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Take 5 and help protect some frogs

By 14 October 2013
Take 5 and help protect some frogs

ANUgreen are looking for some assistance in monitoring frog populations, and all they need you to do is relax somewhere quielty for a few minutes.
Sounds good to me.
Do you have a smartphone? Can you stand still for five minutes? Great. ANUgreen and the Ginninderra Catchment Group need your help look after the campus’s frogs.
Frogs around [...]

Fetherston Gardens complete

By 14 October 2013

Mayor Rattenbury has let it be known that Weston’s Fetherstone Gardens are as good as they’re getting:
“Just in time for summer, the Canberra community has a new and very unique recreational venue to enjoy, with Fetherston Gardens now open to the public after its $500,000 revamp,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“Fetherston Gardens now features a new [...]

Cotter Dam officially enlarged

By 14 October 2013

For the sake of historical completeness we note the Chief Minister has duly inaugurated the englarged cotter dam:
Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, today officially opened the new Enlarged Cotter Dam (ECD) which will provide water security for Canberra for several decades to come.
“Canberra is a growing city and the investment in this major piece of [...]

Platypus stowaway returned to Angle Crossing

By 10 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Platypus stowaway returned to Angle Crossing

TAMS have a cute story on a platypus taking an unusual interest in the engine bay of a Toyota Hilux and going for a ride:
A young female platypus has survived a 15 kilometre journey in the engine bay of a Toyota Hilux which had driven through water at Angle Crossing at the Murrumbidgee River south [...]

Park and road closures

By 9 October 2013

Territory and Municipal Services wishes to advise that due to a total fire ban that has been declared for tomorrow, Thursday 10 October 2013, the following nature reserves and roads will be closed:
• Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve (the Visitor Centre will remain open);
• selected roads within Namadgi National Park including Apollo Road, Orroral Road, Old [...]

Canberra to hit 30 tomorrow [Today]

By 9 October 2013

We’re forecast a near perfect 24 this afternoon, but then the Bureau is dialling us in for a crazy 30 degrees tomorrow.
Before you pack away the winter woolies we’re back to overnight freezing next Monday.

Conservation work at Mt Painter this Sunday (13/10/2013)

By 9 October 2013

Hi Rioters,
This Sunday (22 September 2013) Conservation Volunteers and the Friends of Mt Painter will be doing some work at Mt Painter (Cook). FoMP group have a long history of good environmental practice in restoration work in the Mount Painter Reserve, and have been working to restore the biodiversity and the native plant population in the [...]

More water in storage than ever before

By 8 October 2013

Actew Water are celebrating their full or filling reservoirs:
The ACT is now storing more water than ever before.
Just a few days before ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher launches the new Cotter Dam its storage levels are now more than 5 times the volume of the original dam. Across the catchment our dams are breaking records. [...]

Trout Season!

By 5 October 2013

The Environment Directorate has given word that trout season is on!
The rainbow and brown trout fishing season opens at midnight tonight, Friday 4 October 2013, in time for the Labour Day long weekend, and will remain open until the Queen’s Birthday weekend in June 2014.
The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate would like to remind anglers [...]

Lemurs debut at National Zoo and Aquarium

By 4 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Lemurs debut at National Zoo and Aquarium

LEMURS!
This is Lily and her twin baby ring-tailed lemurs enjoying a meal.
Adorable!
The Lemurs have arrived as a part of a regional breeding program, reports ABC News.
Check out the ABC News story for more adorable lemur related videos.
“Lemurs are considered near-threatened in the wild,” said senior wildlife keeper Bec Scott.
“They’re found in only one place in [...]

Gigantic Plant Cell Bouncy Castle is the best idea ever

By 4 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Gigantic Plant Cell Bouncy Castle is the best idea ever

Scientists have improved our lives immeasurably throughout human history. Through furthering our understanding of the world, to more practical discoveries like penicillin and refrigeration.
This is science’s latest contribution to the world, and it’s a doozy. Say hello to Bio-Bounce the gigantic replica of a planet cell that you can jump on!
My word it’s beautiful.
One for [...]

Group to embark on a 306km stroll around the ACT Border

By 2 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Group to embark on a 306km stroll around the ACT Border

David McGill, Karen Tindall, Lisa Padzensky, and Stephen Goggs are getting ready to step out and about the ACT tomorrow to celebrate the Centenary of Canberra.
The foursome plan do a lap of the ACT on foot, crazy terrain and all.
“To celebrate the Canberra Centenary, from tomorrow, a group of four walkers will begin a journey [...]

ACTEW goes to DRS

By 28 September 2013

The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission has announced the ACTEW Corporation is unhappy with the recent decision on water and sewerage prices and has asked for a different decision.
They’re now going to conduct a review.

A windy day in Wright

By 26 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
A windy day in Wright

If you think it’s a touch blowy in your part of the world today spare a thought for the treeless plains of Canberra’s construction zones, as shown in this video.
One of our builders at Jigsaw Housing captured this footage of the wind today in Wright.

Explore Guide helps you explore Canberra oddly enough

By 26 September 2013

Shane Rattenbury today helped launch Explore, a guide to Canberra’s parks, reserves, recreational areas, and general greenish places.
“Whether on foot or bike, in the car or on horseback, there is so much to see and enjoy in Canberra’s open spaces. But knowing where to go and what you’ll find once you get there can often [...]

Bus Depot Markets moving into the Fitters Workshop (temporarily)

By 26 September 2013

The Economic Development Directorate has announced grand plans for the Old Kingston Bus Depot:
Work to commence early in the new year will secure the future of the much loved and heritage listed Old Kingston Bus Depot which will become an important part of the Kingston Arts Precinct as well as continuing to be the [...]

