Under our Dark Lord Abbott’s present public service jobs freeze, the CSIRO look to lose about a quarter of their staff, reports the Syndey Morning Herald.
Thanks to Tony’s plan to cut 12,000 jobs from public servants, the employment of 1,400 non-ongoing CSIRO staff and the research projects they’re working on are threatened. Sadly for these [...]
TAMS are letting people know they’re doing a ranger guided walk of the Orroral Valley:
Enjoy wildflowers and wildlife and experience cultural history with stories of European pioneers and the space age on a ranger guided walk along the Orroral Valley Heritage Trail this Sunday, 10 November 2013.
“In the six kilometre guided walk from the [...]
Media worldwide are reporting on the annual bogong moth invasion of Canberra. I must admit, I haven’t really noticed, although they all say it’s mainly at Parliament house.
Anyone who works up there got any reports or photos of the invasion?
China (I think)
[Pictured above, seagulls chasing moths over Parliament House courtesy MartyO]
[Photo via [...]
It’s not like garbage collection is an occasional activity for the ACT Government. It’s as core a function as things get.
So the only reason to outsource it was always to let someone else screw over the workers.
The Canberra Times has the thrilling news that new contractor SITA might be good at ripping $200 a week [...]
Mayor Rattenbury is looking back with pride on his first year as a Minister:
On the anniversary of his first year as a Minister in the ALP-Greens ACT Government, Shane Rattenbury has reflected on the role he has played both as a minister and as a Greens Member of the Assembly.
“It’s been an interesting and [...]
Actew Water are letting us know how great the tap water is:
Following the positive report this week showing Canberra’s drinking water receiving a top ranking at 95% satisfaction , a new Drinking Water Quality Report 2012-2013 has been released which illustrates the high quality of Canberra’s drinking water.
The report shows that the ACT [...]
Simon Corbell has the terrifying news that he intends to drive the ACT economy to 90% renewable energy by the not-very-far-from-now date of 2020:
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, has today announced the formal establishment in law of a 90% renewable energy (electricity) target for the ACT to be achieved by 2020. [...]
A sunny Sunday afternoon at my place was interrupted by a baby brown snake making it’s way into my front yard – casually seeking some warmth on our concrete driveway. Having small pets, we were carefully trying to make sure it couldn’t get into our bushes where it would never be found or we couldn’t [...]
Simon Corbell today tabled a draft for the Nature Conservation Bill 2013 in the Legislative Assembly. Submissions will be accepted until the 13th of December.
Simon believes that this new act will be fundamental in allowing the government achieve it’s goal for a sustainable Canberra.
“This legislation follows an extensive review of the Nature Conservation Act 1980 [...]
Mayor Rattenbury has the happy news that Tidbinbilla is taking delivery of eight more koalas:
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve’s captive koala population has been boosted with the arrival of eight koalas from the Otway Ranges in Victoria, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, announced today.
“I am pleased to welcome four female koalas and [...]
TAMS are asking you to let baby magpies be:
Echoing the recent plea from the RSPCA-ACT, Territory and Municipal Services rangers today urged the public not to mistakenly rescue baby magpies that may appear to be abandoned on the ground.
“Each year, many members of the public make the kind-hearted mistake of assuming a fledgling is [...]
Mayor Rattenbury has announced the transition to SITA for Canberra’s garbage collections begins tomorrow:
Seven Canberra suburbs will have changes to their garbage and recycling collection days under a new residential collection contract which commences tomorrow, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, announced today.
“SITA takes over the regular collection of garbage and recycling [...]
A new site has been launched to help give info and access to people looking to volunteer with the ACT Rural FIre Service. If you’re interested check out www.emergencyvolunteering.com.au for info and help.
“The Emergency Volunteering Portal has been developed by Volunteering ACT as a way to volunteer with emergency service agencies as well as to [...]
