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Wind farming: benefits and drawbacks

Discover why some people are opposed to wind farms even though they generate electricity without burning any fossil fuels. Travel to Australia's biggest wind farm to find out how wind turbines work, some of their benefits and drawbacks, and what locals think of them. Consider all views and make up your own mind about whether ...

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Wind farm on King Island, Tasmania?

Discover some of the issues surrounding a plan to build Australia's biggest wind farm on King Island, near Tasmania. Listen to this audio clip from 2012 to find out how Victoria may get 'clean energy', and hear some different views on how the wind farm might affect King Island's local community and environment.

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Small town cools on planned wind farm

Plans to develop a wind farm is dividing the community of King Island. Through community consultation, Hydro Tasmania tries to allay fears about the development. Listen to the different points of view and find out more about this large scale development in this clip from 2013.

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Energy - senior years

This collection of 16 digital curriculum resources is organised into three categories - forms of energy; energy conversions; and energy management. Learning objects enable students to build energy-efficient cars; consider environmental and economic implications of a range of energy sources including solar and wind; operate ...

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Infections

This collection of digital curriculum resources is organised in two categories - causes and spread of infections; and fighting infections. Videos and images provide a historical perspective of human infectious diseases in Australia, including epidemic events and drug and vaccine development. Learning objects explore the ...

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Epidemic diseases in 19th- and 20th-century Australia

This collection of digital curriculum resources is organised into eight disease categories - influenza; tuberculosis; diphtheria; poliomyelitis; smallpox; whooping cough; measles; and bubonic plague. Some of these occurred in huge epidemics such as the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918-19. Some, such as bubonic plague, ...

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Renewable energy

This collection of 22 digital curriculum resources is arranged into five sections: renewable and non-renewable energy resources; solar energy; wind energy; biofuels; and tidal energy. It contains learning objects, images, videos and a PowerPoint presentation. Resources investigating the advantages and disadvantages of a ...

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Excerpt from an interview with Gladys Joyce, 1997 - asset 2

This is an excerpt (approximately 2 minutes in length) from a 1997 oral history interview with Gladys Joyce, in which she relates memories of her time as a secretary to Prime Minister John Curtin from 1941 to 1945.

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Windmill photograph from 'Remembering Rain', 2005

This is a colour photograph showing farmer Peter Douglas looking up to a man standing on top of a windmill on the drought-stricken Douglas property in Queensland's Barcoo Shire.

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The Ship That Shouldn't Have, 1984: Sailing the high seas

This clip shows crew members aboard the Cheynes 2, a steam-powered ex-whaling vessel, on a scientific expedition. The ship is sailing from remote Heard Island to Albany in Western Australia. The captain, Laurie McEwan, is interviewed and describes the achievement of rigging the ship with makeshift sails after the fuel ran ...

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Austin Hospital at Heidelberg, 1928: Wards for consumption sufferers

This black-and-white silent clip shows some of the buildings, wards and patients at the Austin Hospital at Heidelberg in Victoria. A panning shot shows the exterior of the Davis Wing, a large two-storey building with balconies, for female patients with consumption. A 'ward' on one of the balconies reveals nurses attending ...

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Windy Hill wind farm

This is a colour photograph of three wind generators, part of a field of 20 near Ravenshoe on the Atherton Tablelands, Queensland. The generators are mounted on 44-metre towers and have rotor diameters of 46 metres. They are able to generate 12 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 3,500 homes.

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Low-emission energy technologies: an introduction

This is a teaching unit, designed for year 10, aimed at engaging students in investigations about low-emission energy sources. A unit outline, teacher guidelines, student activity and an assessment task are provided.

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Renewable power stations in Australia

This Google Earth interactive map shows the locations of all operating and proposed renewable energy power stations in Australia. Each location is represented by name and an icon corresponding to the type of energy used. Select an icon to view key information about the ownership and location of the facility.

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Energy and the solar challenge

The way we live depends on energy but we can't see or touch it. Discover how early scientists unravelled the mystery of energy that allows us to harness its power to improve our lives. Track the development of energy converters from massive steam-driven engines through to the high technology of solar energy used in the ...

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Renewable energy

Humans have used fossil fuels since around 1000 BC but our natural resources are ever-decreasing. There's never been a more important time to learn about solar, wind, hydro and other renewable energies.

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Working with wind energy

This activity explores the growing use of wind energy to generate or augment energy in businesses and homes worldwide. Students work in teams to design and build their own windmill out of everyday items which they select and purchase with a budget. They test their windmill, evaluate their results, and present reflections ...