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Biodiversity Planning and Regional Australia Study Tour Day 7

  Our last day on tour started with a bracing walk up to a lookout point near Rawnsley Bluff, to be rewarded with glorious views back into Ikara (Wilpena Pound). Then a long drive back to Adelaide. It will take a few days for all of the experiences to sink in. Over 7 days we […]

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Biodiversity Planning and Regional Australia Study Tour Day 6

Iga Warta is a cultural centre set up by the Coulthard Family on Adnyamathanha land near Nepabunna. We participated in welcome to country, story telling, ochre painting, and visited the Malki rock  paintings that marked the departure point for men and boys leaving for ceremonial meetings in the gathering place known as Ikara (Wilpena Pound). […]

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Biodiversity Planning and Regional Australia Study Tour Day 5

A long day on the road today- Borefield Track to Lake Eyre, then down to Marree, home of the old Ghan Railway with the oldest mosque in Australia. Then down the Oodnadatta track to ghost town Farina, gradually being restored by volunteers from around Australia. Next stop Iga Warta in the Vulkathanha Gammon Ranges.   […]

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Biodiversity Planning and Regional Australia Study Tour Day 4

A long drive from Arid Recovery to Iga Warta in the Gammon Ranges. Welcome to country by Terry Coulthard. Lucky to encounter Paul Monaghan linguist and anthropologist from Adelaide Uni who explained the process of language loss in indigenous communities across Australia. Ochre pits, and ancient cave art tomorrow.  

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Biodiversity Planning and Regional Australia Study Tour Day 3

Big day today. After trapping and tagging native wildlife at Arid Lands reserve at Roxby Downs, we toured the Olympic Dam mine which produces uranium, copper, silver and gold. And employs 3500 people at the mine. Afternoon we drove out across the gibber plains to see the strategies for controlling feral cats and dogs, which […]

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Biodiversity Planning and Regional Australia Study Tour Day 2

Day 2 Andamooka’s moon like landscape, trapping bettongs at the Arid Recovery Centre at Roxby Downs, campfire classroom, and a tour of the huge Olympic Dam mining site extracting copper, gold, silver and uranium.  

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Biodiversity Planning and Regional Australia Study Tour Day 1

17 law students are traveling outback SA on the annual Biodiversity Planning  and Regional Australia study tour. Led by Paul Leadbeter and Margaret Castles the tour covers Port Augusta, Woomera, mining towns Andamooka and Roxby Downs, Lake Eyre and the North Flinders Ranges.       Day 1 Port Augusta Courthouse and Aboriginal Legal Rights […]

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Space and National Security (Nebraska, U.S.A) Study Tour – Day 10

Friday the 9th of February saw the last official day of the study tour, with the feature of the day being a presentation by Professor Peter Dutton of the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, just under 120kms from Boston. Established in 1639, Newport is a town steeped in history, and significant […]

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Space and National Security (Nebraska, U.S.A) Study Tour – Day 9

What do President Barack Obama, Australian High Court Justice Stephen Gageler and Adelaide University’s own Professor Dale Stephens have in common? They are all alumni of Harvard Law School, the venue of today’s visit. Fortunately, after the snow and freezing rain of yesterday, we awoke to bright blue skies. Negotiating the subway proved no obstacle, […]

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Space and National Security (Nebraska, U.S.A) Study Tour – Day 7

This morning had our group attend the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in Springfield, Virginia. Not surprisingly, we had to surrender all phones and electronic devices upon entry, so we weren’t able to take many photos during the day other than out the front. The morning was filled with a number of impressive presentations from members […]

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