Environment (2326 Stories)

35,000 tonnes of asbestos waste springs into being

By 9 September 2009

The ABC brings us the rather intriguing news that the construction of the new ASIO HQ requires the removal of 35,000 tonnes of asbestos waste from the site. What’s odd is that, to the best of my knowledge (historians are free to correct me here) the site does not have, nor has it ever [...]

Illegal fishing in the ACT!

By 7 September 2009

The ABC reports that we have an illegal fishing problem in the ACT, and that rangers are heading out to try and do something about it.
Apparently the problem is people leaving set lines out, which is illegal here (this was news to me) and also the use of yabby traps.
“The penalties are quite significant under [...]

ACT Customers of NuEnergy – ActewAGL and ACTPLA Guidelines for Solar Panel Installations…

By 7 September 2009

For ACT Nu Energy customers, waiting for installation of solar photovoltaic systems – I have contacted the ACT planning authority and ActeAGL to check on their requirements. Only two minor points to watch out for. Generally solar panels are exempt from the need for planning approval, but there are some exceptions. eg. Planning approval IS needed if [...]

Recycled Pavers

By 7 September 2009

Can anyone tell me where I may be able to get recycled pavers and any other recycled landscaping supplies here in the ACT? 
These kind of places are all over the place in Perth and Sydney, but I am unable to locate any here…

Inner North Community Fair

By 5 September 2009

[ 20 September 2009 at 11:00 am; ] Ginninderra Catchment Group and Inner North SEE-Change invite you to come celebrate Spring and the planned wetland development in Banksia St, O’Connor.

There will be a display of the wetland, vibrant entertainers, music, children’s activities including art work to be used on the wetland site, local and organic food, craft stalls, and eco and [...]

Reliable Pest Control in Canberra

By 4 September 2009

What are people’s experiences/recommendations for reliable pest controllers in Canberra? 
Some companies do a year round pest control which involves paying a monthly fee.  Does anyone use this type of service and if so, how much do they usually charge?

Do mushrooms poison dogs in Canberra ?

By 3 September 2009

Our 5 year old dog had his first epileptic like fit a month ago. Yesterday he had 3 seizures.
The Vet is doing blood tests but so far hasn’t found any cause, if they continue it might be off to Sydney for a cat-scan. She says it’s unusual for a dog to manifest epilepsy this late, [...]

Should Plastic Bags be Banned from the ACT?

By 31 August 2009

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

Bagging the baggers of the bags?!

By 28 August 2009

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 [...]

Barr Knows Best?

By 26 August 2009

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 [...]

Keep a rail corridor into Civic

By 26 August 2009

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 [...]

Reptiles of Canberra

By 24 August 2009

[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 [...]

Are you prepared to pay?

By 20 August 2009

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 [...]

Possum Mutilators of Ainslie

By 19 August 2009

[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. [...]

Legislative Assembly in hot water

By 18 August 2009

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 [...]

Fixing the Currong Apartments?

By 18 August 2009

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 [...]

Value of Solar Credits

By 18 August 2009

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 [...]

The Fed’s Ceiling Insulation Subsidy Scheme – hot or what?

By 16 August 2009

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 [...]

Speaking of illegal bill posting – who the heck is Audrey Ray?

By 14 August 2009

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 [...]

Drought or climate change – will you save water this winter?

By 13 August 2009

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 [...]

Why Senator Humphries is voting no to the Emissions Trading Scheme

By 13 August 2009

[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 [...]

Tree register a closed book?

By 12 August 2009

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 [...]

Feed-In Follies

By 12 August 2009

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 [...]

Where to ride bikes in Canberra

By 12 August 2009

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 [...]

Feed-In Tariff hard at work

By 11 August 2009

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 [...]

Hail warning

By 11 August 2009

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.

Canberra – home to convict gardeners

By 11 August 2009

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 [...]

Apparantly Climate Change is Bull….a quiet Bull

By 11 August 2009

[ 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 [...]

Home on the kangaroo range

By 10 August 2009

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 [...]

Windy enough for you?

By 7 August 2009

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 [...]

The End of Rat Patrol in Canberra?

By 6 August 2009

[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?


Recycling crisis in the wake of the Aussie Junk debacle

By 4 August 2009

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 [...]

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