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Tickets available for public lecture by celebrity fish expert

Wednesday 31 Oct 2018

Fish expert and celebrity television host Dr Zeb Hogan (pictured left) will deliver a public lecture on Wednesday 12 December during the international Fish Passage 2018 conference to be held in Albury between 10 and 14 December 2018.

The lecture is part of the week-long Fish Passage 2018 conference, which will be hosted by the Charles Sturt University (CSU).Institute for Land, Water and Society, and NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI).

The meeting gathers experts from around the world to discuss the latest technologies to help migrating fish such as the iconic Murray cod to negotiate dam walls and barrages and reach important breeding grounds.

The conference co-chair, Dr Lee Baumgartner, is recognised throughout Australia and South East Asia for his work in adapting fish passages to the needs of native fish and the local people who depend on these fisheries for food and recreation.

“A number of significant issues are affecting native fish populations in rivers in the Riverina, including the blocking of migration routes by dams and weirs,” Dr Baumgartner said.

“This conference will focus on how we can help our native species avoid or overcome some of these issues using smart technologies such as fishways, also known as or fish ladders.

The conference will also showcase innovative technologies used to monitor fish migrations like radio tags, acoustic tags, microchips and the “Salmon Cannon” from Whoosh Innovation. All will be on display during the conference and at the public lecture by Dr Hogan.

“Dr Hogan has long advocated for maintaining fish migration routes, which are essential for spawning and feeding. He is supporting our cause by showing off some of Australia’s megafish such as the Murray cod which have previously featured on his National Geographic show, Monster Fish,” Dr Baumgartner said, pictured left.

“Dr Hogan has caught megafish across the globe. He will take the audience on a journey on the importance of big fish and how migrations are essential for their long term survival.

“Entry is free and open to the public, and families are especially welcome. It will be a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to connect with all things fish.”

Tickets to hear about Dr Zeb’s amazing adventures with big fish are now available from the Albury Entertainment Centre, which will host the free lecture between 7 and 9 pm. A ticket will be required to gain entry and the event will open to the public from 6pm.

In addition to Dr Hogan, attendees will be able to view the scientific poster display and chat with exhibitors on a range of innovations related to fish.

Book here to attend the free Zeb Hogan lecture.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Lee Baumgartner, who is based at CSU in Albury-Wodonga.

For details on the upcoming Fish Passage 2018 conference in Albury, go to the conference website.

Exhibition reflects on ‘Stations of the Cross’

Friday 2 Mar 2018

An emotionally engaging art exhibition inspired by the ‘Stations of the Cross’ will open at the Charles Sturt University (CSU) Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACC&C) in Canberra on Friday evening 2 March.

Executive Director of the ACC&C Reverend Professor Stephen Pickard (pictured) said, “The Centre has a special focus on creativity through the arts and culture, and is delighted to host the annual ‘Stations of the Cross 2018’ art exhibition in Canberra.

“The ‘Stations of the Cross 2018’ exhibition takes the original story of Jesus’ tortured progress along the Via Delorosa in Jerusalem, from Him being sentenced to death, to His crucifixion and then resurrection.

“Sixteen artists were given a different Station of the Cross to reflect on and produce an artwork.

“The 16 works in a range of materials and styles, including sculpture, are inspiring, challenging and engaging. They are a wonderful media through which the important issues and questions are raised about life, faith and meaning in today’s world.

“I encourage all people who are interested in considering the meaning of life to view the exhibition and reflect on the questions it raises for them.”

The exhibition is curated by Reverend Dr Douglas Purnell, OAM, and Mr Christopher Auckett from Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School.

The exhibition at the ACC&C Chapel, corner Kings Avenue and Blackall Street in Barton, ACT, will be officially opened at 6pm on Friday 2 March by Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin, AM, and is open from 10am to 4pm daily from Sunday 4 to Thursday 15 March.

The full online catalogue can be viewed here:

Related events at the ACC&C in Canberra include an introduction to the artworks for registered guests by curator Rev. Dr Douglas Purnell from 9.30am to 1pm on Saturday 3 March. The exhibition will be open to the public from 1pm to 4pm that day.

