Environment (2326 Stories)

Electric cars for ACT Government

By 10 November 2009

According to the following ABC story (unfortunately, no media release yet from his holiness) Jon “Eco” Stanhope wants to see some of the ACT Government petrol powered vehicles changed for electric cars. This follows an announcement in June from US electric car company Better Place, that Canberra will be the first city in Australia to [...]

How clean is the waste water from an evaporative aircon?

By 10 November 2009

Does anyone know how clean / useable the waste water is from an evaporative air conditioning unit? I’ve got my unit draining into a 600 litre tank which then goes out onto the lawn. It doesn’t appear to be killing the grass, but then again the lawn ain’t looking that great either.
Would the water be [...]

Exemptions to water restrictions coming your way

By 9 November 2009

I noticed a big ad in the Canberra Times on the weekend that brought a smile to my car loving heart. For a limited period, starting from 14 November, Canberrans will be able to wash their cars at home. Yay for those of us who like shiny metal bits.
The general exemption runs from 14–29 November [...]

Hunger strike to stop global warming!

By 7 November 2009

In what appears to be an unearthed Monty python skit, Mr Paul Connor of Canberra is on a hunger strike and insisting that he’ll only drink water from now until an agreement is struck at global climate talks in Copenhagen starting on December 7.
“We’re only making one guarantee – that is we’ll stop fasting if [...]

“COLOURS BY NATURE & SEE-CHANGE” are pleased to be hosting two exciting GREEN Painting events in Canberra during November!

By 5 November 2009

[ 18 November 2009 at 5:00 pm; 19 November 2009 at 3:00 pm; ] Daniel Wurm from the GreenPainters Ltd, (a non-for-profit organisation), will be presenting an 1 hour information session for Builders, Architects, and Consultants on Wednesday 18th November at 5-6pm. Free.

And on Thursday 19th November, Daniel will also be conducting a 6 hour specialist training course for both professional painters and keen DYI’s from 3-9pm.Cost $80 (free [...]

Starving Silkworms in shoeboxes across the Territory

By 4 November 2009

There are silkworms starving to death in shoeboxes across the Territory every year.   Carers, eager to give their children an experience from their own childhood, purchase silkworms from pet shops, school fetes and even from the internet, in the hopes that little Johnny and little Janey will be enriched from the encounter. 
Unfortunately, we don’t always [...]

Inner-North SEE-Change presents: Summer-Smarting our Homes (to save energy and money!)

By 2 November 2009

Peter Miller from the Home Energy Advice Team will talk about ways in which we can keep our homes cool in summer. Followed by Chris Mobb who will explain the Green Loans Program. Green Loans is a new Australian Government Initiative to assist families to install solar, water saving, and energy efficient products.The program provides a detailed [...]

Cotter dam expansion rolls on

By 25 October 2009

It’s Thursday’s news, but it bears repeating.
Peter Garrett has announced his approval of the gargantuan cotter dam expansion project.
“This is a good outcome—it provides water security for the Canberra region and at the same time the stringent conditions I have imposed will ensure that threatened species will be properly protected.” Minister Garrett said.
“The species of [...]

Northbourne Avenue Trees

By 25 October 2009

I like Canberra, however while driving around town today I was particularly struck by the depressing appearance of Northbourne Avenue.
This is the ceremonial gateway to Canberra But I find it quite unattractive.
Its not just that it’s lined with dreary flats. I think the main problem is the species of gum tree which was chosen [...]

Fun and games to get government action on climate change

By 21 October 2009

[ 24 October 2009 at 1:30 pm; ] [Ed] First filed here but now with more info

GetUp! and have joined forces to hold events all over the planet on Saturday, 24 October. They want governments in every country to take action to keep our CO2 levels below 350ppm (parts per million) to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Details from GetUp!’s website, where you can [...]

Thanks a bunch for the timely info – curtain dude!

By 21 October 2009

About eight weeks ago we received a (very reasonable) quote for honeycomb blinds from a largish Canberran blind and curtain company. The blinds were installed yesterday and they look fabulous … no complaints there.
I got a bit excited when the installation dude mentioned that we can apply for a government rebate of up to [...]

What Magpies Swoop

By 21 October 2009 FEATURED ARTICLE

In an effort to stop cyclists wearing the silly cable ties on their helmets which have become all the rage for the last 3 years some members of the CSIRO have done an exhaustive study on what magpies will swoop.

But the law says you still have to wear a helmet.

Firefighting Cows

By 20 October 2009

Prime have this funny little story on the cows who are being put out to pasture in order to conduct fuel removal and help prevent bushfires this season.
I think its a great idea, but I’m sure there is someone out there who will come up with a reason why this is a bad [...]

Fossils at Carne Creek Aranda?

By 20 October 2009

Does anyone know the location of Carne Creek Aranda? Google doesn’t know about it – I think this might take a local to answer. There is supposedly an interesting fossil outcrop in the creek bed there. Any ideas?

Danmans Great Ride for Samoa

By 19 October 2009

Dear fellow RiotACTers
On Wednesday 30 September, an 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck in the pacific, offshore, between the islands of Samoa and American Samoa.
The earthquake triggered a tsunami of up to 1.7 metres in height, which caused severe damage in island areas that are only a few feet above sea level.
Bearing the brunt of the tsunami was [...]

Cleaning up our houses, cleaning up our yards

By 17 October 2009

I’m sure many of you have lived outside this Territory and resided somewhere in Australia that has quarterly verge general and green waste collections.  Why then do we not have this service in Canberra?
This issue has caused me and my partner endless frustration, living in a rental on a meagre student wage with no way [...]


By 14 October 2009

[ 24 October 2009 at 1:30 pm; ] GAMBLE WITH THE CLIMATE
A play by hilarious Melbourne comedian ROD QUANTOCK

1.30PM, Saturday, 24 October, on the lawns of Parliament House

CLIMATE ACTION CANBERRA is pleased to announce a wonderful afternoon of free entertainment around 350 Day of Global Action featuring Melbourne’s premier funnyman ROD QUANTOCK.
Rod will perform a climate change play with some audience participation [...]

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 [...]

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