An online discussion forum has just been launched by the ACT Department of Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water inviting the community to have a say about whether plastic bags should be banned, what alternatives there are and whether a levy should be applied to the use of bags.
The site is at http://www.actplasticbags.net.au
A couple of months ago, there was a rather energetic discussion on the RA about the future of plastic shopping bags.
More recently, there was an obscure vox pop in the Chronicle and some official phone polling too (nobody calls me).
Well, it seems that it’s all part of a new Government campaign. Stanhopia is spending $85 [...]
Who knows how to ensure that a major project is developed in accordance with 467 seperate Sections of ACT Law better than a man who has worked in the private sector as an account manager, media analyst and salesperson, and also former parliamentary adviser and Chief of Staff to a Labor Minister?
Apparently, with more 270 [...]
Stanhope on 666 this morning accused citizens texting in to express concern about the proposal to develop the Kingston Rail Site, and move the train station further out, of “being misinformed”. Without detail on the table, it’s hard to be informed, isn’t it?
What a retrograde step – moving any opportunity for a rail hub further [...]
[First filed: August 22, 2009 @ 10:52]
It seems that herpetology is the new black.
The above video was posted by Lamington321 with the following note:
Here is a humble collection of pieces collected on wildlife-seeking outings around Canberra with my good friend, Pamela.
For some reason, the credit for one of the bands I used did not show [...]
In its own little test of the validity of willingenss-to-pay theory, our illustrious leader has decided to introduce a voluntary gold coin donation for entry into the ACT Parks and Conservation estate. The idea is that it will reign in TaMS’ mult-mullion dollar overspend.
The only problem is that Australians, and people in general, are usually [...]
[Update - RSPCA ACT has followed on below with the results of what occurred]
[First Filed August 18, 2009 @ 23:38]
RSPCA ACT has put out a statement asking for any witnesses to a number of possum bashings in the Ainslie area on Tuesday afternoon.
“Late Tuesday afternoon a number of possums were brought to RSPCA by
government rangers. [...]
Today the ACT Legislative Assembly will be debating a bill for mandatory energy efficient hot water systems for new homes, which is being spearheaded by the Greens.
ACT Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur says:
“The Liberal Party, in their 2008 Climate Change policy release, said they would require ‘Solar or other low energy hot water systems on [...]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has noted that the Government can’t find a buyer for the legendary Currong Apartments.
She’d like to see them turned into a bigger, better, greener, housing development:
“One way to unearth innovative solutions is to run design competitions, as the Victorian Office of Housing and the Royal Australian Institute of Architects did in [...]
Having decided to install solar panels, I am now struggling to determine whether the offer I’ve been made for my Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) is a reasonable one.My understanding of the system is that the value of RECs is determined by your zone and market forces, and of course the market forces are the tough [...]
Today’s post is about the Federal Government’s ceiling insulation subsidy scheme. There are two of them – one for home owners and one for renters – offering a subsidy of up to $1600 towards the cost of installing ceiling insulation. It’s part energy efficiency feel-good factor, part economic stimulus for household trades.
You would think Canberrans [...]
So I hear the government is going to ban people from putting up posters of gigs etc around town, and even give them big fines if they do.
To be honest, I don’t really care either way, but what really annoys me is that for months now every day when I drive around my part of Tuggers I see [...]
Here’s one to start an argument. The ABC tells us that inflows into the ACT water supply dams are 90% below the long term average.
The ABC pins it all on rainfall, but the propensity of regenerating forest to guzzle it wouldn’t help.
So what are Canberrans going to do now about saving water? Is [...]
[First filed: August 13, 2009 @ 08:30]
Perhaps spurred on by the Labor Senator Kate Lundy’s YouTube efforts the Liberal Senator Gary Humphries has, by the look and sound of it, propped a camera phone up on the bookshelf and given a short, sweet, 1:43, explanation to his green tinged electorate of why he’s voting against [...]
The Greens’ indefatigable Caroline Le Couteur has spotted yet another glaring piece of failure from a Government which excels in this area:
“In 2005, Mr Stanhope said the Government would go through the process of identifying ‘tree by tree, street by street, suburb by suburb’ significant trees and would register them.” Ms Le Couteur said.
“But since [...]
Liberal Leader Zed Seselja is having a swing at yesterday’s news on the preliminary outcomes of the ACT’s feed-in tariff scheme (whereby, for human beings, the ACT Gubbmint pays a hugely inflated price for the those who can afford to generating power on their roof).
