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By Stephen Luntz

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Synchrotron Wins Funding
A federal/state funding agreement has secured the future of the Australian Synchrotron. Federal Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, announced that the federal government will contribute $69 million over 4 years, while $26 million will come from the Victorian government.

"Without this funding deal, the ongoing operation of the facility was in doubt, jeopardising important research here in Australia," Evans said.

More than 500 experiments are conducted each year using the Synchrotron’s enormously powerful light, but disagreements between the state and federal governments over the way the facility was established had left its future under question after the Victorian government’s $207 million establishment grant ran out.

Community Management of Reefs Works
Coral reefs can be saved from over-fishing if the local community, government and conservation groups engage, according to a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The study of 42 co-managed coral reef fisheries builds on earlier research showing reefs owned by indigenous communities in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia are in better condition than those given national park status (AS, September 2006, p.13).

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