Environment (2309 Stories)

Floriade blames it on the rain

By 12 October 2009

The ABC informs us that bad weather is being blamed for a 25% slump in Floriade attendance.
Overall it is estimated 300,000 people visited Commonwealth Park over the four weeks, but that is well down on last year’s record of 400,000 visitors.
Helen Curzon from Australian Capital Tourism says feedback surveys will be reviewed to consider [...]

Missing – 50 year old ash tree and bucket load of money

By 11 October 2009

I used to live in a house with a 50 year old ash tree out the back. It was an inner north Canberra suburb with a very small, badly sited cottage on a long, thin strip of land. I wanted desperately to knock down and rebuild or renovate. I put up with the house for [...]

“New” Casuarina walking track…Mt. Majura…

By 11 October 2009

I noticed the Chief Minister’s press release about the ($100,000)  upgraded Casuarina walking trail on Mt. Majura, but have been having great difficulty in finding out where it starts, or where to go to…! 
The TAMS website seems singularly unhelpful in finding it and Google has not been much value either. Would someone please point [...]

National Electric Vehicle Festival – Now with Tesla Roadster

By 7 October 2009

[ 4 October 2009 at 9:00 am; ] First filed [Sep 21, 2009 @ 17:24]
[Ed] For those asking about the Tesla Roadster, here it is.

Come and see the future today in Electric vehicles at the National Electric Vehicle Festival – organised by the Australian Electric Vehicle Association (AEVA) and Canberra EV.
When: Sunday 4 October, 2009. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Old Parliament [...]

Pandering to the tourists

By 6 October 2009

My best friend is flying in from Canada next week to visit – her first trip to Australia. We’re taking a trip up to Brissie and will definitely check out Steve Irwin’s zoo while we’re there, but in the meantime, for an authentic ‘in the wild’ feel, where are the best-absolutely-can’t-miss-’em-guaranteed-to-be-there kangaroo spotting places in [...]

What Happens to Waste?

By 28 September 2009

[ 6 October 2009 at 9:00 am; ] For those who wonder what happens with your waste and recycling the Mugga Lane Recovery Facility is conducting free tours tomorrow, Tuesday 29 Sep 2009 (which I’ve just found out is booked up) and now also Tuesday 6 Oct 2009 when there are spots still available.

So if you’re intersted in rubbish or need [...]

Greenpeace busted for cleaning Canberra’s filthy streets?

By 28 September 2009

[First filed: Sep 22, 2009 @ 14:22]

Greenpeace are claiming that two of their “dirtyk#vvers” were “apprehended” trying to clean their message onto Canberra’s dirty concrete near Parliament House as part of their Dirt Kev campaign.
Without wanting to re-visit the entire climate change debate, what are your thoughts on stencillers cleaning their message onto a surface [...]

Wright gets its environmental approval

By 27 September 2009

Working on the weekend Andrew Barr has proudly announced that the new town centre of Molonglo is coming together with the first suburb of Wright getting its Commonwealth environmental approval.
The suburb of Wright had been subject to an assessment under Commonwealth legislation and had been given the all clear. There are 800 blocks in [...]

Brown skies over Canberra

By 23 September 2009

So does anyone know why we have this brown muck in the sky today especially in the North? Is it smoke or dust?
[ED (Kramer) - I have been (unsuccessfully) attempting to get a pic of the tinged sky.
Meanwhile, nothing of note from BOM other than the description "dusty" in today's ACT weather forecast.
I'm guessing the [...]

Barr uses call-in powers to approve Cotter Dam DA

By 16 September 2009

Andrew Barr, wearing his hat as Minister for Planning, has used his call-in powers to approve the Cotter Dam Development Application (DA).
The Planning Minister has published a media release here but of note should be these sentences:

“While I have made the final decision I have done so on the expert and independent advice of ACTPLA, [...]

Thieves strike Stanhope Memorial Arboretum

By 14 September 2009

The Canberra Times brings word that Stanhope’s Folly, aka the Canberra International Arboretum and Gardens has had a spot of bother with thieves making off with 140 saplings.
In an interesting insight into the administration of the arboretum it was only discovered when Comrade Stanhope himself was out taking an apparently regular constitutional and noticed the [...]

ACTION Going Green

By 14 September 2009

Last month ACTION recieved its first of the 77 new buses that ACTION has purchased. This new bus is similar to some of the green buses that you seen on the road, except it runs on diesel.This bus is a MAN bus & is the first MAN Bus in the world to comply with Euro [...]

Huh? National fire warning system? Who? Us?

By 12 September 2009

The Canberra Times has the less than reassuring news that despite NSW, Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria all signing up for a new national bushfire warning system we still haven’t figured out what we’re doing.
“a spokesman for ACT Emergency Services Minister Simon Corbell said yesterday that a decision would be announced next week.”
Let us [...]

Check out some green homes

By 11 September 2009

[ 13 September 2009 at 12:00 am; ] Sustainable House Day is on this Sunday 13/9/09 from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

There are eight homes open for inspection around Canberra, and entry is free.
Two are in Harrison (includes ours), one in Murrumbateman, two in Watson, and one in each of Narrabundah, Duffy and Lyneham.

House 1
Canberra & surrounds ACT
Daryl & Hugh Lawrence 2629
2629 Barton [...]

Lioncom Extends Green Day to Green Month

By 10 September 2009

[ 1 September 2009 to 30 September 2009. ] September 2009 is Green Month @ Lioncom

The general public and businesses can drop off old computing equipment for FREE.

Taking advantage of the Free PC Recycling Month
Simply drop off surplus computer equipment at the Fyshwick Collection Centre, located at 8 Pirie St, Fyshwick.

