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Environment (2238 Stories)

ACT woodlands increased, protected and restored

By 20 August 2014

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 [...]

The opaque Omnibus Draft Territory Plan Variation

By 15 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

RiotACT Face Off: Light Rail or Bullet Train

By 11 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
RiotACT Face Off: Light Rail or Bullet Train

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 [...]

Carpark vs Trees

By 7 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Carpark vs Trees

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 [...]

ACT Government releases Community Engagement Strategy on Climate Change

By 31 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government’s Community Engagement Strategy on Climate Change, released today by Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, builds on the large amount of work already being done in the territory to tackle the causes and effects of climate change.
“Climate projections for the ACT indicate warmer and drier conditions with more frequent drought and bushfires. [...]

Canberra Tree Week activities – Wednesday and Thursday

By 23 July 2014

The inaugural Canberra Tree Week has already seen many activities that celebrate living in a city surrounded by trees.
Throughout Wednesday 23 July 2014 and Thursday 24 July 2014, residents and visitors alike are invited to take part in more free events, including:
Eucalypts of the Southern Tablelands
What: Join a guided tour of Forest 20 at the [...]

Nuclear energy: the debate Australia has to have

By 23 July 2014

[ 28 July 2014; 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. ] ABC 666′s Genevieve Jacobs will talk with three of the nation’s most compelling experts on an issue we cannot continue to ignore.

The world is hungry for low cost, low emissions energy, but in Australia nuclear energy is still off the agenda. Will other low emissions technology be enough? Why do we keep avoiding the nuclear [...]

Will Australia continue to be a land of droughts and flooding rains? – Public Talk, Dr Lisa Alexander

By 22 July 2014

[ 5 August 2014; 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. ] Australians are all too familiar with heatwaves, droughts and floods. These events have increased over recent decades and this trend is likely to continue.

But given Australia’s natural climate variations, how much is this increase linked to human interference in the climate system? And what effect will the amount and rate of greenhouse gas emissions be [...]

Study confirms importance of Canberra’s urban trees

By 21 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra’s status as the bush capital has been reconfirmed by a recent study of urban tree cover in Australia.
The study by the Institute for Sustainable Futures at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) assessed the proportion of land cover types (hard surface, tree, shrub and grass/bare ground) for 16 Australian cities. The ACT Local Government Area [...]

Ginninderra Falls: How to open this treasure to the public?

By 16 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Ginninderra Falls: How to open this treasure to the public?

Sometimes no matter how much we want something, real life just gets in the way. So it is with Ginninderra Falls, the beautiful bit of Kakadu right here in Canberra that has been closed for 10 years now despite everyone involved wishing it wasn’t.
In a recent RiotACT poll, 90% of you said you think Ginninderra [...]

Expressions of interest sought for Climate Change Council

By 14 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, is seeking expressions of interest from members of the public to help advise the ACT Government on climate change policy.
“I encourage anyone with a strong commitment to addressing the challenges from climate change to consider making an application to join the ACT Climate Change Council,” Mr Corbell said.
“The members [...]

New measures to stimulate construction

By 9 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government has announced that it will award $10 million dollars worth of ‘ready-now’ construction contracts and make further cuts to red-tape for the construction industry as part of a new ACT Government package to reforms the way that capital works are procured in the territory, Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher announced today.
“The ACT Government [...]

New bilateral agreement for environmental assessments in the ACT

By 8 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A new assessment bilateral agreement that removes duplication and provides a single process for environmental assessments in the Australian Capital Territory has been signed by Commonwealth and ACT governments.
This is an important milestone in streamlining the environmental assessment process in the ACT through the Australian Government’s ‘One-Stop Shop’ policy.
The new ACT agreement reduces the regulatory [...]

Waterwatch keeps its eye on our local waterways

By 2 July 2014

Our local waterways will be in good hands with the announcement of ACT government funding for Waterwatch, which keeps an eye on catchment areas across the Canberra region.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell said ACT government funding of $270,000 would fill a hole created when Commonwealth funding through the Caring for our [...]

New dog exercise maps open for consultation

By 25 June 2014

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today released new dog exercise area maps for community consultation. The maps clearly define where people can take their dogs, showing on and off-leash areas as well as dog prohibited areas.
“The new dog exercise maps aim to provide a balance between providing spaces for dogs to exercise [...]

Strategy to reduce vehicle emissions released for comment

By 24 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT government is seeking community views on lowering vehicle emissions with the release today of a Low Emission Vehicle Strategy discussion paper by Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell.
“A key element of the government’s commitment to making our city a better place to live, work and do business is to make [...]

Pedal powered cinema!!

By 24 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Pedal powered cinema!!

[ 16 July 2014; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ]

The Canberra Environment Centre is holding a pedal powered screening of Canberra director Simon Cunich’s ‘Growing Change’, which documents his investigation into the food crisis of 2012 and subsequent travels to Venezuela to study the country’s rising food revolution.