A free public lecture on ‘Spirituality and Art’ will be presented by Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin, AM, FAHA, at 7.30pm on Wednesday 7 March at the exhibition.

More information can be found here or by phoning (02) 6272 6201.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Reverend Professor Stephen Pickard.

Image: Station 15 ‘In the Presence of the Risen Lord’ by John Forrester-Clack (charcoal and acrylic on paper, 95.5cm x 70.5cm).

The ‘Stations of the Cross 2018’ exhibition is at the ACC&C Chapel, corner Kings Avenue and Blackall Street in Barton, ACT, from 10am to 4pm daily from Saturday 3 March to Friday 16 March.

The annual ‘Stations of the Cross’ art exhibition is a cooperative venture between Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School in Sydney, Northmead Uniting Church, and the CSU ACC&C in Canberra. The first contemporary ‘Stations of the Cross’ art exhibition was held at St Ives Uniting Church (Sydney) in 2007.

Workshop to address agribusiness opportunities around Canberra

Friday 10 Mar 2017

Brent JuratowitchAgribusiness firms in the Capital Region that want to make the most of Australia's free trade agreements (FTAs) with China, Japan and Korea can gain more information in a Charles Sturt University (CSU) education program.

The program including a workshop being hosted by CSU's Centre for Customs and Excise Studiesconcentrates on market opportunities, provides technical training on the regulatory requirements to enter each market, and provides advice on how to best to manage supply chains, so that producers retain maximum value in their businesses.

The workshop, being led by CSU senior lecturer Mr Brent Juratowitch, will be held from 9am to 4 pm on Wednesday 15 March at CSU in Canberra, 10-12 Brisbane Ave, Canberra. He will be accompanied by presenters from the private sector with relevant experience in claiming FTA market benefits.

Mr Juratowitch said topics covered include market selection, market trends, product classification, tariffs and duties, valuation, regulations, supply chain management, and how to participate in Authorised Economic Operator schemes.

"The workshop is part of a six-week program that also includes online business forums, mentoring and tailored advice," he said.

"Once enrolled, a participant can access an online platform containing FTA fact sheets, business guides and other materials. They can then review this material in their own time and can contact presenters with specific questions relating to their business."

Participants can enroll online in the FTA program.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with Mr Brent Juratowitch, contact CSU Media.

For further information on the FTA program, call CCES on 02 6272 6300 or send an mail.

The one-day program is subsidised by the Australian Government and supported by the Export Council of Australia. The full cost to participants is $100 which includes all the materials, workshop, business advice and mentoring.

Call to reassess sentencing after Bathurst Jail riot

Wednesday 4 Jan 2017

Call to reassess sentencing after Bathurst Jail riot

Dr Kath McFarlaneA senior researcher from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst has called on NSW policy makers to reassess whether prison sentences are the best way to handle low-level crime after yesterday's riot at Bathurst Jail.

"The riot brings to mind some of the problems that 40 years ago, led to the Nagle Royal Commission into the infamous Bathurst Jail riots of 1974," said Dr McFarlane from the University's Centre for Law and Justice.

"Allegations of prison overcrowding are hardly surprising, given NSW has never had so many people in jail.

"We know that jail often makes people worse and doesn't add to community safety. The vast bulk of people don't need to be in jail.

"Addressing prison sentencing and reducing overcrowding would also help relieve pressure to extend the Bathurst jail over the next five years, which will only add to the huge financial burden for NSW taxpayers."

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

 Contact CSU to arrange interviews with Dr Kath McFarlane at CSU in Bathurst.

CSU School of Theology celebrates 2016 graduation

Sunday 11 Dec 2016

Former High Court Chief Justice Sir Gerard Brennan AC KBE QC will address Charles Sturt University (CSU) theology graduates during a ceremony in Sydney on Monday 12 December.

Sir Gerard Brennan, who was the 10th Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia from 1995 to 1998 and a leading member of the Australian bar, will deliver the Occasional Address to almost 40 graduates from the University's School of Theology.

