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Windy enough for you?

By 7 August 2009

After a lovely still early morning the weather’s turned mean with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing warnings:
Warning Summary at issue time:
Small Boat Alert for Canberra Lakes. Severe Weather Warning for Damaging Winds above 1200m.
Current Weather Situation and Future Developments
A cold front will cross the ACT today bringing windy conditions with the chance of some isolated [...]

The End of Rat Patrol in Canberra?

By 6 August 2009
The End of Rat Patrol in Canberra?

[First filed: August 05, 2009 @ 15:02]

There is a rumour that the Rat Patrol have nowhere to host their workshop. I can confirm the rumour is true.
Our current hosts at the Rat Pad have to move out, and all Rat Treasures need to be moved to a new space. Can you help?

IS THIS THE [...]

Recycling crisis in the wake of the Aussie Junk debacle

By 4 August 2009

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is having a red hot shot at the Government’s “rabbit in the headlights” approach to the collapse of their recycling services provider at the tips:
Greens spokesperson on waste, Caroline Le Couteur MLA, today called on Mr Stanhope to ensure a recycling service starts operating at the landfill immediately, even [...]

Inner North SEE-Change presents: Q&A with a Carbon Cop

By 4 August 2009

[ 17 August 2009; 6:30 pm; ] Q&A with a Carbon CopWhen:  6.30pm 17 August Where: O’Connor Uniting Church Hall, cnr Scrivener and Brigalow Streets.Canberra based scientist, Lish Fejer, who may be better known as a Carbon Cop on the ABC series, will offer advice on how we can all make the necessary changes to reduce domestic carbon emissions. In the series Lish led [...]

Casuarina Sands to be revamped

By 3 August 2009

ACTEW have announced that they’re lodging a Development Application (DA) to pretty up the much loved Casuarina Sands swimming area:
The DA provides information on the proposed works, including improvements to parking, upgraded facilities and additional shade, BBQs and picnic tables.
ACTEW will be undertaking a community presentation to brief the public on the proposed works at [...]

Why dont they have a drop point for chemicals at Mitchell tranfer station there is one at mugga lane

By 2 August 2009

I went to the Mitchell dump today to get rid of some old timber and household waste and a lot of old chemicals from my grandfathers shed. The weigh bridge operator said take it to the transfer station.
Does anyone pick up all of these chemicals? Where does all this rubbish go to be sorted out ? do the [...]

Recycling “e-waste”?

By 1 August 2009

Yes, I balk at the cost of getting rid of computer equipment in this town – I don’t mind admitting that at all.
But I am also a bit perplexed why it is proving difficult to find someone who will take my old tower and monitor gratis, with the expectation they can get the [...]

The bell tolls for Aussie Junk, and the communities that rely on it

By 31 July 2009

The Department of Territory and Municipal Services has announced that Aussie Junk has been placed in liquidation.
This is going to have some repercussions while the mess is sorted out:
“A public tender process will commence shortly to engage an operator for the Mugga Lane facility. It is anticipated that a new operator to accept and resell [...]

ACT Government plans for transport – how to achieve more cycling and walking – 30% shifts

By 30 July 2009

The ACT Government is consulting the community about its sustainable transport plan using an online forum (at least we won’t have to travel to have a say!). 
This is a 20 year plan aiming to achieve 30% mode shifts to walking, cycling and public transport.  They are asking how to achieve it and for input.  [...]

Long live the queens

By 30 July 2009

We are now well into winter, and by rights there should be no European wasps buzzing around our community as the nest normally die out except for the queens which are hibernating.
However, a very few will be over wintering, which means a new season quean has taken over the nest and kept it going. [...]

Why don’t bits of molonglo need an EIS?

By 29 July 2009

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is once again asking tricky questions, this time wanting to know on what basis Andrew Barr, as the planning Minister, decreed that certain parts of the planned new city centre of Molonglo didn’t need to undergo a Environmental Impact Study.
“We would think that an EIS would help identify the right [...]

Jerrabomberra wetlands neglected?

By 29 July 2009

The Liberals’ Vicki Dunne appears to be passing the time by going back through old Stanhope government initiatives and checking to see how they’ve worked out. As useful a pastime as any for an opposition one supposes.
Today the subject of complaint is the Jerrbomberra Wetlands. Where the Molonglo slouches into Lake Burley Griffin.
Apparently it’s no [...]

What? You’re having a roundtable? Here’s the plan

By 27 July 2009

In a masterful example of consultation Stanhope style today’s roundtable, supposedly to start the development of a Sustainable Transport Plan, has instead been used to announce a completed Strategic Public Transport Network Plan 2010-16.
Through this plan the Government is looking to engage Canberrans on the future of our city and where they see the key [...]

What will a carbon-neutral Canberra look like & what will it take to bring it about?

By 27 July 2009

Do you get excited about the idea of Canberra becoming a completely sustainable city?
Do you want to do something but you’re not sure what? 
Come and be part of the solution 
SEE-Change is following up on last year’s beginnings and starting an active Southside SEE-Change group. 
To kick things off, on Tuesday 4th August 2009 Prof Will Steffen, Executive [...]

Council Cleanups – Does Canberra have them?

By 27 July 2009

Hi everyone – quick question. Are there any council cleanups in Canberra? I can only find info on garbage and recycling bin collections….
We have some stuff we would like to get rid of but it would take three years of garbage collections trying to fit it, bit by bit, in our miniscule bin!
Plus, we [...]

