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Food forests, olive oil and ginger beer workshops this August

By 31 July 2015
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The Canberra Environment Centre has launched a new set of workshops as part of the Sustainability Workshop Series.
Workshops are refreshingly relevant to the evolving Canberra ‘scene’; markets, fresh food and a good drop.
Topics include growing a food forest (4th August), making olive oil (a talk, 18 August), and making ginger beer with Garry Sully from [...]

Fact checking statements about Dickson Parklands

By 28 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There have been inaccurate media statements and comments online by the bureaucracy and others about the actions of residents to save the Dickson Parklands.
Here are some key points about the debate for the Dickson Parklands

There was a series of well attended workshops in late 2014 on the future of the Parklands. Since then there was [...]

Renewing the renewable energy debate

By 27 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Regardless of whether you think that using clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar is the “right” thing to do for our environment, within a few years it’s going to be the smart thing to do financially.
Renewable energy has become a hot topic for both Federal and ACT politicians. The Federal Government has directed [...]

Do Canberrans want to talk to the trees?

By 21 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I recently read an article in which the city of Melbourne gave trees email addresses so citizens could report problems…
“The city of Melbourne assigned trees email addresses so citizens could report problems. Instead, people wrote thousands of love letters to their favorite trees.”…
…”Melbourne’s email-a-tree service is one in a litany of municipal projects aimed at leveraging [...]

Fluffy factions: The sad side story of the asbestos saga

By 17 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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One of the saddest stories (and there are many) to come out of the Mr Fluffy fiasco is the emergence of what I’ve termed the ‘Fluffy factions’.
As the ACT Government has wrestled with how to respond, and negotiated the bum deal it got from the Feds, it has become apparent that no matter the solution, it [...]

Has NASA forgotten Canberra and the moon walk?

By 16 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The first moon walk was on 20 July, 1969. I know Canberra was important – but who else remembers?
I found out a few months ago while on a holiday visit to Florida, USA. As well as the art deco delights of Miami South Beach and the alligators of the Everglades, Florida is home to [...]

Interested in becoming a ranger? Here’s your chance

By 14 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT Government has today launched its annual recruitment drive for entry level and experienced park rangers.
From the media release:
Those who hear the call of the great outdoors and aspire to help others enjoy the majesty of nature are being given the opportunity to make these dreams a reality, as the ACT Government launches its [...]

5 unmissable views for those new to Canberra

By 7 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I don’t know what it is about looking out over a city from its highest points, but it gets me going. This week I set out to find Canberra’s top five unmissable views – and discovered that ranking them was no easy task.
If you’re a long term Canberran, you’re probably familiar with most of these lookouts. [...]

Local leaders – Aaron Clausen (Canberra Nature Map and NatureMapr)

By 1 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When Aaron Clausen accidentally rode his mountain bike through a patch of critically endangered Canberra spider orchids, he realised more could be done to identify and protect the ACT’s endangered wildlife. 
The IT consultant founded the Canberra Nature Map project, a citizen science portal for park care groups, volunteers and members of the public to report [...]

147 animals removed from Banks home

By 30 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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RSPCA ACT has removed 147 animals, including cats, dogs and birds, from a family home in Banks.
From RSPCA ACT’s media release:
RSPCA ACT Inspectors attended a house in Banks last week for a routine follow up visit on an existing client. Inspectors surveyed the area and found a large number of animals living in single family [...]

Awe and anger at Lake Mungo

By 22 June 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Ever been to Lake Mungo, down from Broken Hill and up from Mildura? Climbed the dunes at the Walls of China on the lunette? If you have you will have come away affected for the rest of your days.
I went there on my Broken Hill trek recently and was blown away.
For those unfortunate never to [...]

Have your say on proposed Lyneham food forest

By 15 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Territory and Municipal Services is reminding Canberrans that today is the last day to provide feedback on the proposed Lyneham food forest, to be located behind Lyneham Primary School.
If the food forest goes ahead, local volunteers will work alongside TAMS to plant around 30 fruit and nut trees, as well as complimentary plants, over several years.
Here’s [...]

Arboretum hosts Italian bonsai expert

By 5 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 12 June 2015 at 5:00 pm; ]

The National Arboretum Canberra is inviting bonsai and penjing enthusiasts, or anyone looking to enjoy a wonderful evening at the Arboretum, to spend a few hours with Italian architect and renowned international bonsai artist, Mauro Stemberger, for a live demonstration on creating a beautiful bonsai artwork.

National Bonsai and Penjing Collection Curator, Leigh Taafe, said Mauro [...]

Protect our national capital heritage

By 2 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Yarralumla Residents Association supports the views of senior heritage experts and the Inner South Canberra Community Council, who are urging the Commonwealth to push ahead with recognition of Canberra on the National Heritage List.
As pointed out by the immediate past chairman of the ACT Heritage Council, Duncan Marshall, Canberra has played such a central [...]

Take a hike: Square Rock trail

By 28 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last week Lisa Martin asked for your suggestions for new Canberra hiking trails to test out. In the first of her trail reviews based on reader recommendations, she tries the Square Rock trail in Namadgi National Park.
With clear and sunny skies over Canberra on the weekend, it was ideal weather for heading down to Namadgi National [...]

Pine Island rabbit control begins today

By 25 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service has advised residents that a rabbit control program has commenced at Pine Island Reserve.
The program will involve the use of pindone poison and aluminium phosphide warren fumigation to control the rabbit population.  As such, residents are asked not to touch or interfere with poisoned carrots or caged bait stations.
Domestic animals [...]

What are your favourite Canberra walking trails?

By 21 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra is blessed with a multitude of walking trails – some only minutes from the city centre offering spectacular views.
I’m a big fan of hiking and I’ve spent many an afternoon after work or weekend morning hiking the trails of the mountains around Canberra. I love being able to enjoy the great outdoors while also [...]