For Businesses and Government Departments:
All of  September 2009, Monday to Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm [...]

35,000 tonnes of asbestos waste springs into being

By 9 September 2009

The ABC brings us the rather intriguing news that the construction of the new ASIO HQ requires the removal of 35,000 tonnes of asbestos waste from the site. What’s odd is that, to the best of my knowledge (historians are free to correct me here) the site does not have, nor has it ever [...]

Illegal fishing in the ACT!

By 7 September 2009

The ABC reports that we have an illegal fishing problem in the ACT, and that rangers are heading out to try and do something about it.
Apparently the problem is people leaving set lines out, which is illegal here (this was news to me) and also the use of yabby traps.
“The penalties are quite significant under [...]

ACT Customers of NuEnergy – ActewAGL and ACTPLA Guidelines for Solar Panel Installations…

By 7 September 2009

For ACT Nu Energy customers, waiting for installation of solar photovoltaic systems – I have contacted the ACT planning authority and ActeAGL to check on their requirements. Only two minor points to watch out for. Generally solar panels are exempt from the need for planning approval, but there are some exceptions. eg. Planning approval IS needed if [...]

Recycled Pavers

By 7 September 2009

Can anyone tell me where I may be able to get recycled pavers and any other recycled landscaping supplies here in the ACT? 
These kind of places are all over the place in Perth and Sydney, but I am unable to locate any here…

Inner North Community Fair

By 5 September 2009

[ 20 September 2009 at 11:00 am; ] Ginninderra Catchment Group and Inner North SEE-Change invite you to come celebrate Spring and the planned wetland development in Banksia St, O’Connor.

There will be a display of the wetland, vibrant entertainers, music, children’s activities including art work to be used on the wetland site, local and organic food, craft stalls, and eco and [...]

Reliable Pest Control in Canberra

By 4 September 2009

What are people’s experiences/recommendations for reliable pest controllers in Canberra? 
Some companies do a year round pest control which involves paying a monthly fee.  Does anyone use this type of service and if so, how much do they usually charge?

Do mushrooms poison dogs in Canberra ?

By 3 September 2009

Our 5 year old dog had his first epileptic like fit a month ago. Yesterday he had 3 seizures.
The Vet is doing blood tests but so far hasn’t found any cause, if they continue it might be off to Sydney for a cat-scan. She says it’s unusual for a dog to manifest epilepsy this late, [...]

Should Plastic Bags be Banned from the ACT?

By 31 August 2009

An online discussion forum has just been launched by the ACT Department of Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water inviting the community to have a say about whether plastic bags should be banned, what alternatives there are and whether a levy should be applied to the use of bags. 
The site is at

Bagging the baggers of the bags?!

By 28 August 2009

A couple of months ago, there was a rather energetic discussion on the RA about the future of plastic shopping bags.
More recently, there was an obscure vox pop in the Chronicle and some official phone polling too (nobody calls me).
Well, it seems that it’s all part of a new Government campaign.  Stanhopia is spending $85 [...]

Barr Knows Best?

By 26 August 2009

Who knows how to ensure that a major project is developed in accordance with 467 seperate Sections of ACT Law better than a man who has worked in the private sector as an account manager, media analyst and salesperson, and also former parliamentary adviser and Chief of Staff to a Labor Minister?
Apparently, with more 270 [...]

Keep a rail corridor into Civic

By 26 August 2009

Stanhope on 666 this morning accused citizens texting in to express concern about the proposal to develop the Kingston Rail Site, and move the train station further out, of “being misinformed”. Without detail on the table, it’s hard to be informed, isn’t it?
What a retrograde step – moving any opportunity for a rail hub further [...]

Reptiles of Canberra

By 24 August 2009

[First filed: August 22, 2009 @ 10:52]

It seems that herpetology is the new black.
The above video was posted by Lamington321 with the following note:
Here is a humble collection of pieces collected on wildlife-seeking outings around Canberra with my good friend, Pamela.
For some reason, the credit for one of the bands I used did not show [...]

Are you prepared to pay?

By 20 August 2009

In its own little test of the validity of willingenss-to-pay theory, our illustrious leader has decided to introduce a voluntary gold coin donation for entry into the ACT Parks and Conservation estate. The idea is that it will reign in TaMS’ mult-mullion dollar overspend.
The only problem is that Australians, and people in general, are usually [...]

Possum Mutilators of Ainslie

By 19 August 2009

[Update - RSPCA ACT has followed on below with the results of what occurred]
[First Filed August 18, 2009 @ 23:38]
RSPCA ACT has put out a statement asking for any witnesses to a number of possum bashings in the Ainslie area on Tuesday afternoon.
“Late Tuesday afternoon a number of possums were brought to RSPCA by
government rangers. [...]

Legislative Assembly in hot water

By 18 August 2009

Today the ACT Legislative Assembly will be debating a bill for mandatory energy efficient hot water systems for new homes, which is being spearheaded by the Greens.
ACT Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur says:
“The Liberal Party, in their 2008 Climate Change policy release, said they would require ‘Solar or other low energy hot water systems on [...]

Fixing the Currong Apartments?

By 18 August 2009

The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has noted that the Government can’t find a buyer for the legendary Currong Apartments.
She’d like to see them turned into a bigger, better, greener, housing development:
“One way to unearth innovative solutions is to run design competitions, as the Victorian Office of Housing and the Royal Australian Institute of Architects did in [...]

Value of Solar Credits

By 18 August 2009

Having decided to install solar panels, I am now struggling to determine whether the offer I’ve been made for my Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) is a reasonable one.My understanding of the system is that the value of RECs is determined by your zone and market forces, and of course the market forces are the tough [...]

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