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Good Fences Make Good Neighbours (And Bigger Fish)

August 7th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Guest Viewpoint

  By Stuart Kininmonth Last month found me sailing to the coral sea reefs. I was in the middle of nowhere, not a care in the world; one kilometre of water underneath, no land or reefs for many miles and a fair wind giving life to the sails. As usual my thoughts drifted across the […]

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Welcome to Kolombangara Island!!

October 19th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Guest Viewpoint

Andrew Cox has for decades fought for conservation here in Australia, particularly NSW. He has just journeyed to the Solomon Islands to begin a year’s work there on sustainability issues at Kolombangara Island. We look forward to hearing how he goes over the coming months… By Andrew Cox I have arrived on Kolombangara Island! Now […]

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The Good Goss on the Gale

May 18th, 2010 · No Comments · Guest Viewpoint

Stuart Kininmonth is a marine ecologist and sailor  based in Townsville. He has a fascination with the perfect breeze, well forecast.  Here is his take on the highs and lows of wind predictions… There is nothing like good planning to make a cruise enjoyable. You study the tide charts, check the food list, measure the […]

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Once in a lifetime flooding in central Australia

March 12th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Guest Viewpoint

Headline-grabbing floods in towns like Roma, Charleville and St George have slightly obscured a massive water event that has been quietly snaking its way through far western Queensland. This week Adam Kerezsy flew over flooded Central Australia and has this report on one of the biggest ecological stories this year. Story and pictures Adam Kerezsy […]

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Hunting for Silence – the Sound Tracker

February 2nd, 2010 · 1 Comment · Guest Viewpoint

By JULIA BAIRD When I decided to move from Sydney to Manhattan three years ago, the most common response I had from my friends was; “What about the beach??” Implying of course, I was mad to leave behind the craggy coves I spent so much time in, as well as those luscious, long summer days. […]

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Bush Tucker

January 13th, 2010 · 12 Comments · Guest Viewpoint

Kangaroo meat is low in fat, tender and delicious (when it’s cooked right) and environmentally sustainable. But are Australians ready to stomach eating the national emblem? Greg Bearup shoots a roo to serve to some slightly apprehensive guests. First published Good Weekend magazine 9/01/10. As we set off into the scrub, up into the back […]

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River Red Gum Protection – One Choice, One Chance

December 8th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Guest Viewpoint

  Picture and Story by Andrew Cox As one of his last acts as Premier, Nathan Rees announced last week that the NSW Government would protect the magnificent red gum forests of the Murray River. Some are now seeking to undo this decision, but Nathan Rees had little choice. As the last forestry region in […]

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Cruisin’ for a Climate Change Bruisin’

December 5th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Guest Viewpoint

  Stuart Kininmonth is a seafaring scientist – a sailor and researcher based on Magnetic Island, Queensland. Like every sector of society, yachties will be impacted  by climate change. And what hurts them, hurts us. Here is Stu’s take on the ill wind about to blow. The light breeze fills the sails and quietly pushes […]

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Wonder Wonder Copenhagen: Our Copenhagen Correspondent

November 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Guest Viewpoint

In Copenhagen the signs of the climate change summit are everywhere, at least in the public thoroughfares. In the center of the city, around the Kongens Nytorv, the posters were going up today: two-story high images of the Alps, another says ‘France is committed!’ On the weekend the lights on the giant Christmas tree in […]

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Hello Silence, Long Lost Friend

October 27th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Guest Viewpoint

Have you ever gotten out of a car in a country town at night and heard the silence? Sometimes the absence of something is beautiful – in architecture a large empty space can be exquisite or the stillness in a piece of music. But nothing beats getting away from the screeching tinnitus of existing in […]

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