The ceremony will be held from 9.30am on Monday 12 December in Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Parramatta.

The Charles Sturt University Medal will be presented to Bachelor of Theology graduate Ms Claire Wright. The medal is the highest honour that the CSU governing body, the University Council, can present to undergraduates.

Ms Wright, who studied at the United Theological College, has been recently ordained as a Uniting Church Minister. She'll take up her appointment at the Uniting Church in Bathurst in early 2017.

Head of the School of Theology Associate Professor David Neville said, "The School of Theology celebrates the achievements of all graduates, and we are delighted that among their number is a University medallist, the School's seventh University medallist in eight years."

During the same ceremony, the University Council will confer the title of Doctor of Health Studies (honoris causa) on Mr Ahmed Al Hajeri for his international contribution to paramedicine and emergency service management.

Mr Al Hajeri, from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has worked as a nurse and paramedic and is currently the Deputy CEO of the National Ambulance Company in the UAE.

CSU was Australia's first university to offer a paramedicine degree, the Bachelor of Clinic Practice (Paramedic) which is offered by the University in Bathurst, Port Macquarie and online.  

The graduation ceremony is one of a number of ceremonies being celebrated across CSU in December.

Media Contact: Fiona Halloran and Emily Malone , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

For further information, contact CSU Media.

The School of Theology offers a range of postgraduate programs in ageing and pastoral studies, religious and values education, pastoral counselling and theology. In addition to CSU Online, the programs are taught at a number of locations including St Barnabas College in Adelaide, St Francis Theological College in Brisbane, St Mark's National Theological Centre in Canberra and United Theological College in Parramatta.

Art exhibition in Canberra celebrates Seasons of Birth

Monday 21 Nov 2016

An innovative art exhibition that celebrates human birth is being hosted by Charles Sturt University's (CSU) Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACC&C) in Canberra until Saturday 26 November.

The Gibber The GiftExecutive Director of the ACC&C, the Right Reverend Professor Stephen Pickard, said, "In this exhibition 15 Australian contemporary visual artists responded to the invitation to contemplate and explore the process of human birth. 

"The artists come from a diverse range of national and cultural backgrounds, with contrasting world views. Their works in the exhibition celebrate life through their choice of rich and varied artistic mediums."

The exhibition opened on Sunday 13 and runs to Saturday 26 November and is accessible at the ACC&C, corner of Kings Avenue and Blackall Street, Barton, ACT, from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and from 1pm to 4pm on weekends. More information can be found here.

Media Contact: Ms Emily Malone and Ms Fiona Halloran, (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Professor Stephen Pickard.

Image: 'The Gibber The Gift' by Ella Whateley

POETs gather for final meeting

Thursday 11 Feb 2016

An international research team investigating how children and their parents handle starting or changing school is meeting for the eighth and final time in Albury next week.

Hosted by Charles Sturt University’s education professors Bob Perry and Sue Docket, the Pedagogies of Educational Transitions (POET) group, with researchers from Australia, Iceland, New Zealand Scotland and Sweden, will share research, policy and practice about the transition to school for all involved. The group will be officially welcomed to Albury on Tuesday evening 16 February by Albury City at the MAMA regional art gallery in Dean St, Albury.

On Wednesday 17 February, winners will be announced in the POETry competition which reflects on the entrants’ own experiences in starting school. POETry has attracted entries from as far afield as Scotland and Iran and all entries will be published in the next edition of Studio, an Australian poetry and fiction literary journal, which will also be launched at the announcement.

The 30 researchers will have the chance to participate in the City2City Walk Run before moving to Canberra next week for a large international conference on transition in early education.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

For interviews with CSU team leaders Professor Sue Dockett from CSU's School of Education and Professor Bob Perry from CSU's Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education (RIPPLE), contact CSU Media.

