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Clinical Trials Unit at Canberra
Hospital,collaborated with Menzies Research
Institute Tasmania, is conducting a national
study on improving treatment for people with
high blood pressure.
If you are taking blood pressure lowering
tablets and are aged 70 years or younger you
may be eligible to participate.
If you are interested and would like further
information please contact:
Clinical Trials Unit, Canberra Hospital
Phone: (02) 6244 3687
This clinical study has been approved by the ACT
Health and Human Research Ethics
Committee (ACTH HREC)
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3 - Tuesday, November 4, 2014
RESEARCH BEARS FRUIT
Fire beats mower to save biodiversity
Ken Hodgkinson, of the North Belconnen Landcare Group, and Kat Vincent, of the Ginninderra
Catchment Group, survey a site for burning near the corner of Bellenden Street and Barton Highway,
Photo: Matt Bedford
It was a hunch expressed by ACT
landcare groups almost a decade
ago which is turning out to be true.
The mowing of grassland in and
around Canberra has spread weeds
and destroyed biodiversity.
A Canberra scientist, with the
support of the Ginninderra
Catchment Group and ACT
government, may have figured out
how to bring native species back.
Instead of mowing, we should be
Ken Hodgkinson, a fellow at the
CSIRO and the Australian National
University, has worked in semi-arid
grasslands of NSW and Queensland
for 30 years.
"We found that the autumn burn
treatment doubled the plant species
and significantly increased the
number of native plant species,'' he
Dr Hodgkinson said 10 species
returned in some areas where they
had done a burn treatment.
"It surprised me,'' he said.
"I just never expected that result.
Although the study was set out
scientifically and analysed
statistically, even so it was a very
It has taken seven years to get to
He said the next step would be to
identify new sites to run more
experiments as part of the next
research phase, expected to take
about 12 years.
Dr Hodgkinson said there were
no quick answers.
"Burning some areas may be a
waste of time,'' he said.
"This study is to give government
management an understanding of
where it might be worthwhile
autumn burning to increase and
maintain the native species.''
While conscious of the difficulty
in using fire in urban Canberra, he
believes it is an option which, done
carefully, has almost no risk of
Ginninderra Catchment Group
co-ordinator Karissa Preuss said
that the organisation had supported
the project for more than eight
"It is an entirely collaborative
project that wouldn't be possible
without the ACT government,'' she
"It is a collaborative approach but
something that has come from local
Ms Preuss said she hoped
community volunteers would lend
their support in the project's next
phase this week.
To take part, call the Ginninderra
Catchment Group on 6278 3309 or
send an email to landcare@ginnind-
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