Are we really better off with the new light globes?
The judicial terrorism of the anti-cull nutjobs is mercifully at an end with TAMS declaring victory in their fight to manage kangaroo numbers:
The ACT Government today announced the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) has decided to uphold the licences issued by the Conservator of Flora and Fauna to undertake a kangaroo conservation cull to [...]
Yesterday I saw 2 blokes dumping “builders rubble” from their trailer into a hopper for use by tenants at government units.
Big signs indicate to all that it is illegal.
I rang the police to report the event and was told they “can’t do anything about it”.
I questioned the copper about whom would be [...]
Simon Corbell has the happy news that small and medium business can now get into the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme (EEIS):
“The EEIS, which started in January 2013, requires electricity retailers to meet energy savings targets,” Mr Corbell said.
“This can be achieved through activities such as installing highly efficient space and water heating, lighting and standby [...]
A team of researchers at the ANU have been having a second look at the movements of Australian, Indian and Antarctic tectonic plates though out history and have determined that the ideas we had about the shape of Gondwana, and Australia’s position in it, were not entirely correct.
“We used a simple technique of matching [...]
The Bureau has given notice that a cold front is inbound and expected to bring wild winds:
A cold front will cross southeast NSW Friday morning with gale-force winds expected for higher parts of the Snowy Mountains and possible for higher parts (mostly above 1000 metres) of the remaining southeastern districts.
Damaging winds around 65 km/h with [...]
Have your children experienced the bland and forgettable cultural icon that is damper yet?
Well then you better take them to Tidbinbilla these holidays!
Don’t fret, it’s not just damper. There’s story telling, exploring, some activities involving animals. It all sounds pretty cool.
Except for the damper.
“During the month of July there will be a range of special [...]
Great news thrillseekers as word reaches us that the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary and Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve are now being managed by a Capital Woodland and Wetlands Conservation Trust:
“The Trust’s new website www.cwwct.org.au showcases two of Canberra’s living environments while enabling the community, corporate sectors, local entrepreneurs, developers, and interested local residents an opportunity [...]
Simon Corbell is optimistically hoping that anyone in 50 years time will remember he ever lived, let alone care what he, or we, thought about water supply.
Water for the future – striking the balance: Draft ACT Water Strategy 2013 is a long term strategic vision for water management across the ACT and wider region. [...]
It’s foggy, and Canberra is languishing alone in the low single digits for temperature.
Cold, gray, and a good day for pho.
Simon Corbell has announced his approval for a 20MW solar farm on the Monaro Highway:
“I have used my powers under Sections 158, 159 and 160 of the Planning and Development Act 2007 to approve this proposal because it responds to a major policy issue and will deliver a substantial public benefit,” Mr Corbell said. [...]
The Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment (OCSE) is noting its 20th birthday today:
Commissioner Bob Neil today led celebrations as the Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment (OCSE) celebrated its 20th birthday.
Since its inception in 1993, the Office has delivered 531 recommendations, with 279 of these deriving from the [...]
Simon Corbell was today presented with a certificate acknowledging the ACT’s efforts in disaster resilience.
“Canberra is one of more than 1000 cities across the globe taking part in the Making Cities Resilient Program, under the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR),” Mr Corbell said.
“I am proud that the United Nations has selected the Australian [...]
The largest hazard reduction program the ACT has seen in 40 years has finally been completed, announced Shane Rattenbury today.
The program was implemented as a part of the 2012-2013 Bushfire Operations Plan.
“This year 96 per cent of the BOP has been completed including 42 controlled burns totalling over 12,500 hectares, 8000 hectares of slashing, 7000 [...]
An investigation by ACT Poolicing continues into a string of incidents in the leafy suburb of Ainslie, committed by a criminal mastermind people have dubbed ‘the Ainslie Sh!tter’.
The ACT Electric Vehicle Council are letting us all know they’ve got Brumbys hard man Scott Fardy getting around in a i-MIEV:
Local Brumbies player, Scott Fardy will lead a charge with a difference this month as he takes to the streets of Canberra in a 100% electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV.
It’s all thanks to Rock Development [...]
Shane Rattenbury has just planted the first of 100 planned trees that are to be planted to celebrate the centenary.
