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Smart flood warning system saves lives


THE CITY OF  Logan first installed the prototype for its smart flood warning system when Cyclone Debbie ripped through south east Queensland in 2017, prompted to action by the deaths of motorists who had been swept away in the devastating 2013 and 2015 floods. Since the system was installed, no

Water restrictions for Bungendore and Braidwood

QPRC hand watering restrictions

Dry expected to continue for summer QUEANBEYAN-PALERANG REGIONAL Council will introduce water restrictions in Braidwood and Bungendore from Friday 22 November 2019. Braidwood will be placed on Stage 2 water restrictions, which encourages residents to reduce their water consumption by 25%. Bungendore will start on Stage 1 water restrictions which call for

Australian dingoes: cull, contain or conserve


IN SEPTEMBER of this year I attended an exciting day-long forum held by the Royal Zoological Society of NSW in the Taronga Institute of Learning building in Sydney (approximately 20 years since the first one on this topic). The day was structured around a sequence of broad topics: from the features

Heat on councils as bushfire season looms


The frighteningly early start to the bushfire season has highlighted the crucial role councils play in keeping their communities safe, informed and reassured. DESPITE SUMMER STILL being months away, councils around Queensland and NSW have already been put to the test with more than 1,200 bushfires breaking out across both states

Never mind Brumbies: what about the Bogong Moth disappearance?


A NEW ONLINE tool has been launched to help monitor Bogong Moth numbers in what is shaping up to be a crucial season for both their migration and a food source for the critically endangered mountain pygmy possum. Each spring about 4.4 billion bogong moths head to the country's alpine regions in

The $25 billion pie


Plant-based foods offer big value-add opportunity PLANT-BASED PROTEIN, foods for health and wellbeing, premium products and other emerging food trends could be worth $25 billion by 2030, new analysis by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO predicts. Senior Economic Advisor at CSIRO Futures, Dr Katherine Wynn, said that if Australia harnessed these opportunities,

PM talks changes for APS


THE PRIME MINISTER has outlined his future ambition for the Australian Public Service (APS) ahead of the Thodey review of the APS expected in the coming weeks. Scott Morrison emphasised six key components in an address to the Institute of Public Administration in Canberra on the 19 August, which he hopes

Freedom of Speech, issue campaigning under attack

GetUp people power

GET-UP also in crosshairs of Liberals, Nationals GetUp is already subject to the same type of regulation as a political party. By challenging its links to left-wing parties, though, the Coalition is seeking to strip away its claim of independence. Yes, GetUp fights for progressive causes, but it is not a political

Feeding the Chooks

AS NINE NETWORK was hosting a $10,000 a head fundraiser for the Liberal Party at its headquarters last night, Nine and News Corp newspapers were putting the finishing touches on their upbeat coverage of the Government’s impending economic news. RELATED ARTICLE: • Nine Entertainment CEO says hosting Liberal fundraiser at studio was