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Riot Post – New Local Tip

By 25 April, 2014

Message from one of our Rioters:
Emu Bank Belconnen has become the new tip. There is a trolley cemetery in the water. Heaps of plastic bottles, glass bottles – garbage upon garbage heaping up. The poor water birds! Is anyone doing anything? Broken glass on paths – from beer bottles. Does [...]

Has Canberra’s heart relocated?

By 22 April, 2014

ACT executive director of the Property Council of Australia, Catherine Carter has called for Canberrans to maximize the opportunities available through the City Plan to revive our city’s heart and connect all our individual suburbs into one great city (in an article written by her for the Canberra Times).
The City Plan is the first planned [...]

Government calls for wind energy proposals

By 18 April, 2014

Following the announcement of a 90% renewable energy consumption target for the ACT (although with renewable energy production needing to come from outside the ACT), The ACT Government has called for wind energy proposals.
Minister Simon Corbell said proposals would be judged on a combination of factors, including price, local investment and proven community engagement.
“Wind energy [...]

Speed dating the sustainable way

By 15 April, 2014

[ 4 May, 2014; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. ]

ACT Landcare will hold the Landcare for Singles Tree Planting day at Jerrabomberra Wetlands on 4th May 2014.

If you’re on the lookout for that special someone, this event is a great opportunity to try a new and unique form of speed dating – Speed planting!

Join in and plant a new tree with a new partner [...]

Don’t miss the total eclipse

By 15 April, 2014

Look up as you’re leaving work this evening and you’ll be treated to a rare spectacle.
The eastern coast of Australia will be lucky enough to witness a twilight total lunar eclipse tonight, with the moon expected to glow a striking shade of blood red.
The moon will already be eclipsed when it rises over Canberra at [...]

Royalla solar farm – view from the sky

By 10 April, 2014

Every so often I drive past the solar farm out near Royalla…

Seeking tougher laws on residential asbestos management

By 7 April, 2014

Advocates are calling the government to force homeowners with properties containing ‘Mr Fluffy’ loose asbestos to have an asbestos management plan, as this would bring them under the same laws that govern commercial buildings.
The ACT government has issued a ‘recommendation’ that homeowners have inspections done and the subsequent report should be available to any tradespeople [...]

“Greener” Electricity in the ACT – At What Cost ??

By 11 March, 2014

A while back, I recall the ACT Government proudly announcing that the feed in tarriff to make the Royalla Solar Farm economically viable, would add about $13 pa to everyone’s electricity bill in the ACT.   Doesn’t sound like much, does it.   But, multiply that by the number of Solar Farms planned ???  It [...]

Eucalyptus Branch Fall in Mugga Way Red Hill 6/3/2014

By 7 March, 2014

Today, when travelling along Mugga Way, Red Hill, I witnessed the sudden and unexpected fall of a very, very large branch from a eucalyptus tree. The branch was so large that it blocked both lanes of traffic and it required a chainsaw to cut and remove it.
Two travellng cars and a cyclist were within a [...]

Pregnant during a bushfire? Help out a PhD…

By 6 March, 2014

Because bushfires are becoming more prevalent, it’s important to understand what their effects are and what support pregnant women may need during bushfires. A PhD candidate at the ANU is studying the impact of the 2003 Canberra Fire and the 2009 Black Saturday fires on pregnant women. She is seeking participants who were pregnant during [...]

BoM climate report – sheesh, it’s hot in here…

By 13 February, 2014

The bureau of meteorology’s 2013 annual climate report [http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/annual_sum/2013/AnClimSum2013_HR1.0.pdf] is now out, and shows sunny canberra had a +2.2 degrees anomaly above average temperatures, during what was australia’s hottest year on record.  this was the greatest anomaly for any of our capital cities – canberra’s getting warmer more quickly.  and our rainfall was some 14% [...]

Tree kangaroo joey at the Zoo

By 23 January, 2014

The ABC informs us that the National Zoo and Aquarium’s Goodfellow’s tree kangaroos have been getting jiggy and produced a rare yet super-cute joey:
A pair of rare tree kangaroos has started a family at the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra, with the arrival of little Mani.
Goodfellow’s tree kangaroos are rarely bred in captivity [...]

TAMS want you out fishing

By 22 January, 2014

Territory and Municipal Services are actively encouraging you to get out fishing on our lakes and rivers:
ACT residents are encouraged to make use of the many great fishing spots in the region, including Uriarra Loop Track, Black Mountain Peninsula, Dairy Flat, the trout waters below Bendora Dam and in Googong Reservoir.

What gecko is this?

By 21 January, 2014

Bec wants to know:
Hi John,
Could you please ask your valued readers for help identifying this gecko I came across in the early hours of this morning?
I was thinking it was a Marbled Gecko, but not too sure…..never seen one in 34 years in the same suburb.
Should I beware our reptile overlords?
Thanks in advance,
Bec

THANK GOD FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS!!!!

By 18 January, 2014

The Bureau has the blessed news that we’re in for a storm!
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Orange, Canberra, Goulburn, Wagga Wagga, Cobar and Bourke.

Please god let it be.

Time to shine climate nuts! Mayor Rattenbury opens the gates of hell!

