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Surely no-one can complain about a solar power plant?

By 15 May 2009

Simon Corbell has braced himself for your complaints over the possible locations for a solar power plant here in the ACT.
“The Government has identified two potential sites for the solar facility, one within Kowen Forest and other within the former Ingledene Forest,” said Mr Corbell.
“Naming two possible sites for the facility does not in any [...]

Majura ‘roo cull suspended by the ACT Administrative Appeals Tribunal

By 14 May 2009

The ABC reports that the ACT Administrative Appeals Tribunal has waded into ‘roo culling, ordering the half-completed cull on the Majura Range be halted while the Tribunal gathers to deliberate.
Tribunal president Linda Crebbin has ordered a stay to the cull of kangaroos at the Majura site until the issue can be considered by the tribunal’s [...]

Have you been consumed yet by rising anger?

By 13 May 2009
Have you been consumed yet by rising anger?

The Voice Of America, no less, reports that anger is rising over the kangaroo cull taking place at the Army’s Majura training range.
Nikki Sutterby from the Australian Society for Kangaroos is particularly concerned about the damage being done to the ‘roos family groups.
To really balance the piece VOA have a picture from Victoria of a [...]

Water Plus gets the Chiefly stamp of approval

By 12 May 2009

The Chiefly Jon Stanhope wants the world to know just how good the local company Water Plus are after he launched two new products of theirs.
The Grey Water Treatment System processes used water from a household’s bathroom and laundry and makes it available for use in gardening and other domestic purposes. Grey water can account [...]

‘Tis the season to be burning – Cooleman Ridge to feel the flame tomorrow.

By 12 May 2009

The ESA is again warning of a hazard reduction burn which you should not panic about:
The ACT Government wishes to advise the public that, (weather permitting), control burns on Cooleman Ridge will take place tomorrow (Wednesday 13th May, 2009). ACT Handy Map reference J15
Temporary smoke cover may occur. ACT Health advises that people with asthma [...]

Simon gets all misty eyed on carbon

By 12 May 2009

To his already pale complexion Simon Corbell now appears to be trying to add a green tinge. (We can only hope no-one mistakes him for a zombie and takes a shovel to his head)
The ABC reports that he’s announced a target of zero net carbon emissions for the ACT.
Before anyone gets excited by this courageous [...]

The Science of Climate Feedbacks – free public seminar tonight

By 11 May 2009

You are invited to a Climate Action Canberra public meeting this Monday evening. Hope to see you there!
The Science of Climate Feedbacks
Monday 11 May – 6:00 to 7:15pm – Haydon-Allen Tank, ANU
Featuring: Janette Lindesay, Deputy Director of the Fenner School for Environment and Society, ANU, and Steven Lade, Nonlinear Physics Centre, ANU
This forum will review, for a [...]

Let’s Talk Trash

By 11 May 2009

[ 25 May 2009; 6:30 pm; ] Inner North SEE-Change and the O’Connor Cooperative School’s Green Team present a public talk on waste reduction and recycling in the home.

Learn about why organic waste should not go to landfill-what are the alternatives?

What exactly can be recycled in the ACT?

How should we dispose of old batteries, light bulbs etc?

All [...]

Survival of the Fittest – (in the plant world)

By 10 May 2009

It’s starting to get cold, the frosts are on the way. 
I have a wide variety of herbs growing in pots but only have room to move maybe four or five of them undercover. 
Now they won’t get much direct sun, but will miss the frost. 
So Riot Gardeners, which can I continue to grow [...]

Sneaky Defence unleashes the contractors of cull on Majura Training Area ‘roos

By 9 May 2009

Defence has announced that they’ve commenced shooting kangaroos at the over-populated Majura Training Area.
Canberra’s usual suspects are up in arms about this population reduction of a not-at-all endangered species.
My main beef is that they’re paying contractors rather than training snipers.

Googong Burns

By 8 May 2009

The ESA is warning that, while the spectacular burning on Black Mountain has now been completed, they’ve moved their attentions to the Googong Foreshores.
There will be smoke.
So, as usual, don’t panic.

Burning again on Black Mountain

By 7 May 2009

[First filed: May 05, 2009 @ 11:35]
The ESA has produced the following advice:
The ACT Department of Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS) is currently conducting a hazard reduction burn on Black Mountain.
The location of the burn can be found at K11 on the ACT Handy Map (click here) or in the Canberra and region Yellow [...]

Images of Canberra – The fire on the hill

By 7 May 2009
Images of Canberra - The fire on the hill

Coffeegeek took this first photo yesterday of the burning on Black Mountain, complete with the loop of the National Museum.
Later in the evening Ban took this one of the ongoing smouldering.
Got more? Email them in to images@the-riotact.com

Finally TP3000 took this one from Fairbairn Park.

ACT Light Rail Meeting – Thursday 7 May

By 5 May 2009

[ 7 May 2009; 6:30 pm; ] ACT Light Rail will be holding a public meeting this Thursday at 6.30 PM at the Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen.

ACT Light Rail are awaiting the iminent announcement from Infrastructure Australia on the submission from the ACT Government for a Light Rail network in Canberra.

Members of the public are invited to attend our meeting [...]

More green power in the ACT Government.

By 4 May 2009

Shane Rattenbury has word (no media release yet from the Chiefly one’s office) that the ACT Government is going to power itself with more green energy.
ACT Greens Climate Change and Environment spokesperson, Shane Rattenbury MLA, says the increased green energy buy-up announced today is the kind of policy we will see more of with four [...]

