Staff at ANSTO get behind Relay for Life

Nuclear: An ANSTO staff member working with a hot cell, developing nuclear medicine. Picture: Supplied

Nuclear: An ANSTO staff member working with a hot cell, developing nuclear medicine. Picture: Supplied

ANSTO staff will be swapping their lab coats for running shoes at the Sutherland Shire Relay for Life – taking the race to find answers to cancer out of the lab and onto the track at Wanda Beach.

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) uses cutting-edge nuclear technology to investigate the origins and progression of cancers, as well as contribute to the development of treatments.

We want the Powerhouse: social media campaign to highlight support for Parramatta move

An artist impression of the proposed Powerhouse Museum to be built by the river in Parramatta CBD.

An artist impression of the proposed Powerhouse Museum to be built by the river in Parramatta CBD.

Despite  the situation being described as a stab in the back and a betrayal of the people of western Sydney, Parramatta Council general manager Greg Dyer insists the State Government is still going to move the contents of the Powerhouse Museum to a purpose-built museum in Parramatta.

The government has given its strongest indication yet it could split the Powerhouse Museum’s collection of more than 500,000 objects between two sites in Ultimo and Parramatta.

NSW government steps back from parliamentary report into Airbnb-type rentals

An inquiry into holiday letting legislation was launched almost two years ago after Airbnb hosts were threatened with huge local council fines for running unauthorised businesses in their homes. Photo: Peter Braig

An inquiry into holiday letting legislation was launched almost two years ago after Airbnb hosts were threatened with huge local council fines for running unauthorised businesses in their homes. Photo: Peter Braig

Airbnb watchers were left hanging on Wednesday when long-anticipated proposals for new legislation on short-term holiday lets were put on hold by the NSW government.

Instead of making their position on short-term letting clear, the government stepped back from a parliamentary report and its recommendations that would have allowed a massive increase in short-term holiday letting in apartment blocks.

Powerhouse Museum to move to Parramatta

A final business case for the Powerhouse Museum is expected to be made by year's end. Photo: Powerhouse Museum

A final business case for the Powerhouse Museum is expected to be made by year's end. Photo: Powerhouse Museum

The state government has given its strongest indication yet that the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo could remain open in some form, a move that has concerned some of those backing its relocation to Parramatta.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin announced on Tuesday a new period of consultation and preparation of a final business case for the planned move of the museum which the government said "could include keeping some Powerhouse presence at the current site in Ultimo".

Residents fight plans for new Woolworths supermarket at 'Taren Point'

"Blindsided": Sadie and David Mehan with a letter from the council about the proposed supermarket near their Parraweena Road home. Picture: John Veage

"Blindsided": Sadie and David Mehan with a letter from the council about the proposed supermarket near their Parraweena Road home. Picture: John Veage

Angry residents have banded together to fight a proposed new Woolworths supermarket, cafe and liquor store in Parraweena Road, Miranda.

The Taren Point Action Group is inviting anyone who shares their concern to email: tarenpoint@apa.net.au

Youth unemployment in western Sydney contributing to more mental health problems

High unemployment rates in western Sydney are leading to mental health problems and are placing a strain on services.

High unemployment rates in western Sydney are leading to mental health problems and are placing a strain on services.

HIGH youth unemployment is creating a mental health crisis for western Sydney, ­experts say.

Blacktown-based Marist 180 said recent data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Labour Force Survey found the youth unemployment rate in Blacktown was 9.9 per cent and 13.2 per cent in Parramatta.

Parramatta leaders gather to discuss future of Culture in our City, and Powerhouse Move to Parramatta

Leaders from government and the arts will gather in Parramatta tonight to discuss the Culture and our City plan, and the campaign to bring the Powerhouse to Parramatta.

City of Parramatta Administrator, Amanda Chadwick, Interim General Manager, Greg Dyer, Sydney Festival Director, Wesley Enoch, and Sam Marshall, MCA architect, will all be at Culture and Our City: a Conversation to discuss how to unleash the City’s cultural potential and make it a hub of creativity.

High on the list of discussion topics will be the NSW Government commitment to move the Powerhouse Museum from its current site in Ultimo to Parramatta, in line with the announcement made by former Premier, Mike Baird, a year ago.

“Parramatta is Sydney’s Central City, yet there has not been any significant investment in cultural infrastructure – state or federal – here since the 1988 bicentenary. This would change that,” said Greg Dyer
“Moving the Powerhouse to Parramatta will generate jobs, drive investment, boost the local economy and deliver a much-needed cultural masterpiece to the region.”

The event marks the conclusion, tomorrow, of public consultation about Culture and our City, a discussion paper which was developed through direct conversation with more than 350 artists, cultural organisations, industry, residents and community members. The paper will inform a Cultural Plan, including funding requirements, which will transform the cultural activity throughout the City.

The Powerhouse Museum, to be known as the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, would be the centrepiece of that plan, acting as a catalyst for significant cultural and artistic investment and development in a region that is home to one in 10 Australians.

A Business Impact Study prepared by HillPDA recently revealed the relocation to Parramatta will generate 2,320 jobs during construction and contribute $803 million to the local economy, and forecasts show that the number of people who attend it would almost double to 1 million.

