sydney Morning Herald January 17 and was republished by WA Today. https://www.watoday.com.au/environment/climate-change/welcome-aboard-denialists-now-let-s-stop-fiddling-and-start-fixing-20200117-p53say.html This was followed by radio interviews on ABC Riverina, January 21
Macquarie River fish kill: Expert calls for water rethink
Following a massive fish kill in the Dubbo region Professor Lee Baumgartner says that more fish screens and ladders would allow fish to migrate more easily, but that long-term climate related water challenges needed to be acknowledged and addressed by the community and governments in an article in the Daily Liberal, January 22 https://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/6591201/water-wake-up-call-expert-calls-for-change-after-dubbo-fish-kill/ Also on ABC News, https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-22/ecologists-warn-more-fish-kills-will-come-with-rain/11885546; radio interviews on 2VM, 2NZ, Radio 97, 4WK, 2PM, 2HC, Newsaustralia.uk, ABC Western Plains, January 23
Impact on fish from rain on fire affected country
Professor Lee Baumgartner was interviewed on Nine News about the sludge from bushfire affected areas that is going into the rivers after the rains, the impact on fish, and that some of the fish are being relocated to Narrandera fisheries in the meantime, January 21.
Dr Liz Znidersic spoke about her research on cryptic birds on ABC Northern Tasmania, January 22 with another interview on threatened species and what is being to help protect them on ABC Northern Tasmania, January 28.
This week in Politics
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan spoke about the political topics of the day including the controversy around former Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie and the fact that preference was given in funding to sporting groups in marginal seats, on ABC Central West NSW, January 22.
The Institute was featured in an article that came out in the TERN newsletter, January 22 https://www.tern.org.au/Newsletter-pg17740.html#Current
Fish disaster moves across Murray Darling Basin
Professor Lee Baumgartner continues to talk about the disaster affecting our fish in light of the impacts of the bushfires on our waterways in stories in the Brisbane Times https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/conservation/wall-of-mud-and-ash-fish-disaster-moves-across-murray-darling-basin-20200123-p53u6i.html
January 23, ABC News Radio https://www.abc.net.au/radio/newsradio/new-threat-of-mass-fish-kills-threatens-murray/11897618, ABC North Coast, ABC Coffs Coast, ABC Western Plains, ABC Riverina, January 23;The Age, ABC West Victoria, ABC Mildura, ABC South West Victoria, ABC Central Victoria, ABC Gippsland, ABC Ballarat, January 24; and again on ABC Ballarat, ABC Gippsland, ABC Central Victoria, ABC South West Victoria, ABC Shepparton, ABC Mildura, January 27.
ACIAR annual review
Institute led projects funded by ACIAR in Pakistan and Lao PDR and Myanmar are featured in the ACIAR Annual Review 2018-19. https://www.aciar.gov.au/publication/Annual-Review-2018-19
Dr Reza Mahinroosta
Dr Reza Mahinroosta and his family became Australian citizens at Bathurst as reported in the Western Advocate, January 26. https://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/6598477/australia-day-mahinroosta-family-joins-36-others-in-becoming-citizens/
What good are wetlands?
Updated Opinion Piece by Professor Max Finlayson and two colleagues from the Society of Wetland Scientists on wetlands and climate change published in The Conversation, January 24, 2020
Thinking Fish – Saving Native Fish in the Murray Darling Basin seminar
Mention of a CSU Exploration series seminar coming up in Dubbo with Institute Adjunct Dr Martin Mallen-Cooper as one of the speakers, in Fishing World, January 28 http://www.fishingworld.com.au/news/thinking-fish-saving-native-fish-in-the-murray-darling-basin-seminar There was also a report about the event on Nine News Central West, February 4 and a story in Daily Liberal, February 5.
Indigenous mental health
A story about how a new study, co-authored by Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan, which examined how New Zealand’s Treaty of Waitangi can be used as a blueprint to improve Maori health outcomes– an idea that could also applied to Australia’s own Indigenous population, was published in The Educator Australia, January 28.
Senator Bridget McKenzie sports grants
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan says that Senator Bridget McKenzie’s survival so far, in light of the sports grants issue, supported claims about her level of National Party support in the Beaudesert Times, Daily Advertiser, January 28
Dr John Rafferty spoke about what is going on with the fish kills (as a result of sediment getting into rivers and streams from the rain after the bushfires) on The Border’s 105.7 Triple M, January 28.
SEGRA Walks the Talk January 2020-Edition 49 has a short piece on the ILWS-CSU-SEGRA activities at last year’s conference in the Barooga. https://mailchi.mp/bff5e0749f48/segra-walks-the-talk-january-2020-edition-49?e=b7d9349657
Solutions for the future
Institute adjunct Barney Foran puts forward his ideas on how Australia could prepare for the future in an article It’s the economy stupid, but lets make it fit for purpose, that was published in johnmenadue.com, January 31.
Professor Max Finlayson’s Opinion Piece in CSU News Our wetlands are valuable, but will they survive resulted in an interview about the importance of wetlands and their future on ABC Goulburn Murray, ABC Shepparton, February 3.
Deputy Prime Minister
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan commented in an article in the Daily Advertiser ‘Deputy role good for city’ referring to Riverina MP Michael McCormack’s re-election as a leader of the National Party, February 5.He also spoke about this in his regular time slot on ABC Goulburn Murray and ABC Shepparton, February 5.
Minimising the impact on waterways
Professor Max Finlayson says that minimising the impact [of flooding rains after the bushfires] on vital water supplies and waterways needs to be a priority to avoid water quality issues, toxic algal blooms and further fish kills in stories on Thisismoney.co.uk, February 6,9 News, AAP https://www.9news.com.au/national/booms-to-protect-sydney-s-drinking-water/d286dc38-c32f-4161-b384-cc8a4d11f171, the Daily Advertiser https://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/6620139/fire-ravaged-run-off-could-cause-water-contamination-algae-blooms-says-expert/ The Daily Telegraph, The Saturday Paper, The Macleay Argus, February 7. Story was also picked up by WhatsNew2Day, Inter News Cast, The Australian Financial Review, February 7. His interview on ABC radio on the matter was then aired on ABC North West and SA, ABC West Coast, ABC South East SA, ABC West Coast SA, ABC South East SA, and 2SM, February 10. There was also a story in the Weekend Advertiser, Feb 15.
Managing the Australian landscape
File footage of Associate Professor Ian Lunt talking about how Australia managed/s its landscape, particularly woody grassland systems from a story done for Landline, was used an ABC 24 from a story done for broadcast partner Deutsche Welle, ABC 1 Perth, February 10.
Environmental water assists an endangered snake
A story about confirmed discovery of the endangered grey snake along the banks of recently watered wetlands in the Lower Murrumbidgee region, was published on the Department of the Environment and Energy’s website and Wetlands Australia e-Magazine, Wetlands Australia 32 https://www.environment.gov.au/water/wetlands/publications/wetlands-australia/national-wetlands-update-february-2020/environmental-water-snake
Charles Sturt at the frontline of critical waterways research
A story promoting both our research on fish and waterways as well as the upcoming public lecture in Dubbo “Saving Native Fish in the Murray-Darling Basin” (which has already sold out) as part of the CSU Exploration Series appeared in the Central Western Daily, February 11. Institute Adjunct Martin Mallen-Cooper is one of the speakers. https://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/story/6624020/charles-sturt-at-the-frontline-of-critical-waterways-research/ There was also another story on the event, but focussing moreso on the speaker who will talk about The National Carp Control Plan in the Daily Liberal, February 11. https://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/6625692/carp-control-plan-high-on-agenda-for-experts/
Saving animals from extinction
A media release from the Minister for Environment with the findings from an expert panel charged with helping save wildlife following the bushfires which detailed 113 animal species requiring urgent action to save them from extinction generated plenty of media across Australia https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/113-animal-species-requiring-urgent-action-after-bushfires-20200211-p53zsu.html Associate Professor Dale Nimmo, one of the members of the expert panel, was then interviewed on the subject for reports on ABC Goulburn Murray, ABC Shepparton, ABC South East SA, and ABC Gippsland, February 12; ABC South East NSW, ABC Gippsland, February 13.
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan in his regular weekly segment spoke about the National Party leadership spill and that Barnaby Joyce isn’t helping matters, and the visit by the Indonesian President on ABC Goulburn Murray, February 12.He also gave his views on the National Party leadership in an article in the Daily Advertiser titled Michael McCormack calls for the Nationals to end ‘disruption’, February 13. https://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/6629531/michael-mccormack-calls-for-the-nationals-to-end-disruption/ with a comment in a Border Mail article, February 14
Treating PFAS Contaminated Soils
The Blog Hazmat featured a story ‘A review of the emerging treatment technologies for PFAS contaminated soils’ based on research done by Drs Reza Mahinroosta and Lalantha Senevirathna, Feb 13.
