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 [...]
The Canberra Times has the happy news that the Jon Stanhope Memorial Tree Farm (aka Canberra International Arboretum and Gardens) is being inundated with embassies wanting to put down a grove.
Also 80% of you are reportedly now in favour of the project. We’d love to see how that question was phrased.
There are other big plans [...]
At 1.15pm yesterday I was driving along the new overbridge on Piallago Avenue at the airport and noticed that they had about half a dozen sprinkers on watering the new baby shoots along the bridge’s new embankment.
Not only were the sprinklers in use at the heat of the day, which I think would be [...]
Yesterday it was Lake Tuggeranong, today Lake Burley Griffin.
The NCA has announced most of Lake Burley Griffin is now unsafe:
Water test results received today by the NCA indicate that algae levels are at an unacceptable level in the following areas of Lake Burley Griffin:
– East Basin
– Central Basin
– West Basin
– West Lake including Yarralumla [...]
To all those that sat idly, awash with BS from the Chief Minister and his buddy-buddy proponents’ of the gas-fired power station and data centre… The issue’s not with the data centre, it’s the huge natural-gas fired jet turbines and their more than 3 million tonnes of output a year and what that contains for [...]
According to the ACT Assembly, the Territory’s environmental and sustainability issues (or rather the annual and financial reporting thereof) are going to get a serious looking over, and the public is invited to attend.
Only problem is, the first notice about it was issued today, for a half-day hearing tomorrow. Dry stuff for many I’m sure. [...]
Back in November we had a look at another piece of ACT Government unpleasantness relating to Kingston’s Green Square.
Now the Green’s Caroline Le Couteur is going in to bat for the important piece of community amenity, and she’s wise to the ACT Government’s wicked ways:
“The area is called Green Square because of the green square [...]
The first public meeting of ACT Light Rail will be held this Thursday at 6.30 PM at the Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, Belconnen.
Since the last meeting in December, the Light Rail proposal provided by the ACT Government to the federal governments ‘Infrastructure Australia’ program, has been shortlisted. Our current lobbying activity is focussed on [...]
[First filed: February 03, 2009 @ 09:46]
The Climate Action Summit’s big rally kicked off around 8am this morning and out of a sense of masochism I went along to have a look.
At 7.50am the crowd was small and mostly old and crusty. But after 8am more young people straggled in until there were at least [...]
Enough is enough, when it comes to the on-screen stuff-ups in the weather news at ABC TV Canberra – and I am not referring to Mark Carmody!
Rather, the constant errors in the on-screen temperature figures and graphics that have been plaguing the weather news bulletins on ABC TV’s Canberra news service for months and months [...]
My dining room offers a commanding view of my front nature strip and I enjoy my breakfast of a morning watching the human and canine traffic walk by.
However, I’m becoming increasingly frustrated by one particular bloke who insists on allowing his two dogs to defecate on my nature strip.
This morning I swear he looked straight [...]
The Liberals’ Alistair Coe is wondering aloud why Ginninderra Drive is being messed around to duplicate a cycle path:
Alistair Coe has expressed concern as to why a road lane has been removed on Ginninderra Drive to make way for an on-road cycle path which is immediately adjacent to an off-road cycle path.
The stretch of [...]
What a stinker.
Spent most of the arvo in prol soup, aka the local public swimming pool, dodging kiddy turds and wondering what foot fungus I’ll get this time.
Not too sure how high the UV index got, but the dirt bag index was in the ‘extreme’ range. (A dirt bag rating is calculated by [...]
In a bold move to grow local arts, celebrate and respect our environment and offer an investment in fine art, Canberra photographer Chris Holly is selling the Cotter River at its source as two limited-edition images, then cutting up the originals.
There will only ever be 60 copies of each image. After the images have sold, [...]
As a 3 year resident i cannot believe that you still continue and allow this stupid and dangerous activity here in Canberra. I mean Ive seen the footage of the 2003 fires you had here and the last thing you need is another one.There’s not enough housing available currently so do you want to take out another [...]
Anybody know where all of this smoke is coming from? Either someone is having an epic BBQ or something is on fire.
ED – The ESA have this to say:
Easterly winds this afternoon are responsible for bringing smoke across the ACT from the NSW bushfires.
For more information on the fires in NSW click here.
3.40pm this afternoon, my wife and I were driving down College Street, and pulled up behind a dark blue Pulsar (or similar car), the mid 20′s female driver and passengers puffing away on cigarettes… of course, the inevitable happened, as the lights turned green and the car started off, the driver threw her cigarette butt [...]