So far during the consultation phase about Culture in the City, nearly 70 per cent of people have backed the Powerhouse move.

Earlier this week, former Coalition Arts Minister and State Liberal Leader Peter Collins urged the Government to resist calls for the Museum to be split up.

“This promise, when delivered, will be one of the most significant policy decisions ever made for people living outside the inner ring of Sydney’s suburbia. And it is not before time for an area that has been ignored for too long by governments of both colours,” Mr Collins said.

Who'd want to dump Australia's nuclear waste here? Well, this guy

Jeff Baldock has nominated his property in Kimba, South Australia, as a site for the planned national radioactive waste management facility. Photograph: Max Opray for the Guardian

Jeff Baldock has nominated his property in Kimba, South Australia, as a site for the planned national radioactive waste management facility. Photograph: Max Opray for the Guardian

At a point almost halfway between the east and west coasts of Australia, a mob of emus scamper along the Napandee property fenceline. The mallee scrub out this way appears otherwise deserted, the kind of remote location where one could hide a dead body and get away with it – but what about an entire country’s radioactive waste?

Landowner Jeff Baldock is determined to find out.

World Science Festival: Talking science through cat videos

PHOTO: Audience members at Fact or Fiction 2.0 were invited to interact with the panel via their smart phones.(Elisabeth Moss)

PHOTO: Audience members at Fact or Fiction 2.0 were invited to interact with the panel via their smart phones.(Elisabeth Moss)

Cat videos, selfies and Tinder were just some of the issues discussed by scientists at Fact or Fiction 2.0, an event at the World Science Festival in Brisbane.

Dressed as Dr Evil, the super-villain from Austin Powers, Rod Dowler from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) counted down the top 10 reasons people use the internet.

Second appeal rejected in battle over Arnhem Land bauxite royalties

The Gove bauxite mine and alumina processing plant in the Northern Territory. Photograph: Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images

The Gove bauxite mine and alumina processing plant in the Northern Territory. Photograph: Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images

A long-running court battle involving two powerful Indigenous clans and the Northern Land Council is set to continue after the federal court again rejected an appeal by one group seeking a better split of mining royalties.

The Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation, of north-east Arnhem Land, has vowed to continue its fight after the setback. It first launched legal action against the Northern Land Council (NLC) in 2014 after a dispute between RAC and the rival Gumatj clan over royalties from the Gove bauxite mine and refinery failed to reach a resolution.

Yothu Yindi man vows land rights fight will go on

Yothu Yindi member Witiyana Marika, of the Rirratjingu clan group, says the land rights fight will go on. Picture: Michael Franchi

Yothu Yindi member Witiyana Marika, of the Rirratjingu clan group, says the land rights fight will go on. Picture: Michael Franchi

A former band member of Yothu Yindi has vowed to fight on ­despite another defeat for members of his clan in a multi-­million-dollar land rights battle.

Key figures in Arnhem Land’s powerful Rirratjingu clan group have been in dispute for years with the Gumatj clan, the region’s predominant traditional Aboriginal force, and the Northern Land Council.

Controversial nuclear waste plans back under the spotlight

A controversial government plan to build a national nuclear waste storage site has come back under the spotlight.  Photo: Andrew Quilty

A controversial government plan to build a national nuclear waste storage site has come back under the spotlight.  Photo: Andrew Quilty

Issues at two of Australia's largest radioactive waste storage facilities have put a controversial government plan back under the spotlight.

For years the federal government has tried in vain to build a national dump for the country's nuclear waste. 

Staunch opposition from prospective locations has repeatedly stalled the project, which opponents believe is an environmental disaster waiting to happen.

Millions at stake in Powerhouse Museum negotiations

An artist's impression of the proposed Powerhouse Museum to be built in Parramatta.

An artist's impression of the proposed Powerhouse Museum to be built in Parramatta.

Parramatta is at risk of losing $803 million in economic activity if the axe falls on the State Government’s plans to move the Powerhouse Museum to its CBD.

A new report produced for the council by a specialist consultancy says at stake is an expected $42.5 million in additional revenue for Parramatta businesses and more than 2,320 jobs a year during construction of the museum.

Post construction, the Powerhouse will provide 260 new jobs in Parramatta.

A four-day work week - just the beginning

The five-day work week has been a permanent fixture in Australian workplaces, however, the Greens have suggested that a four-day work week could be feasible.

Dr Lindsay McMillan, from global HR think-tank Reventure and lead researcher of the national campaign to renew workplaces – a future that works welcomed the announcement as the start of a robust debate about changing entrenched work practices.

Figures show Australian Airbnb hosts to make less than half of what they charge

Apartment-owners fare only slightly better, than house owners in the Airbnb profit stakes, likely to make a little over half the price they tend to charge. Photo: Eddie Jim

Apartment-owners fare only slightly better, than house owners in the Airbnb profit stakes, likely to make a little over half the price they tend to charge. Photo: Eddie Jim

People who rent out their houses on Airbnb stand to make, on average, less than half of what they charge, new figures based on the company’s data and checked by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) show.

Apartment-owners fare only slightly better, likely to make a little over half the price they tend to charge, after paying income and Capital Gains Tax when they finally sell their property.