TAMS are warning that it’s the time of year to keep your eye out for European Wasp nests:
The ACT Government is asking local residents to be on the look-out for European wasps and to report nests around their homes as soon as possible.
“Residents should watch for wasps flying in and out of walls in the [...]
The Environment Directorate is celebrating some talking tos delivered as part of their “blitz” on illegal fishing:
The ‘White Cod’ operation was in response to a number of reports of illegal fishing activities in and around Canberra’s lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. The illegal activities reported range from people fishing with more than two rods to [...]
From the ESA:
Motorists from the broader ACT community travelling to the Batemans Bay area this weekend are advised to use caution when driving on the Kings Highway as potential smoke from bushfires burning in the Monga, Duea and Budawang National Parks may impact visibility on the highway.
Motorists are reminded to be mindful of Emergency Service [...]
Tidbinbilla are offering via TAMS the chance of a Platypus Pursuit!
“People have a rather unique opportunity to see platypus in their natural environment when they visit the Sanctuary at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve,” Brett McNamara, Acting Regional Manager, National Parks and Catchments said today.
“The platypus is one of the more iconic animals you’ll see in [...]
The Bureau of Meteorology is giving notice there aren’t any El Nino shenanigans predicted for the coming summer:
The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) has remained neutral since mid-2012, with all atmospheric and oceanic indicators of ENSO presently within neutral bounds. International climate models surveyed by the Bureau of Meteorology suggest that the neutral ENSO-pattern will [...]
The green (landfill) bins are collected every week, and the yellow (recycling) bins once every 2 weeks.
Maybe we are unusual, but as a family of 5 including children in their teenage years, we collect maybe 2 small bags of rubbish per week, leaving our green bin 80% empty each collection day. The recycling bin however [...]
In two weekends time, on Sunday 3 November, 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 [...]
TAMS are bestirring themselves on the subject of shopping trolleys:
Over 40 suburbs will be targeted in the search for abandoned shopping trolleys in an end of year crackdown, Michael Brice, Manager of Licensing and Compliance, City Services, said today.
“Ten shopping trolley collections will be conducted in the lead up to Christmas to pick [...]
[ 25 October 2013 to 27 October 2013. ] We are all aware that bio-diversity isn’t something that started 100 years ago right?
At any rate I’m not going to complain, bio-diversity is a brilliant and important thing, well worth celebrating even if trying to tie it into the centenary seems a little forced.
From the 25th to the 27th of October, the ACT will be [...]
Simon Corbell has put out word that the first sod has been duly turned for Canberra’s first industrial solar farm at Royalla:
Construction of what will be Australia’s largest photovoltaic solar farm officially commenced today, when Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, turned the first sod at the site of the Royalla Solar [...]
This just in from Elaine at The Green Shed:
The Green Sheds located at the Mitchell and Mugga Resource Management Centres are calling on Canberra-based charities and not-for-profit organisations to contact them to be placed on their fundraising list.
The last Wednesday of each month is charity day at the sheds – where 100% of the total [...]
Katy Gallagher met with the Mayor of Queanbeyan Tim Overall today in order to present the ACT’s Birthday gift to our favourite neighbor Queanbeyan.
It’s a lot of trees, like 1000 of them.
I hope Queanbeyan likes trees.
“To help celebrate Queanbeyan’s milestone birthday of 175 years and to commemorate the special relationship between our two cities, approximately [...]
TAMS have the happy news that the beautiful John Knight Memorial Park will now be watered from the lake that laps against it:
A timely upgrade to the irrigation system at John Knight Memorial Park has been completed, allowing non-potable water extracted from Lake Ginninderra to be used to irrigate the park in time for the [...]
ACTEW Water have put out a 15 minute short film about digging up artifacts at the Cotter.
Get yourself a coffee and have a watch if you’re keen.
This 15 minute film looks back at the Indigenous archaeological program undertaken at the site of the new Cotter Dam between 2008 and 2013, with the eventual return to [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]