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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
[ 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 [...]
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 [...]
Every so often I drive past the solar farm out near Royalla…
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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% [...]
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 [...]
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.
Bec wants to know:
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,
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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, [...]
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.
[ 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 [...]
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 [...]