Pumpkin season closes with golden shower

By 4 May 2009
Pumpkin season closes with golden shower

[First filed: May 03, 2009 @ 17:27]

For the past five or so years I have been growing various types of pumpkins in the vegie patch, but have been underwhelmed with some of the varieties in Canberra’s climate.
Both the Queensland blue and Jap varieties produced well, but were a bit tardy on the ripening stage at [...]

Vanishing Cat Sign.

By 2 May 2009

On a trip to Cook shops yesterday, I checked as  always do, the “local notice board”. It’s a source of bargains, and not a few lunatic services/ courses /get rich quick schemes. (“Knit your own feng-shui garlic dream-catchers, make $$$$!”).
However one notice was rather astonishing. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me, so I [...]

Canberra Sustainable Careers Expo

By 1 May 2009
Canberra Sustainable Careers Expo

[ 4 June 2009; 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ]

Here’s something for younger readers trying to figure out what to do with their lives. This from the email that came in:

We are a small group of youth working to organize Canberra’s first Sustainable Careers Expo, seeking skills and energy from passionate people.

We are looking to promote environmental courses, jobs/careers, volunteering opportunities, and support for [...]

ACTEW keep their friends close and their enemies closer out at the Cotter

By 1 May 2009

ACTEW have announced that they’d like Canberrans with an interest in the Cotter precinct (and I know there are quite a lot of you who are) to sign up and join the “Friends of the Cotter”.
Who should join the Friends of the Cotter?
The group is made up of interested members of the public who choose [...]

Mind the Death Caps

By 30 April 2009
Mind the Death Caps

The National Capital Authority has been moved to warn of the horrible menace of Death Cap mushrooms which have made themselves at home in these parts:

‘While the death cap is a large mushroom, with a cap ranging from light olive green to greenish yellow, the immature button can be difficult to distinguish from an edible [...]

Hooray for REDEX?

By 29 April 2009

[First filed: April 28, 2009 @ 14:05]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has expressed joy at “the REDEX trial”.
“Rapid transit routes are the first step towards the modern, sustainable transport system that Canberra has needed for too long.”
“The two qualities that bring people onto public transport are frequency and speed and the Greens are determined to make [...]

Time to help Keep our corner of Australia Beautiful

By 29 April 2009

Simon Corbell has launched local involvement in the Sustainable Cities Awards 2009:
“These awards are a great way to recognise people and organisations that have shown leadership in taking steps to protect and enhance the quality of our valued environment,” Mr Corbell said.
The awards are organised by Keep Australia Beautiful and this year there are nine [...]

It’s not just snow men up in the mountains

By 29 April 2009
It's not just snow men up in the mountains

Fly High Fly Far has sent in this one to show it’s not just snow men up in the mountains of the ACT. It came with the following note:
My partner Natalie her friend Vicki and my mate Christian decided to head up to the Brindies to check out how much snow had fallen and enjoy [...]

How to get into snow business

By 28 April 2009
How to get into snow business

[First filed: April 28, 2009 @ 08:30]

Having seen the weather report over the weekend and wanting to offer a new experience to my two-year-old daughter, I had been musing whether to head to the Brindabellas for some fun in the snow yesterday.
Then I happened upon this post in which commenters offered a mixed bag of [...]

Water, water everywhere and not a drop anywhere useful…

By 28 April 2009

Whilst enjoying an afternoon stroll with my dear Stafford, I noticed the Chisholm firepeeps up on a crane hosing… something. 
Or nothing. 
I am not sure if they were training as I couldn’t see any sign of fire or chemical spill where they were hosing. 
Does anyone know if this is a training exercise and, [...]

Lake George Windmills are the faux real?

By 27 April 2009

Everytime I drive past Lake George, the white stalks of the sci fi-like windmills on the far side always catch my attention.
They look striking and make me think of the giant mushrooms in Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
But sadly, they never seem to be turning.
Are they for real, or just [...]

Cyclists pay to use the road (So why say they don’t?)

By 27 April 2009

I want to confront head-on something that usually comes up as a side issue in countless Riot Act threads, especially recently, and has offended my sense of justice and fairness. In any thread remotely related to road transport , sooner or later, someone always posts something that essentially says or implies that “cyclists don’t pay for the [...]

Little progress on firewood

By 26 April 2009

The Canberra Times has a piece about wood fired heating in Canberra.
Apparently the subsidies to switch to gas are falling into disuse and sales of firewood are on the rise.
On the bright side the very worst polluting heaters appear to have been the ones replaced.
Time for another ad campaign?

Is the food supply for Canberra Secure?

By 26 April 2009

Please Help Create a Sustainable Community by Completing Our Survey
The Canberra Environment and Sustainability Resource Centre provides a focal point for the diverse and growing environmental movement in our region.
Our key goal is to improve public awareness of and involvement with the spectrum of environment activities from air, water, flora and fauna to town planning, [...]

Birdsong at dusk in Garema Place

By 25 April 2009

I’m not often in Garema Place around sundown.
But I was last night and the twittering of the all the little birds in the trees as the rain fell gently was really very striking.
So here’s a little bit I captured of it just for you.

Last chance for the queens (dealing with the wasp menace)

By 24 April 2009

The European wasp season is drawing to a close and it’s been another bad one for the Canberra region with reported nests well up on last year. If you have a nest on your property or know of any nests anywhere, then now is the last chance to get it treated as the queens numbering in [...]

Greens move on battery hens in Canberra

By 24 April 2009

Mark today down as a red letter day, the Greens have put out a media release!
And it’s a good one too. Caroline Le Couteur has announced that if they get their way the battery farming of chickens in the ACT will come to an end, amongst other things.
Canberra’s single cage egg farm is Parkwood, [...]

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