Saving our native fish
In recent years ILWS researchers in partnership with NSW Fisheries and NSW Murray LLS were involved in a project that helped inform a long term management plan for the population of Macquarie perch, a threatened native fish species, living in Mannus creek in the Upper Murray. The recent bushfires and damaging rainfall events have further threatened the population’s survival but ILWS Adjunct Mr Luke Pearce is working to rescue the fish. Story on ABC News, February 12 . https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-12/native-fish-rescued-from-bushfires-in-kosciuszko-national-park/11953776?section=environment&fbclid=IwAR2KuSB8Ok5UPcgWJ2fmCJRSORWv8GUOIQ6I9z-WrVwcogs9uFed0b66BbQ
Triple whammy: drought, fires and floods push Australian rivers into crisis
Professor Max Finlayson and Professor Lee Baumgartner were two of a number of experts quoted in a story in the Guardian about Australia being hit by a “triple whammy”, written by its environment reporter, and published February 12. Picked up by Yahoo! News UK, February 12. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/12/triple-whammy-hits-push-australian-rivers-crisis
Treating PFAS Contaminated Soils
The Blog Hazmat featured a story ‘A review of the emerging treatment technologies for PFAS contaminated soils’ based on research done by Drs Reza Mahinroosta and Lalantha Senevirathna, Feb 13.
A moment of despair
An article in The Guardian about the population of Macquarie Perch being all but wiped out after the bushfires with ILWS Adjunct Luke Pearce and Professor Lee Baumgartner commenting, February 15. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/15/last-population-macquarie-perch-nsw-river-carnage-bushfire-ash-fish-species Then picked up by Yahoo! News UK, Feb 15
Cockatoos ravaging Tassie farmers’ poppy crops
There was a story in the New York Times Post, with comment from Dr Maggie Watson, re the possibility of the birds being addicted February 16. https://nytimespost.com/hungry-cockatoos-are-waging-war-on-tasmanias-opium-producing-poppy/ Follows a more detail story in The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/15/flying-high-not-getting-high-the-poppy-eating-cockatoos-of-tasmania-are-no-opiate-addicts Feb 15 Story picked up by hit106.9 February 18.
Right clothes for the job
Dr Donna Bridges features in a story “How clothing can change the way women work” referring to her research project Women in Regional Trades: Understanding Resilience which identified workwear as one of the key barriers to encouraging women into trades, in the New Daily, February 17. https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/work/2020/02/17/female-tradies-workwear-changes/. Reference was made to this research in a story “Women want upgrade on tools of the trade” published in The Advertiser, February 19
Impact of trucks on Blue Mountains residents
Dr Sarah Redshaw features in an article in the Blue Mountains Gazette that expresses concern about B-double trucks transporting waste to a plant that will burn non-recyclable waste to supplement a power plant, February 19.
This week in politics
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan spoke about the High Court’s ruling about whether or not Indigenous people can be designated as “aliens” even if they are not born in Australia, and the concept of citizenship on ABC Goulburn Murray, ABC Shepparton, and ABC Central West NSW, February 19. This was also the topic of an Opinion Piece ‘The Human Right to Belong: Indigenous Rights and sovereignty’ in the Oxford Human Rights Hub, February 18. http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/the-human-right-to-belong/?fbclid=IwAR3emEdEpdQBYmnIUxk45gK08cmswwao6cAPADrKPzqT-tFY_pgnY6h8p00
Helping wild animals recover from bushfires
Associate Professor Dale Nimmo was a co-author of an Opinion Piece in The Conversation How you can help-not harm- wild animals recovering from bushfires that was picked up and republished in The Canberra Times, February 21. https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6641981/how-you-can-help-not-harm-wild-animals-recovering-from-bushfires/ and Texas Public Radio, News 88.9 KNPR, Big News Network.com, Feb 21.
Response to rail accident
Institute Adjunct Associate Professor Ian Gray was one of a number of people commenting after a rail accident which killed the driver and the pilot of the XPT train travelling from Sydney to Melbourne. He says the fact it was an old train wasn’t necessarily the issue, but that the state of Victoria’s railways has long been a concern, on ABC Radio National, Radio News, ABC Goulburn Murra6y, ABC Shepparton, ABC Riverina, February 21.
Not enough to help Australia’s wildlife
Associate Professor Andrew Peters and Deputy Chair of Wildlife Health Australia says there is not enough of the Federal Government’s $2 Billion fire recovery fund going to help wildlife on ABC Goulburn Murray, February 21.
Drinking water needs to be more carefully used
Institute Adjunct Professor Peter Waterman was quoted in a feature story in the Daily Liberal about NSW regional towns water supply saying that drinking water needs to be more carefully used and supported a three-pipe system for homes, one for drinking water, one for showers and washing machines, and a third for toilets, Feb 25. https://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/6650866/day-zero-and-what-councils-are-doing-about-the-drought/ and in the Central Western Daily, February 27.
Irrigation water is helping southern bell frogs
There was a story in The Land about a population of Southern Bell Frogs at Yanco Creek increasing because of irrigation water featuring PhD student Anna Turner, February 25. https://www.theland.com.au/story/6647448/rare-frog-numbers-rise-due-to-irrigation-water-transfer/
Blue-green algae alert
Institute Adjunct Dr Paul McInerney was interviewed on Channel 9 Albury local news re the red alert for blue green algae in the Hume Dam, Feb 25. https://www.facebook.com/9NewsBorderNorthEast/videos/257476818571936/?__xts__=68.ARAJHS5PeFMPd62xPLUb5BcXX5Xaz9YXO61XjPetE5CzNmWA_Jl5Vv5jPPhkQ2DDASDHtJQlUBIy_7OvfI_6MtNUWNKmOutCTfeXA84ubNa3W5c37RAuEfxhZyY9ZoFeAVVtDThVlcQVKLmIEbJYrQvt5QVviVNFTimWylgY_JUN0RCVY-byIc2McVjeIscwOsYYBbV6HKAsTP8kASWYM_TbKEI7XqCiL6Jf3THFHhA0OtaqHyiBLdXwAExicHgU30Zas9O2suXALF_fUOpEJLbOZY-5HEIIxSTxOwqRnuZ8FqqY0BkyZZv5XPg7k66aWQuPao27wajIqMsb13a8-4Jaf2X3e6okKqI&__tn__=-R
Smoke killed more native animals than initially thought
Associate Professor Andrew Peters spoke on ABC Goulburn Murray about the impact of smoke on wildlife, with some native Australian smoky mice in a captive breeding facility 20 kms away from fires near Canberra dying after three days because of smoke, February 27. Also on ABC Riverina, ABC Shepparton,ABC News Radio, ABC South East SA, Radio News, Triple J, ABC Darwin February 27. Also was reported on in the news bulletin on Win TV Albury and Win TV Riverina, February 26 and then an interview with Dr Peters on Prime7, February 27. Published in TerraDaily, MSN Australia, February 27, Lebanese News Agency, UK Telegraph, Malaysia News, Arch6y Newsy, Headtopics- Malaysia Namibia Press Agency, February 28, also on 2AD 1134AM, online ENCA, March 2
This week in politics
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan in his regular segment on ABC Shepparton and ABC Goulburn Murray says it is not a bad thing for the Government to be in deficit if it means that good things are being done for the country, February 26. Similar topic and other things related to politics over the last week on ABC Central West NSW and ABC Western Plains, February 26.
Geez that was hot
PhD student Richard McLellan, who is a member of Bush Heritage Australia Volunteer Advisory Committee, has written a blog about a trip to Eurardy Reserve and his research on how some of the reserve’s plants and animals are responding to heatwaves that was published on Bush Heritage Australia’s web site, February 27. https://www.bushheritage.org.au/blog/geez-that-was-hot
How ash and debris are choking Australia’s rivers.
A feature story about the fire fallout on our rivers written by South African journalist Adam Welz that features Dr Katie Doyle, Dr Luis Silva and ILWS Adjunct Luke Pearce was published on the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies web site Yale Environment 360 February 27 https://e360.yale.edu/features/fire-fallout-how-ash-and-debris-are-choking-australias-rivers and picked up by other online site
Story was then picked up again in Japan Fallout from Australia’s Huge Wildfires Is Choking Rivers on Satoshi Nakamoto Blog, March 21.
Last summer’s fish carnage
Professor Lee Baumgartner and Professor Max Finlayson are co-authors of an article in The Conversation Last summer’s fish carnage sparked public outrage. Here’s what happened since which was chosen by the editor as the top story of the day, published February 28. Followed up with radio interviews with Max saying we need to keep the Murray Darling Basin Plan on ABC South East NSW, ABC New England North West, ABC North Coast, ABC Coffs Coast, ABC Central West, ABC Western Plains, ABC Riverina, ABC South East NSW, and ABC Mid North Coast March 2.
Greater need for cyber security
Associate Professor Lihong Zeng says that the cancellation of Australian wool sales in the last week of February highlighted that no industry is immune to cyber attack in an article in Sheep Central, March 2 https://www.sheepcentral.com/growers-need-to-be-able-to-securely-sell-their-wool-awi/ and in Farm Online, and Countryman March 5 and in Farm Online, and Countryman March 5.
