The 2009-10 season is expected to be largely influenced by a comparatively weak El Niño event. Therefore rainfall and flooding should not be as extensive as the past two seasons and a tropical cyclone impact on the east coast is a little less likely than in neutral or La Niña years. These conditions would favour a late start to the monsoon.
After a very dry winter this isn’t good news.
Aboriginal rock art
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The Jawoyn Association – which represents the Jawoyn people, whose traditional land spans from Katherine up into Arnhem Land – says it has uncovered more than 3,000 Aboriginal rock art sites.
The association’s cultural manager, Ray Whear, says two of the rock paintings seem to depict tasmanian tigers.
I wonder why modern-day paints only last a few years but indigenous Australians could make paint that lasted for millennia.
Farmers accused of wombat slaughter
This is too sick for words:
Farmers are illegally slaughtering thousands of wombats in South Australia, a nature group says.
Brigitte Stevens from the Wombat Awareness Organisation says burrows of southern hairy-nosed wombats are being bulldozed or blown up on Yorke and Eyre Peninsulas and in the Murraylands.
She says farmers can get permits to destroy a few wombats, but that it not a licence to wipe out the entire population.
“There’s not enough or not good enough regulations on what actually happens to the wombat if those numbers are being killed,” she said.