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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
[ 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
[ 25 May 2009 at 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?
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 [...]
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.
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.
[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 [...]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally TP3000 took this one from Fairbairn Park.
[ 7 May 2009 at 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 [...]
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 [...]
[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 [...]
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 [...]
[ 4 June 2009 at 4:00 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 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 [...]
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 [...]