Transform your garden or balcony into a wildlife haven
A nice piece in The Conversation which mentions Professor David Watson who spoke about the importance of protecting animals such as pollinators during the climate crisis, March 4, which was picked up by Hashtag Australia, https://hashtag.net.au/the-conversation/44348-transform-your-garden-or-balcony-into-a-wildlife-haven and tagged, Phys.org, March 5;Architecture and Design, March 9.
This week in politics
This week Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan talks about the federal and state governments not working together terribly well in terms of getting bushfire relief on-the-ground, the government’s response to COVID-19 and travel bans including its financial response including the cut in the Reserve Bank’s interest rates, and the financial impact of COVID-19 on universities, on ABC Shepparton, ABC Goulburn Murray, and ABC Central West, March 4.
Mekong River Commission
A nice story on the Mekong River Commission’s web site titled “Safeguarding livelihoods for fishing communities in Mekong countries” which gives an overview of ILWS’s recent collaboration with the Commission as part of the Fish Passage project, March 4. http://www.mrcmekong.org/news-and-events/news/safeguarding-livelihoods-for-fishing-communities-in-mekong-countries/
Monitoring fish larvae
There was a story “Working together on fish project” in the Deniliquin Pastoral Times and the Kyabram Free Press about collaborative research being done with the Edward Wakool Angling Association as part of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Research-Edward/Kolety-Wakool program, March 5. https://www.kyfreepress.com.au/deniliquin-news/2020/03/05/1066446/working-together-on-fish-project
Dr Sarah Redshaw has been selected by the Greens as its Blue Mountains Council candidate for the upcoming elections in September as featured in a story in the Blue Mountains Gazette, March 6. https://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/6663608/greens-discard-sitting-councillor/
The toilet paper panic buy
Professor of Management and Marketing Kevin Parton aired his views on people wanted to stockpile toilet paper in light of COVID-19 on ABC Central West NSW and ABC Western Plains, March 7.
The “Thinking Fish” seminar will be held in Wagga, Thursday, March 12 with guest speakers Professor Lee Baumgartner, ILWS Adjuncts Dr Craig Boys and Luke Pearce, as promoted in a story in Fishing World, March 9. http://www.fishingworld.com.au/news/riverina-set-to-host-fish-seminar Also promoted on Win TV Riverina, March 11. Note Lee Baumgartner did not attend this event.
Rivers after fire – aquatic equivalent of a desert
Mention of a three day conference to be held in partnership between CSU and International River Foundation coming up in June in mirage news, March 10. https://www.miragenews.com/rivers-after-fire-aquatic-equivalent-of-a-desert/
Barriers for Women in Peacekeeping
The 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, Dr Donna Bridges writes for the Policy Forum, International Women’s Day Special Edition. Asia and the Pacific Policy Society, March 10. https://www.policyforum.net/barriers-for-women-in-peacekeeping/
National Eucalypt Day
ILWS PhD student Richard McLellan did a radio interview about National Eucalypt Day and the Eucalypt of the Year competition for ABC Midwest and Wheatbelt, March 11. He was then featured for having led a “one man mission” to have the species Illyarrie (Eucalyptus erythrocorys) named Eucalypt of the Year in an article published on Mediaverse, March 23. https://mediaverse.com.au/news/?rkey=20200322medianet_pr_929726&filter=18137
Menindee Lakes finally filling again
Professor Lee Baumgartner was quoted in a story in the Brisbane Times saying that the water returning to the Menindee Lakes was “good news” and praised the Berejiklian government for placing an embargo on extraction of most of the flows, March 11. https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/environment/sustainability/like-a-kid-at-christmas-menindee-lakes-finally-start-to-fill-again-20200311-p54920.html and the Sydney Morning Herald. He then did a radio interview on the subject that went to air on ABC Sydney Breakfast, March 12.
This week in politics
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan suggests that the effect of the bushfires will be forgotten about in the wake of COVID-19 and discusses impacts of that and the Government’s response with an economic stimulus package and what we can expect over the next few months on ABC Shepparton, ABC Central West March 11.
Survey for skills shortage in the Riverina
There was an article in the Area News about a Riverina Skills Survey being conducted by CSU (project led by Professor Oliver Burmeister) March 13. https://www.areanews.com.au/story/6675028/city-sees-job-growth-despite-concerns-of-skill-shortages/ with another more detailed story in the Daily Advertiser, March 29.
Advantage of using fish screens on irrigation pumps
Following the US’s decision to make fish screens mandatory, Professor Lee Baumgartner talked about the advantage of using fish screens on irrigation pumps in Australia to help save our native fish species in a radio interview on ABC Riverina, March 17.
Response to the Prime Minister’s announcement
Political commentator Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan responded to the Prime Minister’s announcement on further measures to combat the impacts of the COVID-19 virus on ABC Central West, March 18.
Debate over universal basic income
Dr Yapa Bandara says while he agrees with a universal basic income conceptually he thought implementation would be difficult in an article in the Daily Advertiser, March 22. https://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/6688662/covid-19-renews-debate-over-universal-living-wage/
Fungi after bushfires
An article originally published in The Conversation How fungi’s knack for networking boosts ecological recovery after bushfires whose co-authors include former ILWS member Dr Adam Frew, Associate Professor Dale Nimmo, Dr Jodi Price, and PhD student Leanne Greenwood was republished in Cosmos. March 25. https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/fungi-networking-boosts-recovery-from-bushfires
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan spoke about the difficulty that the average person would have in keeping up with all the announcements from our politicians regarding the measures to combat coronavirus; the impossible task the government has of trying to juggle an economic and health crisis; and the different health systems in the different countries, on ABC Central West, March 25.
This week in politics
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan discusses political leadership in times of crisis, mixed messages from PM Scott Morrison, the regular National Cabinet meetings, and the fact that the Opposition is supporting the government at this time of crisis, on ABC Goulburn Murray, March 26.
Attitudes to climate change
A story in the Australian Institute of Company Director’s newsletter entitled “Climate change: what’s your mindset?” refers to a study led by Professor Mark Morrison in 2013 on people’s attitudes to climate change, replicating a study done by Yale University, April 1. http://aicd.companydirectors.com.au/membership/company-director-magazine/2020-back-editions/april/climate-change-whats-your-mindset. This follows mention of the study in a story on ABC News, Jan 31, based on UNSW’s Dr Rebecca Huntley’s MSSI oration at the University of Melbourne. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-29/climate-change-global-warming-six-groups-rebecca-huntley/11893384?pfmredir
Papers out of the findings from the Australian study are:
Morrison, M., Duncan, R., Sherley, C., & Parton, K. (2013). A comparison between attitudes to climate change in Australia and the United States. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 20(2), 87-100. https://doi.org/10.1080/14486563.2012.762946
Morrison M, Parton K, Hine DW (2018) Increasing belief but issue fatigue: Changes in Australian Household Climate Change Segments between 2011 and 2016. PLoS ONE 13(6): e0197988. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0197988
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan gives the political perspectives on the current crisis caused by the COVID-19 and how our political leaders are responding in an interview with ABC Goulburn Murray that was then replayed on nine other regional ABC radio stations in Victoria as well as a similar interview on ABC Central West, April 1.
In a story in the Reader’s Digest Asia Pacific, entitled “Tree kangaroo mum” mention was made of a study looking at blindness in tree kangaroos being undertaken by CSU pathologists (Dr Andrew Peters) April 3.
Revoking links to sister city in China
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan in response to a Wagga Wagga city councillor’s call to revoke Wagga’s ties to its sister city in China, Kunming, says it was an over-reaction and counter-productive, in a story in the Daily Advertiser, April 8 and print version, April 9.
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan in his regular commentary on ABC Central West NSW spoke on the New Zealand health minister breaking the self-isolation rules, twice, and the New Zealand prime Minister’s decision to let him keep his job, though demoted, and other things related to coronavirus including the passing of the JobKeeper bill, April 8.
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan discussed the passing of the $130B JobKeeper package in parliament later today, pairing of politicians so not too many people were in Parliament House and that Government is not a “one-man” band in reference to UK PM Boris Johnson being ill, and why there are differences in State restrictions re coronavirus, on ABC Goulburn Murray and ABC Shepparton, April 8.
