Environment (2320 Stories)

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 [...]

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?

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