The Belconnen Community Council had a very active role in facilitating community engagement in initial consultations on what should be in the Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan. The eagerly awaited draft Master Plan has now been released and this again presents an important opportunity to have your say on issues you feel strongly about – [...]
An illegal yabby trap has killed two platypuses in the Murrumbidgee River.
The ACT Government is urging residents to report illegal traps to prevent incidents like this one last month.
Illegal “Opera House” traps have caught and drowned air-breathing animals such as platypuses, turtles, native water rats and birds in the past.
Regional Manager of National Parks and [...]
[ 11 October 2015 to 17 October 2015. ]
Earth Science Week is taking place from 11 to 17 October 2015. This annual celebration promotes the importance and relevance of the geosciences to society.
There are many ways you can take part!
Join a behind the scenes tour of Geoscience Australia – 12-16 October
Take the Online Earth Science Quiz – coming soon
Host your own Earth Science [...]
[ 4 October 2015 at 10:00 am; ]
The Living Green Festival is turning five!
Come along to the Albert Hall on Sunday 4 October from 10-4pm and experience a kinder shade of green.
There will be over 80 food and market stalls selling plant-based foods as well as sustainable, fair trade and cruelty-free products and services. Plus live entertainment, workshops, talks on environmental, animal [...]
It was not that long ago that winter in Canberra meant that the air was filled with smoke.
These grey blankets across the capital were in part made up of the smoke from the very popular wood-fired heaters used within many Canberra homes. Other additions to the annual smoking events were backyard fires lit to burn [...]
As reported earlier, the Dickson Parklands (Section 72 Dickson) has been identified as critical to ensuring that Canberra’s growing inner north population can access arts, recreation, cultural and other community facilities.
To assist this process, residents groups from the inner north Canberra have written to the ACT Planning Minister, Mick Gentleman, requesting a public meeting about [...]
[ 23 August 2015 at 10:00 am; ]
Geoscience Australia’s annual open day offers a diverse program of free hands-on activities, science displays and talks for all ages. Come along and learn about the exciting range of work carried out by Australia’s national geoscience agency.
See the robot which helps make your GPS more accurate, find out how earthquakes are detected, pan for gold, [...]
The ACT Government wants your feedback on the draft ACT biosecurity strategy, which outlines the management of exotic plants and animals, as well as diseases which affect both plants and animals.
From the media release:
Outline of the draft ACT Biosecurity Strategy
The draft strategy outlines the ACT’s approach to protecting our local environment, agribusiness and the community [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
[ 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
[ 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
[ 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 [...]
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 [...]