Author: Kerrod Trott

2018 Aussie Backyard Bird Count Results

Together we counted more than 2.7 million birds including over 305,000 Rainbow Lorikeets! This puts the Rainbow Lorikeet at the top of the count for the fifth consecutive year. So, why are Rainbow Lorikeets ruling the roost? While the species is ubiquitous today, this hasn’t always been the case. In some parts of Australia, such as around Melbourne, the Rainbows were driven out as the urban areas expanded, and even where they were still common in the bush, they were largely absent from our cities. The rise of the Rainbow Lorikeet highlights the changes in Aussie backyards over the...

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How to have a Guilt Free Christmas

Christmas is traditionally a time of excess, in every way. While the added strain on your pants after eating too many Christmas goodies can be easily relieved by transitioning back to a healthy lifestyle, the extra pressure the festive season places on the environment is a slippery downhill slope that is much harder for Mother Earth to recover from. Buyequip’s Naomi Szafarz provides some guilt-free guidance to creating a Christmas season that’s still fun for all while being a little bit kinder on the planet and its resources. Spend sustainably There is no stronger statement in this world than...

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Queensland Councils going plastic free

The Boomerang Alliance and Wildlife Queensland have welcomed decisions made at the LGAQ (Local Government Association of Queensland) Annual Conference to support a state ban on deliberately releasing helium balloons, and establishing guidelines for plastic reductions at council events and operations in Queensland. “We commend the decision by Brisbane City Council to both phase out helium balloons at BCC events and put forward a motion to the LGAQ Conference to support a state ban on the deliberate release of helium balloons,” said Toby Hutcheon, representative of Wildlife Queensland and Boomerang Alliance. “Deliberately releasing helium is dangerous to wildlife and...

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Untreated hearing loss can lead to dementia

Audiologist Andrew Campbell is advocating for greater emphasis to be placed on hearing health following research which has connected untreated hearing loss to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A research study conducted by Johns Hopkins Medical Centre indicates hearing loss can increase the risk of dementia by up to 500 percent.1 Chief Audiologist at Campbell Cosmetic Hearing Andrew Campbell said greater awareness is needed to reduce the devastating effects of dementia where the body outlives the mind by ten harrowing years on average. “These new findings demonstrate the importance of discussing hearing with patients and being proactive in addressing brain...

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West Village “buzzing” with green activity

West End has been a hive of activity this week with 160,000 workers moving into new rooftop premises at the 2.6ha, $1 billion West Village development. Brisbane bee man Jack Stone, from Bee One Third, has installed four hives atop the Westpac Bank building in Boundary Street as part of the greening phase of the West Village development. The project recently received the highest rating for master-planned precincts in Australia, earning “World Leadership” status with the achievement of Six Star Green Star – Communities certification. Green Star is the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) internationally recognised rating system...

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