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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
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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
renewal-energy

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
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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 [...]

Are bumper ACT land sales being fuelled by foreign investors?

By 5 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Land and Development Agency sold the final 60 Lawson blocks at Auction on Wednesday, at an average 34 per cent over reserve, netting $24.74 million for the ACT government. This is on top of the $56 million coined from the first 124 blocks, according to the Canberra Times.
This is all pretty interesting given [...]

Refurbished memorial site in Watson

By 2 June 2014

The ACT Government and National Capital Authority have recently completed an upgrade to a park in Watson that has long recognised the sacrifice made by those who have served and died for our country in war.
The Apex Memorial and Junior Farmers Memorial, which will be renamed Valour Park, has now been revitalised and made more [...]

Bush capital on show for international conservation tour

By 2 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government is pleased to announce it will host a post conference tour in partnership with the Conservation Council ACT and the Australian Alps as part of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress 2014.
The World Parks Congress is only held every 10 years, and it is an honour for [...]

Help save bears and orangutans

By 26 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
orangutans

Canberra is hosting several exciting events to help celebrate World Environment Day on 5 June. A particular focus will be on raising much-needed funds and to become more informed about the dire situation bears and orangutans are facing. Saving bears and orangutans is reaching crisis point – orangutans could be extinct in the wild in [...]

New trade training centre for Tuggeranong

By 22 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Students in Canberra’s south will be able to explore careers in hospitality, horticulture, construction and the automotive industry with the opening of a new trade training centre in Canberra’s south.
ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch today took part in the opening of the $8.1635 million Tuggeranong Sustainable Learning Trade Training Centre, based at [...]

Trial fertility control for Canberra kangaroos

By 20 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
kangaroo

A site has been set aside for a potential fertility control trial of up to 500 kangaroos.
The culling of over 1,600 Eastern Grey Kangaroos across eight nature reserves was set to begin last week, but was postponed when Animal Liberation lodged a challenge in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) arguing there is [...]

Increased high density housing in revised development of Brickworks

By 19 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra landmark and spooky ruin, the Canberra Brickworks may soon be the centre of an exciting new housing development.
The ACT Government has provided in-principle support for development of the land defined in the current Strategy for the Canberra Brickworks + Environs, subject to relevant ACT and Commonwealth statutory processes.
The Strategy includes a proposal for [...]

Greens appeal Kangaroo Cull

By 17 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Greens NSW have appealed to the ACT government not to proceed with killing more than 1,600 kangaroos.
“The mass kangaroo cull permitted by the ACT government should be cancelled on the grounds of animal cruelty and because there is no evidence that the removal of the animals benefits the local environment”.
“The Greens NSW Animal Welfare [...]

Control burns 16th and 17th May

By 16 May 2014

A private landholder will today (Friday 16 May, 2014) and tomorrow (Saturday 17 May, 2014), weather permitting conduct a hazard reduction burn on Parkwood Road, west of Macgregor.
Also, tomorrow, weather permitting, the ACT Rural Fire Service will assist the National Capital Authority with a hazard reduction burn north-east of the National Zoo and Aquarium at [...]

Kangaroo cull to start Wednesday

By 12 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
kangaroo

The annual kangaroo cull begins in Canberra on Wednesday night. Shooter’s have been set a target of 1606, an increase of 450 over last year, according to The Canberra Times.
This year’s cull will include a fertility control on 500 kangaroos.
Eight reserves will be closed from Wednesday night – Callum Brae off Mugga Lane, Goorooyarroo [...]

Success of Urban Development

By 12 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

In a section of the ABC Canberra news on Friday, Charles Landry returned to cast his eye over Canberra’s urban development progress.
Landry (author The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators) wasn’t particularly impressed by Canberra during his previous visit and still finds our centre a bit of a graveyard (which he seemed to think [...]

Coldest morning of the year

By 5 May 2014

From ABC news on today’s freezing morning:
Temperatures dropped below freezing this morning for the first time since November, reaching minus 1.7 degrees at Canberra Airport and minus 2.6 degrees at Tuggeranong.
Forecaster Sean Carson says the last time it was this cold so early in Autumn was in 1983. He says Canberra was the colder than anywhere [...]

Riot Post – New Local Tip

By 25 April 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 FEATURED ARTICLE
canberra

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 FEATURED ARTICLE
wind

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 FEATURED ARTICLE
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[ 4 May 2014 at 10:00 am; ]

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
moon

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 [...]

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