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Six of University of Melbourne’s leading medical researchers will take their work to the global stage, sharing in $3 million NHMRC funding announced today.
An exhibition that explores the hidden charms, histories and possibilities of the Maribyrnong River was launched yesterday at VU at MetroWest.
River of Lives is a collection of photos, film and soundscapes that celebrates the diverse and inspiring connection the Footscray community has with the Maribyrnong River.
The project is a collaboration between researchers at VU’s Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing at Victoria University and Maribyrnong City Council.
The researchers, Drs Siew Fang Law, Michele Grossman and Ceridwen Spark – all long-time Footscray residents – were inspired by their appreciation and deep connections with the Maribyrnong River.
To prepare for the exhibition, they collected photos and conducted interviews with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences who spend time on the stretch of river between Farnsworth Avenue and the Footscray Community Arts Centre.
This yielded rich material that became the basis for the exhibition’s commissioned film and photography.
The soundscape and slides are the images and voices of interviewees the researchers spoke with to understand what the Maribyrnong means to them.
This exhibition is for anyone who loves the Maribyrnong River – whether for its birds, boats, bikes or many other virtues.
River of Lives will run until Friday 18 September.
It links to a Game Changers’ Conversation public discussion, Crossing the River, to be held at VU at MetroWest on 17 September.
Hub Leader Professor Michael Douglas (centre) holds an octocopter, which was demonstrated at the launch by Tim Whiteside and Krissy Breed from the Supervising Scientist
Scientists will embrace the latest technology to monitor environmental changes in Northern Australia as part of a new research project being led by Charles Darwin University.
The project is one of 10 funded under the Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub of the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Programme.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment Mr Bob Baldwin and Federal Member for Solomon Ms Natasha Griggs joined Hub leader Professor Michael Douglas at Casuarina campus to mark the start of the research.
Professor Douglas said researchers from the hub would trial a range of new approaches to environmental monitoring.
“Monitoring the environment in the North is not an easy task,” Professor Douglas said. “The areas to monitor are vast and remote and there’s only a small number of people available to do the job, and the wet season floods and crocodile-infested waters make it even more challenging.
“Our researchers will turn to high-tech solutions, such as drones, that will be flown over forests and coastlines to photograph and map changes in sensitive vegetation, while remote controlled mini-boats will monitor aspects of water quality.”
Other projects include research on waste and marine debris in remote communities, the role of feral cats in small mammal decline, and incorporating Top End Indigenous fire knowledge into fire management.
CDU leads the hub, in partnership with researchers from James Cook University, the University of Western Australia, Griffith University, CSIRO, and Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australian government agencies.
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