This weeks links (2021-06-20)

2021-06-20 Winter Solstice Sunrise

In brief:

🐎 Barilaro’s ‘brumby bill’ has been a catastrophe for the high country (2021-Jun-21) [SMH]

❝ Scientists had been raising the alarm about the destruction of Kosciuszko National Park caused by the explosion in the feral horse population, but Barilaro’s bill vetoed culling. Since then, numbers have soared: 14,000 feral horses now trample through highly sensitive and unique ecosystems. ❞

🛶 The Commute: A four day paddle to work (2021-Jun-20) [Beau Miles]

❝ Following two rivers, one drain, one sea and one creek, it turns out that paddling to work, which ends up being mostly a drag, over four full days, is bloody hard work. … ❞

💻 What are kids getting out of playing Minecraft? (2021-Jun) [University of Melbourne|Pursuit]

❝ Screen based play that at first may appear a waste of time, might have more in common with the highly revered free-play of children outside ‘screens’ than we have previously given it credit for. ❞

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Changes 11.59PM on Thursday 17 June 2021

Metropolitan Melbourne – Most settings have changed

❝ From 11.59pm Thursday 17 June, the 25km travel limit will be removed and travel between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria will resume. ❞ [3]

Intra-state travel limit:
• Removal of 25km travel limit
• Movement between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria is unrestricted
• Travel to regional Victorian Alpine Resorts permitted providing visitors have had a COVID test within 72 hours of departing Melbourne. Children under 2 years not included. Must be able to show evidence of a negative test as condition of entry into ski field ❞ [4]

❝ We want to keep regional Victoria virus free – that’s why the public health team have recommended slightly stronger settings for Melbourne as extra protection while we run down any remaining cases.
These rules mean that people will now be able to travel across the state, but also recognise that the majority of interactions in regional Victoria will be between regional Victorians. ❞ [3]

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Changes 11.59PM on Thursday 10 June 2021

Metropolitan Melbourne – Most settings have changed

❝ From 11:59pm Thursday 10 June, the five reasons to leave home will no longer apply in metro Melbourne, and the existing 10-kilometre limit will be increased to 25 kilometres.
But wherever possible, we’re asking people to stay local. That means the only reasons to go further than 25 km will be work, education, care and caregiving, and getting vaccinated. And travel into regional Victoria to visit family and friends or take a holiday still remains a no go – for now. ❞ [3]

Back out to a 25km radius, we revisit October 18, 2020 – https://2kmfromhome.com/25km

❝ … mask rules will be eased slightly – required inside, and outdoors when 1.5 metres isn’t possible. ❞ [3]

Updated 10-Jun-2021: James Merlino just now says masks will continue to be required outdoors in Victoria in change to eased restrictions.

❝ In regional Victoria, restrictions will also ease. Visitors to the home are allowed – limited to two people and their dependants – once per day. Public outdoor gatherings will be limited to 20 people. ❞ [3]

* Weddings (indoor and outdoor): Permitted with no more than 20people (including the two persons being married, celebrant, two witnesses) [4]

QR Code check-in at workplaces across Victoria to become compulsory;
“On the advice of the Chief Health Officer, we will be moving to make QR check-ins compulsory for all workplaces, with very limited exemptions, … Previously it has only been mandatory for customer facing services, but through this outbreak we have seen a number of cases occur in office settings, so we want to take the next step on this. We will be looking to consult with industry over the next few days around implementation and we will finalise the details next week.” – Acting Premier James Merlino

❝ To stay safe, all workplaces are required to keep electronic records of anyone entering their premises including staff.
If you enter a business or workplace, you must check in upon entry using the Service Victoria app – regardless of the duration of your visit. ❞ [5]

There is a limited list exceptions to this requirement.
LINKS:
[1] Victoria’s restriction levels Updated on 07/06/2021 [Department of Health and Human Services Victoria]
[2] Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria Reviewed 04/06/2021 [Coronavirus Victoria]
[3] Statement From The Acting Premier (2021-Jun-09) [Premier of Victoria]
[4] 210609 – Table of Restrictions.pdf (2021-Jun-09) [Premier of Victoria]
[4] 210609 – Table of Restrictions.pdf Updated (2021-Jun-09) [Premier of Victoria]
[5] Victorian Government QR code service and digital record keeping Reviewed 16/06/2021 [Coronavirus Victoria]

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30 Days Wild – 2021 – week 2

30 Days Wild 2021

❝ We challenge you to do one wild thing a day throughout the month of June! That’s 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness. ❞
30 Days Wild | The Wildlife Trusts

Because here in Australia we are in Winter, we need to reinterpret some of the UK’s Summer challenges to fit in with our Winter conditions.

