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Director-General of ESD to the Climate Change Council!

By 17 December, 2013

Simon Corbell has the intriguing news of this appointments to the ACT Climate Change Council:
The ACT Government is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to the ACT Climate Change Council.
“I am delighted to announce that Toby Roxburgh and Dorte Ekelund will be taking up positions on an expanded Climate Change Council,” [...]

ACT Region Environment Awards

By 16 December, 2013

Nominate your environmental heroes. Those people that work tirelessly to protect our wild places, campaign for better environmental protections and empower and inspire others.
Awards categories are:
Young Environmentalist
Nominate by the 28 February 2014 at https://conservationcouncil.org.au/events/act-region-environment-awards/
Recipients will be awarded at the ACT Region Environment Awards Evening in March 2014.

Bats. I’ve got bats.

By 16 December, 2013

The tree across my lane way in Scullin has recently provided host to a colony of fruit bats.
I wish it was not true, but here they are.
What is TAMS doing about removing colonies of bats?  
I would be grateful for any information.
[Photo by shellac CC BY 2.0]

Three new power plants for you

By 13 December, 2013

Photon Energy are planning to build three mid-sized solar power plants in the ACT, because they realise we’re already living in the future and thatit’s insane that we don’t have solar power plants everywhere.
Sometimes it feels like I’m the only person who payed attention to Sim City 2000.
Only days after launching its Australian unit [...]

ACTION’s yellow bus stop posts find a new life

By 3 December, 2013

TAMS are letting us know what they plan to do with the iconic yellow bus stop markers that have adorned Canberra’s bus stops for decades as they give way to NXTBUS posts:
Vases, carver’s mallets, sculptures and the legs of a workbench are some of the pieces the old ACTION wooden bus posts are being ‘turned’ [...]

Cue the cute! A new joey at Tidbinbilla!

By 2 December, 2013

TAMS are celebrating their newest addition at Tidbinbilla:
Brett McNamara, Manager of Regional Operations, National Parks and Catchments, today announced that Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve has welcomed a very special addition to its Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby population.
“Since 2010, 53 Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies have been bred at Tidbinbilla’s Animal Breeding Centre, but none quite like the little joey recently [...]

Murray cod season opens at midnight

By 30 November, 2013

For the hunter gatherers among you:
The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate would like to advise anglers that the Murray Cod fishing season re-opens at midnight on Saturday, 30th November 2013.
“In order to maintain our Murray Cod stocks and allow the fish to spawn, the ACT season closed on 31 August 2013 for a three month [...]

Hot summer on the way

By 27 November, 2013

The Bureau of Meteorology is giving notice that we can expect to have the fan running at night this summer:
The chances of the summer maximum temperature exceeding the long-term median maximum temperature are greater than 60% over eastern NSW, most of Tasmania and coastal areas of SA (see map above).

Landfill expanding on Mugga Lane

By 26 November, 2013

Is it too late to keep chuckling about NoWaste2010?
Simon Corbell has announced changes to the Territory Plan so we can keep piling our garbage up:
Changes to the Territory Plan allowing expansion of the Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre have been approved by the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell today.
The draft [...]

Climate Change deniers take note. You’re in a very small minority

By 22 November, 2013

The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate has released the results of the climate change survey and it’s not pretty reading for the nutty retards who think Gina Rinehart has their best interests at heart:
The majority of residents (88%) believe that climate change is a genuine problem for the future.
Respondents accept their own lifestyles contribute [...]

Glossy Black-Cockatoos and friends getting help

By 18 November, 2013

Alan Traves announced today that four threatened special will be receiving some much needed help due to the finalisation of the Government’s action plans.
Four threatened species will get extra protection from today with the finalisation of action plans for their continued conservation, Conservator of Flora and Fauna, Alan Traves, announced today.
“Action plans for the Glossy [...]

For Gawd’s Sake! lets bring in rego for bikes

By 17 November, 2013

I am aware this will become a bike vs car thread. So be it.

This past week, during my usual bicycle commutes to and from work, I had three separate but related incidents with cars.
1. Riding along Dudley St, Yarralumla, car swings wide to overtake me with a blind crest ahead, gets surprised when oncoming traffic [...]

Snowy goes global

By 17 November, 2013

The Guardian is joining in the interest in Namadgi National Park’s albino kangaroo:
A rare albino kangaroo, its startlingly white coat standing out in sharp contrast to its grey-coloured companions, has been spotted near Canberra.
The snow-white marsupial was seen by a shocked ranger in the vast Namadgi national park, before being tracked down by colleagues who [...]

How to recycle a broken sphygmomanometer by ACT NOWaste

By 15 November, 2013

Why can’t every press release I get sent be this cheery and upbeat?
Do you have anything you have no idea how to recycle? Let’s try and stump them with something really tricky.
Also when I first read the word sphygmomanometer I thought that they were making it up to be funny.
Here, I’m just gonna give you [...]

New street sweepers!

By 14 November, 2013

TAMS have proudly unveiled their new fllet of street sweepers:
“Every year ACT street sweepers cover a distance of about 17,000 kilometres of local roads, or about the distance from Canberra to London, and we hope these new sweepers will allow us to provide an even greater coverage. We could see as much as 2,000 km [...]

Grounds closed

By 12 November, 2013

The Economic Development Directorate has closed all the parks due to rain:
All ACT Government sportsgrounds will be closed today Tuesday 12th November due to wet weather and the forecast of further showers and possible thunderstorms.
The decision has been taken in order to minimise damage to the turf surfaces and in the interests of player [...]

