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Water Tanks Information Talk

By 16 April, 2009

[ 23 April, 2009; 6:30 pm; ] SEE-Change hosts:  Water Tanks: Your questions answered. 

What size to get? How to locate and set up a tank? What rebates are available?

Come learn not only from the professionals but hear what advise others have, who have already experienced the potential pitfalls of installing a rainwater tank.

Julene and Ricki from local firm, Get Tanked, will [...]

Disconnecting from ACTEW water supply?

By 16 April, 2009

Does any Rioter know if it is legal/allowable to disconnect from the Actew water supply in suburban Canberra, and exist on tank water alone?
I previously lived just over the border in NSW & existed quite happily on what was collected from the roof, and I have an aversion to paying buckets of money to Actew [...]

Windy and dusty

By 15 April, 2009

The ACT Emergency Services Agency has posted the following note:
Strong winds and dust
The ACT State Emergency Service (ACT SES) and the ACT Fire Brigade are responding to calls for assistance as a result of the current strong winds and dust storm.
The call outs are for fallen trees in various suburbs across the city [...]

An end to bushfire season

By 14 April, 2009

The ACT Emergency Services Agency has announced the end of bushfire season tomorrow, following the weekend’s rain.
“The official bushfire danger period will formally finish on Wednesday 15 April 2009,” Acting ESA Commissioner David Foot said.
“The end of the season was extended by two weeks on 31 March 2009 due to continued hot and dry [...]

Spraying the urban forest?

By 14 April, 2009

Apologies for the lack of pics. Some months ago, I noticed the fences facing Sulwood Drive along the bottom of Mount Taylor in Kambah looked different – someone had spraypainted palms and trees on the mostly colorbond fences.
Since then its spread to Lyons and Mawson areas as well. At first I thought this was an [...]

Radar love (lost)

By 13 April, 2009

At the BOM radar site, all is not well
Any keen weather watcher, like me, will be bemoaning the loss of the Captains Flat* radar. It would have to go down now, just when we are actually GETTING some weather for a change.
All I’m getting at the website is;
http://mirror.bom.gov.au/products/IDR403.loop.shtml#skip

Latest Image
Radar Equipment Failure 11-04-2009
Start time: Unknown
Duration: Unknown [...]

A Hard Rain’s a Fallin’ in The Valley

By 13 April, 2009

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 [...]

Lake still yuck

By 8 April, 2009

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 [...]

ACT v Queanbeyan – Water War -The Death Match

By 8 April, 2009

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
http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/FCA/2008/1983.html. 
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 [...]

Drug addled Canberrans making the fish happy?

By 8 April, 2009

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, [...]

The planters… All Gone!

By 7 April, 2009

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.

More controlled burns planned for this week

By 7 April, 2009

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 [...]

An end to the big dry?

By 31 March, 2009

Is that soft soaking rain I’m seeing out my window?
I’d forgotten what it looked like!

Nicotine patches rolled out to hard-smoking health care workers

By 30 March, 2009

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 heat goes on, and so does the bushfire season

By 30 March, 2009

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 [...]

The wasp menace ravages the watering holes of the inner north

By 29 March, 2009

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?

ACT water supply plans

By 27 March, 2009

[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 Smoke is from far away

By 27 March, 2009

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.

Getting tough on abandoned vehicles

By 26 March, 2009

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 [...]

Remember when it used to rain?

By 26 March, 2009

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 [...]

Water consumption off the hook as inflows hit record lows

By 24 March, 2009

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 [...]

Skyfire traumatising Canberra birds?

By 22 March, 2009

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.

Having fun with Earth Hour?

By 20 March, 2009

[ 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.

Hazard reduction burn in Aranda tomorrow

By 19 March, 2009

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 [...]

ACT Lowland Native Grassland Investigation

By 19 March, 2009

Hi All,
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.
Max Cooper
ED – Simon Corbell’s media release [...]

Draft Kangaroo Management Plan available for your consideration

By 19 March, 2009

[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. [...]

Canberra Harvest Festival

By 18 March, 2009

[ 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 [...]

Brown tap water in O’Connor today

By 16 March, 2009

The tap water is coming out brown this Monday in O’Connor. 
I’m wondering if anyone else is seeing the same?

The Arboretum Open Day – A long way to go.

By 15 March, 2009

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. [...]

Blue-Green menace continues

By 13 March, 2009

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 [...]

Canberra opts for skippy slaughter

By 12 March, 2009

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 kangaroo menace comes to Garran

By 9 March, 2009

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 [...]

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