April | 2016 | Red Robot


Moore Reef Recovering From Low Level Bleaching

MOORE REEF, THE GREAT BARRIER REEF – Dr Dean Miller is a Cairns-based marine biologist and an underwater filmmaker most noted for his recent work on Sir David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef documentary.

Two days ago (April 27 2016), Dean grabbed his dive kit and underwater camera, jumped on board Reef Magic – one of the many popular tourist boats operating from Cairns – to record what Moore Reef really looked like, just one month after witnessing low-levels of bleaching. Dr Miller said, “To get back into the water and see that those corals (at this particular site) have pretty much recovered was really encouraging.”

Moore Reef lies 45km east of Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef and is just one speck along the Great Barrier Reef, the largest and longest coral reef in the world, stretching 2300 kilometres.

Moore Reef is rich with marine creatures like parrotfish, emperors, white tip sharks, rays and hard and soft corals. It is also home to Wally, the resident Maori Wrasse.


Australia Zoo’s Peta The Koala Begins Physiotherapy

BEERWAH, AUSTRALIA – At just one and a half years old, Peta the koala was brought to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for specialist treatment when she sustained multiple fractures, including her leg, pelvis, radius and ulna after being hit by a car and is now undertaking koala physiotherapy to help heal her tiny body.

Peta had just left her mum to find her own way in the wild when she wandered onto a dirt road near Nymboida, NSW and was struck by a car, an all-too-common occurrence on Australian roads. Once the extent of her injuries was clear, Peta was transferred to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital from Currumbin Wildlife Hospital as specialist emergency surgery was required.

Peta has been at the Wildlife Hospital for two months after having pins inserted into her left leg in surgery to stabilise the major fracture. Now the pins have been removed, and although Peta’s fracture is healing nicely, she has also begun a course of physiotherapy to strengthen the muscles in her leg.

Peta’s treating Vet Dr Rosie Booth, Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital Director, is pleased with Peta’s progress and is optimistic that she will pass her physiotherapy treatment and make a full recovery before returning to life in the wild in the near future.

“Physiotherapy for koalas is similar to physiotherapy for humans. It’s all about improving mobility and function for improved quality of life with massage and manipulation, as well as a multitude of walking and climbing exercises,” said Dr Rosie.

The only difference, I’d say, is how cute she looks doing it all. She’s such a beautiful koala with a very pert personality. She is very eager to get back to life in the wild and the whole team here at the Wildlife Hospital have been working very hard to get her to that point,” she added.

It’s a very rewarding moment when that day finally comes, especially for a patient such as Peta who has had such life threatening injuries,” said Rosie.

Although Peta needs to be comfortable around people during this stage of her treatment, she will eventually transition to an outdoor area away from human contact. This is to help her learn how to climb larger trees and disassociate from people, much like any other wild koala.

After two surgeries, round-the-clock care and several weeks of physiotherapy, Peta will be released back in the Nymboida area where she can embark on a new journey and enjoy her second chance at life. Peta is otherwise in good health and will soon be at a good age for breeding – hopefully contributing to existing koala populations in the area given their vulnerable status.

The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital sees hundreds of koala patients each year, with trauma caused by being hit by cars one of the major reasons. Injuries like Peta’s are easily preventable; by simply adhering to speed limits and driving carefully around wildlife populated areas, you can help to keep our national icon in the wild where they belong.

The Wildlife Hospital relies on generous donations from people both in Australia and around the world to continue their work to save koalas like Peta, and ultimately safeguard the species.

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Interview Dr Rosie Booth

Peta Koala Therapy Sessions


Microsoft At Hannover Messe 2016

HANNOVER, GERMANY – At HANNOVER MESSE 2016, Microsoft showcases the latest intelligent technology that will impact everyday life as companies around the world digitally transform their businesses.

Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, sees companies from around the world showing how their digital transformation is creating new business opportunities. The fair featured a keynote address by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella with attendance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama, who is representing the United States as a partner country for this event. Some “intelligent” technology at the centre of the digital transformation includes: intelligent factories, smart buildings, intelligent street lights and intelligent jet engines.

The next revolution in business is one that transforms our world to take advantage of intelligence. Microsoft continues to collaborate wit its customers and partners on more natural human-computing technology, striking the right balance between using data to create intelligence, personal experiences, while maintaining security and privacy.

