Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Free Jobs for the Gold Coast!

The beautiful Gold Coast Broadwater (Source:

By Ryan Pearson
I've already touched on this in my previous post, but since there have been some updates on the proposal since that was published, I'll add to it here. ASF has recently released their Economic Impact Report which assesses the benefits and *ahem* 'impacts' of their proposed development of Wavebreak Island and the Gold Coast Broadwater. I say 'impacts' because they literally claim this project "will not generate any competitive impacts" in the initial phase, and that the retail segment "will not compete with local oriented centres". Really? So dredging operations won't compete with diving and surfing businesses? New shops won't compete with old shops? Really, really?

Anyway, the point is - this appears to be not much more than an intricate (yet poorly constructed) fluff piece which is designed at selling the project to the council and community rather than offering a realistic assessment of the true impacts. So, here I'll have a quick look at the job forecast they put forward to assess its legitimacy...

Thursday, 30 October 2014

The many benefits of Tony Abbott's petrol tax hike.

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By Ryan Pearson
What's this you ask? This author is actually backing a policy decision by Mr Abbott's LNP Government? Well, before the world (or your head) implodes, have a read of the reasons...

Thursday, 23 October 2014

What is wrong with the cruise terminal proposal on the Gold Coast?

The ASF proposed development of Wavebreak Island and the Spit. Sourced from The Gold Coast Bulletin
By Ryan Pearson

The debate goes on. Yet while there are many voices from both sides of the argument, the more I talk to people about this project, the more I reaslise that most of the Gold Coast community simply hasn't done any research into the perceived benefits or impacts of this proposal. I understand that most people don't have time to read a lot of information outside of their work, family, and social lives so here I plan to offer a very concise list of the issues surrounding this project.

That said, it seems the sheer number of issues surrounding this project means it's near impossible to summarise them concisely. So, I apologise for the length, but it's as short as I could make it while covering the major points.

Please read, and give yourself the opportunity to develop some informed opinions rather than simply opinions.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

The Incredible Bowra Station

A thirsty Galah (Elophus roseicapilla) Photo: Ryan Pearson

By Ryan Pearson
Over New Years this year I had the pleasure of spending almost a week at Bowra Station (outside of Cunnamulla), a wildlife sanctuary run by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. This was my first ever trip into semi-arid Southwest QLD, and damn was I impressed. 

Friday, 20 September 2013

Climate Change: Our Backs to the Future

By Ryan Pearson
This week climate change has been at the forefront of the media, and is finally getting some of the attention it deserves. Unfortunately, it's for all the wrong reasons because, in his first couple of days as Australia's new Prime Minister, Tony Abbott has already made his agenda abundantly clear. There is no space under his government for environmental protection, or those who endorse it.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

One way ecology could save the planet!

By Ryan Pearson
Ecology is a science. To the layperson it is not as famous a science as the 'big three' - physics, chemistry, and biology - but it's a completely valid science, and arguably one of the most complex. In this day and age, a time of rapid global change, it is also arguably one of the most important sciences.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Into the Twilight Zone: Some cutting edge exploratory science!

By Ryan Pearson
As I believe I've made abundantly clear already, I'm a scientist, and I'm particularly fascinated with the marine world. For the past few months I have been focusing my research efforts into some of the deeper water rocky reefs offshore from the Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. Using baited remote underwater video (BRUV) sampling techniques, I've been looking particularly closely at the number and types of scavenging species that occur at these reefs between depths of approximately 30m-85m. This zone in scientific terms is called the mesophotic zone which roughly translated into plain english means 'middle light'. That means there is some light available, but it is at much lower intensities than in shallow waters or at the surface. Combine this intermediate light phenomena with the Gold Coast's location firmly in the sub-tropics and we get to see some very interesting dynamics between tropical and temperate fish species from both shallow and very deep water. 

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

The Liberal Party should NOT be allowed to win this election

By Ryan Pearson
Let me begin by outlining a couple of details that I believe every media outlet, every journalist, and just about every public figure should have to provide whenever they begin to comment on the political landscape. 

1. I am not affiliated with any political party. 
2. I stand to recieve no direct monetary gain as a result of the outcome (or promotion) of the upcoming Australian federal election.

That said, I am about to outline a number of reasons why I will be, and you should be voting for the Australian Labor Party, and doing everything you can to prevent a Liberal Party victory in 2013...

Monday, 10 June 2013

Don't worry guys, evolution is just a 'theory'.

By Ryan Pearson
Didn't you hear? Evolution is just a theory, so clearly it's just made up. It's a lie. Animals didn't 'evolve' to be what we see today, plants, and fungi, and bacteria didn't either. They just appeared one day (approximately 6,000 years ago) after being placed here by a higher power. Clearly all of the evidence and 'facts' support this fundamental bit of knowledge and evolution has already been proven wrong... right? Surely someone out there has tried, and found it very easy to disprove the 'guess' that people are calling evolution... surely... right? Well, in truth, plenty of people have tried...

Friday, 7 June 2013

Queenslands Hidden Secrets: Carnarvon Gorge

Carnarvon Gorge from within.

By Ryan Pearson
I had a few days off this week so I borrowed my parents Winnebago, and trekked as far west as I've been in Australia to the fabled Carnarvon Gorge. This place is a wonderland of flora and fauna and natural history dating back thousands of years. It's a hidden, ancient secret amidst Queenslands semi-arid west that harbours an amazing diversity of species from a variety of much wetter habitats than the surrounds suggest. In fact, the planned walks encompass such a variety of habitats that it almost feels like you're walking through a number of exhibits in the worlds largest museum. Here's a break-down of the park with a lot of pictures along the way...