Event: Ammonia – The clean renewable fuel for the future?

By 4 May 2015

[ 7 May 2015 at 5:30 pm; ] This presentation by Bryan Furnass is hosted by the Frank Fenner Foundation – all are welcome.

Almost all climate scientists are convinced that the main cause of global heating and climate disruption is the prodigious combustion of hydrocarbons over the past century, with anthropogenic pollution with greenhouse gases causing grave threats to biodiversity, food security and [...]

Burns at Evatt today

By 30 April 2015

The Territory and Municipal Services Directorate will today, Thursday 30 April, 2015, weather permitting, conduct two ecological burns at Evatt.
The burns will occur on two small plots adjacent to Croke Place and William Webb Drive, near Ginninderra Creek. The aim of the project is to confirm that burning is effective in the Ginninderra Creek corridor [...]

Kangaroo culls – Do we have the right to protest?

By 28 April 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Over 2400 kangaroos will be shot this year as part of an ACT government cull – up almost 1000 on last year’s numbers. Earlier this week it was revealed that the licence authorising the latest cull allows for the shooting of 5000 animals over two years, which also includes shooting in reserves close to residential [...]

Throsby declared cat containment area

By 20 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The soon-to-be-built Gungahlin suburb of Throsby will be a total cat containment area, Minister Shane Rattenbury has announced today.
Cat owners in the area will need to ensure their cats are confined to the premises at all times, either by keeping cats inside the house or creating a purpose-built enclosure.
Under legislation, cats found roaming in containment areas [...]

Guided tour of Geoscience Australia’s laboratories

By 13 April 2015

[ 22 April 2015 at 11:00 am; ] Ever wanted to find out how rocks, oil, gas and water are analysed? Now’s your chance! Following a brief introductory overview, take a tour through some of Geoscience Australia’s laboratories.

Numbers are limited to 60, with bookings required via Eventbrite. The tour will take 40-50 minutes, departing from the Sir Harold Raggatt Theatre.

Safety considerations: All visitors [...]

Winter workshops: Cheese making, bread baking, growing bushfoods and more

By 10 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Canberra Environment Centre has released its new batch of workshops scheduled to run over the next few months. Workshops are held almost every Tuesday and Saturday with making blue vein cheese next up this Saturday 11 April.
Other topics cover a wide range of skills including cooking from scratch and sustainable home design. Old favourites [...]

Kangaroo shot with arrow in Queanbeyan

By 27 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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On Tuesday morning, a resident of Greenleigh in Queanbeyan looked out onto her driveway and saw a young kangaroo. He was hurt. He hadn’t been hit by a car as you might guess. He had been shot with a bow and arrow. The arrow was still inside him, piercing his chest through to his posterior shoulder.
Thanks to [...]

Tourist and visitor facilities at Ginninderra Gorge

By 25 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

In February 2015, the Ginninderra Falls Association together with other conservation bodies met developer The Riverview Group at Ginninderra Gorge to look at possible locations for visitor/tourist facilities.
The area is only a few kilometres from West Belconnen and we hope it may be open to the public as soon as possible, perhaps by 2016 or 2017.
Our [...]

Road trip from Canberra: Yarrangobilly Caves

By 24 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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My last RiotACT article talked about some of the day trips you can take around Canberra to explore the great outdoors. Yarrangobilly Caves was one of the day trips on my to do list and last weekend, I got in the car and ventured out into the Snowy Mountains to explore the caves.
The route I [...]

Bit of a foodie? Into sustainability? There’s an event on Monday you’ll like

By 20 March 2015
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[ 23 March 2015 at 5:00 pm; ]

Come to the National Arboretum Canberra on 23 March and discover the many exciting things happening to gardens, fresh food, urban environments and how you can harness the benefits.

The National Arboretum Canberra is hosting a Sustainable Food Futures event showcasing inspiring ideas and plans for community food production.

You are invited to come along on:

Date:   [...]

Is fertility control the right choice for managing ACT roos?

By 17 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT Government has today announced it will trial controlling Canberra’s kangaroo population with contraceptives delivered via darts, as an alternative to controversial culls.
Here’s the joint press release from Simon Corbell and Shane Rattenbury, released today:
The ACT Government is funding a research trial into the use of a fertility control vaccine as a potential non-lethal [...]

Event: Will light rail increase greenhouse emissions?

By 16 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 16 March 2015 at 5:00 pm; ] Is light rail emissions-free, as some experts claim, or does it cause emissions comparable to those of buses, as estimated by Shreya Dave of M.I.T.?

Is Capital Metro correct in saying that buses offer 350 times the greenhouse benefits of light rail?

Was Damian Haas correct in saying that my estimates suffered from confirmation bias?

Come to my [...]

The Green Army wants you!

By 14 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Join the Green Army!
Is this for you?
Are you aged between 17 and 24, an Australian citizen or permanent resident and would like to be a part of a team that will make a REAL difference to the environment in your local community?
Would you like to be paid an allowance while gaining skills, training and experience [...]

What grows in your garden?

By 9 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 17 March 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]

The Canberra Environment Centre is running the second of its gardening basics workshops on Tuesday 17 March. The topic? Soil.

Last Tuesday, Keith Colls from Canberra City Farm invited participants of ‘organic pest control’ to learn different ways to identify pests and diseases, how best to treat common ailments as well as a good background on [...]

ACT Government leads nation on climate change action

By 3 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra’s environmental watchdog has given the thumbs up to the ACT Government’s response to climate change in the region, Minister for the Environment Simon Corbell and Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment Robert Neil announced today.
The commissioner today released his report into the government’s implementation of the ACT’s climate change policy, which provides an assessment [...]

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