Shane and the sun moths

By 25 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Shane and the sun moths

Mayor Rattenbury is letting us know about the work he’s been doing on Golden Sun Moth preservation and the Majura Parkway:
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today joined ecologists from the University of Canberra (UC) and SMEC Australia Pty Ltd to translocate Golden Sun Moth (Synemon plana) larvae, from the Majura Parkway alignment, [...]

Cotter looks for campground hosts

By 25 September 2013

Do you like being outdoors and hosting things?
IF so then Brett McNamara thinks you should probably become a campground host at the Cotter campground or at Woods Reserve, where you may use those “likes” of yours to help others.
“This is a great opportunity for someone who loves camping and dealing with people to stay for [...]

Get the kids to Mulligans Flat for a chance to win

By 23 September 2013

Mayor Rattenbury is putting out word of a fun competition:
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today launched the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary’s Spring into Nature snap-film-draw competition which will run between Sunday 22 September and Friday 25 October 2013.
“The Spring into Nature competition is an excellent way for Canberra children to explore [...]

ACAT spanks the Heritage Council

By 21 September 2013

The ABC has a report on the ACT Heritage Council getting a right old kicking from ACAT over the heritage listing of St Patricks Church in Braddon.
ACAT found the evidence did not satisfy any of the requirements for heritage listing.
The tribunal was also highly critical of the Heritage Council, finding their work contained factual errors [...]

Are you ready for storm season?

By 20 September 2013

We have a new season! STORM SEASON!
With winter seemingly having lost its fangs we needed something new.
Simon Corbell has issued a warning:
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today launched the ACT State Emergency
Service (SES) StormSafe campaign at Floriade in Commonwealth Park.
Mr Corbell said the theme of this year’s campaign is [...]

Conservation work at Mt Painter this Sunday (22 September 2013)

By 20 September 2013

Hi Rioters,
This Sunday (22 September 2013) Conservation Volunteers and the Friends of Mt Painter will be doing some work at Mt Painter (Cook). FoMP group have a long history of good environmental practice in restoration work in the Mount Painter Reserve, and have been working to restore the biodiversity and the native plant population in the [...]

Simon uncertain, what’s energy efficiency to you?

By 19 September 2013

Simon Corbell is wondering how important energy efficiency is to tenants:
The ACT Government wants to find out if tenants would take into account the energy efficiency of homes when choosing rental properties, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.
“Higher energy efficiency translates into lower power bills, so knowing [...]

Cross border environmental protection

By 19 September 2013

Simon Corbell has announced he’s bringing in a bill to let Commonwealth and other State Environmental Agencies operate in Canberra:
“The Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 (No 2), (PABELAB), makes a number of amendments to legislation within the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate portfolio,” Mr Corbell said.
The Bill amends the Environment Protection Act [...]

NCA want to hear your your thoughts on Snowy Hydro

By 18 September 2013

Have your say on the development control plan for Snowy Hydro SouthCare. From now until the 1st of November you can add your thoughts to the community feedback pile!
Fame and fortune may well await those with the best feedback. Well probably not but it’s possible.
The National Capital Authority (NCA) invites public comment on a draft [...]

Wind turbine syndrome: farm hosts tell very different story

By 18 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Wind turbine syndrome: farm hosts tell very different story

By Simon Chapman
People who host wind turbines on their properties and derive rental income from wind energy companies have important stories to tell about living alongside turbines, but they’ve largely been absent from the debate on wind farms and health. Australian filmmaker and researcher Neil Barrett is finally giving this critical group a voice in [...]

Wall asks Simon to fight him one handed. Simon declines

By 18 September 2013

One day in the not too distant future the Liberals will realise that renewable energy is big business and will fall in love with it.
For now the Liberals’ Andrew Wall is desperately trying to dare Simon Corbell into throwing out his aces in the Uriarra Village solar power poker game:
Member for Brindabella Andrew Wall will [...]

Centenary trees stolen and valdalised

By 17 September 2013

It seems 16 of the 100 celebratory centenary trees planted in July have been stolen. Many more have been vandalised in various Canberran suburbs, particularly in Narrabundah and Gungahlin.
“An inspection last week revealed that three English Elm, nine Roman Cypress and four Chinese Pistachio trees were stolen from Flynn Place between Thursday 5 September and [...]

An unusually warm spring

By 13 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
An unusually warm spring

The Bureau of Meterology has issued a Special Climate Statement on the warm weather we’ve been having:
Canberra had its earliest spring day of 25 ?C or above on 2 September, beating the previous record by 11 days (13 September 2008), and a number of other locations set or equalled records for the earliest day above [...]

Wall’s agin’ Uriarra Solar

By 11 September 2013

The Liberals’ Andrew Wall is heading to the barricades for the burghers of Uriarra Village who are aghast that something as useful as a solar power plant might be adorning their neighbourhood:
Member for Brindabella Andrew Wall has today offered the support of the Canberra Liberals to residents of Uriarra Village as they fight to prevent [...]

ANU researches are building elaborate fish torture chambers

By 10 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
ANU researches are building elaborate fish torture chambers

Sandra Binning and Dominique Roche are building fish gyms to see if humans are the only species stupid enough to buy into that CrossFit nonsense.
That’s not actually why they are doing this.
The husband and wife duo, from the Research School of Biology and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, work on exercise [...]

Want to see why your bill was so high?

By 10 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE
Want to see why your bill was so high?

We’ve just come out of one of the warmest Winters on record but many Canberrans wouldn’t know it after receiving their energy bills. Even in warmer Winters, houses that leak heat need their heater working overtime. Chances are, if your house struggled to retain heat this Winter, it’s going to have a hard time keeping [...]

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