TIME FOR AUSTRALIA TO END THE NORTH-SOUTH CULTURE WAR

It happens at least once a week, sometimes more often, and it usually makes me cranky. I’m listening to radio news, and someone makes a pronouncement about the future of “northern Australia”. More often than not, the view comes from someone who lives deep in […]

A PROJECT TO HELP THE ENDANGERED NORTHERN BETTONG

Meet bettongia tropica – the northern bettong – a small, shy marsupial somewhere between a kangaroo and a rodent. They live in relatively small pockets of far north Queensland, they’re endangered, and they could do with your help. A project is getting underway to help […]

NO WATER. THE ARCHER RIVER CROSSING IN THE DRY

WILDLIFE DOING IT TOUGH IN BELOW PAR WET SEASON

It hasn’t been much of a wet season so far here in far north Queensland. Just one burst of the monsoon, that gave us cyclone Oswald. Most of the rain generated by Oswald fell much further south, causing flooding and major damage in central and […]

THOSE OLD TREES COULD HELP PREDICT FUTURE FLOODS AND DROUGHTS

Some of the trees in far north Queensland are very old, perhaps going back hundreds of years. A James Cook University study getting underway on the Atherton Tablelands hopes those trees can tell us more about the weather over the past 400 years and help […]

Julia Cooper

THE JULIA COOPER MEMORIAL WILD LIFE RESEARCH BURSARY

Back around 2006, I had the great good fortune to meet Julia Cooper. Author, wildlife advocate, business woman, who had a rare gift for making radio. Julia and her partner, Martin Cohen, began regular appearances on ABC Far North, talking about our local wildlife. Our […]