I’m in Townsville, Queensland, Australia (a rather tropical place) on a speaking tour, and as I walked up to my hotel room I felt a wave of heat, and some stale water smell. My trusty guide, Nigel, pointed to the reason and said: “Perfect place for a thermometer, eh mate”?
The population explosion of a/c heat exchangers was a sight to behold.
Last night’s talk in Sydney went well. My thanks to all who attended. Meanwhile in Victoria, ski season opens and The Age says:
”It hasn’t got warmer than minus 3 for at least the last week,” she said. ”That’s pretty cold for Australia – there’s no sign of climate change around here right now.”
It was a tough gig last night in Sydney, not because the audience was tough, but because I’m competing with a 3 day holiday weekend, plus some world cup soccer. I can imagine the choice is easy for some. “Do I want to hear some bloke wail on about the problems with weather stations in the world or watch soccer on holiday with no work tomorrow?”
That’s why I’m doubly appreciative of the many people who came to seem Professor Tim Curtin, David Archibald, and myself speak about climate issues.
The most stunning thing I’ve learned here so far?
You have to have a permit to photograph in a National Park and then publish the photograph for any commercial purpose.
Apparently there’s 12 pages of law on it.
Here’s some of it:
The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000 (Cth) on photographers who take and commercialise photographs of Commonwealth reserves.
A Commonwealth reserve is defined as one proclaimed by the Governor-General and includes places such as
Gardens, Christmas Island National Park, Pulu Keeling National Park, Norfolk Island National Park and Commonwealth Marine Parks and Reserves.
To take photographs in a Commonwealth reserve for commercial purposes, a photographer should:
• Contact the Commonwealth reserve and obtain a permit to take photographs for commercial purposes by
paying the specified fee and entering into a Location Agreement; and
• Abide by the conditions imposed upon commercial photographers in the reserve by the Director.
If a photographer breaches a Location Agreement (or does not enter into one), a ranger or warden may require
him or her to hand over all copies of any photographs taken and any camera or other device used to take them.
For further information, contact the National Park you wish to visit. You can also contact the Commonwealth
Department of Environment and Heritage by phone 02 6274 1111 or see the website:
Oz and it’s people have been amazing, but I really can’t get behind a government that would trample the right of photographic art from people like Ansel Adams.