🍃 Get Involved: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/get-involved
🍃 Simple things you can do to help wildlife: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/actions

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This weeks links (2021-06-06)

Trails

In brief:

🦕 New species of dinosaur – up to 30m long – confirmed as largest ever found in Australia (2021-Jun-07) [The Guardian]

❝ A new species of dinosaur discovered in south-west Queensland has been officially recognised as the largest ever found in Australia and among the biggest in the world.
The Australotitan cooperensis, a plant-eating dinosaur of the family known as titanosaurs, likely lived between 92m and 96m years ago, during the Cretaceous period.
It was between 25m and 30m long, stood between 5m and 6.5m from the ground to its hip and had a very long neck and tail, making it similar in appearance to well-known dinosaurs such as Brachiosaurus and Apatosaurus. ❞

🏃‍♂️ China Just Banned All Ultra Races and Extreme Sports (2021-Jun-04) [Outside Online]

❝ I’ve been covering the Chinese running craze for years, and for those familiar with the Chinese ultrarunning scene, the tragedy wasn’t all that shocking. There is an enormous range of quality, safety standards, and planning at Chinese races, and many outdoor athletes there are still learning to manage weather risk in the mountains more cautiously. The government response hasn’t been surprising, either: the CCP tends to respond to civic tragedies with blunt, outright bans rather than nuanced reform, and that’s exactly what they’ve done this week. ❞

🏃‍♂️ Dial In Your Trail Running Technique (2021-Jun-03) [Trail Runner Mag]

❝ Being a trail runner requires eschewing specialization. While our counterparts on the road and track repeat the same motion over and over again, trail runners need good form for flats, uphills, downhills and technical terrain. The goal in developing trail-running technique is to turn yourself into the ultimate all-terrain vehicle, equipped to tackle anything the trail throws at you. ❞

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Changes 11.59PM on Thursday 3 June 2021

Metropolitan Melbourne – a further seven days

❝ It’s why, on the advice of Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton, the current restrictions will remain in place in Melbourne for a further seven days, with some small changes.
This will give us a full 14 days – one full cycle of the virus – to make sure we understand how and where this mutation is moving. ❞ [3]

❝ For Melbourne, there will still be only five reasons to leave home: shopping for food and supplies, authorised work and study, care and caregiving, exercise, and getting vaccinated. People will be able to travel further for exercise and shopping, with an expanded 10km radius. ❞ [3]

“with an expanded 10km radius” – https://2kmfromhome.com/5km becomes https://2kmfromhome.com/10km. Last October we jumped from 5km to 25km, so this is a new boundary to explore.

❝ But I need to be upfront that even if all goes well, we won’t be able to have people from Melbourne travelling to regional Victoria over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. The risk of exporting the virus is just too high.
With no community transmission in regional Victoria this week, regional restrictions are proposed to begin easing from 11:59pm tomorrow night. We’ll use the next 24 hours to continue tracing and testing and confirm that this change can go ahead. ❞ [3]

❝ Finally, regional Victorians will be able to travel in regional Victoria. Melburnians will not. …
But I need to be really clear, stopping the spread – and getting our whole state back to normal – means knowing the restrictions that apply to you, and sticking to them.
We’ve seen examples of people who left Melbourne, broke the rules and took the virus with them. We do not want that to happen again.❞ [3]

State of Emergency

Directions updated 3 June 2021
The purpose of these directions is to address the serious public health risk posed to the State of Victoria by the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

LINKS:
[1] Victoria’s restriction levels Updated on 29/05/2021 [Department of Health and Human Services Victoria]
[2] Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria Reviewed 02/06/2021 [Coronavirus Victoria]
[3] Statement From The Acting Premier (2021-Jun-02) [Premier of Victoria]
[4] 210602 – Table of Restrictions.pdf (2021-Jun-02) [Premier of Victoria]

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30 Days Wild – 2021 – week 1

30 Days Wild 2021

❝ We challenge you to do one wild thing a day throughout the month of June! That’s 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness. ❞
30 Days Wild | The Wildlife Trusts

Because here in Australia we are in Winter, we need to reinterpret some of the UK’s Summer challenges to fit in with our Winter conditions.