By 17 January, 2014

As if the whole city wasn’t irritable enough as the bricks of our homes start to glow from the accumulated heat.
Now Shane Rattenbury has been unable to restrain himself and has linked the heatwave to carbon emissions thereby kicking off the most annoying argument known to man.
As Canberra faces its third consecutive day of extreme [...]

1,539 tonnes of e-waste in 2013

By 14 January, 2014

Shane Rattenbury is putting a brave face on a mountain of outdated tech and tvs thrown out last year:
Over 1,500 tonnes of e-waste was recycled in 2013, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury announced today.
“From 1 January to 31 December 2013, the Canberra community handed over 1,539 tonnes of televisions and computers [...]

Ginninderra Creek run dry

By 14 January, 2014

This in from Owen:
The Drought !
Here is a view looking downstream of the stepping stones across Ginninderra Creek. (See Google maps, -35.215528,149.027915 )
I’ve never seen it like that before, and will be interesting to see what things are like at the end of the week.
Get the impression they are not releasing any water out [...]

Extreme Heat Warning now stretching from Tuesday to Saturday

By 13 January, 2014

This just up on the Public Health Alerts:
ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly and ACT Ambulance Service Chief Officer Mr David Foot today warned Canberrans that prolonged extreme heat conditions are forecast for the ACT this week from Tuesday 14 January until Saturday 18 January.
“We are all susceptible to heat-related stress and illness, which [...]

The koalas keep flowing in to Tidbinbilla!

By 10 January, 2014

The grey tide rolls on with TAMS reporting on the six latest arrivals:
Brett McNamara, Manager of Regional Operations, National Parks and Catchments, today announced that Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve has recently welcomed another six new koalas from the Otway Ranges in Victoria.
“Three female koalas and their three joeys (two females and one male) have joined [...]

Snakes and kids

By 10 January, 2014

So, hands up who thinks it’s a good idea to allow a 5-6 foot snake to wrap itself around a small child’s head?
[Canberra Times Missing Snake story]

Peace in our time on Green Square?

By 9 January, 2014

After some argie bargy through the week Mayor Rattenbury has made a joint statement with the Kingston Traders on the vexed issue of returning the green grass to Green Square despite the best efforts of some in the bureaucracy to throw spanners in the works:
A meeting between ACT Government officials and representatives from the Kingston [...]

Piss successfully taken in Civic

By 9 January, 2014

Canberra CBD is celebrating an estimated 3,000 public urinators being diverted from the walls of our fair town to their pissoirs over the festive period:
A second round of urinal trials in Canberra CBD late-night hot spots during the Christmas, New Years Eve and Summernats period has finished with successful results once again.
Data collected recorded an [...]

Extreme weed control

By 7 January, 2014

TAMS are getting it out there just how far they’ll go to nasty with the prickly pears in the Molonglo Gorge:
Abseiling, normally a recreational activity, was today employed for a different purpose. A team of specialised contractors abseiled down the Molonglo Gorge in the fight against one of the region’s highly invasive weeds, Prickly Pear, [...]

Like a strange Santa Claus, an extra bin arrives!

By 3 January, 2014

I have lived in share houses with six people and gotten by with just the normal two wheely bins.
My nuclear family of 4 managed fine with the usual compliment of bins.
Living with Goosepig, however, I found we were in a constant battle with overflowing bins necessitating time consuming trips to the tip.
My initial reaction was, [...]

UC breeding earless dragons

By 3 January, 2014

No we’re not talking about certain election night pundits supplied by that august seat of learning, rather the ABC has news on a breeding program for some cute little lizards:
At just 6 centimetres in length and less than a month old, tiny grassland earless dragons are partial to a few insects at meal time.
“We [...]

ANU opening up their Kioloa Coastal Campus

By 2 January, 2014

[ 3 January, 2014 to 6 January, 2014. ]

If you’re down at the coast or heading that way you might be interested in four days of access to the ANU’s Kioloa Campus:

The Australian National University is inviting people to walk in the shoes of a scientist when it opens its Kioloa Coastal Campus to the public in January.

The campus is on 348 hectares [...]

Corin Forest rises again

By 23 December, 2013

Word reaches us of new management taking over at Corin Forest with the big slide running from boxing day:
Corin Forest Mountain Resort will reopen on Boxing Day (26th Dec) with new management. After closing last winter due to a large rockslide on the Corin Dam Road, the timing seemed appropriate for a change.
The new management [...]

Canberra, you is hot hot hot

By 20 December, 2013

Will you look at that. Hottest capital city in the whole wide brown land.
Take a bow Canberra!
And January still to come!

Filthy smokers sparking up the city

By 20 December, 2013

TAMS and the ESA are pleading with Canberra’s smokers to stop starting fires:
With the warm weather upon us, the ACT Government has today reminded motorists not to drop cigarette butts out the window of their vehicle. In the ACT this year there has been at least 12 fires that have started due to cigarette butts [...]

Going to be a scorcher!!

By 20 December, 2013

8.00 am at the Pinnacle, and it’s already bloomin hot!!
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Woden Recycling Depot FAIL

By 19 December, 2013

I pulled up at the Woden Recycling Depot this afternoon to be met by an overflow of cardboard and waste paper.  Just what a pyromaniac would delight in.
Why can’t the contractors get it right? Oh that’s right they’re contractors – as little as possible and what they can get away with.

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