MAKE IT RAIN
Drought-stricken farmers across Queensland will (quite literally) be filled with the joys of Spring, with climatologists predicting a wetter than average season ahead.
• Professor Roger Stone and his team of climate modelling experts will release their data – which will likely show wetter and warmer conditions across the state. Media contact: Sarah Green 0417 799 331 and Nat Gradwell 0449 186 116.
NOT TO BE SNIFFED AT: HAY FEVER SEASON IS HERE
Australia has one of the highest rates of hay fever, otherwise known as allergic rhinitis, with one in five people affected. The chances are that you, or someone you know, suffers through spring and summer with watery eyes, running nose, itchy throat and the hallmark hay fever symptom, sneezing.
• Cellular molecular biologist Associate Professor John Dearnaley says grass and flower pollens are the major allergy trigger for hay fever in Australia. He also says with drought upon us, the windy and dusty conditions are a big concern for sufferers. Media contact: Sarah Green, 0417 799 331 and Nat Gradwell, 0449 186 116
TIME FOR A MENTAL SPRING CLEAN?
What is it about the weather warming up that makes us want to stop, refresh and restart – not only in our homes, but also in our heads?
• Associate Professor in Psychology Gavin Beccaria says it is indeed a time for renewal and that in the current climate of COVID19 - it is so important now, more than ever. Media contact: Nicholas Britnell 0477 007 443 and Sarah Green 0417 799 331
SPRING CLEAN YOUR HEALTH
We usually think of spring cleaning as housework, but the new season is the perfect time to brush off the winter doldrums and reboot your health.
• Spring is synonymous with starting fresh and physical activity and health expert Professor Stuart Biddle says people who have let their health go during the COVID-19 pandemic should use the change of season and warmer weather to refresh their body and mind. Media contact: Sarah Green 0417 799 331 and Griffith Thomas 0423 234 822
SPRING FEVER: TOURISM AMID COVID-19
With its warmer days, Spring typically heralds a bloom in tourism as people emerge from a winter hibernation.
• Travel and Tourism researcher Frances Cassidy says despite COVID-19’s devastating impact on the global and domestic tourism sector, she expects spring to bring new energy to Queensland holidaymakers. Media contact: Rhianwen Whitney 0427 428 380 and Sarah Green 0417 799 331
TASTE BUDS BLOSSOM
It’s not just fashion that changes every season – your taste buds also adapt, with Spring seeing a shift towards fresher, cooler foods and drinks.
• Soup is out – grapes, mangoes, peaches and raspberries are in, according to food scientist Dr Polly Burey who says Spring is one of the busiest times for seasonal fruit and veggie growers.
• Wine scientist Ursula Kennedy says it’s time to shelve your Shiraz and make room in the fridge for bubbles as wine lovers swap their reds for cooler, lighter varieties.
Media contact: Sarah Green 0417 799 331 and Nat Gradwell 0449 186 116
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