Human interference with animal habitats
Adding further to the COVID-19 story is Dr Andrew Peters’ comments on human interference with animal habitats a cause for concern were incorporated into a story featuring Jane Goodall, that did the rounds on Press From AU, April 11, https://pressfrom.info/au/news/australia/-196443-jane-goodall-says-global-disregard-for-nature-brought-on-coronavirus-pandemic.html, International Business Times Singapore, April 11. The story followed an interview Andrew did with ABC TV that morning saying that the virus very likely originated from bats, possibly using an intermediate species, which was picked up by the Fraser Coast Chronicle and the Cairns Post. Radio interview was broadcast very widely including , Radio 2EL, 2GF, 2LM, 2MG, 2LF, 4WK, 2BS, 2PK, 2MO, 2DU, 2SM, 2NZ, (and 10 other regional radio stations) as well as ABC 1 Perth, ABC Coffs Coast, ABC Mid North Coast NSW, and ABC 1 Weekend Breakfast , April 11 & 12. Then on FIVEaa, April 1. He then did another radio interview on ABC 1 Perth, April 15 following his appearance on The Drum on ABC TV including ABC 24 April 14 as a panellist where his views about the re-opening of ‘wet markets’ were widely sought. This led to a live TV news interview with Channel NewsAsia discussing the origin of the virus. He also featured in a story in Australian Geographic, “Do fruit bats carry the virus behind COVID-19?, April; 23. https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/wildlife/2020/04/do-our-fruit-bats-carry-the-virus-behind-covid-19/ Another story where he speaks about the need for humans to reconsider our relationship with the natural world and the impact we are having on animals in the Sunday Tasmanian, April 26.
Animals asking for help
Associate Professor Dale Nimmo was one of a number of experts quoted in a story in The Weekend Australian Magazine “Wild animals avoid humans, they don’t ask for help” in the aftermath of the bushfires, April 11. https://www.theaustralian.com.au/weekend-australian-magazine/dying-for-a-drink-native-fauna-desperately-seeking-human-help/news-story/7203f2526b87dfc388a478c637dc9b99?btr=3d1d67c47f196f9e92516ba33e0d5a3e
Ready to comment on COVID-19
A list of researchers from regional universities ready to comment on COVID-19 which includes nine ILWS members was listed on miragenews.com, April 10 List at http://www.run.edu.au/cb_pages/news/RUN_COVID19_experts.php
This week in politics
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan commented on Trump’s announcement that he wanted to cut funding to WHO as a way of trying to shift the blame for what’s happening in the U.S. on ABC Central West NSW, April 15.
Workers’ health and safety amid Covid-19
Dr Stacey Jenkins was quoted in a story in The Guardian “Employers warned over health and safety amid Covid-19 workers’ compensation claims” April 16 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/16/employers-warned-over-health-and-safety-amid-covid-19-workers-compensation-claims
Fish have feelings
A CSU Media release featuring the work of new ILWS PhD student Leia Rogers on decision making in fish, was picked up by researchforagricutlture.com.au , April 16 https://researchforagriculture.com.au/2020/04/16/new-charles-sturt-research-shows-fish-have-feelings-too/ Story was picked up by the Border Mail, April 23, Coly Point Observer, April 26; Daily Advertiser, April 27.
Increase in bird and animal activity
Wildlife expert Dr Peter Andrews says it is not surprising that there has been an increase in bird and animal activity in Wagga Wagga since Covid-19, in the Daily Advertiser, April 17 and Weekend Advertiser, April 18.
Impact of Covid-19 on regional economies
Professor John Hicks discussed the impact of the virus on regional economies, particularly tourist businesses already hit hard by the bushfires, as well as the potential focus on boosting manufacturing in major cities, and possible less reliance on our export markets into the future on ABC NewsRadio, ABC1 Perth, April 19.
Professor Lee Baumgartner, responding to one of the findings from the federal inquiry into the Murray Darling Basin Plan ways water education should be expanded to include primary school children, on ABC Mildura, ABC Central West, ABC Riverina, April 20.
Tertiary education in crisis
Dr Helen Masterman-Smith, National Tertiary Education Union and a Socialist Alliance member describes the current the current crisis in tertiary education as a complex matter and that there was a need to get a “majority position” from tis members that it could unite around, in green Left, April 21, https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/university-unionists-say-unity-needed-debate-over-directions
The importance of recreational fishing during a crisis
A CSU Opinion Piece on the importance of recreational fishing co-authored by Professor Lee Baumgartner and Dr Katie Doyle was published in Fishing World, April 22. http://www.fishingworld.com.au/news/opinion-the-importance-of-recreational-fishing-during-a-crisis. Published as an Opinion Piece in WeeklyTimes Now, April 24
Dr John Rafferty spoke about the importance of Earth Day and some of the things people can do to help protect the environment on The Border’s 105.7, April 22.
This week in politics
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan continues to discuss the political ramifications of the COVID-19 virus in Australia on ABC Central West NSW and ABC Western Plains, April 22.
Indigenous graduate involved in MER Murrumbidgee monitoring
There was a story about Griffith Clontarf 2019 graduate Dakota Grace working on the Murrumbidgee MER project in the Griffith Academy’s Clontarf Foundation newsletter, April 23.
Dr John Rafferty in his regular monthly session on ABC Shepparton and ABC Goulburn Murray talks about the ‘double whammy’, the COVID-19 crisis and the climate change crisis, and then there is the financial crisis too, April 23.
Webinar on the effects of social isolation on the aged population in Australia
In the lead up to a webinar on Exploring the impacts of social distancing on older adults on Tuesday, April 28, presented by Charles Sturt University and the Australian Association of Gerontology, presenter Dr Belinda Cash did an interview on ABC Goulburn Murray and ABC Shepparton, April 27 and then ABC Western Plains, ABC Riverina and ABC Gippsland, April 28. Belinda was also quoted in a story in the Daily Advertiser about the over 70s feeling lonely in the lockdown, April 28.
CSU a partner
Charles Sturt University will lead the$1M para-veterinarian component of a new DFAT funded program to train animal disease detectives across SE Asia. Dr Andrew Peters said: “This project is an opportunity for vet schools across Australasia to make a meaningful difference to animal health and the wellbeing of communities across our region.” In an article in the scimex news feed, April 27. https://www.scimex.org/newsfeed/coronavirus-animal-disease-detectives-to-be-trained-across-se-asia Story picked up by Press from AU, instant.com.pk, scientificinquirer.com, April 28 and National Tribune, April 29. Dr Peters then spoke on Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat, about the new program, May 9. https://www.abc.net.au/radio-australia/programs/pacificbeat/pac-vet-detective/12227160?fbclid=IwAR3IBCe3GjTUo5k07YjrKjEKlPwb0OCATE6M47EWHmEPz-0O5Czr-nnAnxIThere was also a further story “Training to prevent future animal viruses” in the Daily Advertiser, May 18.
The elderly in care in nursing homes
Associate Professor Maree Bernoth spoke strongly about the sadness caused by people not allowed to visit the elderly in some aged care homes because of lockdowns imposed because of the COVID-19 in an interview on NSW Statewide https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/nsw-statewide-drive/statewide-drive/12175272which was aired on ABC New England, ABC North Coast, ABC Western Plains and other stations across NSW, April 29. Maree did another interview, talking about the challenges that staff in aged care facilities are facing because of COVID-19, on ABC Central West, May 5.
This week in politics
In his 500th radio interview Associate professor Dominic O’Sullivan spoke about what’s happening in federal and state politics including John Barilaro maybe throwing his hat in the ring and the conflict being caused between China and Australia after Morrison calls for an independent review of what happened with COVID-19, on ABC Central West NSW, April 29.
Politics post coronavirus
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan, Federal member for Farrer and Environment Minister Sussan Ley, and Independently member for Indi Dr Helen Hayes talk about what politics will be like post coronavirus in an article in the Border Mail, May 1 and in Print May 2 https://www.bordermail.com.au/story/6740817/pandemic-focused-politicians-but-experts-say-unity-wont-and-shouldnt-last/
Collaborative research study
The findings from a collaborative international research project which former Institute Director Professor Max Finlayson and the late Dr Julia Howitt were a part of featured in a media release from RMIT “Dry lakes and rivers release more CO2 than thought, May 4. https://www.rmit.edu.au/news/all-news/2020/may/dry-waterways
This week in politics
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan discussed former NSW Premier Senator Kristina Keneally’s Opinion Piece about temporary migrants and predicted that Australia will be desperate for workers to fill skills shortages in the future as well as the possible Eden-Monaro by-election and how things haven’t panned out as planned on ABC Central West, May 6.
Ethicist Dr Emma Rush talked about the need for more gender fluidity and less rigidity (i.e. what boys and girls wear, gender-based roles etc) on ABC Riverina, May 8.
New health research survey to assist regional communication during COVID-19
A new research project, funded by CSU ($28,000), and led by Dr Jodie Kleinschafer will focus on understanding risk perceptions, knowledge and preventative health behaviour of regional, remote and rural communities during the COVID-19 pandemic as reported in the Central Western Daily, May 9. https://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/story/6748737/health-survey-to-better-understand-regional-response-to-covid-19/ Story picked up by Triple M 105.1 Central West, ABC Central West, Daily Liberal, May 12; Central West Daily, May 13 and the Western Times and Western Advocate, May 14.
World Fish Migration Day
Mention on ABC Coffs Coast, ABC Mid North Coast of the webinar featuring ILWS presenters on May as part of World Fish Migration Day, May 9.
U.S. – China Rivalry
The coronavirus has further divided the world, while neo-liberalism has made things worse, writes Dr Oliver Villar in an opinion piece “A pandemic in an era of US-China rivalry and neo-liberalism, published in Independent Australia,” May 10. https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/a-pandemic-in-an-era-of-us-china-rivalry-and-neoliberalism,13873
Associate Professor Maree Bernoth says that the decision by aged care facilities that visitors need to have a flu shot before visiting was a wise on but questioned how Murrumbidgee Health might speed up flu shot delivery on ABC Riverina, May 11.
