International students! There's now even more reason to choose Sydney Uni for your postgrad studies, with the announcement of 40 new fully-funded PhD scholarships available from 2017: http://bit.ly/2knn4IN
Our new song "Sydney To Me" has been announced as the new official Sydney Anthem! Make sure you've got your copy for Australia Day, get it here now, and pre-order the full EP: http://smarturl.it/JMBelmontStreet
WOW... an amazing photo of Pedra Branca thanks to Doug Thost Photography [Hobart - Tasmania]. Doug was aboard the CSIRO research ship RV Investigator as it passed on its way to the Antarctic last Saturday. A team of international scientists left Hobart to map the seafloor to predict ocean rise as a glazier the size of California melts. Find out more about this epic voyage from our link in the comments.
Pedra Branca, an amazing little island, in the Southern Ocean, is just 26 kilometres south southeast of South East Cape and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site. It is actually an erosional remnant of the Tassie mainland, and just 270 metres long plus 100 metres wide. Pedra Branca separated from the Tasmanian mainland at least 15,000 years ago and is known for its inaccessibility, rich marine wildlife, wet and windy weather, interesting geology and large waves :)
What is truly amazing about Pedra Branca is this tiny, windswept island is the only known habitat of a species of lizard, the Pedra Branca skink and only 400 survive!
Pedra Branca is also known throughout the world for its big waves and surfing. The rocks are a magnet for massive south swells coming up from the Antarctic. Big, mean, cold waves. Waves that hurt. The waves there are the stuff of nightmares: a giant, thick-lipped right-hander breaking into deep, dark water. Surfers, and wind surfers, from all over the world travel hours by boat to get to the rock. Oh and if you have a wipe out, you get injured! #Tasmania
As students across Australia head back to school this week, it’s hard to imagine going to school without desks or seats – but for many children around the world, this is the case. A lack of infrastructure in poorer communities can often mean students have to sit on the floor during class, which can be quite uncomfortable for long periods of time. However thanks to the support of people like you, 11 schools across India received 650 sets of desks & benches so these children now have a comfortable place to sit and are able to concentrate on their studies. Learn more about other ways we are helping improve education: http://wva.me/improved-classroom-facilities Photo by Annila Harris, World Vision
We’ve been feeling pretty crappy with everything going on across the pond right now. And like us, you might feel like you want to do something. We want all refugees to feel welcome, and one amazing organisation that works hard to make that happen is Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). So we’ve just donated $10,000 (on top of our regular donations) to help them provide much needed services for those seeking asylum here in Australia. If you feel like donating too, you can either do it directly through their website, or, if you’d like to donate a box of toilet paper to families setting up home, you can do so below. After all, nothing says welcome like a box of dunny paper. #refugeeswelcome https://au.whogivesacrap.org/products/donate-a-box-of-toilet-paper-to-asrc