The media release seems to work out the numbers from each [...]
the ABC put up a really good article on the opportunities for cycling in Canberra.
But they posted it with just a few clubs missing from the links at the end:
(I saw it at work and by the time I got home I had to google for 5 minutes to find the damn thing, not so [...]
Simon Corbell has proudly announced that his reverse Robin Hood Feed-In Tariff scheme (whereby those who can afford to generate their own electricity get paid for generating some of the most expensive juice in the world) has had a very happy launch.
The ACT’s nation leading Feed-In Tariff Scheme has had a strong start and [...]
No warnings yet from the bureau.
But we’re getting reports of hail in the northern suburbs (Mitchell) moving south.
So time to get the car under cover if you can.
Stateline has an interesting piece about the tree plantings along Canberra Avenue back in 1926.
Back in those days, some of the early Canberra residents stole the newly planted trees for their own gardens in the new desolate Canberra suburbia. It seems that in 83 years things in Canberra still haven’t changed.
Maybe it’s something [...]
[ 13 August 2009 at 9:30 am; ] I see that The Climate Sceptics are holding a protest against the Emissions Trading Scheme on the 13th of August at Parliament House.
This part of their website jumped out at me:
“The theme will be “Man Made Climate Change is Bull” and a quiet bull is being organised to be at the event.”
A quiet [...]
The ABC has a story on research out of the ACT Department of Territory and Municipal Services.
They’ve been GPS collaring kangaroos to study their behaviour.
Contrary to popular thinking it seems skippy’s a bit of a home body:
So far the research has revealed male kangaroos stay in an area of about three-square kilometres, while female [...]
After a lovely still early morning the weather’s turned mean with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing warnings:
Warning Summary at issue time:
Small Boat Alert for Canberra Lakes. Severe Weather Warning for Damaging Winds above 1200m.
Current Weather Situation and Future Developments
A cold front will cross the ACT today bringing windy conditions with the chance of some isolated [...]
[First filed: August 05, 2009 @ 15:02]
There is a rumour that the Rat Patrol have nowhere to host their workshop. I can confirm the rumour is true.
Our current hosts at the Rat Pad have to move out, and all Rat Treasures need to be moved to a new space. Can you help?
IS THIS THE [...]
The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is having a red hot shot at the Government’s “rabbit in the headlights” approach to the collapse of their recycling services provider at the tips:
Greens spokesperson on waste, Caroline Le Couteur MLA, today called on Mr Stanhope to ensure a recycling service starts operating at the landfill immediately, even [...]
[ 17 August 2009 at 6:30 pm; ] Q&A with a Carbon CopWhen: 6.30pm 17 August Where: O’Connor Uniting Church Hall, cnr Scrivener and Brigalow Streets.Canberra based scientist, Lish Fejer, who may be better known as a Carbon Cop on the ABC series, will offer advice on how we can all make the necessary changes to reduce domestic carbon emissions. In the series Lish led [...]
ACTEW have announced that they’re lodging a Development Application (DA) to pretty up the much loved Casuarina Sands swimming area:
The DA provides information on the proposed works, including improvements to parking, upgraded facilities and additional shade, BBQs and picnic tables.
ACTEW will be undertaking a community presentation to brief the public on the proposed works at [...]
I went to the Mitchell dump today to get rid of some old timber and household waste and a lot of old chemicals from my grandfathers shed. The weigh bridge operator said take it to the transfer station.
Does anyone pick up all of these chemicals? Where does all this rubbish go to be sorted out ? do the [...]
Yes, I balk at the cost of getting rid of computer equipment in this town – I don’t mind admitting that at all.
But I am also a bit perplexed why it is proving difficult to find someone who will take my old tower and monitor gratis, with the expectation they can get the [...]
The Department of Territory and Municipal Services has announced that Aussie Junk has been placed in liquidation.
This is going to have some repercussions while the mess is sorted out:
“A public tender process will commence shortly to engage an operator for the Mugga Lane facility. It is anticipated that a new operator to accept and resell [...]
The ACT Government is consulting the community about its sustainable transport plan using an online forum (at least we won’t have to travel to have a say!).
This is a 20 year plan aiming to achieve 30% mode shifts to walking, cycling and public transport. They are asking how to achieve it and for input. [...]
We are now well into winter, and by rights there should be no European wasps buzzing around our community as the nest normally die out except for the queens which are hibernating.
However, a very few will be over wintering, which means a new season quean has taken over the nest and kept it going. [...]