Scientists are restoring underwater seaweed forests that disappeared from Sydney’s ocean floor in the 1980s.
Operation Crayweed involves scientists from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) planting more than 7000 crayweed specimens over 70 kilometres from Palm Beach to Cronulla. “Up until the 1980s Sydney’s sewage went more or less directly into the beaches and bays and this is essentially the hangover from that pollution,” said Dr Alexandra Campbell, from SIMS. The teams are trying to raise $35,000 for more transplantations in the near future.
Anti IS fighter fighter to be sent back to Australia
A 23-year-old Brisbane man who has been fighting IS forces in Syria claims he has been charged as a terrorist and will be deported to Australia. Ashley Dyball posted on Facebook that he was being sent to Germany’s Eisenhüttenstadt Detention Centre and would be returning to Australia this weekend. “If anyone has a good german [sic] lawyer help a brother out been charged as a terrorist,” he posted under his alias Mitchell Scott. Mr Dyball has been fighting with YPG, a Kurdish militia, in Syria but was on a break, travelling through the European country when he was detained.
Four Corners wins Gold Walkley award
The ABC‘s Four Corners‘ investigative program has taken out the Gold Walkley award for their investigation into the greyhound industry. Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Sam Clark and Max Murch also won awards for this investigation. “It took bravery, tenacity, and months of planning in three states to produce a jaw-dropping report that has shaken not just the greyhound code but the entire racing industry,” the judges said. The Walkley Awards, held at Melbourne Crown Palladium, celebrated 60 years last night.
Armed man in Ashcroft
After a seven-hour stand off with police in Ashcroft at midnight, police arrested a man at 7:30am this morning. He was said to be armed with with three firearms and a bomb. Tactical police surrounded Maxwells Ave, Ashcroft with weapons drawn, but witnesses said the police were lucky not to be hurt after the armed male approached them while their backs were turned. Witness Joel Hogan, 22, said: “[There were] dogs, cops with vests [that] went up there. There were probably around 10 cops or more and they were hiding behind a car. He pretty much just walked up the street and the cops were staying back following him.”
Dave Grohl appears on The Muppets
Former Nirvana stickman and Foo Fighters frontman, Dave Grohl, challenged The Muppets character, Animal, to a drum-off last week. And this week, when the show aired on US television, that’s exactly what happened, with both Animal and Grohl ending the episode with their drums destroyed. The result was a tie. Following this, Grohl joined the rest of The Muppets gang to perform Foo Fighters hit Learns To Fly where it centred around fellow muppet, Gonzo the Great, wanting to shoot himself out of a canon and “learning to fly”. Grohl has previously made a cameo on the 2011 Muppets film where he replaced Animal as the drummer in one scene. – Bianca Busuttil
Top photo of a sea reef from Geoff Stearns’ Flickr photostream.