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Workers needed in Australia

16 August 2015 In: Jobs, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Technology, General

Around 4,500 new workers are being sought to help the rollout of the National Broadband Network in Australia. Government officials say the workforce for the National Broadband Network must double in order to speed up the rollout and meet deadlines set for completion in 2020. Now moves are underway to attract skilled communications workers and to train workers new to the industry. Malcolm Turnbull, Communications Minister, told reporters: “We’ve got 1,300 jobs in New South…

Satellite broadband for Australia

15 August 2015 In: Technology, General

A new satellite due to be launched in October will bring hi-speed broadband to over 200,000 homes and businesses in rural Australia. The new satellite, called Sky Muster will launch from the Guiana Space Centre in South America as part of Australia’s National Broadband Network and will be one of the world’s biggest communications satellites. The hi-tech communications facilities carried on board will improve internet speeds in rural and remote areas of Australia that have…

80% ‘green’ energy for Canberra

10 August 2015 In: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Technology, General

Canberra is leading the way in wind farm technology and 80% of the city’s energy will be derived from renewable energy sources within the next three years. Two new giant wind farms will help to power up to 106,000 homes as Canberra continues its plans to become a city powered by renewable energy. Environment Minister Simon Corbell says that when the new 200 megawatts of capacity come online in three years time 80% of Canberra’s…

Australia TV fights for viewers

03 August 2015 In: Technology, Family, Entertainment, General

TV broadcasters in Australia are running to catch up as millions of viewers switch to streaming video services. In the recent past top-rated Aussie TV shows could attract regular audiences of around two million. But new prime-time shows from major TV networks such as Seven and Nine have been a ratings disaster, attracting audiences of just 784,000 over three nights, the lowest audience being a little over 400,000. Viewers are deserting traditional TV in favour…

Planet joy for Sydney scientist

29 July 2015 In: Sydney, Technology, General

A scientist from Sydney is part of a team that has discovered an earth-like planet 1,400 light-years from our own planet. Dr Daniel Huber from the University of Sydney’s School of Physics is part of the team which made the discovery with NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope. The planet, named Kepler-452b, is 60% larger than Earth and orbits a Sun-like star with an orbital period of 385 days. The newly discovered planet is located about 1,400…

‘Green’ energy industry in Australia

27 July 2015 In: Jobs, Technology, General

The government of Australia is being urged to accelerate plans to generate more renewable energy. The national renewable energy target was set-up by the Howard government in 2001 and later expanded by the Rudd government to ensure at least 20% of Australia’s power comes from renewable sources by 2020. Under the Gillard government the $2.5bn Australian Renewable Energy Agency was established, as was the $7bn Clean Energy Finance Corporation. The renewable energy industry in Australia…

Adelaide to test driverless cars

24 July 2015 In: Travel, Adelaide, South Australia, Technology, General

Adelaide will play host to the first on-road trials of driverless cars to be staged in the Southern Hemisphere. Car-maker Volvo will conduct a series of on-road tests in South Australia as part of an international conference on driverless cars to be held in Adelaide. Volvo will use the same vehicle featured in similar tests in Sweden. South Australia legalized the use of driverless cars on its roads earlier this year and the trials are part…

Canberra in vital Pluto role

16 July 2015 In: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Technology, General

Scientists in Canberra, Australia are playing a key role in the New Horizons Pluto mission. A space centre in Canberra is a transfer station for images and data being beamed back from NASA’s New Horizons satellite that is passing the distant planet. The satellite is 5.3 billion kilometres away and is now at the start of a 16 month process to beam back a decade’s worth of saved data from its journey. Canberra’s Deep Space…

$150k for Adelaide green scheme

19 June 2015 In: Adelaide, South Australia, Technology, General

Adelaide City Council has tripled its environmental incentives scheme and set aside $150,000 to encourage adoption of ‘green’ technologies. Small businesses, office buildings and schools in Adelaide will now for the first time be eligible for subsidies on solar power and other green technologies. For the past seven years an annual $50,000 incentives scheme has allowed city residents to claim subsidies on solar panels, solar hot water systems and rainwater tanks. The Sustainable City Incentives…

Australia has a new warship

29 May 2015 In: Jobs, Migration, Adelaide, South Australia, Technology, General

Australia has a new warship, a destroyer called HMAS Hobart. Vice Admiral Tim Barrett says HMAS Hobart, and the next two air warfare destroyers to be built, will herald a major change in the way the navy operates. The new ship has the ability to launch helicopters, it carries Aegis combat systems and a range of anti-aircraft armaments. “This ship offers a capability that the navy has not had for quite some time, indeed in…

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