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Electricity prices up

By 5 June 2009

The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission has announced that they’re approving an average electricity price rise of 6.42% next year.
‘Effectively, real electricity prices will rise by approximately 2% in 2009-10’, Mr Paul Baxter, Senior Commissioner said today. ‘The increase in price is due mainly to an increase in distribution costs, although this has been partly [...]

ACTEW’s carbon abatement strategy

By 5 June 2009

Our power and water overlords at ACTEW have marked world environment day by announcing their “strategy to reduce and offset greenhouse gas emissions”.
The strategy, developed by Exigency Management for ACTEW, includes the use of biodiesel to reduce greenhouse emissions, the planned construction of a hydro generator for energy recovery and a commitment to purchasing permanent [...]

Rain! The dirty water flows!

By 3 June 2009

With the first decent rain in ages I was down to the drains to take in the majesty of flowing stormwater.
The Bureau reports the weather will improve towards the end of the week before getting wet again late in the long weekend.
(Slideshow below)

Do you want your bags?

By 2 June 2009

This sign has gone up on Cowper Street in Ainslie.
If it is indeed a protest against plans to ban disposable plastic bags here in Canberra how do you feel about the issue?
The moves they are afoot.

Rowers to leave Canberra?

By 2 June 2009

The ABC brings word that foul mouthed coaches swearing from leaky two stroke boats at sweaty young athletes might no longer adorn our lake.
The head of Rowing Australia says elite rowers may have to be permanently relocated from Canberra if closures of Lake Burley Griffin continue to disrupt training.
Athletes are currently in Canberra preparing for [...]

World Environment Day (5 Jun) – Walk for Climate Change

By 2 June 2009

FRIDAY 5 JUNE
TIME: 7:30 am
VENUE: Meet on the North side of the Commonwealth Ave Bridge for a walk to Parliament House
WEAR: Red
Dare you brave the cold Canberra morning?
These walks will occur during the first week of every month until the Copenhagen Conference in December. Growing in numbers each month, we will show the government how [...]

Winter water restrictions announced

By 1 June 2009

ACTEW have announced a winter water use target of 105 megalitres per day.
Set an autumnal target of 112ML we blasted away at 127ML for the last three months.
ACTEW have also realised that the population of the Canberra-Queanbeyan region has risen by 7% to 385,000 since the whole process began.
And how dry has it been? [...]

How would you like to be engaged?

By 30 May 2009

The ACT Chief Minister’s office is asking the community to talk to it about how we like to be engaged by Government.  Surveys, meetings, online etc.  The consultation is, in part through and online forum which can be found by clicking on this link.
The forum is open until July 20.

Going backwards on waste

By 29 May 2009

The Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is drawing our attention to the release of the 2008 report
into the ACT’s “NOWASTE” strategy.
The report makes the following points:
– the good progress to date in reducing waste to landfill is being eroded and landfill disposal is on the increase;
– annual growth, demands annual increments in operating budgets, and [...]

Fly tipping Mt Painter

By 29 May 2009

Whilst walking the dogs this morning I came across this pleasant sight. Think about this. Someone had to lad this into a vehicle capable of carrying it, drive it to this spot, (probably in the dark) dump it, and either smash it up there, or leave it for other mouth breathers to smash up. [...]

Lite Greens?

By 27 May 2009

The Canberra Times reports on how Our Brave Leader was seriously having a go at the Greens yesterday, trying to paint them as just more of the cross bench rubbish which, over the years, has stupidly prevented him from doing whatever he pleases.
The flash point seems to be watering the small patch of grass in [...]

You can wash your motorbike, but not your car??

By 25 May 2009

ACTEW have recently listed car washing as a “hot topic” on their website. After a poke around the linked page I found this text, not sure how recent it is, but certainly new information to me:
No washing of any vehicle except at a commercial car wash that recycles water and holds an exemption allowing use [...]

Baffling questions around Bungendore

By 25 May 2009

On a day trip out to Bateman’s Bay on Saturday, my fiance and I noticed 2 question-raising sights around Bungadore. I’m hoping the RiotACTers can give us a hand.
1. What’s up with teddy bears nailed to trees? At first we thought they were similar to the flowers and wreaths that are used to mark accident [...]

70% of Canberra’s trees to be lopped down?