🍃 Get Involved: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/get-involved
🍃 Simple things you can do to help wildlife: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/actions

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In the June-2021 Sky

01 June – waning Moon near Jupiter
10 June – New Moon
12 June – Venus near thin crescent Moon low in the evening sky
21 June – Winter solstice 1:31 pm
23-24 June – Mars crosses beehive cluster (binoculars best)
25 June – June’s Full Moon – Strawberry Full Moon
27 June – waning Moon close to Saturn
28 June – waning Moon near Jupiter

🌗 Skynotes: Skynotes June 2021 [Scienceworks]
🌗 Monthly sky guides: June 2021 Southern Sky Guide [Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences]
🌗 Planets Visible in the Night Sky in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [timeanddate.com]
🌗 Moon Phases – Lunar Calendar for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [timeanddate.com]
🛰️ AUSTRALIA – Melbourne [Find Starlink]
☄️ Coming Events: A Year of Southern Astronomy for 2021 [astroblogger]
☄️ Meteor Shower Calendar [timeanddate.com]

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June

Waring Wombat Season (April-July)
Cool, rainy days follow misty mornings. The time of highest rainfall and lowest temperatures.
Waring (wombats) emerge to bask and graze in the sunshine.
Bulen-bulen (Superb Lyrebird) males perform their courtship displays.
Hearts of Kombadik (Soft Tree-ferns) are the major food when no fruits are available.
Days are short and nights are long.
The constellation of Sagittarius rises in the southeast after sunset, indicating the mid-point of cold weather.

❝ ‘Wumangurruditj, that’s wombat. Put a piece of wombat, a piece of pork and a piece of porcupine [echidna] and you can’t tell the difference.’ ❞ – Jessie Hunter, 1999

Eastern Kulin Seasonal Calendar [Melbourne Museum]

The Seven Seasons of the Kulin Nation

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This weeks links (2021-05-30)

Purple!

In brief:

🚑 Rescuers question what3words’ use in emergencies (2021-Jun-02) [BBC News]

❝ Mountain rescuers have questioned the accuracy of using a location app, citing dozens of examples where the wrong address was given to their teams. … Reasons for the errors were not given, but were likely to be things such as mispronunciation or spelling errors. …
W3W has been in the spotlight in recent weeks following research by security consultant Andrew Tierney, from Pen Test Partners.
He found that the algorithm behind W3W often gave similar-sounding words and plural versions of words for locations in close proximity, which could cause confusion.❞

🦅 Snuggle up and survey! (2021-May-31) [Birds in Backyards]
Birds in Backyards Winter survey June-July

❝ Feel the crisp winter air and join your birds outside for a winter bird survey … 20 mins and some information about your garden helps to understand our local birds and gives us invaluable insight into their daily lives. ❞

🍃 Take part in 30 Days Wild 2021 [Wildlife Trusts UK]

❝ We challenge you to do one wild thing a day throughout the month of June! That’s 30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness.
When you sign up, you’ll get a free pack of goodies to help you plan your wild month, plus lots of ideas to inspire you to stay wild all throughout June (and beyond!). ❞

🏃🏻 I’m one of those irritating people who says they like running and actually means it (2021-May-31) [The Guardian]

❝ Soon, something happens. My feet pick up, the rain metaphorically evaporates and I slide slowly, sweetly into a familiar parallel universe, an other-worldly zone where everything feels effortless, worries disappear and time ceases to exist. ❞

📄 I enjoy reading the newsletter from @al_humphreys about adventure, travel, books and other interesting stuff. Have a look at his latest here: https://preview.mailerlite.com/t8n8l5
⛺️ Camp In 2021 [Camp Quality]
Camp In For Camp Quality. Fundraise For Kids Impacted By Cancer.

❝ Sleep away from your bed on Saturday 12th June for kids facing cancer ❞

⛺️ Tim’s Multi-Day Hiking Gear List 2021 (2021-May-26) [Australian Hiker]

❝ I use a range of gear for all my multi day hikes ranging in length from two days all the way up to multi-week trips. The equipment listed in this article is ‘whats in my pack’ at the time of this article, May 2021 and has served me well. Some piece of gear have stayed in this list for many years but having said that I am always on the lookout for new pieces of equipment to replace old favourites. In addition I will make tweaks depending on the destination, weather, and time of the year as well as swapping out gear if I’m travelling with my wife Gill and we need the two person version of something. ❞

Ngunna yerrabi yanggu is a traditional welcome to Ngunnawal country meaning ‘(you may) walk on this country now’.

❝ Ngunna yerrabi yanggu ❞

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