The Australian is reporting that the developer of the proposed Data Centre in Hume – Technical Real Estate – hopes to start construction of the facility in early May.
Interestingly, what seemed to be insurmountable problems associated with moving from their preferred site across the road from the Mugga Lane tip have been overcome with TRE [...]
The forecast thunderstorm has finally arrived!
Relief all round ensues.
If you get any rain/storm pictures be sure to send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org
This evening, I found this in my cats’ bowl, apparently trying to take an entire cat biscuit somewhere. There were a number of its friends with it.
It looks like a European Wasp to me.
I don’t know where it lives nor was I aware that Friskies™ were part of the wasp circle of [...]
Over the last few weeks each time I drive past one of the “water target” signs, it appears we are consistently using many more ML than the target.
There was a post [here] a month ago about the high water usage.
So what’s the go guys? Do we no longer care about water savings or do I [...]
Exiting the Airport earlier today, I suddently realised I was driving past a Garden of Eden-like environment.
Where else in Canberra is the grass as green? The fountains as squirty? The statues as relaxed?
The only snake in this garden is, as usual, the people who do not clean the barbeque plate when they’re [...]
The trees have spoken, the leaves have started turning.
Summer is over and it’s time to get ready for winter.
After last weekend’s comic efforts to close the lake for health reasons the National Capital Authority has announced that it’s having another go.
Water test results today show that the levels of blue green algae that caused the lake to be closed last Thursday remain high in some areas of the lake.
The NCA has [...]
Those inclined to reduce their environmental footprint will be fascinated to read about an attempt by Canberra’s Hannah and Tom to eat only locally produced food over the summer.
They set themselves the challenge of eating only what grows, moos or chews within a 150km radius of their home.
Hannah has recorded the entire experiment in [...]
[First filed: February 19, 2009 @ 08:51]
Earlier in the week we had widespread complaints about the independent schools rowing regatta and its appalling organisation which created widespread conflict between the well heeled rowers parents and every other user of the lake shore.
A lot of you found this curious at the time as the lake was [...]
The ESA has made the following statement:
Smoke across the ACT
Winds this afternoon are responsible for directing smoke across the ACT from bushfires interstate. Currently there are no fires in the ACT. ACT fire towers are manned and on normal bushfire alert.
So everyone stay cool.
In recent weeks I’ve been seeing more and more powered fishing boats out on Lake Burley Griffin.
It seems our recreational boaters are taking advantage of improved electric engines for boats and the NCA’s free permit system for them.
If they don’t make any noise and don’t pollute then does anyone have a problem with them?
[ 18 February, 2009; 7:00 pm; ] Australian premiere screening of “Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives”, including discussion led by the film’s makers. Free admission
Venue: the Copland Lecture Theatre on the ANU campus. This is Building 25 on the ANU map
About the film:
What prompts this film is recognition of our deep dependence on the natural world and the significant threat to that [...]
It’s of great doubt as to whether Canberra even wants, or needs, pedestrian bridges over Lake Burley Griffin.
But it turns out there are plans for not one, but two of the buggers waiting to be run into by rowers and to snap the masts of the sailors.
The first is the reasonably well known immigration [...]
Simon Corbell is informing us that he’s been along for a photo op with The Canberra Times General Manager, Ken Nichols, and ActewAGL CEO Michael Costello.
The cause of this love-in at the top end of town?
They’re all getting ready to cheer lead for “Earth Hour” on 28 March at 8.30pm.
Earth Hour being the time [...]
[ 28 February, 2009; 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. ] Many of us are trying to eat more local seasonal food, but there are times of the year in Canberra when this can be more difficult – the so-called hungry gap.
If you grow food – you’ll also know about the seasonal “glut” when everyone says “No more, please”. Preserving food in a variety of ways [...]
The February 2009 Belconnen Community Council Forum will be held at:
7.30pm, Tuesday 17 February 2009
Community Room above the Chandler Street Belconnen Library
ACTEW representatives will be available to discuss Canberra’s long-term water security and the enhancement of the Cotter Dam as well as the costs and benefits to residents of the installation of household rainwater tanks [...]
Here’s a new twist on public consultation.
Jon Stanhope has announced that if you want to have your say on the new plan of management for the Tidbinbilla nature reserve (and, interestingly, Block 60 on Paddys River) you’ll need to pre-register for, and then attend one of three closed “workshops”. The workshops start today and [...]