In his keynote speech at the HMI, Satya Nadella, talked about the intersection of the digital tech and manufacturing and how tech can empower transformation. In many ways, manufacturing has been on the frontline of tech disruption, helping to fuel growth, enable agility and redefine efficiencies. He cited examples from customers such as Liebherr and Jail as well as showing a demonstration from Microsoft customer, Rolls Royce.

Nadella also stressed that growth is dependent on making the climate more sustainable, economics more viable, equipping future generations with the computational thinking and problem solving skills needed for every job in the 21st Century.

HMI 2016

At HANNOVER MESSE 2016, all eyes will be on industry 4.0 (advanced manufacturing). Some 5,000 exhibitors will be showcasing the latest technologies from factories and energy systems. The event’s Partner Country for 2016 – The United States of America – will be presenting it’s high-tech offerings “Made In USA”, and President Barak Obama will be leveraging the world’s foremost trade fair for industrial technology to promote thee Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).


WHERE: HANNOVER MESSE 2016, Microsoft booth, Hall 7, Hannover Exhibition Ground



Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, soundbites

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, Soundbite and Rolls Royce B-Roll

EnBW B-Roll

Jabil B-Roll

Fujitsu B-Roll

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO Soundbite and HoloLens Video

Australia Zoo’s First Koala Joey Makes His Debut

BEERWAH, AUSTRALIA – In the past week, one of Australia Zoo’s newest explorers has poked his head out of the pouch to look at the world for the first time! This new koala joey is the first of a group of joeys born on Koala Island as part of Australia Zoo’s breeding program for the vulnerable species.Leading the group of Australia Zoo’s record season of 13 koala joeys, the yet-to-be-named boy and his mum Ash, will stay together for over a year while he learns a variety of skills, like climbing and grooming, before reaching independence. This little dare devil has already been caught climbing onto his mum’s head while the other joeys are still nestled in the pouch!

As part of Australia Zoo’s on-going commitment to saving our emblem species, our koala experts focus on genetic diversity in the breeding program to encourage the best family trees.

Head of the Australia Zoo koala department Kirsten Latham said that keeping a diverse population within the Zoo is important due to their drastically declining rates in the wild.

“The population of koalas in Queensland are being radically affected by disease, habitat loss and the increasing human footprint,” said Kirsten.

“Having koalas at the Zoo means that people can visit them, fall in love with them and learn how they can help save them from ending up on the endangered list.

“Apart from being a significant contributor to the koala breeding program to ensure that people can see koalas for years to come, Australia Zoo is also one of the only places in Australia where guests can cuddle a koala, which is pretty special!” She said.

Visitors to Australia Zoo have a variety of options to meet koalas and learn about them throughout the day. From encounters, to koala cuddles and koala demonstrations, Australia Zoo is determined to help everyone fall in love with one of Australia’s most-loved animals, which won’t be hard when the adorable new joeys begin exploring their surroundings in the coming months.

Koala-inspired tourism is worth $3.375 billion to Australia each year, with koalas representing 11% of inbound tourists who wouldn’t travel to Australia if not for these native Australian mammals.

FACT: While eucalyptus is the main source of food for koalas, joeys are not born with the digestive enzymes to make the transition from milk to leaves straight away. Before they begin their diet of leaves, joeys must first eat ‘pap’, a specialised form of their mother’s dropping which helps them adjust to consuming such a potent diet.

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For further information and media enquiries, please contact: 

Mandalay Stuart, PR Coordinator | Australia Zoo

Tel: 07 5436 2357 Mob: 0429 440 141 Email: mandalays@australiazoo.com.au


The Laureus World Sports Awards – Berlin 2016

BERLIN, GERMANY – The Laureus World Sports Awards are the premier honours on the international sporting calendar. The winners are chosen by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the ultimate sports jury, made up of more than 50 of the greatest living sportsmen and sportswomen.

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams claimed the top accolades at this year’s Laureus World Sports Awards.

The tennis duo were named sportsman and sportswoman of the year at the Berlin ceremony for their 2015 achievements.

Djokovic, 28, reached all four Grand Slam finals, winning three of them, a feat emulated by Williams, 34.