[ 29 January, 2009; 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. ] Help save the Upper Florentine – Forestry Tasmania is smashing into Pristine Wilderness RIGHT NOW!!!!
At the heart of Tasmania’s Southern Forests, wild rivers flow through valleys containing forests which evolved from the ancient continent of Gondwanaland. In the valleys of the Styx, UpperFlorentine, Middle Huon, Weld, and Upper Derwent flourish some of the world’s oldest [...]
Good blow last night eh?
Sky turning weird colours, clouds straight out of a Spielberg movie, continuous rolling thunder, sheets of rain roping in from all angles. Who could ask for more?
But there’s a downside to such entertainment. The ACT Emergency Services Agency has pushed out a note on the work going into the cleanup:
The ACT [...]
The Canberra Times reports that ACTEW has started buying up the land for their as yet unapproved power station near Williamsdale.
At a proposed 500MW this is a much bigger beast than the 210MW data centre jobbie which has caused so much trouble near Macarthur.
West Belco next?
On the discussion about Deakin flooding commenters have raised an incident in 1971 when apparently flooding on Yamba Drive killed seven (?) people.
Seven is a lot of people, it’s nearly twice as many as the 2003 fires.
I’m curious if local historians know more about this, and why there isn’t a prominent memorial?
UPDATED: If you’re so [...]
EDO Environmental Law Workshop and Seminars – Canberra, 4-18 February 2009
Want to be a more effective environmental advocate? Want to learn about ACT’s new planning and development laws? Join us for a new community workshop and seminar series.
From 4-18 February, the Environmental Defender’s Office (ACT) will be holding an environmental law workshop and seminar series [...]
[First filed: January 16, 2009 @ 10:43]
Someone called “sammyliveshere” has got a serious bee in her bonnet about flash flooding in Deakin.
Her point is that infill in Deakin has put more load on an old storm water infrastructure resulting in her house flooding when it rains. Her profile carries this note:
Four Storm Water Flash Floods [...]
The ABC informs us that the Chiefly Jon Stanhope has made a rare concession to the real world and admitted that the “No Waste by 2010″ campaign was rubbish all along.
Mr Stanhope says the “No Waste by 2010″ campaign was designed to inspire the community to recycle.
“Almost all slogans have an aspirational purpose,” he said.
[First filed: January 20, 2009 @ 15:54]
The RSPCA is reminding us all to do the right thing and de-sex our companion animals.
They’re also reminding us of the costs of not getting it done:
“The current influx of kittens to RSPCA ACT has highlighted once again the fact that Canberra’s pet owners are not heeding the message [...]
Severe warning out now and angry angry clouds in the sky.
Please send your storm photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Canberra, Cooma, Yass, Wagga Wagga, Albury and Narrandera.
The State Emergency Service advises [...]
Our Chiefly Leader has announced the stocking of an 16,000 baby Murray Cod into Lake Ginninderra (Canberra’s prettiest lake).
Apparently they’ll be good to go in four years time.
Of more importance is the corresponding launch of the Draft Fish Stocking Plan for the ACT 2009-2014.
If you are a keen angler you’ll be wanting to have a [...]
It wasn’t even that hot yesterday, and yet somehow you all managed to burn through a stonking 194ML.
So has everyone just gotten sick of emergency measures stretching into long years?
Water use appeared to be completely off the chain yesterday with ACTEW reporting usage reaching 194ML over the target of 139ML.
It’s forecast to be nearly 10 degrees cooler today. Does Government need to accept that on truly stinking days the water is going to flow freely?
“The Chief” Stanhope has announced $220,000 worth of renos to Canberra’s most beloved haunt of sly teen drinking and unplanned pregnancy, Glebe Park. (Admittedly family BBQ’s and pickup cricket are also frequent uses of the facilities)
Extra seating and greater protection of grass will be provided through new seating walls and extended paving at the barbecue [...]
Good afternoon all
I have just returned from lunch where i witnessed an interesting debate relevant to the current hot weather we are having. Whilst chatting about local water holes, the two people I was eating with entered into a debate regarding Kambah Pool. In short, they were trying to determine if it is a nudist [...]
The RSPCA has pushed out a media release on their “Choose Wisely” campaign.
The ad campaign is supporting restaurants and cafes that sign up to use ethically grown eggs.
In Canberra the list is:
All Things Chocolate
The Boathouse by the Lake
Cream Café and Bar
Crowne Plaza Canberra
National Convention Centre Canberra
Parliament House Catering
Other Canberra businesses which sign up [...]