Queensland Acclimatisation Society - key colonial player in the importation of invasive species

Have you ever thought… who and why did anyone introduce rabbits or some of our other invasive species? How did mangoes and sugarcane become synonymous with Queensland?

Joining 4ZZZ's Eliot Rifkin and Toni Pankaluic to chat about what is an Acclimatisation Society and its Queensland history is Peter Osborne a heritage professional.

Bowen Hills, Brisbane, Animals, Agriculture

Queensland Acclimatisation Society - key colonial player in the importation of invasive species

Have you ever thought… who and why did anyone introduce rabbits or some of our other invasive species? How did mangoes and sugarcane become synonymous with Queensland?

Joining 4ZZZ's Eliot Rifkin and Toni Pankaluic to chat about what is an Acclimatisation Society and its Queensland history is Peter Osborne a heritage professional.

Brisbane, East Brisbane, Balmoral, Veterans, Aboriginal Affairs

Balmoral Cemetery - Resting place of a local WW1 Indigenous digger and WW1 nurse - upcoming workshops

We had a chat last year with ‘The Friends of Balmoral Cemetery’ on Brisbane’s early local cemeteries.

Recently, they’ve had workshops restoring headstones and making the stories of a few occupants more accessible like a local World War 1 Indigenous digger (Thomas Robinson) and a WW1 nurse (Ida Mackay).

Joining 4ZZZ's Eliot and this time Toni to chat about their stories as well as some events coming up in the cemetery is Jenny Pearsall, the Vice President of ‘Friends of Balmoral Cemetery'.

Health

Apnoea and Dementia causal link study

Have you ever awoke from a night’s sleep unrested and then been told you were snoring? You may have been a little oxygen deprived and some snoring may be a symptom of sleep apnoea.

...AND some people with apnoea may even be at risk of Alzheimer's Disease.

Joining 4ZZZ's Eliot Rifkin and Toni Pankaluic to chat about her Apnoea and Dementia causal link study is Professor Elizabeth Coulson from UQ’s school of Biomedical Sciences and Queensland Brain Institute.

Animals

How to Recognise Those Nasty Paralysis Ticks

Is your dog drooling a lot lately or a bit wobbly on their back legs? Well, it may not be a reaction to the heat, it can actually be symptoms of the start of progressive tick paralysis and is very serious.

Oh, and cats aren’t immune either - so keep your pet calm and get them to a vet as soon as possible.

RSPCA’s Anne Chester the Chief Veterinarian Officer joined 4ZZZ’s Eliot Rifkin and Toni Pankaluic to chat about thud nasty Paralysis Ticks.

Animals, Regional Queensland

Cassowaries the Formidable Giant of Queensland's Wet Tropics

Cassowaries… gentle giant of the Wet Tropics rainforest.
How are they faring with human encroachment on their habitat? How do we live with them?

4ZZZ’s Eliot Rifkin spoke with Liz Gallie - president of the Mission Beach Cassowaries on all things cassowaries.

Animals

Spooky Moths Stay on Target

Remember that spooky moth on the cover of the classic horror film – 'Silence of the Lambs'? Well, it turns out there’s more to that moth than just looking creepy. The Death’s-head hawkmoth is a clever little insect, it migrates for miles and even knows how to navigate. You might say, it’s a pilot!

4ZZZ's intrepid reporter, Anita Diamond, interviewed Dr Myles Menz, who conducted a recent study revealing how the Death's-head hawkmoth migrates.

Animals, Brisbane, Science and Technology

Where Have Our Christmas Beetles Gone - You Can Help

Have you noticed a disappearance of Christmas Beetles over the years? These beautifully coloured beetles used to be all over our verandah lights… harkening the start of summer.

4ZZZ's Eliot Rifkin spoke with Tanya Latty from Invertebrates Australia to chat about their christmas beetle citizen science project and how you can get involved.

Environment, Regional Queensland, Activism

John Büsst the Bingil Bay Bastard of Ninney Rise - OG of Save the Barrier Reef

Did you know that the Great Barrier reef was almost mined for its coral as lime fertiliser for cane farmers?

Are you aware of an unsung hero John Büsst who was the architect in the activism campaigns to ‘Save the Reef” and proved the reef was alive… counter to prevailing beliefs that the reef was just dead coral.

4ZZZ’s Eliot Rifkin spoke with Sandal Hayes of the Friends of Ninney Rise, which was John Büsst’s Bingil Bay home and centre for the inception of the ‘Save the Reef’ movement.

Environment, City, Animals

Brisbane’s Green Olympics - Is our local biodiversity being taken into account?

If you hadn’t heard, Brisbane has won the 2032 Olympics. Will this international spotlight on our liveable city be a blessing or impact our environmental balance? Is anything being taken into account to mitigate unintended consequences?

4ZZZʻs Eliot Rifkin and Toni Pankaluic chatted with Kira Athanasiov the Secretary of the Brisbane Catchments Network to discuss Brisbane’s 2032 Green Olympics.

Following the Plastic Brick Road to Accountability

As Australia seeks to reduce their role in plastic pollution, researchers from the Queensland University of Technology are looking into an emerging area of technology that makes it possible to embed a traceable code, which researchers have likened to plastic "DNA", into plastic polymer. In a recent paper published in Polymer Chemistry, QUT researchers have rallied the polymer-chemistry community to work towards embeddable codes for plastic, that can be read on small handheld devices in the field, and ideally even on mobile phones.

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