Brazil’s Paralympic swimmer Daniel Dias, 27, was named disabled sportsperson of the year after winning seven gold medals at the IPC Swimming World Championships.

The Laureus World Sports Awards supports Laureus Sport for Good by showcasing the incredible work it does to transform the lives of individuals and communities around the world by using the power of sport as a tool to combat challenging social issues. Since its inception, Laureus Sport for Good has raised over €100 million and supported over 150 projects worldwide which use sport to tackle violence, discrimination and disadvantage.


Other awards:

Team of the Year: New Zealand, who won the Rugby World Cup win

Comeback of the Year: Rugby player Dan Carter, who helped the All Blacks become champions after missing the 2011 final because of injury

Breakthrough of the Year: US golfer Jordan Spieth, who won the Masters and US Open

Action Sportsperson of the Year: German triathlete Jan Frodeno, who became World Ironman champion

Athlete of the Year: Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi

Lifetime Achievement Award: Three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda

Spirit of Sport Award: Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff


Cruyff, who died of cancer aged 68 on 24 March, was recognised for his work helping to deliver sport-related projects for underprivileged children around the world.

“He represented everything that was good about sport,” said Laureus World Sports Academy chairman Edwin Moses.


For full biographies of Winners and Nominees go to www.laureus.com

Three new members were welcomed to the Laureus World Sports Academy during the Awards Ceremony – German skier Maria Höfl-Riesch, Spanish football legend Raul and Irish rugby star Brian O’Driscoll.

The members of the Laureus World Sports Academy present in Berlin include: Boris Becker, Ian Botham, Cafu, Nadia Comaneci, Alessandro Del Piero, Marcel Desailly, Kapil Dev, Mick Doohan, Morné du Plessis, Luis Figo, Sean Fitzpatrick, Cathy Freeman, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Mika Hakkinen, Maria Höfl-Riesch, Mike Horn, Kip Keino, Franz Klammer, Tegla Loroupe, Edwin Moses, Robby Naish, Ilie Nastase, Alexey Nemov, Brian O’Driscoll, Hugo Porta, Carles Puyol, Raul, Steve Redgrave, Daley Thompson, Alberto Tomba, Steve Waugh, Katarina Witt.

Other guests included: Oliver Bierhoff, Ole Bischof, Stefan Blöcher, Fredi Bobic, Marie Bochet, Martin Braxenthaler, Bob Burnquist, Flavio Canto, Liu Cuiqing, Genzebe Dibaba, Pieter du Preez, Omara Durand, Anna Fenninger, Jan Frodeno, Regina Halmich, Lewis Hamilton, Chris Hoy, Martin Kaymer, Chloe Kim, Christa Kinshofer, Philip Köster, Stefan Kretzschmar, Nia Künzer, Jens Lehmann, Joachim Löw, Garrett McNamara, Victoria Pendleton, Jamie Redknapp, Nico Rosberg, Anna Schaffelhuber, Axel Schulz, Michael Teuber, Pascal Wehrlein, Toto Wolff, Kathi Wörndl.



1. Slate

2. GV’s 10″

3. Red carpet

3.1 Mercedes concept arriving with Laureus director and Mercedes director. 24″

3.2 Laureus director vox pop 2 quotes.

1st quote – 26″

2nd quote – 9″

3.3 more red carpet arrivals including DJoko – 11″

3.5 more red carpet arrivals including Lewis Hamilton – 26″

3.6 Lewis Hamilton vox pop – 9″

3.7 Mercedes car arrival – 7″

3.8 David Coulthard arrival – 3″

3.9 David Coulthard vox pop – 15″

3.10 Nico Rosberg arrival – 6″

3.11 rosberg vox pop – 16″

3.12 more red carpet DJoko 3″

3.13 DJoko vox pop – 27″

3.14 Lauda red carpet – 12″

3.15 Becker red carpet – 4″

3.16 Becker vox pop – 16″

4.0 trophy shots – 13″

5.0 award opening and intro – 33″

6.0 sportsman of the year award – DJoko -3’30”

7.0 life time award – Lauda – 1’36”

8.0 team award – NZ all blacks – 2’44”

9.0 breakthrough award – 58″

10.0 spirit award – 2’10”

15.0 disability award – 32″


Surf Life Saving Bog Rescue!