“A range of deciduous trees have been selected for planting that will provide a variety of autumn colours,” Mr Rattenbury said. “The concept of planting 100 trees by the lake will provide a legacy from Canberra’s [...]
Andrew Barr is applauding the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission’s revised thinking on water prices:
Today’s announcement by the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) means that Canberra’s water prices will continue to compare favourably to other mainland capital cities, while not undermining the considerable efforts and gains that have been made to date in [...]
TAMS are putting out the call for someone to do a PhD on European Wasps:
Rangers from Parks and Conservation Services are working with researchers at the University of Canberra to investigate the biological impacts of European wasps. To do this, the university has established a PhD scholarship, for which they are seeking applications from prospective [...]
Is there something funny going on with the Captain’s Flat radar again?
Just that there has been an area of heavy rain centred over the radar for several hours (since 11 am or so).
It doesn’t seem to be moving.
Economic Development is giving notice that the cold foul weather has them closing the grounds:
All ACT Government sportsgrounds will be closed today, Monday 24 the forecast of further showers.
The decision has been taken in order to minimise damage to the turf surfaces and in the interests of player safety.
The focus is on protecting grounds from [...]
Yep it got cold last night.
Pat has sent in this picture of the first icicle of the year hanging from his quad bike.
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UPDATE: From the frozen depths of Kambah Smee has this offering:
-5.3C in Kambah is cold.
Simon Corbell just announced that a recent survey has uncovered a large population of adorable legless lizards in three of Gungahlin’s nature reserves.
The striped legless lizard is a vulnerable species so the discovery of such a large amount of the little guys is good news indeed.
“In terms of size of habitat and number of lizards [...]
A source has sent through the pictures from today’s pro wind rally in Garema Place which has left Alan Jones campaigning against looking even more foolish than usual.
UPDATE: Twitter brings this:
Rally comparison. Ping .@Ha_Tanya @350Australia @SebHenbest @GetUp @DanJCass @beyondzeronews et al pic.twitter.com/rKx4K3iL00
— Ketan Joshi (@ArghJoshi) June 18, 2013
A revision to the Territory Plan as been included in the Parliamentary Agreement by the ACT Greens.
The motivation behind the revisions is to aid Canberra’s progressive climate change target of 40% by 2020.
“The ACT will need to respond to the challenge of climate change across the policy spectrum as we are predicted to experience hotter, [...]
Yep, as reported in the Canberra Times, Well, the nutcases are coming to Canberra this coming Tuesday: “This week an anti-wind farm rally will be hosted in Canberra by controversial radio broadcaster Alan Jones.”
Getup will be hosting a counter-rally on Tuesday, noon, at Garema Place.
It would be nice to give [...]
Mat has tweeted at us:
@The_RiotACT A roo hit and did major damage to our car on Bramston Street, Fadden last night. #culltheroos in #canberra
— Mat Reid (@Real_Deal_Reid) June 13, 2013
@The_RiotACT my wife and 15 month old son were in the car at the time. #culltheroos #Canberra pic.twitter.com/HAjtxYB4C3
— Mat Reid (@Real_Deal_Reid) June 14, 2013
We prefer images [...]
For those of you with a love of parrots, or just those of you looking to give a little before tax time, this may be of interest.
End of Financial Year Appeal
Help us protect the Superb Parrot in North Gungahlin
First up, I want to thank you for your generous support for our work to be [...]
Today Simon Corbell said some very nice things about businesses that are making an effort to reduce waste at the 2013 ACTSmart Sustainable Business Awards breakfast.
“The quality of entries this year has been outstanding, with some accredited sites reducing waste to landfill by up to 90% over the past year,” Mr Corbell said.
“The number of [...]
Mayor Rattenbury is explaining his plans for solar feed-in tariffs in the wake of ActewAGL’s changes:
“The ACT Greens were critical when the Government didn’t continue to gradually reduce the payments on the old feed-in tariff as the scheme was very generous for PV system owners. But we are keen to see home and small business [...]
TAMS brings word that their cull remains tied up in the Following an ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) hearing today, Territory and Municipal and won’t be heard until mid July.
Following an ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) hearing today, Territory and Municipal Services will delay the commencement of the conservation cull. This is to [...]
The Bureau of Meteorology has unveiled their new upgraded weather radar.
So you can see what weather is coming in.
The Wind Doppler is also a bit awesome.