ABC News 24 August 2016
Investigations are continuing into the impact of toxic firefighting chemicals at 36 airports across the country, Airservices Australia says.
The aviation services agency confirmed the airports, including Brisbane, Rockhampton, Mackay, Maroochydore, Townsville and Cairns, have sites with traces of the foam, which contains the chemicals PFOS and PFOA.
The foam was also used on grounds at the Adelaide, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney airports.
As part of its submission to a Senate inquiry looking into land and groundwater contamination from the foam at Oakey Army Aviation Centre on Queensland’s Darling Downs, the agency revealed the foam was used from the 1980s to 2003.
Brisbane Times Tony Moore 22 August 2016
From October 1, more than 5000 Queensland public servants from 16 buildings will shift into 1 William Street in the biggest-ever George Street public service shuffle ever announced. The departments to move into 1 William Street and new offices for Queensland’s public servants are identified in the article.
ABC News Charlotte Hamlyn 21 August 2016
At 102, David Goodall is Australia’s oldest working scientist. He’s had a career in ecology spanning 70 years, producing more than 100 research papers, earning three doctorates and receiving a member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the field. But now he has been told to pack up his office, with the university declaring him unfit to be on campus.
ABC News Lexy Hamilton-Smith 21 August 2016
From marine biologists to dietitians, a growing number of professionals are ditching their jobs to take up teaching in what is being called the ‘big switch’. The move comes at a critical time, as they will soon be stepping up to fill a looming shortfall in educators, as an ageing workforce in Queensland starts to retire from 2019.
Brisbane Times 16 August 2016
Queensland’s innovation agenda has received a boost with one of the world’s largest gene sequencing institutes choosing to map out its Asian-Pacific expansion from Brisbane.
The Beijing Genomics Institute, better known as BGI, started out as China’s representative in the Human Genome Project, before becoming known for its role in decoding the 2003 SARS virus.
The institute will work with Queensland universities and government departments on genomic research projects and has already partnered with the CSIRO, Griffith University and James Cook University, working on millet breeding programs, diseases, biodiversity and marine science projects.
The institute will base itself at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Unit.
ABC News 15 August 2016
Australia’s premier science agency, the CSIRO, has ramped up its partnerships with business and universities to get more high tech products out on the market.
Brisbane Times AAP 14 August 2016
Burns and stroke victims, students and the elderly will be among those to benefit from a $1.1 billion development on the site of an old children’s hospital, the Queensland government says. Works are expected to start in 2017, with the redevelopment scheduled to continue in stages over the next decade.