JULIA CREEK, AUSTRALIA – On the eve of ‘The Aussies’ – aka Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, this year touching down for eight days across Sunshine Coast beaches – Bondi Rescue’s Andrew ‘Reidy’ Reid challenged world-class triathlete Liz Blatchford to a very different kind of endurance test.

Facing off in the ultimate battle of dirty tactics, the pair pulled out all stops in Australia’s only annual bog snorkelling championship at Julia Creek’s famed Dirt n Dust Festival (15-17 April 2016). Liz emerged the winner in the 30-metre race by ‘a nose’.

Proudly flying the iconic red and yellow flags and something of a veteran in the trench, Reidy said: “It’s a bit like warm chocolate pudding that doesn’t smell that good… but having been here before [in 2014], I thought I had the upper hand over Blatchie.

“It’s definitely the kind of competition you don’t play fair and is actually pretty big overseas, particularly in the UK. But I think I’ll stick to where it’s nice and warm.

“The best thing about travelling to places like Julia Creek is you get to experience the real Australia, real characters and larrikin charm. I’m happier than a pig in mud!”

For Liz, the bog snorkelling challenge doubled as an opportunity to ‘get psyched-up’ ahead of her debut in the Dirt n Dust Festival’s gruelling triathlon on Saturday (16 April). Now in its 22nd year, the event – complete with mud, dust, heat and flies – is renowned as one of Australia’s toughest, drawing the likes of Olympians Brad Bevan, Loretta Harrop, Courtney Atkinson and Emma Jackson.

“It’s one of the biggest wins of my career – something I’ll be proud of forever,” said Liz. “Throwing yourself into a muddy trench with someone like Reidy is also a great way to shake off any pre-race nerves. Everyone should try it!”

Reidy is also lining up in the triathlon. While in 2014 he was disqualified from the festival’s crowd-pleaser – Australia’s Best Butt competition – for being ‘too cheeky’, he found his stride in the triathlon; placed eighth with a time of 01:12:32.

“I’ve been training hard, so I reckon I’ll give Blatchie a good run for her money,” he said. “I’m also at a distinct advantage having done the triathlon course once before and experienced some of its unique challenges like dirt, dust and flies. Lots of flies. I reckon I swallowed a few last time.”

British-born and Australian-raised, Liz grew up competing in Surf Life Saving competitions on Perth beaches before changing gears to the triathlon circuit. She came third at the 2013 and 2015 IRONMAN World Championship and has been crowned IRONMAN Cairns’ Queen three years running.

Splitting her time between the Gold Coast and Boulder, Colorado, in the US, Liz is also capitalising on Queensland taking the podium as Australia’s Endurance State after Melbourne passed the baton to Tropical North Queensland to host the annual IRONMAN Asia Pacific Championship through to 2018 (as part of the Cairns Airport Adventure Festival in June), while the Sunshine Coast hosts the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in September.

“Nothing comes close to the buzz of competing in some of the world’s most uniquely beautiful places, from the Outback to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage listed rainforest,” said Liz. “To be honest, sometimes it’s hard not to be distracted by what’s around you.”

For more of Australia’s best live events in the best destinations, check out Tourism and Events Queensland’s It’s Live! In Queensland calendar, showcasing more than 116 events across the state: www.queensland.com/events.

Did you know? Bog snorkelling has a cult following in Ireland, parts of northern Europe and Wales (home to the world championships and listed among Lonely Planet’s Top 50 ‘must-dos’ in 2014). Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival staked its claim on the global bog snorkelling calendar in 2008, with the town’s first two championships won by former world champion, Julia Galvin, who travelled all the way from the peat bogs of County Kerry, Ireland.

Don’t miss next year’s event. Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival is held every April. Check out: www.dirtndust.com.

For general enquiries, contact:

Shelley Thomas

Publicist – It’s Live! In Queensland

P: 07 3535 5010 / 0416 377 444 E: shelley.thomas@queensland.com

For more information on this year’s Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival, contact:

Sarah Mathiesen

Director, Harshmellow Media Design

P: 07 4431 0151 / 0400 712 861 E: sarah@harshmellow.com.au

Apr, 15, 2016



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