Environment (2275 Stories)

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 [...]


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. 


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 [...]

Let’s Talk Trash

By 11 May 2009

[ 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?

All [...]

Survival of the Fittest – (in the plant world)

By 10 May 2009

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 [...]

Sneaky Defence unleashes the contractors of cull on Majura Training Area ‘roos

By 9 May 2009

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.

Googong Burns

By 8 May 2009

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.

Burning again on Black Mountain

By 7 May 2009

[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 [...]

Images of Canberra – The fire on the hill

By 7 May 2009

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

Finally TP3000 took this one from Fairbairn Park.

ACT Light Rail Meeting – Thursday 7 May

By 5 May 2009

[ 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 [...]

More green power in the ACT Government.

By 4 May 2009

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 [...]

Pumpkin season closes with golden shower

By 4 May 2009

[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 [...]

Vanishing Cat Sign.

By 2 May 2009

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 [...]

Canberra Sustainable Careers Expo

By 1 May 2009

[ 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 keep their friends close and their enemies closer out at the Cotter

By 1 May 2009

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 [...]

Mind the Death Caps

By 30 April 2009

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 [...]

Hooray for REDEX?

By 29 April 2009

[First filed: April 28, 2009 @ 14:05]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has expressed joy at “the REDEX trial”.
“Rapid transit routes are the first step towards the modern, sustainable transport system that Canberra has needed for too long.”
“The two qualities that bring people onto public transport are frequency and speed and the Greens are determined to make [...]

Time to help Keep our corner of Australia Beautiful

By 29 April 2009

Simon Corbell has launched local involvement in the Sustainable Cities Awards 2009:
“These awards are a great way to recognise people and organisations that have shown leadership in taking steps to protect and enhance the quality of our valued environment,” Mr Corbell said.
The awards are organised by Keep Australia Beautiful and this year there are nine [...]

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