Skills survey extended
A story about a RDA-Riverina skills survey being extended for a project led by Professor Oliver Burmeister was in the Daily Advertiser, May 12.
Net-zero carbon, CSIRO and Big Australia
Institute Adjunct Barney Foran is quoted in an Opinion Piece by Oliver Howes, in the blog “John Menadue-Pearls and Irritations” referring to his previous role as a team leader for CSIRO Future Dilemmas team saying that the “Immigration Department controlled us”, May 13.https://johnmenadue.com/oliver-howes-net-zero-carbon-csiro-and-big-australia/
Trade between China and Australia
Professor John Hicks spoke about the benefit of trade to both China and Australia and the muddying of the waters caused by mixing politics and economics (referring to trade tariffs that China is said to be imposing in response to Australia calling for an Independent Inquiry into how COVID-19 started) on ABC Riverina, May 13.
Albury-Wodonga newspapers on Trove
Institute Adjunct Associate Professor Bruce Pennay was pictured in a story “Albury-Wodonga newspapers from 1873 to 1946 added to Trove History website” in the Border Mail, May 13, a task to which CSU contributed funding.
This week in politics
In his regular segment on ABC Central West Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan discusses the political issues of the week including the trade "stoush" between China and Australia, possible review of JobKeeper and Jobseeker payments and the need to balance health and economic considerations May 13.
NETU and job security
In her role as Charles Sturt University branch president of the NETU Dr Helen Masterman-Smith talked about what is happening at CSU re jobs etc. in an article in Green Left, May 15, the Daily Advertiser, May 22, and Weekend Advertiser, May 23.
Lessons from COVID-19 crisis
Dr Angela Ragusa’s CSU Opinion Piece https://news.csu.edu.au/opinion/gender-role-bending-how-covid-19-has-transformed-the-australian-family?fbclid=IwAR3kaiLkwjvuI_TG9OXd3ETvxTmgWeEtab7RYi98EOYbDWbWAGgAZxxCZec on the impact of COVID-19 in terms of social change, particularly on families, was featured in the Central Western Daily, May 18, Daily Liberal, May 23.
Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan’s Opinion Piece for the Oxford Human Rights Hub, Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in New Zealand was published May 18.
This week in politics
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan talks about possible tax reforms after the COVID-19 crisis as a way of boosting the economy including the pros and cons of removing stamp duty, changes to the GST etc in his regular segment on ABC Central West, May 21.
After the bushfires
Associate Professor Dale Nimmo is the co-author of an Opinion Piece “After the bushfires, we helped choose the animals and plants most in need. Here’s how we did it” “published May 21. It was picked up by Gizmodo Australia, May 21.
Aged care after COVID-19
Associate Professor Maree Bernoth spoke about aged care after COVID on ABC Newcastle, May 22 about. https://www.abc.net.au/radio/newcastle/programs/mornings/aged-care/12276158
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan wrote an Opinion Piece Could treaties help close the political gap in Indigenous health? Published in the Open Forum, May 25.
Fish screen testing
A story with comments from Institute Adjunct Dr Craig Boys (NSW DPI) and Professor Lee Baumgartner “Emerging technology could solve ‘ludicrous fish loss from irrigation” appeared in WAToday, May 25, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald May 26 https://www.watoday.com.au/environment/conservation/emerging-technology-could-solve-ludicrous-fish-loss-from-irrigation-20200522-p54vnq.html
This week in Politics
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan, in his weekly segment, spoke about the US Presidential election and Trump and his not believing in the science behind the COVID-19 pandemic among other things, on ABC Western Plains and ABC Central West, May 27.
Science of Stuff
In his regular segment on ABC Goulburn Murray and ABC Shepparton Dr John Rafferty speaks about the Academy of Science, discovering new species and a new wasp that has been identified through a citizen-science project, May 28.
Difficult environment for MP
Associate Professor in political science Dominic O'Sullivan said Michael McCormack's place as an MP was secure but he faced a difficult environment within his own party in a story in the Daily Advertiser, May 28.
Eden-Monaro by election
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan spoke about a variety of political matters including the Eden-Monaro by election and the political implications on ABC North Coast NSW, ABC Coffs Coast, ABC Western Plains, ABC Central West, May 29.
Dr Cliff Lewis spoke about tourism in the wake of the COVID-19 including what regional areas can do to boost the expected rise in domestic tourism as there is expected to be an increase from visitors who would normally travel overseas on 2BS 95.1FM, May 29 and in an article in the Daily Liberal, June 1.
Wombats and fire
Associated Professor Dale Nimmo spoke about the fascinating life of wombats and what they do when threatened by fire on ABC South East NSW, May 29.
Returning to work after COVID-19
Dr Stacy Jenkins spoke about returning to work after COVID-19 and what we could/should be doing differently on 2BS 95.1 FM on June 2, and again on June 3, with an Opinion Piece in the Western Advocate, June 3. There was also an Opinion Piece in the Western Advocate, June 3, the Daily Liberal, June 5, and the Central Western Daily June 8 based on the CSU Opinion https://news.csu.edu.au/opinion/returning-to-work-after-covid-19-business-as-usual,-or-not
This Week in Politics
In his regular session on ABC Central West, Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan discusses the most recent Federal stimulus package for the construction industry and the implications of that; the suggestion of tax deductible holidays if taken in bush-fire affected areas, June 3.
First PNG vet
A story about Associate Professor Andrew Peters’ student Tania Areori who returns to PNG as that nation’s first female vet in the Daily Advertiser, June 9.
This week in Politics
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan in his regular segment on ABC Goulburn Murray and ABC Shepparton spoke about the strained China/Australia relations including Beijing’s latest statement that Australia wasn’t a safe place for Chinese students to come to, the Black Lives matter protests , and the recession Australia finds itself in, June 10. On ABC Central West NSW he spoke about the impact economically of the Government removing the free child care subsidy, its construction industry stimulus package and Aboriginal deaths in Australia while in police custody relating to the Black Lives Matter protests, also on June 10.
A CSU media release featuring Dr Michael Antolovich about a NSW Virtual Technology Summit and Hackathon coming up on June 22 and 23 in which CSU is partnering with IBM and ITIC was picked up by the Western Advocate, June 13 and 15.
Environment laws failing to deliver
In a story in the Brisbane Times and The Age about national environment laws failing to deliver, Institute Adjunct Professor Martin Mallen-Cooper was quoted as saying that the federal government could have prevented a mass fish kill in 2019 on the Lower Darling River near Menindee in far-west NSW if the risks had been identified and contingency plans put in place, June 14. https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/federal/really-depressing-national-environment-laws-failing-to-deliver-20200610-p551fs.html
Two million fish to be released into the Murray Darling
A Conversation article written by Professor Lee Baumgartner, Dr Jamin Forbes and Dr Kate Doyle Don’t count your fish before they hatch: experts react to plans to release 2 million fish into the Murray Darling was republished by Hashtag Australia, the Daily Bulletin, and www.thecameroontoday.com June 15,kevinswildside.wordpress.com, June 16. Lee was then interviewed by Radio 2AD on the subject, June 17.
Many Australians not aware of their past
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan’s social media post about many Australians not being aware of their past, in response to PM Morrison’s denying his country’s history of slavery was picked up by UA News, asyarfs.org, turkey.timesofnews.com June 15
Private jet for Riverina MP
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan says while Riverina MP Michael McCormack use of a private jet flight was a “bad look” it was unlikely the Opposition would pursue the issue as the expense probably fitted within the rules in a story in the Daily Advertiser, June 16.
Albury’s origin as a military post to guard against Aboriginal attacks needs recognition
ILWS Adjunct Associate professor Bruce Pennay features in a story in the Border Mail saying that Albury’s War memorial should include an acknowledgement of the city’s birth as a military outpost, June 18. https://www.bordermail.com.au/story/6796989/call-to-recognise-aboriginal-ties-that-gave-rise-to-albury/ Story picked up by the Canberra Times, June 19. Further mention was made in a second Border Mail OPINION: It's time Bungambrawatha, the original name of Albury, got a higher profile, June 26.
This week in Politics
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan discusses the branch-stacking that has been seen in the ALP in Victoria (and associated resignations of ministers) and other issues on ABC Shepparton and ABC Goulburn Murray, June 17. He also spoke on the same topic during his regular segment for ABC Western Plains and ABC Central West NSW, June 17.
Impact on wildlife from bushfires
Dr John Rafferty spoke about the impact of bushfires on wildlife on The Border’s 105.7 Triple M, June 19
Fire recovery discussion
Associate Professor Dale Nimmo who was a member of an on-line panel discussing fire recovery facilitated by the National Library of Australia and the Conversation on June 19 says that it is more than time to integrate Indigenous land management into fire prevention in an article in the Border Mail, June 20 and in print June 22. He also did a radio interview before the webinar on ABC Goulburn Murray, June 19.
