I’d love to hear from those living down south about the rain on Saturday night.
The Weather Bureau says while the airport had 6mm (and here in the North I had around 8mm), Tuggeranong had 29mm.
And better still, or perhaps worse still if the downpipes were blocked, Tuggeranong had 19.8mm in just 30 minutes between 6 [...]
The National Capital Authority once again warns that their lake is still full of toxic scunge:
Parts of Lake Burley Griffin are still closed due to unacceptably high levels of blue-green algae and bacteria.
East Basin and Central Basin are closed to all water activities as result of high levels of blue-green algae. Recreation activity involving [...]
Anyone noticed the Federal Court action between the ACT and Queanbeyan that’s on today? It seems like they were in court in December fighting over access to documents
Of course, the Canberra times and the rest of the ACT media pack could not actually report on this, because there has not been a press release [...]
The Canberra Times warns that all the prozac in Canberran’s wee is hitting the fishies downstream of the Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre, and the current redevelopment won’t fix that.
Mind you there doesn’t seem to be any evidence of harmful effects, just an oblique reference to American studies.
And the nitrogen levels will be better, [...]
Thanks to Timgee for pointing out that Civic’s petunia planters have all disappeared.
Here you can see they’ve gone from Bunda Street
We can only hope they return soon with winter plantings.
And all gone in Garema Place.
And gone from City Walk.
The Emergency Services Agency is warning that they’re planning to light some fires this week in the name of hazard reduction.
The burns are to take place on Tuesday 7 in Flat Rock Spur in the Bendora Area of Namadgi National Park and on Wednesday 8 April 2009 in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Black Mountain Nature [...]
Is that soft soaking rain I’m seeing out my window?
I’d forgotten what it looked like!
Katy Gallagher has announced the rollout of free nicotine replacement therapy for Canberra’s health workforce who, for some reason, resolutely ignore the panic surrounding their addiction/habit.
ACT Health will provide an initial eight week course of NRT in the form of patches as well as smoking cessation courses and counselling services.
“If a staff member has [...]
The Emergency Services Agency has seen fit to extend bushfire season:
“The official bushfire danger period will now extend until Wednesday 15 April 2009,” ESA Manager Media and Community Information Darren Cutrupi said.
“The season traditionally finishes on 31 March each year but the continued hot and dry conditions in the ACT at the moment and [...]
It seems there’s not a pub in the inner north you can sit down outside of at the moment without having to keep an eye out for yellowjackets trying to jump in the beers.
I’ve never seen it this bad, anyone else noticing unusually high wasp activity at the moment?
[First filed: March 25, 2009 @ 14:06]
Simon Corbell has announced his plans to end water restrictions, and we won’t even have to drink our wee.
The ACT Government has given the green light to build the Murrumbidgee to Googong pipeline and buy water from Tantangara Reservoir improving Canberra’s water security for many years to come, [...]
The ESA has just posted the following note:
Smoke across the A.C.T
Winds this morning are responsible for blowing smoke across some areas of the A.C.T from a fire in the Tallaganda State Forest near Rossi in NSW. There are currently no fires in the A.C.T.
So don’t panic.
Jon Stanhope has proudly announced the introduction of his Roads and Public Places Amendment Bill 2009 into the Assembly.
“This Bill will allow a City Ranger, after assessing and finding that a vehicle is likely to be abandoned, to affix a warning notice similar to a ‘defective vehicle notice’ to the windscreen of the vehicle. The [...]
Apologies all – the water use thread has sparked some thoughts.
I have many fond memories of growing up in Canberra. One of my favourites was walking in the rain when I was delivering junk mail. I used to get sopping wet walking around O’Connor and Lyneham – but I was a kid and didn’t really [...]
The thing the surprises me most about Canberra’s water use is that it’s taken so very long for the public to become totally fatigued by the perpetual emergency.
It has to be a little disappointing to our Power and Water overlords to see their decree of 1 March, that we collectively lower water use to 112 [...]
The fireworks were cool, but pretty loud (I wasn’t anywhere near the lake, either).
I’ve heard that the fireworks can traumatise domestic animals… but is anyone else hearing a large flock of birds flying around the south side squawking?
I’ve never heard a single bird at this time of night, let alone a whole flock.
[ 28 March, 2009; 6:30 pm; ] The Greens are promising candlelit trivia, finger food, and drinks with which to see in Earth Hour.
They’re holding it at St John’s Church in Reid (presumably in the hall, not the church).