Seminar examines the importance of humility in 21st century

Wednesday 21 Oct 2015

Reclaiming HumilityA seminar will be held in Canberra on Friday 23 October to examine the relevance and importance of humility to modern life. The seminar, 'Humility in the 21st  century – responses to Reclaiming Humility', follows the launch on Thursday 22 October of the new book Reclaiming Humility: Four Studies in the Monastic Tradition by Dr Jane Foulcher, a lecturer in systematic theology at St Mark's National Theological Centre, a partner in the Charles Sturt University School of Theology. Dr Foulcher's book asks whether humility has a place in contemporary life, and provides a compelling analysis of the theology and practice of humility by examining four monastic traditions from fourth-century Egypt to twentieth-century Algeria. "My book challenges the Church to reclaim Christian humility as essential to its life and witness today," Dr Foulcher said. "In part, I was inspired by American nun Joan Chittister's understanding of humility as 'a proper sense of self in a universe of wonders', and her suggestion that for human survival in the 21st century we need to embrace the wisdom of the Rule of Benedict on humility." The seminar 'Humility in the 21st century – responses toReclaiming Humility' is at 10am to 12pm Friday 23 October in the Withycombe Room at St Mark's National Theological Centre, 15 Blackall Street, Barton. Please RSVP to


Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

The launch of Reclaiming Humility: Four Studies in the Monastic Tradition by Reverend Dr Graeme Garrett is at 6pm Thursday 22 October in the chapel at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall Street (corner King's Avenue) Barton, Canberra.

First Things First author at the National Library of Australia

Thursday 17 Sep 2015

Kate LlewellynTwo Charles Sturt University (CSU) academics will lead a public discussion with Australian author Kate Llewellyn (pictured) about her book First Things First at the National Library of Australia in Canberra on Tuesday 22 September. The editors of First Things First, Dr Ruth Bacchus in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Dr Barbara Hill in the CSU Division of Student Learning, will discuss Ms Llewellyn's new anthology of selected letters from her private correspondence with artists and writers (1977 to 20014). "The correspondence in First Things First brims with energy, humour and insights into Kate's life," Dr Hill said. "Kate has also been a visiting writer at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga and Bathurst in the past. We welcome all who are interested in Australian literature to come along and learn more about the life of this fascinating and much-loved Australian author." The public discussion with Kate Llewellyn will be in the conference room of the National Library of Australia in Parkes Place, Canberra, at 6pm Tuesday 22 September. Admission is $10 and includes refreshments and book signing. Book here or on 6262 1271 (9am to 12pm Monday to Friday).

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Dr Ruth Bacchus is a lecturer in English in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Dr Barbara Hill is senior lecturer and Indigenous Curriculum and Pedagogy coordinator in the CSU Division of Student Learning in Bathurst. First Things First is published by Wakefield Press and was launched during the Adelaide Writers' Week as part of the 2015 Adelaide Festival.

Kate Llewellyn's other notable publications include Teeth and Other Verses (1975), Trader Kate and the Elephants (1982), The Waterlily: A Blue Mountains Journal (1987), The Mountain (1989). Her most recent book is A Fig at The Gate (2014). Read more about Kate Llewellyn here.

Praying for peace in the Middle East

Monday 11 Aug 2014

People from all faiths will come together at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture at CSU in Canberra this week for a service of peace for those suffering in the Middle East. The service, For the sake of humanity, is being hosted by the Centre in conjunction with the Canberra Interfaith Forum and the ACT Council of Churches. Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture Executive Director the Right Reverend Professor Stephen Pickard said, "The service calls people of all faiths and good will to join together in an act of solidarity with those who are suffering and victims of violence in the Middle East, whether it is Iraq, Gaza, Southern Israel, Syria or elsewhere. This is a time for the bonds of our common humanity to be recognised. Lament and yearning for peace are the themes for the service. There will be songs by the Canberra based Chorus of Women, dance, symbol and reflections". The service will be held from 6pm to 6:45pm on Wednesday 13 August in The Chapel at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall Street, Barton, ACT. For more information contact Ms Margaret Roberts from the ACC&C on (02) 6272 6203 or send an email

Media Contact: Emily Malone , (02) 6933 2207

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