And in Other News...Honouring Slim Dusty
ABC Radio is marking the 10th anniversary of Australian country music star Slim Dusty’s death with a dedicated digital radio station, Celebrating Slim Dusty on ABC Extra.
The station will feature songs from the more than 100 Slim Dusty albums, plus features from the ABC archives, including a live concert presented by John Nutting; Joy McKean interviewed by Richard Fidler for Conversations and memories and tribute songs from the next generation of Australian country musicians.
People wishing to listen to the station can download the ABC Radio App to their phones and select ABC Extra; listen online at abc.net.au/radio or tune into ABC Extra on digital radio.
Rural research wanted
Research proposals are being called for by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.
It wants proposals in the following areas: New Plant Industries, Developing Plant Industries, Animals Industries, National Rural Issues, New Plant and Animal Opportunities Feasibility, Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership.
Research proposals will be accepted until 18 October. Further information at this PS News link.
Geoscience Australia will again be hosting Australia’s Earth Science Week celebrations from 13-19 October, which has the theme Mapping Our World.
The aim is to promote awareness of the many uses of maps and mapping technologies in the geosciences and to highlight how Earth scientists use maps to understand the world around us.
Entries for the 2013 Top GeoShot photographic competition close on 27 September, with the winners announced at a ceremony during Earth Science Week.
The 10 millionth passenger has passed through the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service’s SmartGate.
SmartGate is a self-service system which uses cutting-edge biometric facial recognition technology to allow e-passport holders 16 years and over from Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom, to self-process at the border.
It has the ability to process increasing numbers of passengers while enhancing border security and deterring the use of forged or stolen passports.
Curved coin a winner
The 2013 Canberra Engineering Excellence Award has been presented to the Royal Australian Mint for its 2012 Southern Sky Crux Curved Coin.
The Mint was selected in recognition of the engineering innovation required to produce the coin.
The Mint will now go onto the Engineering Excellence Award National Finals, which will be held at Parliament House on 20 November.
Earlier this weekCustoms shines light on drug import
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) officers have seized four kilograms of ContacNT concealed in torches.
ACBPS officers at the New South Wales Air Cargo facility noticed irregularities in an x-ray of two consignments from China, containing 96 hand-held torches.
The batteries of the torches were removed and found to be filled with pink and yellow granules consistent with ContacNT, a cold and flu medication which contains high levels of pseudoephedrine, a precursor chemical used to manufacture substances such as methamphetamine.
More buses for Triangle
The ACT Government plans to increase bus services to Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle in response to a Federal Government push for paid parking in the area.
Services every five minutes in peak hour from Gungahlin and every 10 minutes from Woden are part of the Government's new ACTION bus network.
More frequent services to the Parliamentary Triangle are one element of the proposal to supply more public transport options for workers in the precinct, who are due to be hit with parking charges from mid-next year.
Chinese dance and music
Dr Nicholas Ng, from Griffith University, will present a special free performance of Chinese dance and music at the Arc Cinema at the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) in Canberra on Thursday, 19 September.
Dr Ng, who was a 2012 Research Fellow at the NFSA. His research project was called Celestial Roots: the Chinese Cultural Diaspora in Australia. He researched NFSA collection items relating to representations of China and the Chinese in Australia, analysing and drawing from still and moving images.
Dr Ng will also perform improvised Chinese music on the traditional instrument the Erhu and will discuss his research project at the NFSA and will answer questions.
WHEN: Thursday 19 September, 5.30-6.30pm WHERE: Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton, ACT. FREE
Springboard for filmmakers
Filmmakers wanting to tackle a debut feature have the chance to make a showcase $150,000 short drama while developing a feature film script through Screen Australia’s Springboard program.
The Springboard program, now open for applications, is a strategic step aimed at fast-tracking emerging talent and supporting long term careers for filmmakers.
Filmmaking teams have the opportunity to develop and produce a fully-funded short drama that shares its inspiration with their linked feature film in development.
The latest Springboard program will begin in February 2014.
Applications close on 18 October 2013. More details, including eligibility and how to apply, are available at this PS News link.
Edition 379, 17 September 2013