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Environment (2239 Stories)

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
Help save bears and 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
Trial fertility control for Canberra kangaroos

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
Increased high density housing in revised development of Brickworks

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 cull to start Wednesday

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
Has Canberra's heart relocated?

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
Government calls for wind energy proposals

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
Speed dating the sustainable way

[ 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
Don't miss the total eclipse

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 FEATURED ARTICLE
BoM climate report - sheesh, it's hot in here...

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 FEATURED ARTICLE
What gecko is this?

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 FEATURED ARTICLE
THANK GOD FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS!!!!

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

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 FEATURED ARTICLE
Ginninderra Creek run dry

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 [...]

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