Restoring a gem in the Murray-Darling Basin
Institute Adjunct Professor Max Finlayson’s Opinion Piece in the Conversation Restoring a gem in the Murray-Darling Basin: the success story of the Winton Wetlands was picked up by irians.global, June 19, the Daily Bulletin, June 21 and Foreground, June 24.
Irrigators warm to fish screens
An article in the Daily Liberal “Irrigators warm to new fish saving screens thanks to cost saving benefits” focuses on a trial ILWS researchers are involved in together with NSW DPI-Fisheries looking at the benefits of fish screens both economically and to the environment, June 19. https://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/6798894/definite-benefit-for-farms-through-new-irrigation-screen-system/ There was a second story about the project, which is in partnership with 30 members of the Trangie-Nevertire Irrigation Scheme with comments from OzFish Director and president of the Inland Waterways Dubbo chapter Matt Hansen also in the Daily Liberal, June 19. https://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/6799173/no-more-fish-lost-hansen-welcomes-installation-of-new-fish-screens/
CSU NETU representative
Dr Helen Masterman-Smith, in her role as the NETU CSU representative gives the union’s view on the situation at CSU on ABC Riverina, ABC Central West, June 22; ABC Mid North Coast NSW, ABC Coffs Coast, June 23.
This week in politics
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan in his regular program talks about the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Victoria including from the Black Lives Matter rally in Melbourne, how the Premiers have responded, the Governments changes to university funding and job cuts at CSU, on ABC Goulburn Murray and ABC Shepparton, June 24. On ABC Central West he talked more about the changes to university fees for courses and whether or not that would encourage more people to into particular courses, June 24.
Reduced overseas migration
Associate Professor Yapa Bandara was featured in a story “Reduced overseas migration to have long-term impacts on Wagga economy” which says that reduced migration, as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic, could add another layer to the economi9c challenges Wagga is set to face in the coming years in a story in the Daily Advertiser, June 25.
The Science of Stuff
Dr John Rafferty, in his regular science segment on ABC Shepparton and ABC Goulburn Murray spoke about the differences between a 2D and a 3D map, the importance of social connections during COVID-19, funding cuts to the ABC etc on June 25.
Launch of new Trove
Institute Adjunct Associate Professor Bruce Pennay, as a representative of regional historians, was on a panel webinar for the launch of the National Library’s updated Trove platform and interviewed about this on ABC Goulburn Murray and ABC Mildura, June 26.
Impact on mental health
Professor Russell Roberts talked about a new research project looking at the effects of dealing with an unexpected pandemic (COVUID-19) and the effect on the mental health of front line workers on ABC Goulburn Murray and ABC Shepparton, June 25 and a story in the Village Voice, June 26.
Majestic Icon or Invasive Pest? A War Over Australia’s Wild Horses
Professor David Watson was quoted in an international story about the brumby issue saying that the evidence of the damage that brumbies do was not in dispute, in csbnews.com Internewscast, https://internewscast.com/majestic-icon-or-invasive-pest-a-war-over-australias-wild-horses/ and in The Economic Times, mloviehob.ga June 29
Skill shortages in the Riverina
Mention on Triple M 963 Riverina of a project with Regional Development Australia Riverina looking to identify skills shortages, June 30.
A colony of koalas at Narrandera could prove ‘insurance’ against extinction by 2050 says Associate professor Andrew Peters in an article in the Daily Advertiser responding to a NSW Parliamentary inquiry into koala populations which found that the Riverina was one of only three koala model regions having little or no areas in a bushfire ground, July 1.Story also in the Jimboomba Times, July 2 and The Area News, July 6 followed up by a radio interview on ABC Riverina ,July 9.
This week in Politics
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan in his regular weekly segment on ABC Shepparton and ABC Goulburn Murray discussed the social, economic and political implications of the Government’s current JobSeeker and JobKeeper payments. Discussed the upcoming Eden-Monaro by-election coming up on the weekend on ABC Central West NSW, July 1.
Impact of the new Macquarie Dam
Institute adjunct Professor Martin Mallen-Cooper comments on the impact that the proposed Macquarie Re-regulating Structure at Gin Gin saying it would have a major negative impact on the river ecosystem, reducing biodiversity and reducing native fish populations in Healthy Rivers Dubbo, July 2. https://healthyriversdubbo.com/2020/06/30/dr-martin-mallen-cooper-comments-on-the-new-macquarie-dam-at-gin-gin/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
A story in WAToday “The fight to save the brumbies stirs old animosities” and in the Sydney Morning Herald mentions Professor David Watson’s resignation from the NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee which had provided advice to the government on the impact of the horses, July 4. Also quoted in a story “Majestic icon or invasive pest? A war over Australia’s wild horses” in Sun Sentinel, July 3. He was then quoted in a story ‘Our native animals are our brothers and sisters’: Why wild horses are causing a culture war in Australia’ in the Independent, July 18.
Black Lives protests
Political expert Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan expresses his views on the Black Lives Matter protests in a story in First Nations Telegraph, July 3. https://www.firstnationstelegraph.com/charlessturtpoliticalexpertsaysprot
Studying birds in the cloud forests
Professor David Watson recounts his experiences as a PhD student in 1997 on a three month field visits to Mexico where he was studying the birds that live in the cloud forests, on ABC Radio National, July 4 and 9 as part of its Off Track series https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/offtrack/fieldwork_fails_01/12368124?fbclid=IwAR3OV7MTYJoBCmBHd6hDi9MnuTKb2n9lkb96UBsuwS7dcKB8hSsVxUJi-Oo.
Eden-Monaro by election
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan predicts that Labor will win the Eden-Monaro by election in a story in the Daily Advertiser, July 6.
Closing of NSW/Victoria border
Institute Adjunct Associate Professor Bruce Pennay talks about the closing of the NSW/Victoria border from an historical perspective on ABC Goulburn Murray and ABC Shepparton, July 7.
Ringtail possums and heatwaves
Dr James Turner’s paper about how ringtail possums adapt to heatwaves was featured in the Vet Practice magazine, July 8. https://vetpracticemag.com.au/research-discovers-how-ringtail-possums-tackle-heatwaves/
This week in politics
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan in his regular radio segments on ABC Shepparton, ABC Goulburn Murray, and ABC Central West says that the PM Scott Morrison’s current popularity didn’t translate into a win for the Liberal Party in the Eden-Monaro by election, July 8.
Macquarie Perch’s home turned to sludge
As part of The Conversation’s Flora, Fauna, Fire project, ILWS researchers Professor lee Baumgartner, Dr Katie Doyle, Dr Luiz Silva, ILWS Adjunct Luke Pearce, and Dr Nathan Ning wrote an article Before and after: see how bushfire and rain turned the Macquarie perch’s home into sludge published July 10, that was picked up by The Daily Bulletin, July 11.
Sustainability is key to regional growth
Dr Simon Wright, lecturer in the School of Management and Marketing spoke about sustainability being the key to regional growth on 2BS 95.1FM July 11 with a story in the Western Times, July 16.
Mouse that died of smoke inhalation
Associate Professor Andrew Peters is the author of an article 'Death by irony': The mystery of the mouse that died of smoke inhalation, but went nowhere near a fire ‘ which is part of The Conversations’ Flora, Fauna, Fire project that was picked up by the Daily Bulletin,and newsworldbulletinorg, July 13 and kevinswildside.wordpress.com, July 14. He then did ABC radio interviews aired on ABC Mildura, ABC West Victoria, ABC Central Victoria, ABC South East NSW, July 15. He was again interviewed on ABC Illawarra, July 22 and ABC Western Queensland, July 23, and then ABC Southern Queensland, July 27 and ABC Gippsland, July 28.
Study to promote sport opportunities for older adults with disabilities
There was a story in Education News Canada about a new study led by the University of Windsor and involving Professor Rylee Dionigi looking at promoting sport and physical activity in older adults with disabilities, July 14.
Socially distanced galahs
Dr Melanie Massaro comments on a photograph of socially distanced galahs taken near Bathurst that has gone viral says the birds’ “social distancing “ behaviour may be a clue to their relationship status with only couples sitting close together, on ABC News and then msn news, brisbanesnews.com.au July 15. https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/galahs-photo-wins-hearts-online-but-ornithologist-says-it-hints-at-a-deeper-sentiments/ar-BB16JtKs Then picked up by the Molong Express, July 20.
Course about ageing
Dr Belinda Cash did a promotional interview about a free on-line course on July 22 she and colleague Robyn Harvey are running about working with/caring for older people on 2BS 95.1, July 15.Follow up interview on 2BS, July 21 and another mention in Orange citylife, July 23.
This week in politics
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan talked about the political news of the week including the “Palace’s letters” around the sacking of Australian PM Gough Whitlam back in 1975 on ABC Goulburn Murray and ABC Shepparton, and ABC Central West NSW July 15.
Support for the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan comments on the high level of support that the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party had in the recent Eden-Monaro by-election in a story in the Daily Advertiser, July 19.
