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$1.2 million in new funding to boost rabbit control

The federal government has announced a $1.2 million grant to the Invasive Animals CRC to assist in the national roll out of a new naturally occurring overseas strain of rabbit calicivirus, called K5, which will boost the existing rabbit calicivirus biological control agent that is already out in the environment.

"A new strain of calicivirus has been identified, and now subject to appropriate approvals, we will be ready to release it nationally to assist farmers, the environment and rural communities. This grant of $1.2 million will allow a more comprehensive release across the nation," said the Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce.

Minister Joyce said the grant reflected the government's commitment to supporting a collaborative approach to pest animal management and research.

"Effective management of pest animals is critical to productivity and profitability at the farmgate," Minister Joyce said.

"Rabbits cause over $200 million in damage across the country each year, much of that on Australian farms.

"They actively compete with Australian livestock and—particularly during drought—can strip pastures bare.  Just two rabbits per hectare are enough to stop plant regeneration.

"This industry-government partnership through the Invasive Animals CRC has enabled the largest strategic rabbit biocontrol program in nearly two decades."

The release of the new K5 calicivirus strain will be supported by broad scale, community driven surveillance from next year to ensure agricultural and environmental benefits are realised, as well as ongoing laboratory work to develop new and tailored strains of RHD.

Andreas Glanznig, Chief Executive of the Invasive Animals CRC, had the following to say, “Rabbit biocontrol is an extremely cost effective way to manage Australia’s most costly vertebrate pest. The additional funds will enable a far more comprehensive national release of K5 to ensure its widespread benefits are realised sooner.”

Click here to read the media release from the Minister for Agriculture.

D2D CRC's Big Data Architectures and Technologies two day workshop - MELBOURNE & CANBERRA locations

The two-day workshop is designed for architects and technical stakeholders such as product managers, development managers, and systems engineers involved in the development of big data applications. It focuses on the relationship among application software, data models, and deployment architectures, and how specific technology selection relates to all of these. Cost per person is AU $1600 (excluding GST).

The workshop will be presented by John Klein, from the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA. The SEI staff are recognised within the research community and globally for leadership in software and cybersecurity research and development. Read more details about our presenter, CMU's John Klein.

Please register online.

The CRC Association will be holding our annual conference in Brisbane next year from 7–9 March, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Themed the Business of Innovation 2016, the conference will explore the importance of business and industry working with science to create innovation, and how to foster these relationships.
We are excited to announce that the conference will join onto the World Science Festival, also being held in Brisbane — the first time it has been held outside of New York.

We are currently seeking sponsorship for the event. If you would like to sponsor the event or have a suggestion for a speaker, please contact Jordan Gardner at:

Mark the dates in your diaries.

CRC Benchmarking Report

The CRC Association is in the process of preparing the 2015/16 CRC Benchmarking Report.

The benchmarking report consists of two sections: 1) operational data such as salaries and number of staff etc. 2) an area which the CRC Association believes is worth examining in closer detail. Last year, the Association looked more closely at the outputs of CRCs, this year, we are looking at benchmarking industry engagement and collaboration. 

The benchmarking report is available to all members of the CRC Association. It is an invaluable tool when setting up and bidding for a CRC and one of the many benefits of membership with the Association. For membership information contact Jordan Gardner at

The Association will be in touch with CRCs shortly regarding collecting information for the benchmarking report.

Australia to host ‘clean up the world’ event

The world’s premier scientific event focused on creating a cleaner, safer and healthier environment for humanity will get underway in Melbourne on Sunday 13 September.

CleanUp 2015, the 6th International Contaminated Site Remediation Conference, is being held at the Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne, from 13 to 16 September, 2015.

CleanUp 2015 is an international scientific and industry conference aimed at stemming the growing global tide of toxic contamination from all sources, reducing the risk these contaminants pose to people, and cleaning up the legacy of past industrial development.

It features a line-up of the world’s top remediation scientists and engineers and is hosted by Australia’s Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE).

A highlight of the conference will be a session on globalCARE, the Australian-led world scientific initiative to diagnose and find ways to curb the growing impact of chemical contamination on human health and the Earth’s biosphere.

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Partnering to improve wound outcomes nationally 

Wound management poses a significant challenge to the health care system. 
In Australia alone, it is estimated more than 433,000 people suffer from chronic wounds such as leg ulcers, pressure injuries or non-healing surgical wounds at any one time. However, the true incidence is unknown as many people never seek help for their wound problems.
The Wound Management Innovation Collaborative Research Centre (Wound CRC) and Southern Cross Care (SA & NT) are together investigating innovative models for wound care in residential aged care sites in South Australia. The pilot study, in collaboration with University of South Australia, is a first for both organisations and has the potential to lead to sustainable models of wound care and ultimately transform the lives of residents and avoid hospitalisations.
The pilot study will be implemented at two Southern Cross Care residential aged care sites in South Australia, The Pines Lodge and Bucklands, with the initial stage involving data collection on current staff knowledge and an evaluation of the prevalence and severity of wounds in residents.
Southern Cross Care (SA&NT) CEO, Andrew Larpent said of the collaboration “This is a wonderful direction for our organisation to be taking; to better understand this discrete health care field and introduce education and practices for staff, to ensure we continue to improve the lives of our residents is paramount to our ongoing work.”