A setback for the eucalypts in their war on the rest of creation

By 12 November, 2013

This just in from Aeek:
Ball St, Woden
Lucky the storm came though at night.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com .
[On another note I was recently explaining to my Romanian sister-in-law about how the eucalypts plot against us all trying to light fires and dropping limbs [...]

David Pocock wants you to get down to Garema Place for Climate Change change

By 12 November, 2013

[ 17 November, 2013; 11:00 am; ]

Talk radio listening wing nuts are both enraged and confused today as one of their beloved sports people has strayed from their blinkered delusional orthodoxy, in this case the Brumbies expensive bench warmer and long ago Wallabies flanker David Pockock who’s made the above video for GetUp!’s Canberra Day of Climate Action:

On 17th November, tens [...]

Snow on Mount Franklin

By 11 November, 2013

Mount Franklin Road has been closed at the Mount Franklin Visitor’s Shelter following 30cm of snow falling over the past 24 hours.
“It’s quite unusual to see snow at this time of year, especially considering the warm weather we experienced at the end of last week,” Brett McNamara, Regional Manager, National Parks and Catchments said today.
[Courtesy [...]

Just when you thought we were done with winter

By 11 November, 2013

Miserable days in succession but what does the bureau have to say?
Well it’s miserable as far as the eye can see.
Hope you didn’t pack up your winter woolies yet.

Explainer: how does the electricity grid work?

By 8 November, 2013

By Glenn Platt, CSIRO
Where would we be without electricity? Assuming that you own a fridge, there won’t be many points in your life when you aren’t making use of it.
But what do we mean when we talk about the electricity grid?
The grid itself is less of a physical location. Instead, it is a term typically [...]

Why does Tony hate science?

By 8 November, 2013

Under our Dark Lord Abbott’s present public service jobs freeze, the CSIRO look to lose about a quarter of their staff, reports the Syndey Morning Herald.
Thanks to Tony’s plan to cut 12,000 jobs from public servants, the employment of 1,400 non-ongoing CSIRO staff and the research projects they’re working on are threatened. Sadly for these [...]

Orroral Valley walk

By 8 November, 2013

TAMS are letting people know they’re doing a ranger guided walk of the Orroral Valley:
Enjoy wildflowers and wildlife and experience cultural history with stories of European pioneers and the space age on a ranger guided walk along the Orroral Valley Heritage Trail this Sunday, 10 November 2013.
“In the six kilometre guided walk from the [...]

Is it Mothageddon?

By 8 November, 2013

Media worldwide are reporting on the annual bogong moth invasion of Canberra. I must admit, I haven’t really noticed, although they all say it’s mainly at Parliament house.
Anyone who works up there got any reports or photos of the invasion?
Great Britain
New Zealand
China (I think)
[Pictured above, seagulls chasing moths over Parliament House courtesy MartyO]

[Photo via [...]

SITA sends in the recycling clowns

By 6 November, 2013

It’s not like garbage collection is an occasional activity for the ACT Government. It’s as core a function as things get.
So the only reason to outsource it was always to let someone else screw over the workers.
The Canberra Times has the thrilling news that new contractor SITA might be good at ripping $200 a week [...]

Shane celebrates his greening influence

By 5 November, 2013

Mayor Rattenbury is looking back with pride on his first year as a Minister:
On the anniversary of his first year as a Minister in the ALP-Greens ACT Government, Shane Rattenbury has reflected on the role he has played both as a minister and as a Greens Member of the Assembly.
“It’s been an interesting and [...]

Hurrah for Actew Water cries Actew Water

By 4 November, 2013

Actew Water are letting us know how great the tap water is:
Following the positive report this week showing Canberra’s drinking water receiving a top ranking at 95% satisfaction , a new Drinking Water Quality Report 2012-2013 has been released which illustrates the high quality of Canberra’s drinking water.
The report shows that the ACT [...]

Can we get to 90% renewable energy in 6 years???

By 4 November, 2013

Simon Corbell has the terrifying news that he intends to drive the ACT economy to 90% renewable energy by the not-very-far-from-now date of 2020:
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, has today announced the formal establishment in law of a 90% renewable energy (electricity) target for the ACT to be achieved by 2020. [...]

Need help with snakes this season? Don’t ask TAMS.

By 4 November, 2013

A sunny Sunday afternoon at my place was interrupted by a baby brown snake making it’s way into my front yard – casually seeking some warmth on our concrete driveway. Having small pets, we were carefully trying to make sure it couldn’t get into our bushes where it would never be found or we couldn’t [...]

New nature conservation act tabled

By 31 October, 2013

Simon Corbell today tabled a draft for the Nature Conservation Bill 2013 in the Legislative Assembly. Submissions will be accepted until the 13th of December.
Simon believes that this new act will be fundamental in allowing the government achieve it’s goal for a sustainable Canberra.
“This legislation follows an extensive review of the Nature Conservation Act 1980 [...]


By 30 October, 2013

Mayor Rattenbury has the happy news that Tidbinbilla is taking delivery of eight more koalas:
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve’s captive koala population has been boosted with the arrival of eight koalas from the Otway Ranges in Victoria, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, announced today.
“I am pleased to welcome four female koalas and [...]

Leave the baby magpies alone

By 29 October, 2013

TAMS are asking you to let baby magpies be:
Echoing the recent plea from the RSPCA-ACT, Territory and Municipal Services rangers today urged the public not to mistakenly rescue baby magpies that may appear to be abandoned on the ground.
“Each year, many members of the public make the kind-hearted mistake of assuming a fledgling is [...]


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