Cameo in the Wall Street Journal
Professor Lee Baumgartner was quoted in an article in the Wall Street Journal about Australian dams, July 20. https://www.wsj.com/articles/bone-dry-australia-faces-backlash-against-dam-projects-dams-dont-make-it-rain-11595170800?st=p459xkftnwrqzry&reflink=article_email_share
Bushfires could trigger rise in threatened species numbers
Reference was made to a paper published in Nature Ecology & Evolution of which Associate Professor Dale Nimmo was a co-author discussing the impact of the 2019-2020 fires on Australian fauna habitat in an article in UQ News, with more stories relating to the report in news.com.au , Bendigo Advertiser, Mirage News, Gold Coast Bulletin, July 21. Then in the India Education Diary, July 22. There was a further story out of the report in Future Focus, August 11.
This week in politics
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan talks about the political issues of the week including Morrison’s announcement re extensions and changes to JobKeeper and JobSeeker and the PM’s popularity as compared to Trump’s, on ABC Central West, and ABC Western Plains, July 22. He spoke about the issues of the Border closures between NSW and Victoria, and the cancellation of a sitting of parliament and other political stories of the day on ABC Goulburn Murray, and ABC Shepparton, July 23.
Fear and Greed
Fear and Greed in a daily (Monday to Friday) business news podcast by economist and journalist, Sean Aylmer. Dr Simon Wright discussed issues surrounding social responsibility and ethical investing, July 23. https://omny.fm/shows/fear-and-greed/covid-19-escalation-hammers-economic-recovery
Science of stuff
Dr John Rafferty in his regular monthly Science of Stuff segment on ABC Goulburn Murray and ABC Shepparton talked about non-sporting local heroes and an email account – firstname.lastname@example.org where people can send in queries, July 23.
Numbers of migratory fish have declined around the world
There was a report in National Geographic “Many freshwater fish species have declined by 76 per cent in less than 50 years” referring to a study by the World Fish Migration Foundation for the first ever Living Planet Index for Migratory Freshwater Fish and quoting Professor Lee Baumgartner in reference to the Australian situation (ash from wildfires killing fish and the drought that led the Darling River to dry up killing millions of fish) published July 28 and picked up by msn news, MSN Canada, Ecovoice and msn Australia. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2020/07/migratory-freshwater-fish-decline-globally/There was also a story in the Sydney Morning Herald, WA Today, the Brisbane Times, and The Age, “Irrigators pushed for NSW ‘primacy’ over basin plan, more water access” that referred to the Index and quoted Lee, July 30 and then August 2. Lee also did a radio interview on the topic for 2BS 95.1, July 30. He was then quoted in a story in Greenie Watch “The four types of climate denier, and why you should ignore them all”, August 5. Another story with Lee in the Border Mail “Fish fix works for jobs”, August 10.
Australian bushfires affected 3 billion animals
A new WWF report on a project headed by the University of Sydney with 10 researchers from the University of Sydney, the University of NSW, University of Newcastle, Charles Sturt University (Associate professor Dale Nimmo) and Birdlife Australia) that found almost 3 billion animals including mammals, reptiles and birds were either killed or displaced during the summer bushfires 2019 and 2020, attracted numerous media hits including TerraDaily; News.com.au; Press From AU; MSN-Australia; EcoVoice, The Guardian, July 28; https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/other/almost-3-billion-animals-affected-by-australian-bushfires-report-shows/ar-BB17fM7Q and The Age, The Straits Times-Asia, Inter News Cast, KSBW.com, the Freepress Journal, KTLA 5, The Indian Express, Unilad, UrduPoint network, Democratic Underground, The Hill, Digital Tariq, World News Monitor, USA News Hub, Al Bawaba, Republic World, Indiatimes.com, NBC Palm Springs, as well as lots of social media posts, July 28 and 29, and radio news reports on 2AD 1134, July 29, Waikato Times, Sri Lanka Mirror, Click Lancashire, Topactu, July 30 and JIJI Press, July 31,The World Economic Forum, August 4, The Daily Telegraph, September 4.
Mekong River Commission
Research being undertaken by ILWS in the Mekong Basin was featured in the Mekong River Commission’s “Catch and Culture” August publication with Institute Adjunct Professor Martin Mallen-Cooper on the front covers and the articles “Outlook for international scientific collaboration in the Mekong region” featuring Professor Lee Baumgartner, PhD student Vu Vi An; “Connectivity of Mekong fishes between freshwater and Marine habitats” written by Vu Vi An, Professor Lee Baumgartner, the late Dr Julia Howitt, Professor Karin Limburg, Dr Juliane Reinhardt, Professor Martin Mallen-Cooper and Professor Ian Cowx. http://www.mrcmekong.org/news-and-events/newsletters/catch-and-culture-environment-vol-26-no-2/
PIT Tagging research
A story on the PIT tagging research being undertaken by our members came out in the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s Finterest web page, https://finterest.com.au/pit-tagging-in-the-river-murray/ , July 30.
This week in politics
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan spoke about housing policy being different across the states, tax thresholds, stamp duties and other things political/economic in his regular session on ABC Central West, July 29. In his regular session on ABC Goulburn Murray and ABC Shepparton, he talked about mask wearing, the difficulties with blaming the Victorian government or any government for what’s happened re COVID-19, July 31.
Crisis in aged care
Associate Professor Maree Bernoth spoke about the problems facing the aged care sector, particularly in light of the COVID-19 crises in Victoria, on ABC 24, Weekend Breakfast, ABC NewsRadio, ABC 1 Perth, August 2. She then spoke to ABC News Breakfast on ABC Riverina again about the systemic issues in Australia's aged care sector saying these issues pre-date COVID-19 and that more clinicians are desperately needed to advise the sector. Also on MSN.com, August 17.
Preventing the spread of zoonotic and animal diseases
Mention was made of Associate Professor Andrew Peters leading the para-veterinarian component of a new program to train animal health officers in the Pacific, in a story on The Pig Site, (from a Media Release issued by Sydney University, the program’s lead) August 3.
This week in politics
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan discussed, among other things, the UNSW’s decision to remove a University Media article about the situation in Hong Kong and China, and the dependence on international students by the university sector and the government’s refusal to help, in his regular show on ABC Central West, August 5.
Impact of coal seam gas
Institute Adjunct Dr John Williams was featured on ABC News Justin August 8, and then on ABC Landline August 9 talking about the Narrabri coal seam gas project and the probably impact on the environment. https://iview.abc.net.au/show/landline
Wodonga exhibition looks at the impact of war
Institute Adjunct Associate Professor Bruce Pennay spoke on ABC Goulburn Murray about an on-line exhibition by the Wodonga Historical Society he authored looking at the impact of World War 11 (which ended on August 15, 75 years ago), August 13. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-13/wodongas-transiton-from-war-to-peace/12550436 Bruce was also interviewed on ABC Shepparton, and again ABC Goulburn Murray August 15 and there was another story in the Border Mail, August 15, with Bruce reflecting on the end of the war and what it was like for people in the region as part of a story “Making sense of dad’s trial” in the Weekend Mail.
This week in politics
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan in his regular segment on ABC Central West, among other things, discusses the Government’s plans to increase the cost of certain university courses and not others, and the split within the Government because of this, August 13.
Impact on Border Communities
Associate Professor Rachel Whitsed’s comments from a CSU Opinion piece on the impacts of the NSW/Border communities from a spatial perspective and why it would be better to move the checkpoint further north were picked up by ABC Shepparton, ABC Goulburn Murray, ABC Riverina on August 13; on Nine Albury/Wodonga, August 14; radio interview on ABC Shepparton, ABC West Victoria AM, ABC Central Victoria FM, ABC Goulburn Murray, ABC Mildura, and four other local ABC radio stations, August 14; a story in the Border Mail “Research maps out a better approach”, August 15; and another radio interview with Rachel on ABC Goulburn-Murray, ABC Shepparton, August 17.
Link to the on-line exhibition https://historywodonga.org.au/the-impact-of-the-second-world-war-on-wodonga-and-its-surrounds/
There were also news releases about the exhibition put out by Wodonga Council, August 14 and 17. https://www.wodonga.vic.gov.au/Newsroom and https://www.wodonga.vic.gov.au/Newsroom/Archive/remembering-75-years-on
Social Sciences week
Brief mention in the Daily Liberal of a webinar on conflict and extremism in invasive species management with Dr Jen Bond and Dr Alexander Knight as part of the line-up of events for Social Sciences Week coming up on September 8, August 15. A more extended story on this in Ecovoice, August 17. http://www.ecovoice.com.au/webinar-on-how-social-sciences-can-contribute-to-invasive-species-management/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=webinar-on-how-social-sciences-can-contribute-to-invasive-species-management
Bridge Hub Water Challenge
Mention of the Institute and its long track record of research around water issues by Charles Sturt Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Michael Friend in an article in Eco-voice titled ‘New water’ could be the key to un –tapping river system solutions’, August 19.Also in The Land, August 21.