Click here to read the rest of the media release.

Energy costs hit low income households hardest and housing affordability stifles ability to pay – new study

A new study of household expenditure and energy use confirms that over the past two decades (1993-2012) low income households and those caught in the housing affordability trap felt the brunt of energy costs while higher income households were unaffected because income rose above inflation and in line with prices.

For low income families, energy costs rose from 5.2% to 5.6% of their household income and young singles, households with many children and renters were seen to be particularly vulnerable. A key issue for those struggling to pay bills was not the cost of energy itself but the cost of housing, with 63% of renters and 43% of purchasers having payment difficulties.

The report, produced for the CRC for Low Carbon Living by Professor Terry Burke and Liss Ralston, of Swinburne University and published online today, challenged the concept that freeing up the electricity industry markets has created new levels of hardship across the board.

“After analysing energy costs from 1993 to 2012 it is clear that for most energy costs have kept in line with income although lower income earners have felt the pinch more.  Also due to the time period of the research many households had the opportunity to adapt their behaviour to reduce the impact of price rises on the household budget,” said Professor Burke.

“Overall we found the strongest indicators for the inability to pay energy bills in the low income group were those receiving financial assistance from the government or paying more than 20% of their income on housing. This indicates that even the relatively wealthy can struggle to pay their bills if they have a large mortgage,” he said.

Click here to read the rest of the media release.
2015 Hearing Awareness Week Profile – Melbourne musician making a difference to Australia’s hearing health

Melbourne-based indie musician Siobhan McGinnity is applying her multiple talents to set up Musicians for Hearing to help improve the hearing health of the Melbourne music community.  Siobhan is the keyboard player for the highly regarded, Melbourne-based indie rock quartet Sons of Rico.

As both an active musician and clinically-qualified audiologist, Siobhan is interested in how musicians and music aficionados could better manage and protect their hearing health. 

Through a PhD scholarship provided by the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (HEARing CRC) at The University of Melbourne, Siobhan is now investigating practical and cost-effective ways to reduce or prevent hearing loss from exposure to high sound levels within live music settings.

“My PhD is focused on identifying safe listening behaviours for live music, so it doesn’t impact on either hearing ability or enjoyment of music,” Siobhan said.

Exposure to high levels of sound in music and other leisure activities has been recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a major contributor to increasing incidence of hearing disability in young adults.  The WHO’s Make Listening Safe world-wide campaign is aimed at raising awareness of this risk.  With hearing loss expected to affect one in four Australians by 2050, Siobhan sees lack of awareness and education about how exposure to frequent and loud sounds can impact on an individual’s hearing as the critical problem. 

“Through Musicians for Hearing and the HEARing CRC’s HEARsmart initiative, we want to raise awareness in musicians, music lovers and the general public, and to provide the tools to help people assess their individual risk and to adopt safe listening behaviours that will let them enjoy what they love to hear.”

Musicians for Hearing will have its first gig to celebrate 2015 Hearing Awareness Week on 23 August at the Gasometer Hotel. The gig has a list of local musicians interested in hearing health including Fraser A Gorman, Alta Lanks and Jim Lawrie. Proceeds from the gig will go to All Ears Cambodia this year.

For further information contact: Greg Lawrence, e:, t: (03) 9035 3987, mob: 0431 426 623.

Entries open for The Australian Innovation Challenge

Entries are open for the $65,000 The Australian Innovation Challenge, honouring excellence in fields from minerals and energy to environmental science and community services.

The five professional categories open to specialists (including scientists, engineers, technologists, educators and innovators in community services) are:

  • Environment, Agriculture and Food
  • Minerals and Energy
  • Manufacturing, Construction and Infrastructure
  • Health
  • Education and Community Services
Click here for more information.
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2nd Water Sensitive Cities Conference 2015

The second Water Sensitive Cities Conference.This conference provides a unique opportunity for the CRCWSC to share its latest research insights that integrate some 20 different disciplines, and stems from more than 35 individual research projects and research synthesis and adoption activities. 

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9-10 September 2015, Sydney
Putting Rubber on the Road - Medical Research Innovation Conference

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6th International Contaminated Site Remediation Conference (CleanUp 2015)
The conference will provide an international forum to discuss all aspects of contaminated site assessment, management and remediation.

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14 and 17 September 205, Canberra and Melbourne
Big Data Architectures and Technologies two-day workshop.

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4-7 December, Melbourne
One Health EcoHealth 2016

First congress to bring together One Health and EcoHealth Communities

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11-15 September 2016
INORMS 2016 Conference

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