By 25 May 2009

The Canberra Times informs us that our ever-brilliant government has been surprised by the mass-planting of trees in the last hundred years and is going to have to mass-chainsaw them all down.
Well, not all, just 400,000 of them or 70% of the urban forest.
They could have done staggered removal and replacement, but it appears as [...]

There’s something in the waters

By 25 May 2009

As I watched the swans and ducks enjoying a balmy May afternoon on Lake Ginninderra, I was surprised to see a creature interrupt their play. 
It was four legged and had a tail and swam in the water before coming to shore.  Apparently I shrieked something like, “Look!  Look!  A beast!  A beast in the [...]

That’s a rather big weed…

By 22 May 2009

The NCA have announced that they’re going to be chain-sawing all the willows downstream of Scrivener Dam for 200 metres. (Also blackberry and something called “black alders” which sound rather cool)
In a masterful piece of spin though they’re selling it as “removing woody weeds”.
I appreciate the arguments made against willows (for all I think we [...]

CLIMATE CHANGE RALLY and ENTERTAINMENT, GAREMA PLACE, CIVIC, 12.15pm, 13 JUNE

By 21 May 2009

[ 13 June 2009 at 12:15 pm; ] IMPORTANT CLIMATE CHANGE EVENT

CLIMATE ACTION CANBERRA in conjunction with Uniting Care, Unions ACT, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, The Wilderness Society and a host of Climate Action Groups around the country is making Saturday, 13 June, a major day of action on the issue of Climate Change. 

CLIMATE ACTION CANBERRA
WORLD ENVIRONMENT FESTIVAL and
EMERGENCY CLIMATE CHANGE RALLY [...]

Oakey Hill feels the flames

By 20 May 2009

TAMS warns that hazard reduction burns are going to take place on the Oakey Hill Nature Reserve.
Temporary smoke cover may occur. Every effort will be made to conduct the burn in weather conditions that will minimise the impact of smoke in the area.
ACT Health advises that people with asthma and other chronic respiratory diseases [...]

Strange ways at the Pinnacle

By 19 May 2009

On one of my all too frequent jaunts around that place of beauty which is the Pinnacle Nature Reserve the other day, I noticed that the kind people of Environment ACT (I presume it to be them in any case) have signposted the tracks there. I wonder if the names were made up to enable [...]

2009 Landcare awards need your nominations

By 19 May 2009

Simon Corbell has fired the starting gun for nominations for the 2009 ACT Landcare Awards.
“The ACT Landcare Awards recognise the efforts of our Landcare heroes – those members of the community involved in natural resource management,” Mr Corbell said.
The Awards are open to farmers, landcare and parkcare groups, businesses, schools, youth groups or individuals who [...]

$10k to get your grass back

By 19 May 2009

The Canberra Times has the scandalous news that the Kingston traders have been asked to fork out $10,000 a year in exchange for getting a small patch of lawn back in Green Square.
The traders have received a letter from Parks, Conservation and Lands asking them to consider collectively funding the ”additional costs required to [...]

Grid Connected Solar Systems in the ACT?

By 18 May 2009

I’m considering having a Solar PV system installed before the government’s $8,000 rebate expires on 30 June.  There are a number of spruikers doing their thing in Canberra at the moment, including Nu Energy.  This mob will install Chinese-made panels for free, with them taking the rebate and the RECs.
Other companies offering deals are Solar Shop [...]

Serrated Tussock taking over?

By 18 May 2009

The ABC is warning that the dreaded serrated tussock is spreading like topsy in the Canberra region:
Mitchell Clapham from the NSW/ACT Serrated Tussock Working Party says the weed is spreading at an alarming rate.
“Well in 1995 it was estimated that there was about 500,00 hectares of serrated tussock infestation in NSW and in the latest [...]

Emergency Services Wrap – 18 May

By 18 May 2009

1. When oil recycling goes wrong:
Substance found in recycling oil drum
At approximately 12.30pm, the ACT Fire Brigade responded to fumes from an unidentified substance in an oil recycling bin at the Mitchell recycling depot on Flemington Road. The depot was evacuated and closed. Testing of the substance verified that racing fuel had been placed [...]

Severe Weather Warning

By 15 May 2009

In case you havn’t looked outside for the last hour or two, there is a massive storm system working its way towards the ACT.
BoM issued a warning at 3:55pm.
Wish I had my camera an hour ago, it looked very impressive coming this way!

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

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 [...]

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