Garma Festival 2017

The 2017 Garma Festival of Traditional Culture takes place August 4-7 and brings together business leaders, international politicians, academics and journalists, to discuss the most pressing issues facing Australia. The event is held annually at the remote Gulkula ceremonial grounds in northeast Arnhem Land. This year the event is scheduled to host a Q&A broadcast. The …

#GovHackNZ

Image: Kaleidescoped GovHack New Zealand’s GovHack is united in a single purpose – coming together in a weekend-long hackathon and working with government data to innovate and create July 28-30, 2017. Hashtag: #govhacknz GovHack’s vision is a more participatory and effective democracy and public service. The event gathers New Zealand’s best and brightest working with government data to …

Aurality

Highly recommended for anyone traveling or living in coastal Queensland, Australia – a brand new app that explores the state’s wilder side — the rainforests, rivers and reefs through music, sound and acoustic ecology. AURALITY is an innovative, downloadable and walkable endeavor is directed by Leah Barclay (@LeahBarclay), an Australian sound artist working at the intersection of art, …

Final Report of the Referendum Council

Australia – The Referendum Council (@ref_council) delivered its Final Report on June 30, 2017. You can download the Final Report in PDF format (4.1MB) here. Foreward Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have long struggled for constitutional recognition. As far back as Yorta Yorta elder William Cooper’s letter to King George VI (1937), the Yirrkala Bark …

Local Travel in the Murray-Darling Basin

Australia publishes some our favorite e-books. Announcing a new publication. Download the 2017 Local Places Guide for a list of over 100 local wetlands, bushlands, parks and reserves to visit throughout the Murray-Darling Basin in South Australia. This is local travel in nature. The guide provides basic info highlighting facilities, special features and activities. The guide …

Our Languages Matter: NAIDOC Week 2017

Poster: Joanne Cassady, Our Languages Matter NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 2017 dates: July 2-9. Theme: Our Languages Matter Hashtags: #NAIDOC2017, #NAIDOCWeek Wiradjuri woman Joanne Cassady, is the winning artist of this year’s poster competition. Get your free copy of the poster with Joanne’s artwork The …

Queensland

Photo: Ron Mader, Cows in Queensland Queensland has a bit of everything, including the Gold Coast’s subtropical rainforests, the Great Barrier Reef and Fraser Island. Prominent cities are Brisbane and Cairns. Pay attention to smaller towns such as Cooktown. Geography Queensland is Australia’s second-largest state. The state is divided by the Tropic of Capricorn. Natural …

How do we value the Great Barrier Reef?

Recommended Reading: The Deloitte Access Economics has estimated the economic, social and iconic value of the Great Barrier Reef in a report  – At what price? The economic, social and icon value of the Great Barrier Reef – commissioned by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. Among the take-aways: The Great Barrier Reef contributed $6.4 billion in …

Melbourne

Photo: Bernard Spragg, Coop’s Shot Tower Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia. It is located on the large natural bay of Port Phillip, with its City Centre situated at the northernmost point of the bay – near the estuary of …