Tracking down the Orange-Bellied Parrot
By Richard Brown, Deakin University, Australia.
The Orange-Bellied Parrot has yet to make an appearance in this season’s federal election campaign. But nobody would be surprised if the elusive creature were to create a headline or two. According to the organisation Birds Australia, there are now fewer than 200 of these birds left in Australia. This compares unfavouraly with the giant panda, as there are more than 3,500 of those.
Deakin University student Richard Brown charts the unhappy tale of the bird politicians love to save.[audio:http://themediapod.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/Orangelelliedparrot.mp3]
Rowing on the lake with no water
By Jane Rowlands, Deakin University, Australia.
Ballarat City Council has been holding a series of crisis talks this year about the now empty Lake Wendouree. The Ballarat landmark hosted the 1956 Olympic Rowing and has supported Ballarat’s legion of elite rowers and a competitive school rowing culture. Deakin student Jane Rowlands reports a new $2.2 million plan to deepen the rowing course has brought hope to the struggling rowing community.[audio:http://themediapod.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/Rowing.mp3]