General news from November 2010
Christmas/New Year closure 2010
The Kioloa Coastal Campus closes annually for the usual ANU Christmas/New Year close-down, in line with ANU policy. This closure period extends from 24 December 2010 to 4 January 2011.
Green light for new multi-purpose building
The long-awaited 150 seat workshop, meeting, performance and exhibition space at the Kioloa Coastal Campus will finally become a reality. Approval has been given to commence construction of the muti-purpose building. The principal architect and urban ecologist is Paul Downton of the well-known architectural
firm Ecopolis based in Adelaide. He will be assisted by local Moruya architect, Katrina Scobie principal of the architectural firm Dual Design. KCC staff are very excited at this outcome, and looking forward to being able to manage this new facility for the benefit of KCC user groups The tender to build
this architect designed 'green' building was won by Southpoint Building Services, and construction will start as soon as possible.
Green initiatives as part of the new multi-purpose building
New waste management system and heat pumps
As part of this new development, a new whole-of-campus waste management system will be put in place. This involves the introduction of an 'AAA worm farm' to process all organic waste on site and distribution of the associated nutrients around the cleared area of the property, providing a benefit to
agricultural production as well as protecting Butlers creek and lagoon. Heat pumps will be installed to replace the existing electric hot water systems for most accommodation buildings on the campus. These will substantially reduce the electrical load with the benefit of a reduction in greenhouse gas
Introduction on EFTPOS payment option at the Kioloa Coastal Campus
The KCC office is now able to offer KCC user groups and individuals the opportunity to pay their account in the office using a new EFTPOS facility. EFTPOS, being a debit card based systems used for processing transactions through an IT connected terminal at point of sale, is dependent on power and phone
State of Emergency for Kioloa, Bawley Point (northern South Coast and Illawarra)
On Saturday 4 September 2010, Kioloa and Bawley Point villages (along with all of the northern south coast and Illawarra areas) experienced gale force winds up to 120kph, causing widespread destruction, snapping power poles and dropping live power lines across the road entry to Bawley Point, uprooting
trees, crushing houses and property, and leaving the local area in an official state of emergency lasting till late in the following week. Kioloa Coastal Campus operated seamlessly throughout this crisis, initially relying on the Campus' own back-up generator power, and later being able to rely on the
local energy supplier's local generator at the Kioloa Transfer Station. Power outages are common in the local area, and the KCC back-up generator has proved to be a very sound investment.
Annual January community program to be changed for 2011
We'd like to let everybody know that the annual Kioloa Coastal Campus community program will not take place in January 2011 as initially planned. Kioloa Coastal Campus outreach program and activities will all be re-considered and activities will be planned in line with the new initiatives underway at
the field station.
Visits during July and August
ANU Green hosted three international interns and introduced them to the Australian beaches and middens of the local Kioloa area.
Centre for Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) introduced to their students cross-cultural training course run by Graham Moore the Department of Environment Climate Change (DECC) Heritage and Cultural Officer for the region.
Fenner School of Environment and Society (FSES) - Group research in international environmental governance/policy.
Fenner Hall - Student retreat for professional development and team building, reflection and planning.
ANU Law REVUE - Skit writing and team bonding.
Megaphon Sound Recording Studios - filming and audio recording of bush habitats in and around Murramarang National Park for 'Sounds of Homes' exhibition at the Wollongong Gallery.
National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH) - Master of Applied Epidemilogy (MAE) retreat and curriculum workshop.
University of Wollongong (UOW) - Biological Sciences - students studying biodiversity and conducting survey's of plants, mammals, frogs and birds.
Plus a number of individuals from various colleges spending quiet time writing and research planning.