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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
ANU opening up their Kioloa Coastal Campus

[ 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
Corin Forest rises again

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
Canberra, you is hot hot hot

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
Going to be a scorcher!!

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.

Horrible Mitchell chemical fire handled well by Government, so sayeth Simon

By 19 December 2013
Horrible Mitchell chemical fire handled well by Government, so sayeth Simon

Simon Corbell has announced a review of the Government responses to the Mitchell PCB fire have come up looking good:
An independent review of the ACT Government’s testing and analysis of a fire, which destroyed a business in Mitchell found that the government response was generally well managed, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon [...]

Hot dry summer tipped

By 18 December 2013

The Bureau of Meteorology has released its rainfall and temperature outlooks.
It’s all on probabilities of course, but they’re predicting hotter and drier than average (which is pretty hot and dry at the best of times).

Shopping Trolley crackdown!

By 18 December 2013
Shopping Trolley crackdown!

TAMS are once again wagging their bony fingers on the subject of shopping trolleys:
In the lead up to the busy Christmas period, 113 abandoned shopping trolleys have been collected in three separate blitzes in Tuggeranong, Gungahlin and Belconnen Michael Brice, Manager of Licensing and Compliance, City Services, said today.
The blitzes took place in Tuggeranong [...]

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
Recipients will be awarded at the ACT Region Environment Awards Evening in March 2014.

Bats. I’ve got bats.

By 16 December 2013
Bats. I've got bats.

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
ACTION's yellow bus stop posts find a new life

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
Cue the cute! A new joey at Tidbinbilla!

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
Murray cod season opens at midnight

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
Landfill expanding on Mugga Lane

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

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
Glossy Black-Cockatoos and friends getting help

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

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
New street sweepers!

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

This just in from Aeek:
Ball St, Woden
Lucky the storm came though at night.
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[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
David Pocock wants you to get down to Garema Place for Climate Change change

[ 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
Snow on Mount Franklin

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
Explainer: how does the electricity grid work?

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
Why does Tony hate science?

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 [...]

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