A Remarkable Journey around Australia

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As Guest Speaker at the Conference, Robert Pennicott will present his Remarkable Journey on the circumnavigation of Australia and Tasmania in an outboard-driven boat. They departed Sydney on the 2nd June 2011 and travelled anticlockwise around the entire coast of Australia in two 5.4m Naiad RIBs (18ft dinghies). They arrived back in Sydney on the 11th September. Their trip was divided into 77 segments, ranging from 60 to 420 miles. On 48 of the segments, two seats were auctioned to the highest bidder to raise funds for Rotary’s Polio Eradication and conservation.Continue reading

How DNA Techniques are solving mysteries

jeremy-austin  Dr Jeremy Austin, DNA researcher is a guest speaker at our District Conference in Geelong. His fascinating work with ‘ancient DNA’ will open your minds is seeing how DNA sampled through space and time to understand the evolutionary history of living and extinct animals and birds, to assess the impacts of past environmental change on animal and bird populations, and to provide valuable genetic data for conservation and management of threatened species.Continue reading