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ACT to target 100% renewable power by 2020

By 29 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Simon Corbell

The ACT will target 100% renewable energy use by 2020, five years earlier than previously announced, cementing its position as a world leader in the commitment to renewables.
To meet the 100% target the government will expand its current large-scale renewable energy auction process from 109MW to 200MW, with additional capacity to be awarded subject to [...]

Controlled burns in North Canberra

By 22 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Controlled burn

The ACT Rural Fire Service will undertake a series of small burns in North Canberra on Saturday, weather permitting.
The burns, all less than 2 hectares in size, are for ecological purposes on behalf of the CSIRO.
A total of seven units from Molonglo, Gungahlin and Hall Brigades will undertake the burns at the following locations:

CSIRO property [...]

Moscow Circus signs in ‘burbs breach laws, promoter set to remove them

By 12 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Moscow Circus advertisements on Matina St, Narrabundah

The Moscow Circus will this afternoon remove promotional signs from fences on private residential land in Narrabundah after a RiotACT reader alerted us to the presence of the signs, which are in breach of ACT laws in their current positions.
The signs, which are affixed to fences/walls on residential land on Matina Street (pictured) and Kootara [...]

Rangers warn rabbit owners of viral cull near Gungahlin

By 21 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Rabbit

Gungahlin rabbit owners should consider vaccinating their pets or securing them in fly proof enclosures early this week as Government conservation staff will be using the Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus to cull rabbits in the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary from this Thursday.
Ranger in Charge, ACT Parks and Conservation Service, Joel Patterson said the virus would [...]

ACT gives NSW’s biggest wind farm a kick along

By 4 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
wind farm

The ACT Government has ensured construction will commence on what will be NSW’s largest wind farm by awarding renewable energy developer CWP Renewables a feed-in tariff of $89.10 per MW/h for 100MW capacity to power nearly 50,000 homes.
The choice of CWP’s Sapphire Wind Farm near Inverell in northern NSW as the second winning project in [...]

Ban of dogs in playground, BBQ areas in force, on-leash parks added

By 11 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Dog walk

Dogs are prohibited from playground equipment and barbecue areas in the ACT from today, as well as being required to be on a leash on all paths, cycleways and in all major parks.
The ACT Government has introduced the law around playground and barbecue areas for public health and safety reasons, and considered walker and cyclist [...]

Catch a meteor shower early tomorrow

By 14 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The night sky over Australia will be lit up by the Geminid meteor shower in the early hours of Tuesday, with up to 100 meteors per hour streaking across the sky.
Send us your photos of the meteor shower via email, Facebook or Twitter so we can share them with our readers tomorrow.
Astronomers expect the annual shower to [...]

Mt Ainslie design competition to guide summit’s future landscape

By 9 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
View from Mt Ainslie

The ACT and Federal governments will hold a national design competition to develop a landscape plan and interpretive strategy to guide the next 10 years of landscape development at Mount Ainslie.
The joint program will call for expressions of interest via www.tenders.act.gov.au and through the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. It will shortlist three [...]

Deadly virus hits Canberra’s pet rabbits

By 8 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Rabbit

Several pet rabbits have died in Canberra in recent days following an accidental release of the RHDV2 strain of European Calicivirus in the ACT.
One RiotACT reader has lost three of her four pet rabbits in the past week.
Calicivirus has been used by the ACT Government to control the territory’s feral rabbit population in the past [...]

Corbell signs us up to Paris emissions plan

By 7 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Simon Corbell

In Paris for the COP21 United National climate change conference, ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell has signed a declaration that the ACT will work with states and regions from all over the world to reduce urban greenhouse gas emissions.
The commitment means the ACT will assist in reducing urban greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 gigatons annually [...]

Cat lock-in plan for Causeway, Kingston Foreshore, Casey

By 1 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
free roaming cat

The ACT Government has for the first time proposed extending its cat containment strategy into an established suburb of Canberra.
It proposes declaring two new cat containment areas in the territory, at Casey in Gungahlin and in the suburbs surrounding the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature reserve including the Kingston Foreshore and The Causeway.
The Causeway was one of [...]

Firies put out sewage plant fire at Lower Molonglo centre

By 30 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre

Firefighters have extinguished a small fire this morning at the Lower Molonglo sewage treatment plant.
The Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre is the main treatment facility for Canberra. It is the largest inland treatment facility in Australia.
ACT Fire & Rescue responded to the site with two fire pumpers, HAZMAT unit and commander after being alerted [...]

Have your say: draft Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan

By 2 October 2015
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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 – [...]

Illegal trap kills platypus pair

By 1 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Report illegal yabby traps in the ACT

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 [...]

Celebrate Earth Science Week this October

By 24 September 2015
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[ 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 [...]

Living Green Festival 2015

By 25 August 2015
living green festival canberra 2015

[ 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 [...]

Canberra tales: Keep the home fires burning

By 12 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Residents write to planning minister about the Dickson Parklands

By 10 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
DicksonParklands-P1120619

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 [...]

Canberra, why so wasteful?

By 10 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The ACT has been ahead of the curve when it comes to municipal waste management for almost two decades now. It was the first government in the world to set a zero waste goal all the way back in 1996.
The no waste by 2010 goal may not have been achieved, but we successfully lifted our [...]

Geoscience Australia open day

By 7 August 2015
geoscience open day

[ 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, [...]

Have your say on managing exotic plants and animals in the ACT

By 6 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Food forests, olive oil and ginger beer workshops this August

By 31 July 2015
canberra environment centre

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
wind farm

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
yarralumla ridge

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
facebook mr fluffy demolition

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
kennedy space centre

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
act ranger feeding baby animal

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
aaron clausen canberra nature map

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
landscape at Lake Mungo

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 [...]

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