Tickets are $25 from the dedicated online Green Shop.
The ESA is warning that there will be some burning tomorrow:
Territory and Municipal Services will be conducting a small controlled burn, (weather permitting) tomorrow, Friday 20th March 2009, from 9.30am to 2.00pm.
The burn will take place in Aranda at the corner of Belconnen Way and Gungahlin Drive Extension. (ACT Handy Map reference K11)
This may cause [...]
Today the Government released the report my independent office prepared on the ACT Lowland Native Grassland Investigation.
The Report can be downloaded from our website http://www.envcomm.act.gov.au/investigations_and_consultation/investigation
I will be available on and off over the next few days to chat if you have any comments or questions on my report.
ED – Simon Corbell’s media release [...]
[First filed: March 17, 2009 @ 11:14]
Our Chiefly Leader, Jon Stanhope has announced the release of the Draft ACT Kangaroo Management Plan.
From the ES:
Culling of kangaroos on rural leases has been undertaken under a licence system since 1998. The plan provides for the continuation of this along with the strict requirements for a shooter’s licence. [...]
[ 28 March, 2009; 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. ] Canberra’s local food is to be celebrated at the Canberra Harvest Festival, being held in conjunction with Earth Hour, on the 28th of March. The main goal of the festival is to bring people together to share in some of the great food produced in our region and to highlight the many benefits of eating locally [...]
The tap water is coming out brown this Monday in O’Connor.
I’m wondering if anyone else is seeing the same?
It is historically traditional that the opening of every new major institution in Canberra requires dignitaries to slog across a desolate paddock.
In which case the grandly named Canberra International Arboretum and Gardens might still be destined for greatness.
There were certainly enough support staff in attendance to greet George (the kelpie of few achievments) and I. [...]
TAMS warn us that Lake Ginninderra, Lake Tuggeranong and the Molonglo Ski Area are still closed.
Mr Robert Neil, Director of Environment Protection for DECCEW, said closure signs had been placed around the closed areas, with the risk to public health rated as high.
“The latest results of tests carried out on these spots has shown [...]
The Chief Minister has announced that you all love (OK, a majority of you) ‘roo shootin’.
Highlights of the survey include:
– 82 per cent of respondents believed it was important to have native kangaroo populations in the ACT.
– 75 per cent of respondents had a high awareness of places to take visitors to see kangaroos with [...]
The Canberra Times brings word that a huge kangaroo has broken into a Garran house and terrorised the residents before being wrestled into submission by the man of the house.
The suburb of Garran backs on to a reserve but the Beman and Ettlin house, which they have only been in for three weeks, is a [...]
Simon Corbell is proudly launching the Home Energy Action Kit which you’ll be able to loan from public libraries if you’re one of the happy few to still live near one.
“The Home Energy Action Kit is an effective and practical set of tools to help householders become energy smart and it is available for free [...]
[First filed: March 04, 2009 @ 12:48]
Gum trees are frequently beautiful. They smell nice. They’re iconically Australian.
But there are some downside too. They’re programmed by evolution to try and burn all other life forms to death.
And, as pictured they like to drop enormous weights from above. This was not a sick tree, the wood is [...]
Simon Corbell is trumpeting the success of his first industry consultation session for the planned “ACT Solar Facility”.
“”Thirty-eight registrants attended the Industry Consultation Session, held this morning, which marks the first formal step in the procurement process,” he said.
“I am very encouraged by the strong level of interest from industry in establishing a large scale [...]
[ 12 March, 2009; 6:00 pm; ] Inner North SEE-Change Presents: Dr Karin Geiselhart
Are you concerned about climate change?
Looking to filter out the white noise and misinformation? Dr Karin Geiselhart , a Climate Project presenter, personally trained by Al Gore, will update us on the science, impacts and issues of climate change and help show us what we can do to meet [...]
The NCA inform us that they’re removing native grasses from Yarramundi reach to, er, encourage the growth of native grasses.
The National Capital Authority will tomorrow [today] mow, bail and remove over 100 tonnes of native grass at Yarramundi Reach.
The area is being cleared and biomass removed to encourage growth of the native grasslands and reduce [...]
In the face of Canberra residents who have continually failed to meet recent water targets, ACTEW have announced they will reduce the daily water use target over autumn to just 112ML. Going by the last few winters, I reckon we’ll have a very dry winter and completely blow the target set by ACTEW. Maybe it’s [...]