We’re going to get cosy at the co-op with chai and muffins, and then talk about the [...]

Inadequate planning for asbestos remediation and removal at Yarralumla Brickworks

By 23 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The YRA is concerned that current ACT Government plans for clearing up asbestos and other contamination at the Canberra Brickworks in Yarralumla are inadequate and vastly underestimate the costs. We understand that the plans are not fully consistent with the regulatory framework that applies to contaminated sites, in particularly asbestos, in the ACT. The YRA [...]

Severe Weather Warning for ACT and surrounds

By 23 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for the ACT and surrounding regions for Monday.
The State Emergency Services advises that people move vehicles under cover or away from trees and secure or put away any loose items around their house, yard and balcony.
And of course, keep clear of fallen power [...]

Capital Metro to boost local industry

By 23 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A Capital Metro local industry policy released today will pave the way for local businesses and local workers to take advantage of the 3,500 jobs that will be created during construction of the project.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said the policy demonstrates the intent of the government to use the momentum [...]

Strategic Bushfire Management Plan open to comment

By 18 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

An updated plan to keep Canberra at the forefront of bushfire mitigation planning has been released today for public comment by Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell.
Mr Corbell invites the ACT community to comment on the draft of the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan Version Three.
“The draft SBMP Version Three is designed to get [...]

30 new drinking fountains will be popping up around Canberra

By 18 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today released the results of Canberra-wide consultation on sites for 30 new drinking fountains to be progressively installed across Canberra in the coming months. The first was unveiled on Wednesday morning at the Harrison District Playing Fields.
“As part of the ACT Labor-Greens Parliamentary Agreement, the ACT Government [...]

Simon Corbell speaks at Global Wind Day (titter) event

By 16 June 2014

Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, spoke yesterday at the Global Wind Day event held at Parliament House to help celebrate renewable energy.
“Renewable energy is the future for Canberra as we work toward achieving the ACT’s ambitious 90%-by-2020 renewable energy target for the territory,” Mr Corbell said.
“The ACT government is excited to [...]

New Heritage Council members announced

By 12 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

New members have been appointed to the Heritage Council following the expiry of tenure for five of the nine current members.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate, Simon Corbell, said the new members would bring a range of expertise and interests to the Council, including archaeology, and conservation of objects.
“The council has an important [...]

Better ways to weed out an old enemy

By 12 June 2014

Weed management in the ACT and regional communities will be easier with the launch of the ACT and Southern Tablelands Weed Spotter website and smartphone app, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.
“Combating noxious weeds is problematic all around Australia, but we now have another way to help weed them out,” [...]

Rethinking Urban Water Management

By 11 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Managing water resources in the face of increasing pressure from the impacts of climate change and urbanisation is a key to the liveability and sustainability of our cities and communities, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today as he launched the Australian Water Association’s Water Matters conference in Canberra.
Organised by the [...]

Campbell blocks exceed expectations with the LDA pocketing $63.75m

By 11 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Campbell blocks exceed expectations with the LDA pocketing $63.75m

I was listening to 666 this morning as they discussed the section of Campbell up for auction today. Five blocks, located on the corner of Constitution Avenue and Anzac parade were going under the hammer with an expected figure of $40m hoped to be achieved. I must confess, I’m not a massive fan [...]

Blog Post: Saving the environment from our own Government

By 11 June 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Blog Post:  Saving the environment from our own Government

I never expected Tony Abbott to take any sort of stance to fight climate change, so I’m not entirely surprised by his current move to form an alliance to put economy before environment.  I don’t agree with it, but I am not surprised by it.
I am however surprised and disappointed by the ACT Government’s move [...]

Lighting up Canberra’s dog parks

By 10 June 2014

Shane Rattenbury has announced plans to install lighting in Canberra’s dog parks, in response to dog owner’s requests so that they can exercise their dogs after dark.
“Lighting has already been installed at the Belconnen, Forde and Yarralumla dog parks and will be lighting up the Casey and Tuggeranong dog parks in the next couple of [...]

Local Food Initiative – making it easier to buy local produce (and free event 11 June)

By 10 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Local Food Initiative - making it easier to buy local produce (and free event 11 June)

A couple of recent articles have suggested that buying good local produce is pretty important to some of our readers, so we thought you may be interested in an event hosted by the Food Hub this week.
The Local Food Initiative (a project aimed at making it easier for producers, distributers and lovers of fresh, [...]

Plastic shopping bags ban successful

By 5 June 2014

The ACT’s plastic shopping bags ban has resulted in a 36% decrease in the amount of plastic bags sent to landfill and is now supported by 65% of Canberra grocery shoppers, a review into the ban has found.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, tabled a review of the first two years of [...]

Canberra charts a sustainable future

By 5 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government has shown strong leadership in environmental conservation by responding to climate change through a range of programs, initiatives and nation-leading legislative reforms, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell said on World Environment Day today.
“Both the government and the people of the ACT can be proud of their achievements [...]

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