This week in politics
In his regular spot on ABC Central West AM., Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan discusses the government’s “wobbly” commitment to increasing the amount of compulsory superannuation that employers have to pay on behalf of their employees in light of everything that is happening with the economy, August 19.
Becoming strike ready
Dr Helen Masterman-Smith, in her role as NETU branch President at CSU, was mentioned as a presenter in a story about a zoom presentation “Organise Your University Right Now,” August 19, in Green Left, August 20.
Riverina koala colony
Associate Professor Andrew Peters is quoted in a story about a proposal to re-establishing a koala colony near Wagga Wagga in The Weekend Advertiser, August 22 and The Area News, August 23.
Open letter calling for safe release of prisoners
Dr Emma Colvin was one of many signatories to an Open letter calling for safe release of adults and children from prisons and youth detention centres and protection of their rights and health in the covid-19 pandemic August 2020 published by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, August 24. She was also the co-author of an article Will COVID-19 change our youth justice systems? published by Monash University’s LENS, August 24. https://lens.monash.edu/2020/08/24/1381116/will-covid-19-change-our-youth-justice-systems
This week in Politics
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan discusses allegations of misuse of public money and branch stacking within political parties – this time Federal Liberal MP and assistant treasurer Michael Sukkar on ABC Goulburn Murray and ABC Shepparton, August 26, and in another radio interview, talks on the same topic on ABC Western Plains, August 26.
Women in Trades
Reference was made to a CSU study on Women in Trades, led by Dr Donna Bridges, in a report on the subject on 2GB, August 27.
The Science of Stuff
Dr John Rafferty, in his regular segment on ABC Murray Goulburn and ABC Shepparton talked about what led to banns on using CFCs, subsequent good global co-operation, which in turn has led to a massive reduction to the thinning of the ozone layer, August 27.
Intel needed for CSU study on COVID-19
A call for 1000 central western participants to speak out about their experiences re COVID-19 for a study led by Dr Jodi Kleinschafer was published in the Daily Liberal and Central Western Daily, August 29.
History of Shepparton railway station
A repeat of an interview that the late Tim Fischer did with historian Institute Adjunct Professor Bruce Pennay re the history of the Shepparton railway station and then a follow up interview went to air on ABC Shepparton And ABC Goulburn Murray, August 29.
Unfair treatment and healthcare for Māori
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan’s Opinion Piece in The Conversation Two inquiries find unfair treatment and healthcare for Māori. This is how we fix it published August 31, was picked up by Modern Australian, stuff.co.nz, August 31, NewsCompany.com.au, September 1 and Daily Bulletin, September 2.
Platypus and water rat numbers
Institute Adjunct Professor David Goldney spoke about studies he has done on platypus across the Central West and a current survey as well as water rat numbers and how people can help, on 2BS 95.1 FM, August 31.
Endangered grey snakes in the Lower Murrumbidgee
The CSU Media release on Dr Damian Michael’s discovery of a population of endangered grey snakes in the Murrumbidgee and subsequent research was picked up by EcoVoice and featured in a story in ABC on-line News, “Gayini Nimmie Caira wetlands 'Kakadu of the South' awash with life thanks to winter watering” September 1, https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-02/gayini-nimmie-caira-kakadu-of-the-south-awash-with-life/12616370 , followed by an interview on ABC Riverina, ABC Mid North Coast NSW, ABC Central West NSW, ABC South East NSW, ABC New England North West, ABC Western Plains, ABC Coffs Coast, September 2, a story in the Jimboomba Times, September 2, The Daily Advertiser, September 7.
Impacts on wildlife from bushfires
In a combined article on the Threatened Species Recovery Hub titled “Fire and post-fire impacts on wildlife groups, and priority conservation responses” Associate Professor Dale Nimmo authored the section on reptiles, September 2 https://www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au/news/fire-and-post-fire-impacts-on-wildlife-groups-and-priority-conservation-responses
Dr Melanie Massaro says that magpies could recognise individual humans and treat them differently in an article about why magpies swoop some people and not others in the Daily Advertiser, September 2, Port Macquarie News, September 8, 2BS 95.1 FM September 8, Bathurst City Life, ABC Goulburn Murray, September 9, Daily Liberal, The Village Voice, September 11, Central Western Daily, September 13. Melanie also did a radio interview for the Wire on September 14. http://thewire.org.au/story/magpie-swooping-season-underway/, and on 2AD 1134AM, September 15. More coverage in the Midstate Observer, September 17. She then spoke again on ABC Central West, and ABC Western Plains, September 19.
Sandalwoods in WA
ILWS PhD student Richard McLellan was on ABC Goldfields and ABC Mid West and Wheatbelt WA talking about his new grant from the Australian Flora Foundation to further his studies on sandalwoods, September 2.
This week in politics
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan discussed the Federal Government’s plans to introduce new legislation allowing it to veto state and local government plus university contracts with any foreign governments, Australia’s property market, impacts on businesses in the CBDs from people working from home etc on ABC Central West NSW, September 2.
Grant Linley, PhD candidate, explores how certain behaviours of animals – including potoroos, wallabies and quolls – change with variation in ambient light, phases of the Moon and cloud cover and the implications of artificial light pollution on how animals behave in his co-authored article in The Conversation, September 4. https://theconversation.com/predators-prey-and-moonlight-singing-how-phases-of-the-moon-affect-native-wildlife-140556 The article also appeared in The Toorak Times, September 5 and cosmosmagazine.com on September 10.
(Grant Linley will be commencing his PhD on the impacts of the recent bushfires on native species in north-eastern Victoria under the supervision of Associate Professor Dale Nimmo and Dr Jodi Price in the November session 2020.)
Australia is officially in recession
Professor John Hicks said that regional areas can expect to feel the short and long-term effects of the recession due to the majority of businesses in the regions being small and medium enterprises without the resource base of the bigger companies to ride out the downturn and that regional tourism is particularly affected by the border closures on 2BS 95.1 FM, September 8 and September 9 and again on ABC Central West, September 21.
Women at work
Dr Donna Bridges chatted about the Women and Trades research project findings and the role of women in trades to help re-build from the coronavirus crisis amid a major shortage of tradies on the Sunrise Television 7News on September 8.
China Australia Relationship
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan spoke on the myriad of issues making the news about the China - Australia relationship, Chinese students and racism experiences, the belt and road agreement of the Andrew’s Government and the Commonwealth seeking to overturn the agreement, the arrest of an Australian Chinese reporter for This week in Politics on ABC Central West, ABC Western Plains, September 9.
Blockchain and Privacy
A new paper co-authored by Professor Oliver Burmeister on key privacy issues inherent to current blockchain platforms and suggesting the technology needs to be refined so it can better protect privacy featured in stories in The National Tribune, Tech Xplore, Curatedcrypto, Nasdaq.com, qnewshub.com,John Lothian News, September 10, Crypto Commentary, September 11, iTWire, September 13.One of the authors of that paper (Dr Kirsten Wahlstrom) then followed up with an Opinion Piece in On Line Opinion, Sept 21. https://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=21114
Dr Simon Wright was interviewed on 2BS 95.1FM as a member of an up-coming Upstairs start up hub panel meeting about renewable energy and businesses, September 15.
MOTA webinar series
Information about a webinar series to introduce the Motivation and Ability (MOTA) Framework: Decision Support for Strategic Planning and Implementation, organised by IHE Delft with speakers Professor Lee Baumgartner, Dr John Conallin and Dr Jen Bond, was published on un-ihe’s web site, September 15 https://www.un-ihe.org/news/motivation-and-ability-framework-webinar-series
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan gave an interview on Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat programme, discussing developments in contemporary Fijian politics, September 16. https://www.abc.net.au/radio-australia/programs/pacificbeat/former-fiji-pm-held-hostage-in-2000-coup-plans-politics-return/12667800
Shortages of registered nurses in aged care
Associate Professor Maree Bernoth spoke about the shortage of registered nurses in Australia’s aged care sector and the interventions required on ABC Central West, ABC Riverina, ABC North Coast, ABC Western Plains, ABC New England North West, and ABC South East NSW, September 17.
There was a profile on Institute Adjunct Dr Patrick Cobbinah published in Menafin, The Middle East North Africa Financial Network, on September 21. https://menafn.com/1100825449/Patrick-Brandful-Cobbinah
A story on Dr Damian Michael’s research on using artificial bark covers to survey reptiles was published in Ecovoice, September 22 https://www.ecovoice.com.au/wildlife-researchers-barking-up-right-tree-with-artificial-environments/ and in the Daily Advertiser, September 23.
Science of Stuff
Dr John Rafferty, in his regular monthly segment on ABC Goulburn Murray and ABC Shepparton spoke about the myth of gold fish not having good memories, an apple a day being good for you and mobile phones being bad for your health…among other topics in a talkback session , September 24.
This week in politics
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan, in his regular weekly segment on ABC Central West and ABC Western Plains, spoke about the NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro’s chances of leading the National Party when he returns from leave, and the Federal Government’s current rating in the polls, September 23.