About Kate Burke

As well as being a talented, songwriter, singer and instrumentalist; Kate Burke has a passion for science and the world around her.

Side by side with her music and motherhood, Kate is working towards a Masters in Science Communication.

Keen to get going, Kate created Raisin in 2016 as a platform for regional people to explore and understand the environment around them.

At Raisin you will discover exceptional regional stories of science and innovation.

About Regional is proud to partner with Kate Burke and Raisin, together we allow regional people to shine.

Check out: http://www.raisinscience.com/

All Articles

Time shift: the wonder of Kosciuszko’s caves. By Kate Burke
In an already diverse landscape, Yarrangobilly Caves adds an x-factor to South East NSW that is rare and special. Despite being brought up Catholic, I haven’t had religion for a long while. Still, I remember fondly the time spent in old, cool churches – the smell of stone, the peace, the sense of endless time. The late folk singer Michael Kennedy...
Fear and fluoride, bedfellows amidst conflicting “evidence”
The potential fluoridation of the Tantawanglo-Kiah Water System (Candelo, Wolumla, Merimbula, Tura, Pambula, Eden, Kiah) and the Brogo - Bermagui Water System (Quaama, Cobargo, Brogo, Wallaga Lake, Bermagui) has divided the Bega Valley community. With Bega Valley Shire Council’s decision on whether to fluoridate or not still pending, the way forward seems far from clear. By the way, the Bega...
Making sense of Candelo’s flying foxes – perhaps we can decide to cope with them?
There’s a colony of grey-headed flying foxes in Candelo, in the massive old plane tree by the bridge.  On the latest count, there are around 1400 bats roosting in its branches. There aren’t many native species that arrive on our doorsteps in such sudden, large numbers, and with such noise, visibility, and aroma. We'll never see 1400 wombats hanging out on Candelo Oval at the...
ABC Radio National cuts Candelo’s musicians
Arts & Culture
Over recent years, the town of Candelo has caught the attention of ABC Radio National presenters. Many of Candelo’s resident musicians, such as Heath Cullen, Melanie Horsnell, David Ross MacDonald (The Waifs), Robyn Martin, Pete Wild, Michael Menager, Sam Martin & Phil Moriarty (of Mikelangelo & the Black Sea Gents), and myself have all been featured on programs like ­The...
Glowing oceans and starry skies: Bioluminescence at Mallacoota
Warm summer nights, beach dreaming, magical skinny-dips in sparkling coastal lakes...and with every kick and splash, the dark water around us lights up like magic. Many of us describe it as "phosphorescence", but it is something more exciting than a mere glow - it is bioluminescence, evidence of tiny marine creatures and their remarkable way of shining a light on...
Spineless exhibition at Mister Jones Bermagui
Arts & Culture
The slow, gentle process of deep observation is intrinsic to many forms of art. It can have much in common with scientific observation; there's attention to detail, appreciation for form, system and structure and an experience of wonder. When we mix the two, what can we create? A group of artists has created a showcase of squidgy, surprising subjects -...
Rare Perisher possums finds strong advocate in Mark Feeney
Mark Feeney has a job that any self-respecting snowsportsy scientist would die for. He is the Environment Officer at the Perisher Ski Resort in South East NSW. Mark helps connect the Resort with the National Parks and Wildlife, as well as overseeing kids’ environmental programs, and scouting for a wonderfully cute and highly endangered species. I met Mark at the Sundeck...
Accidental bonsai – Ben Boyd National Park in miniature
Over the weekend, in the name of taking the slow road  (and the wide view, in the style of John Blay), I walked from Pambula Beach to Pambula along the bike track. This track runs alongside a strip of Ben Boyd National Park on the NSW Far South Coast, and the wildflowers are having a merry late-winter time of it....
Science Week feature – crocodiles just got scarier
Happy National Science Week! To celebrate, I thought I’d share with you an experience I had with one of Australia's most terrifying and magnificent creatures - the saltwater crocodile. There’s something about them that you might not know. Something that makes them even more mysterious, and admittedly; more bone-rattingly scary. But let’s start with a suspense-laden introduction. If you're like...
Taking the wide view: John Blay and the art of scientific discovery
Arts & Culture
“I think this is still a road,” Pete ponders as our 4WD tips forward almost perpendicular to the drainage ditch below. He was a child when the road was pushed through the Tantawangalo forest on the western side of the Bega Valley in NSW. He remembers it as a desecration. Yet here we are in our beast of a car, enjoying...