The National Trust is running a survey on what it is we like about Lake Burley Griffin and how we’d like it used.
The information from this study will be presented to the relevant planning authorities as evidence of the social value of the lake. This could then be considered in future planning of any development [...]
The subject of European wasps has long been dear to our hearts here at RiotACT.
Today Chief Minister Stanhope is encouraging us to take on the scourge:
“Chief Minister and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Jon Stanhope today urged Canberrans to be alert to the presence of European wasps, with 350 nests reported so far [...]
ACTEW are calling for volunteers to sit on their “Community Reference Group (CRG) for the potential development of a new water wise educational garden for the Canberra region”.
It’s a reasonably influential thing, because whatever they come up with will be promoted to thousands of people.
Given how these processes attract single issue nutbags it would be [...]
1. The blue green algae now completely rules the lake:
The National Capital Authority has today closed the whole of Lake Burley Griffin to all primary and secondary water contact due to high concentrations of toxic blue green algae.
Last week several areas of the lake were closed, however water test results received today by the NCA [...]
[First Filed: February 10, 2009 @ 12:45]
Simon Corbell has announced the details of “Stage 1 of the ACT’s Electricity Feed-in Tariff Scheme for households and commercial buildings”.
The start date is going to be 1 March and households that produce more electricity than they consume will be paid 50.05 cents per kilowatt.
This is 3.88 times the [...]
It was with a great degree of disappointment that I learned from the Canberra Times that the Make RiotACT Rich Bill 2008 (also known as the Crimes (Bill Posting) Amendment Bill 2008) has hit a snag with objections raised by the Greens, Liberals, and the Human Rights Commissioner.
We discussed these proposals back on 10 December [...]
The Canberra Times has an interesting snippet on moves by the National Capital Authority (NCA) to stop Canberra’s vintage car clubs doing their show and shines on the grassed parts of the Parliamentary Triangle.
The car clubs are unfortunately dragging the tent embassy into the debate:
Coordinator of the Canberra Chapter of the Vintage Sport Car [...]
[First filed: February 08, 2009 @ 21:50]
Jon Stanhope has announced that with the ACT relatively fire free through this nasty weather we’re sending some help to fire-ravaged Victoria.
Mr Stanhope said while the details of the assistance were still being finalised, he expected the ACT contingent to include ten light and heavy tankers and fire [...]
What would you do?
In light if the horrific Victorian fires and the still fresh (6 years) memories of the 2003 Canberra fires, what is your fire plan? We stood and fought the Canberra firestorm and thankfully had a reasonable outcome.
I live in the north western part of Kambah and was able to plan, prepare, fight and panic as [...]
[ 15 February, 2009; ]
If you’ve still got old stuff you haven’t managed to offload on well meaning FM radio stations in the name of bushfire relief, you’ll be thrilled to learn that this weekend will play host to Second-hand Sunday.
Mayor Stanhope has announced that it’s time to get yourself registered if you want to be on the official [...]
The Canberra Times has an article on unexploded munitions near Wamboin. In it the following interesting statement is made:
NPWS southern director Alistair Henchman said,”Our policy is not to fight fires on that site.”
In case there is anyone in Canberra that hasn’t heard…. it was exactly that policy in Tumut that led to Canberra burning a [...]
[ 15 February, 2009; 7:00 am to 3:45 pm. ] Here’s something a bit different that has drifted across my desk.
Next Sunday is the second annual Monster Carpathon.
Between 7am and 3.45 you’re encouraged to murder as many carp and redfin as you can for money and fun. Entries at the Acton Boat Hire.
[First filed: February 06, 2009 @ 09:13]
ACTEW have long ago given up on publishing water use figures, and you don’t want to know what I’m wearing as I type in this still warm early morning.
The Bureau of Meteorology is warning that there’s no relief until Sunday.
Now the ACT Emergency Services Agency is making dire warnings [...]
The ABC brings us news that the gubmint is planning a new cemetary on “A site between Mugga Lane and the suburbs of Tuggeranong has been identified for a cemetery and possible crematorium”
There’s a vacant lot near the tip that might be useful…
[ED - I realise a lot of people get emotional about this stuff, [...]
Just in case you hadn’t hauled in what an environmental dark age the “GFC” was going to usher in Andrew Barr has announced that he’s going to make it easier for Canberras dodgy builders to do whatever the hell they like:
“These further improvements to planning approval processes are a direct result of ACTPLAn, an initiative [...]