What’s up with Canberra’s obsession with feral and introduced trees and shrubs?
I think Canberra fits much better into a European landscape – one filled with deciduous trees and no understorey – rather than an Australian landscape of diversity and bush. Unfortunately, the Canberra look is perpetuated by a government-led planting regime that reinforces its un-Australian appearance.
The ACT Rural Fire Service will conduct a hazard reduction burn tonight at Guises Creek.
An area of approximately four hectares of grass fuel will be removed during the burn.
The ACTRFS Guises Brigade will be in attendance with four units.
The burn is expected to start around 6pm.
Temporary smoke cover may occur. Every effort is made to [...]
ACT Policing is preparing for a busy night ahead with New Year’s Eve celebrations and asking the community – where will you end up?
Intelligence and Crime Reduction Acting Superintendent Melissa Bushby said a lot of planning goes into New Year’s Eve celebrations by partygoers and hosts; however one question remains partially unanswered.
“Do you know where [...]
ActewAGL will be carrying out helicopter inspections of overhead powerlines from today 2 December across parts of Canberra. The patrols will run until 16 December (weather permitting), and are an essential part of vegetation management and asset management.
ActewAGL General Manager Network Services Robert Atkin said, “The helicopter patrol is a significant part of our overall [...]
A new trust, established with the assistance of Greening Australia Capital Region, that will encourage private investment and donations to improve the natural environment of the ACT and region will be launched today by Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell.
“It is fantastic to see our local private sector contributing to the continued need to maintain [...]
I am writing to the owners of all those yappy little Furballs that are kicked out of the house at 7-8am and don’t see their loving masters till 5pm.
Little dogs get bored when cooped up in the backyard all day and love to just yap yap yap yip yap at nothing all day. This is most troubling to [...]
Last week I was contacted by a Mr Fluffy homeowner Nicole McNamara. This is her story.
14 years ago, Nicole and her husband bought their dream property in Farrer. Her husband is a tradesman, and they are a single income family with three young children. Last year, the McNamaras paid off their home loan and after [...]
Canberrans can now do their bushfire survival plans on their portable devices with the launch of a new mobile app by Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell.
“The single most important thing Canberra households can do to get ready for bushfires this summer is to complete a bushfire survival plan,” Mr Corbell said.
“Experience from [...]
Local marine scientist Andrew Leach has been selected to participate in an once-in-a-lifetime experience with the Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program (GTCP), Western Australia (WA). Andrew, who grew up in Canberra and studied in Wollongong, has a strong background in science and is passionate about the conservation of the marine environment. This October, he will travel [...]
In 2007, an engineer by the name of Sunny Forsyth quit his high-paying job and launched Abundant Water, a non-profit organization based in the ACT. Sunny developed a unique clay pot filter made of indigenous materials (clay and coffee grounds) which is now changing the lives of over 7,000 people in Laos by providing access [...]
Feline freedoms in Canberra could be curtailed if a new report is adopted by the ACT Government. Penned by an academic, Kathy Eyles, from the ANU’s Fenner School and an ACT Government environmental planner, the report is being considered by Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury. The report recommends that cats should be permanently [...]
Between 1968 and 1979, private ACT contractor Mr Fluffy insulated people’s homes by pumping loose asbestos fibres into the roof cavities of houses in Canberra. In 1989, the Federal Government acknowledged the devastating health risks of loose asbestos and conducted an investigation of homes in the ACT constructed before 1980. It was discovered that 1.5 [...]
Love your local Environment Centre
- Dan Kelly does! -
It’s that time again; the Canberra Environment Centre is holding its annual fundraising event, but this year with a twist, and a cocktail.
Chris Endrey, beloved host of In Canberra Tonight, will sit down with David Pope (cartoonist for the Canberra Times); Shane Rattenbury (ACT Greens member for [...]
The ACT Government’s commitment to sustainability has received further international recognition with Environment Minister, Simon Corbell, being invited by the Danish Prime Minister, Ms Helle Thorning-Schmidt, to attend the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF 2014) in Copenhagen from October 20-21.
Mr Corbell was one of just four Australians to receive an invitation to be among 250 [...]
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There are revolutionary changes in food coming our way, which have the potential to halve the footprint of global agriculture, while doubling the supply of food and providing enough renewable fuel to run the world’s transport system. Could this restore around half of the world’s vanished forests, grasslands and other key biomass? Is this food [...]