Corroboree frog breeding makes a breakthrough

By 26 July 2009

The ABC brings word that the ACT’s corroboree frog breeding program has managed to produce 1,000 eggs which is apparently something they haven’t been able to do before.
Considering there are only 200 left in the wild it’s a giant leap.

Anyone else angry about the Lyneham Oval?

By 25 July 2009
Anyone else angry about the Lyneham Oval?

Why has part of the Lyneham oval been turned into a carpark?
[ED - anyone across this issue?]

Electric cars coming to Canberra first?

By 25 July 2009
Electric cars coming to Canberra first?

[First filed: July 24, 2009 @ 13:05]

Simon Corbell is very excited to announce that Canberra, car city that it is, is going to lead Australia in the rollout of a planned electric car network.
“I am very excited about this announcement today by Better Place Australia to roll out electric cars in Canberra before any other [...]

Work begins on a sustainable transport plan

By 24 July 2009

One might think that with all of Canberra’s plans and strategies we’d have already dialled in sustainable transport.
But this very morning the Chiefly Stanhope has announced that he’s kicking of the process to develop at “new comprehensive sustainable transport plan”.
Having successfully defused the vexed issue of kangaroo culling the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the [...]

Simon unveils DECCEW bike fleet

By 23 July 2009

Simon Corbell has announced a token bike fleet’s unveiling at the Department of Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water (Pronounced “Deck You”).
The fleet will be used by staff at the department to get around town and will initially consist of five bicycles, more will be added if there is sufficient demand.
“This is a great way [...]

The ACT’s greenhouse gas emissions on the rise

By 22 July 2009

Simon Corbell has announced that Canberra is not doing so well on the greenhouse front:
Key findings in the ACT Greenhouse Gas Inventory included:
– emissions in the ACT in the financial year 2005-06 totalled 4.02Mt CO2-e. This figure is only a very small percentage of national net greenhouse gas emissions (0.7%) but it is a 2.4% [...]

July snakebite in Bywong

By 22 July 2009

The ABC has the worrying news that a 63 year old woman has been bitten by a snake at nearby Bywong.
She’s reportedly in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
But it is the flipside to that warmish winter we’re having.

Warm Winter in Canberra?

By 21 July 2009

Is it just me or is it unusually warm this winter?  Everyone bangs on about how ‘cold’ Canberra is but we’ve had but a few measly frosts and a dusting of snow in the far distant hills.  Is this normal, or are people just whiners and like to bang on about ‘cold’ Canberra and dress [...]

ACTEW hoping to shake all the crazies out this week on the Cotter Dam expansion

By 20 July 2009

Be you ever so nutty ACTEW wants to hear from you this week.
They’re finalising their consultation on the Cotter Dam expansion this week and calling for everyone to come forward and have their say. If only because it will save trouble later to get maximum exposure for the issue now.
Submissions can to be made in [...]

ACT otherWISE youth sustainability Workshops

By 18 July 2009

[ 20 July 2009; 5 August 2009; 12 August 2009; ] Are you a young person, aged (roughly) between 15 and 25 who is passionate about sustainability, or would you like to know more about how to make your life and your community more sustainable, and meet other young people committed to doing the same?

Then come along to the ACT otherWISE youth sustainability workshops

Learn more about [...]

Anarchist groups in canberra?

By 18 July 2009

Hi I’ve recently moved to Canberra from Brisbane and can’t seem to find any anarchist groups around.
Just interested in meeting some like-minded people.
Also any environmental activism groups.
Thanks for any help

Jack Frost hard at work this morning.

By 16 July 2009
Jack Frost hard at work this morning.

These lovely patterns were on the roof of a car I passed this morning. Reminding me in no small part of a lot of the art-deco prints popular at the moment.
To think these things appear all over town at the same time, and then disappear before most people notice.
The Bureau predicts cold frosty mornings to [...]

The control freaks come for the bottled water

By 15 July 2009
The control freaks come for the bottled water

[First filed: July 15, 2009 @ 10:52]

It started with a very local issue in the Southern Highlands where Bundanoon residents got the hump with their own water being trucked back with a 300x markup.
But now the tired recurring voices of rigid social control here in Canberra (particularly on 666 this morning) are calling for [...]

Now you can lick the back of Commonwealth Park

By 15 July 2009
Now you can lick the back of Commonwealth Park

Australia Post have announced this very day the release of their “Parks and Gardens” issue to celebrate “five of Australia’s most beautiful city parks”.
And our very own Commonwealth Park made it on!
Hurrah!

The NCA goes belt and braces over tree removal

By 14 July 2009

The National Capital Authority has sheepishly announced that they’re going to be knocking down some elms and eucalypts along Kings Avenue from tomorrow as part of their much needed program to get rid of the murderous Russell roundabout.
Not only are the NCA promising to replace the 53 trees their knocking down with 106 established elms [...]

Dumped roo carcasses in Curtin

By 13 July 2009

The ABC has a curious story on the illegal dumping of ~20 kangaroo carcasses near Curtin within days of the Government organised cull completing.
Parks and Reserves acting manager Daniel Iglesias says the killings were not part of the Government’s recent cull of 500 kangaroos in the Canberra Nature Reserve.
However he says it appears it [...]

Improving your parrot feeder hygiene

By 13 July 2009

The RSPCA’s Michael Linke is advising the bird feeders of Canberra as to how best stop the spread of Circovirus (aka Beak and Feather):
Beak and Feather is caused by a virus known as a Circovirus. There is no cure for this virus. The virus persists in the environment for a long time and [...]

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