Environment (2307 Stories)

Energy Efficiency Ratings

By 22 June 2009

What has happened to minimum standards for energy efficiency ratings for houses in the ACT?
On the weekend we visited a house for sale in Harrison which was only three years old – and it had only a 3-star EER. That’s 3 out of a possible maximum of 6! Our current house in Palmerston, which is [...]

Cotter Dam enlargement moves ahead

By 22 June 2009

Andrew Barr has announced that he’s happy with the Environmental Impact Statement Assessment Report (EISAR) for the Cotter Dam expansion.
Now we just need to wait for the Commonwealth to agree.
ACTEW are breaking out the champagne.

Botanic Gardens finally get a water supply?

By 18 June 2009

The ABC brings word that the National Botanic Gardens have, after these many long years of drought, managed to get approval for a system to extract water out of Lake Burley Griffin, just as the Royal Canberra golf course does for the benefit of its members.
NCA chief executive Gary Rake says it will save the [...]

Electric hot water systems defended

By 18 June 2009

Andrew Barr had his wrist slapped yesterday for not fronting estimates committees when asked to (the ABC has details).
But he’s certainly revelling in seeing off Green plans to get electric hot water systems banned in the ACT:
The main problems with the Greens Party’s original ill-conceived legislation include:
· A lack of realisation that electric water heaters [...]

Time for the Botanic Gardens to grow up?

By 15 June 2009

Having witnessed the spectacle of the National Botanic Gardens withering while the golf course pumped water out of the lake to keep itself lush I concluded that the gardens’ management lacked clout.
The ABC now explains why.
The Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra say the gardens are in trouble and the management [...]

respect for all creatures, as long as they don’t smell bad or look ugly

By 14 June 2009

My place of work has called in the exterminators to get rid of some mice who have made the office their home.  The exterminators use bait stations which attract the mice, who eat the poison and run off to die.  I understand the death involves internal bleeding, which doesn’t sound like a painless way to [...]

Why can’t we know the ACT Government’s position on 24 hour airport operations

By 12 June 2009

The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury is expressing alarm that the ACT Government’s submission on the Draft Airport Master Plan has not been made public.
Are our leaders supporting 24 hour freight operations or are they opposing it?
Even those of us without strong views on the subject would probably like to know?

Icicle weather!

By 12 June 2009

Yesterday morning shocked everyone I think by getting down to -6 degrees.
As I can’t recall the last time I saw icicles I thought it worthy of taking a picture.
Today the Bureau forecasts a whole 12 degrees.
But with the 10.24am update registering a mere 1 degree I’m having my doubts about getting there.
So much for that [...]

Inner North SEE-Change presents: Winter-wising your Windows

By 11 June 2009

[ 22 June 2009 at 6:30 pm; ] Windows can be a major source of heat loss on cold Canberra nights.

Single glazed windows can be up to 10 times worse at insulating, when compared to the same area of standard wall material. 

So what are the options when it comes to Window Insulation?

Whether you are a renter or a homeowner, come learn [...]

Aussie Junk Underpaid Employees $280,000

By 11 June 2009

The Workplace Ombudsman has published a media release saying they are prosecuting Aussie Junk Pty Ltd and the Company Director Dennis Richter for allegedly underpaying staff at the Mitchell site $280,000.
Aussie Junk’s conduct has been an issue for years and finally the truth is starting to emerge. This must make ACT Nowaste feel a bit [...]

National Climate Emergency Rally & World Environment Festival

By 11 June 2009

[ 13 June 2009 at 1:00 pm; ] Be part of the Climate Solution!

We are facing a climate emergency. Climate change is already affecting people in Australia and across the world. We urgently need the Australian Government to invest in renewable energy, renew out economy, and help ensure a safe climate future for all. Instead, Prime Minister Rudd has announced a climate plan [...]

Mulligan’s fox fence finished

By 10 June 2009

ABC has the news that the feral-proof fence around a big chunk of Mulligan’s Flat (next to Forde) has now been finished.
A project of the BOB (Bush on Boundary) group of environment organisations, the purpose of this fence is to preserve a section of grassy box woodland in a feral-free state, and even allow reintroduction [...]

Suburban land clearing

By 10 June 2009

Whilst ACT Parks and Lands are contemplating widespread tree clearing throughout Canberra, they appear to be having some practice by removing native shrubs from the streetscape in Kaleen. They did it last year in Baldwin Drive, and now they have moved on to Maribyrnong Avenue, where someone with a spray can of blue paint is [...]

A Chance of Snow tonight

By 9 June 2009

The good folk at the Bureau of Meteorology have made the call:
Scattered showers, falling as snow on the ranges and lowering to around 600 metres overnight, with the chance of some light snowfalls locally.  Fresh and gusty westerly winds.
Time perhaps to crack out the mittens, warm up the gluhwein and keep and eye out for [...]

Best views?

By 8 June 2009

Hi all, 
Wife and I are curious to know which suburbs / streets have the best views in Canberra?
In particular, which areas have the best vews out to the West / south of canberra looking out over the Brindabellas?

History lesson – Cotter Dam

By 6 June 2009

YouTube, thanks to “spinningreel” has thrown up a gem of a 6 minute doco on the history of the Cotter dam.
So many things I did not know about all the infrastructure out there.
And so re-assuring to see that cockups are nothing new.

Canberra’s biggest eyesore?

By 6 June 2009

This morning on the radio they were talking about Australia’s biggest eyesore (which happened to be Surfers Paradise).
It got me thinking about Canberra’s biggest eyesore. This morning the favourites were the Belconnen Shopping Mall and the National Art Museum.
So what is Canberra’s Biggest eyesore? Could it be the various art pieces popping up around Canberra? [...]

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

TIME: 7:30 am
VENUE: Meet on the North side of the Commonwealth Ave Bridge for a walk to Parliament House
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 [...]

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