Canberran’s are some pretty savvy eaters. With the establishment of Lonsdale Street and New Acton on top of the already vibrant culinary oasis of Kingston and Manuka, it is clear that Canberran’s appreciate good eats.
Our taste for food does not stop at Aubergine in Griffith or Temporada in the City. We’re also interested in local [...]
Where do you buy your honey? Do you buy local?
Bees are hugely important for environmental health. Globally, bee populations are in dire trouble. So far, our populations in Australia have been safe from the ravages of the varroa mite and Colony Collapse Disorder, but there are still a substantial number of issues facing our bee [...]
A review of the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme has found that the program saves participating households about $1,600 each, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, announced today.
Mr Corbell tabled a review of the scheme in the Legislative Assembly today that showed greenhouse gas reductions as a result of the program between 1 January 2013 and [...]
A new Nature Conservation Bill introduced into the Legislative Assembly today forms a key part of the ACT Government’s commitment to a sustainable future for Canberra, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, said today.
The Bill is a result of a review of the Nature Conservation Act 1980. The review has benefitted from several years’ [...]
What do humans have in common with soil?
How does soil health impact upon human health?
Healthy soil grows healthy food, and healthy food makes for healthy people.
We know that a vast amount of human health problems are related to diet, yet how often do we trace nutrition back to agriculture? Join us for a Q&A style [...]
[ 16 October 2014 at 12:00 pm; ] With the tenth anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami this coming December, it is timely to reflect on the progress made by Australia and the international community to safeguard nations from this most destructive and cruel geophysical hazard.
This talk will look at the historical development of tsunami warning systems, their existing limitations [...]
Donna Stephan and her family run the privately funded, Sleepy Burrow Wombat Sanctuary, just past Gundaroo. They take in injured wombats, rehabilitate and return them to the wild. They have a Pozible fund raiser to build a new enclosure.
“Sleepy burrows wombat sanctuary needs your help! “We do not ever ever want to be in a [...]
Eighteen proposals have been received for the ACT’s first wind power auction, reflecting keen industry interest, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell said today.
“The reverse auction for 200 MW of capacity to support wind energy generation closed on Wednesday 3 September with more than 1000 MW of capacity nominated for consideration,” Mr Corbell said.
“The strong [...]
[ 9 September 2014 at 5:30 pm; 9 September 2014 at 5:30 pm; ]
Long-running networking event Green Drinks Canberra is changing its venue, and revamping its format.
The monthly networking event, which is held on the second Tuesday of each month, will move to King O’Malley’s Irish Pub in Civic. The first event at this new location will be held on Tuesday 9 September, from 5:30pm.
The event organisers are [...]
I have noticed in the media lately that there is unfair criticism of the Chief Minister in this saga.
Everyone in Canberra has sympathy for those poor folks who are being displaced because of the dangers, and they are real dangers, of contracting mesothelioma. That is a given. And they are entitled to know why [...]
Aged 18 and sporting a blonde mohawk, Mitchell Pearce is a fourth-generation beekeeper on a mission to make Canberra a more sustainable city.
He is Australia’s youngest urban commercial beekeeper and the director of Canberra Urban Honey, a community project that aims to re-populate Canberra’s bee population by supplying local backyards with hives. What began as [...]
The extent and condition of ACT woodlands has improved over the past decade, a review released today by Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, has revealed.
“A recent review of the ACT Lowland Woodland Conservation Strategy found that the amount of woodland under – or identified for – conservation management has increased and that major woodland [...]
You might have missed it. There’s a slew of changes coming under an ‘omnibus’ draft variation to the Territory Plan.
So what? I hear you say. It’s just looking at rezoning four public housing sites:
Stuart Flats, Griffith
Gowrie Court, Narrabundah
Red Hill Flats, Red Hill
Strathgordon Court, Lyons.
And there’s some unspecified vacant land in Narrabundah, Fyshwick, Symonston and Jerrabomberra [...]
Talk of a bullet train between Canberra and Sydney has been bubbling away for some time now. How do these plans compare to light rail and which is more important to Canberra? We asked Damien Haas (Chair of ACT Light Rail) and Tim Bohm (President, Bullet Train for Australia Party) the following question and their [...]
I was surprised to find out that the trees and grass outside Dickson pool are being demolished for a temporary bitumen carpark.
This is a terrible shame. Once these big trees are gone they will never come back. If the carpark is temporary then why put down bitumen?
The location for this carpark is the corner of the intersection of Cowper and Antill [...]