And in Other News...Croc farmer snaps up award
The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation’s 2013 Rural Women’s Award has gone to a Darwin woman, Giovanna Webb.
Ms Webb is a crocodile farmer and business woman. Runner-up was succession planning consultant, Isobel Knight of Loomberah, NSW.
Ms Webb migrated to Australia from Colombia in 1997 and, after graduating from university in 1992, she became involved in commercial reptile farming.
For more information on the RIRDC Rural Women’s Awards visit www.rirdc.gov.au/rural-women's-award
Funding hits right note
More than $1.3 million has been released in the latest round of music funding from the Australia Council for the Arts.
The grants help musicians create new work, perform live and tour nationally and internationally.
Artists funded include Queensland country music singer songwriter Graham Rodger; Rudely Interrupted, a Melbourne rock band consisting of members living with disadvantage and disability; and Adelaide composer Graeme Koehne.
For more information on Australia Council music grants go to this PS News link.
Award for Soil Secrets
The Grains Research and Development Corporation’s Soil Biology Initiative has featured in an ABC Landline television program that has been recognised internationally.
Prue Adams’ Soil Secrets report was named runner-up at the annual International Federation of Agricultural Journalists-YARA Awards for Sustainable Agriculture Reporting in Rosario, Argentina.
Judges said the report had a strong focus on science and technology, which was “an important aspect of feeding the world”.
Landline’s Soil Secrets program can be viewed via this PS News link.
Australian Treaty chair
Matthew Worrell of Australia has been elected chair of the chief governing body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
The election was held at the Fifth Session of the Governing Body of the Treaty held in Muscat, Oman.
Australia ratified the Treaty in 2005 and this year there will be over 130 member countries.
New theatrette at NFSA
One of Australia’s most eminent hip-hop artists, Urthboy will launch the new theatrette at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) in Canberra on 25 October.
As part of the launch, Urthboy will discuss his approach to storytelling and how the past, as captured in the NFSA sound collection, inspired his latest project.
His presentation will also feature guest performer, producer and collaborator Count Bounce.
Age takes mental toll
A new report has found that symptoms of depression among permanent aged care residents are common, with more than half (52 per cent) having the symptoms.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report found that about 45 per cent of all new admissions to residential aged care between 2008 and 2012 had symptoms of depression.
The proportion with symptoms rose with each successive year over this period.
The report can be viewed at this PS News link. Earlier this weekSupport for terror victims
The Federal Government is changing the regulations regarding financial assistance to the victims of terrorism, such as the Bali bombings, to make them retrospective.
Compensation of up to $75,000 will benefit about 300 individuals and families and will cost about $30 million. Payments under the scheme will not replace existing support and benefits available to victims.
The Department of Human Services will administer the payments and will set up a system to receive applications from claimants. Claims can be made from 21 October.
More information is available through the Department of Human Services at www.humanservices.gov.au.
Forum on mobile networks
The Australian Communications and Media Authority is holding a public forum on consumers’ understanding and experience of mobile network performance.
A discussion paper identifies areas for focus at the forum. It explores the factors that shape consumer perceptions of good and bad mobile network performance; key technical aspects of mobile performance and network management and the information currently available to Australian consumers about the performance of mobile networks.
The forum, to be held in Melbourne on 14 November, is open to the public, but registrations are essential. Members of the public can also take part online.
For more information go this PS News link.
Diwali gifts caution urged
The Department of Agriculture is encouraging people to be mindful of Australia’s biosecurity requirements when asking for customary Diwali gifts from overseas.
The Diwali Festival will be observed from 3 to 7 November in Australia and was a good opportunity to remind family and friends overseas about Australia’s strict biosecurity requirements.
Items considered a biosecurity risk include Indian sweets (mithai) such as barfi, ras malai and pedas, products containing dairy, fresh and dried fruit, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices and tea, plants, flowers and plant material.
Items that do not pose a biosecurity risk that family and friends can send during Diwali include fabric, gold or silver beads and coins, personalised photo items and artificial flowers.
For more information, download the Arriving in Australia – Declare It! brochure.
Scholarships fly again
Two RAAF-sponsored scholarships are aimed at encouraging the development of young female pilots.
The scholarships, available through the Australian Women Pilots’ Association (AWPA), are open to female pilots up to 24 years of age.
This is the third year that the RAAF has sponsored the Formation or Aerobatic Endorsement Scholarship and the AWPA Navigation Component Scholarship.
Applications are now open and will need to be submitted by 31 January 2014.
Further information and application forms are available from the Australian Women Pilots’ Association website: www.awpa.org.au
World Heritage proposal
A potential World Heritage nomination for Sydney's Royal National Park is to be considered by Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt and NSW Environment Minister, Robyn Parker
Ms Parker said the nomination of Royal National Park and adjacent reserves for World Heritage listing deserved to be examined.
"This was Australia's first national park and only the second in the world - that in itself makes this special place very significant historically and culturally,” Ms Parker said.
Edition 383, 15 October 2013