And in Other News...ABC follows the Fleet
The ABC has announced that it will broadcast the final event of the Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review on 5 October.
The Fleet Review has been described as one of the largest and most exciting public events held on Sydney Harbour since the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
It will end with a fireworks and lightshow spectacular, centering on features of Sydney Harbour and the Opera House.
Child care targeted
A national campaign by the Fair Work Ombudsman to improve compliance with workplace laws in child care centres - particularly around wages and record-keeping - has been launched.
The Fair Work Ombudsman will audit up to 350 child care centres around Australia. The campaign follows a high number of complaints to the Fair Work Ombudsman from child care workers over recent years.
Crop’s potential revealed
Australian research is demonstrating the potential of sweet sorghum as a multi-product crop, including as a source of energy, food and animal feed.
Conducted by Queensland University of Technology in collaboration with industry partner, AgriFuels Ltd, the research looked at sweet sorghum’s agronomy, its ability to be processed using existing infrastructure, its carbon footprint, using it to produce biofuels, and its use in food products for humans, fish and livestock.
Royal arrival a buzz
The first shipment of queen bees to arrive in Australia in seven years is to be quarantined in NSW.
It is hoped the introduction of new bee genetics will improve production of local hives and help in developing disease resistance against potential incursions of dangerous pests and diseases.
Once given the all clear, the queen bees’ eggs or larvae will be grafted and added into Australian colonies.
Strategy for Basin
A draft strategy that proposes what work needs to be done over coming years on river constraints in the Murray-Darling Basin, will be released for public comment in October.
The strategy, which mainly focuses on constraints in the Southern Basin, will guide future work by the MDBA and the Basin Governments. The strategy is due to be finalised towards the end of the year.
The draft strategy will be available on the MDBA website for public comment from October 9 to October 30.
From previous editionsKeeping it brief
A new short film program which will fund up to three dramas, each up to a maximum of eight minutes, has been announced by Screen Australia.
Called Hot Shots, it will seek filmmakers who are inventive, creative and professional and be ready to tell surprising and emotionally engaging stories without breaking the bank.
The films must be professionally made on a $70,000 budget without additional finance, encouraging innovation and experimentation with an emphasis on strong and distinctive storytelling.
Pensioners pay rise
Australia’s 3.5 million pensioners have received an increase in their payments.
Single pensioners on the maximum rate will receive an extra $18.70 a fortnight. Pensioner couples on the maximum rate will receive an increase of $28 a fortnight combined.
The increase applies to people receiving the Age Pension, Disability Support Pension and Carer Payment, as well as Veterans’ Income Support recipients.
Police to pay tribute
Police Officers around Australia will observe National Police Remembrance Day where colleagues who have been killed or died as a result of their duties are honoured.
The actual day is 29 September, the main feast day for Saint Michael the Archangel, Patron Saint of Police. However in Australia most remembrance services will be held on 27 September to avoid a clash with regular Sunday services.
App for grain growers
A free Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) winter cereal nutrition app is designed to assist growers to easily identify cereal nutritional disorders. It can be used while standing in the paddock.
The app covers both nutrient deficiencies and toxicities and environmental, chemical and physiological disorders which could give similar symptoms to nutrient disorders.
It also contains prominent images, descriptions of the issues and their contributing factors.
For more information, visit www.grdc.com.au/apps-
Puppies need carers
Foster carers are needed for puppies aged from two months up to 15 months old who will go on to provide a crucial role for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and other Agencies.
The ACBPS breeds its own Labrador Retriever puppies at the National Detector Dog Program Facility, in north-west Melbourne.
The ACBPS will cover all costs associated with caring for the pup, including food, veterinary needs and equipment while also providing expert advice and training.
In return, carers provide a safe home for the pup and also get them used to the sights, sounds and smells of their urban or suburban areas, priming them for working in the busy ACBPS environment.
Edition 380, 24 September 2013