New program to detect Aussie wildlife diseases sooner

In collaboration with several Australian universities, Wildlife Health Australia (WHA) is launching a program to surveil Australian wildlife, enabling faster detection of and response to emerging diseases in animal populations. Dr Sam Gilchrist is a part of the one-year pilot program, and says it will deliver faster identification of issues and a valuable national perspective on new research opportunities.

Knitting Nannas charged in Narrabri for anti-CSG activities

Police have charged three members of the Knitting Nannas anti-coal seam gas protest group after they chained themselves by their necks to a wastewater plant gate in northern New South Wales. The three women; Dominique Jacobs, Angela Dalu, and Therese Mason, locked themselves to the gate of the Santos Leewood CSG facility near Narrabri and were arrested for obstructing traffic and not following police instructions. Dominique Jacobs says that despite the charges, in her heart she knows she hasn’t done anything wrong.

New fish found in Kimberley waterways

Researchers have discovered a record 20 new fish species while conducting fieldwork in the remote Kimberley, unveiling it as Australia’s most biodiverse region for freshwater fish. I spoke to Matthew Le Feuvre, an aquatic ecologist with the University of Melbourne who was part of the research up there, about this discovery.

4zzz Headlines (Pt. 14)

– Go card loopholes wiped out
– Koala killing woodchipper company rebuked
– Stroke sufferers going without basic care
– PM Abbott declares end to Afghan War
– First global skin cancer conference held in Brisbane
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