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Rain closes sportsgrounds

By 8 August 2013

Economic Development have made it known they’ve closed the fields:
All ACT Government sportsgrounds will be closed today Thursday 8th August due to wet weather and the forecast of further showers.
The decision has been taken in order to minimise damage to the turf surfaces and in the interests of player safety.
The focus is on protecting [...]

Please don’t make us clean up a fatberg cries Actew Water

By 8 August 2013

With news of London’s “fatberg” delighting the world our own Actew Water are asking us to think about how to avoid it here:
“Our teams actively target hotspots around the city, identifying sewer chokes, blockages, and areas where roots may have infiltrated the network. We also specifically target the sewer infrastructure around restaurants and takeaways where [...]

Tree planting underway

By 8 August 2013
Tree planting underway

TAMS are putting out word that their tree planting program is underway:
The ACT Government has invested $270,000 into this year’s winter tree planting program, which commenced this week.
“Over 1,000 new trees will be planted throughout Canberra over the next month,” Luke Bulkeley, Acting Manager, Urban Treescapes said today.
“Planting will take place along Canberra’s major [...]

Tampering with a water meter could cost you $5,500

By 6 August 2013

So leave your water meter alone, ok?
Simon Corbell is claiming that the new The Water Resources Amendment Bill 2013 being debated today will help the government protect our water resources though the use of new laws and harsher penalties.
“Tampering with a water meter will become a criminal offence and will apply to licensed water [...]

Opposition availing itself of the Public Service’s resources?

By 6 August 2013

Government News has an interesting take on Tony Abbott’s demands for carbon-tax scrapping legislation to be prepared for him:
Opposition leader Tony Abbott very publicly told the head of the public service, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary Dr Ian Watt AO, that he expects to have legislation to scrap the price on carbon [...]

Mirrabei Drive/ Wanganeen Ave round?

By 3 August 2013

Can anybody enlighten me on the dumping that occurs here?
And the fact that dozers and heavy machinery turn up every month and appear to do nothing?

Dr Lisa Evans creates fish jam

By 2 August 2013
Dr Lisa Evans creates fish jam

I am sorry for the misleading title.*
In an effort to support native fish species in the Murrumbidgee River, two engineered log jams have been created near Tharwa.
Dr Lisa Evans says this is a good thing.
“The log jams are counteracting the build up of sand over the past century through erosion from man-made causes; this has [...]

Batemans Bay Tide Times

By 2 August 2013

The Bureau of Meteorology is promoting a new page for the all important tide times.
As we head to warmed months Canberrans might well want to bookmark Batemans Bay.

Atonishing skippy haul in truncated cull

By 1 August 2013

TAMS gives word that the cull is over, the parks are re-opening, and 1149 delicious kangaroo carcasses are going to waste (along with 355 joeys):
The ACT Government wishes to advise that Callum Brae Nature Reserve, Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve (and adjacent unleased territory land), Kama Nature Reserve, Mulanggari Nature Reserve, Mt Painter Nature Reserve, Mulligans Flat [...]

Sunday tree planting on Mount Majura

By 27 July 2013

Want to make an enduring contribution to the future?
Mayor Rattenbury is inviting you to come plant trees with other people this Sunday:
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, is calling on all nature enthusiasts to join him and members of Friends of Mount Majura, Watson Woodland ParkCare and the ACT Conservation Council for a [...]

Go plant a tree of three this weekend

By 26 July 2013

Shane Rattenbury is inviting all of you lot along to Mount Majura this Sunday for a tree planting day.
There are worse ways to spend a Sunday.
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, is calling on all nature enthusiasts to join him and members of Friends of Mount Majura, Watson Woodland ParkCare and the ACTConservation [...]

Body corporates want in on enviro rebates

By 19 July 2013

Word has come in from Strata Community Australia (ACT) and the Owners Corporation Network of the Australian Capital Territory:
Strata Community Australia (ACT) and the Owners Corporation Network of the Australian Capital
Territory have called on the ACT Government to prove its green credentials by reinstating the ACTSmart Business Energy and Water program for body corporates. [...]

Kanga collisions on the hop

By 18 July 2013

The ABC reports that it’s not just anecdotal; car-skippy interfacing has risen dramatically:
Claims data from NRMA Insurance shows a 30 per cent increase in the number of kangaroo vehicle collisions in the ACT in the past year.
There were 509 in 2012 compared to 386 in 2011.
Mariana Cidade from NRMA Insurance says the rise in [...]

33 megawatts of renewable energy capacity in the ACT

By 16 July 2013

The ICRC has released its quarterly feed in summary report into all those rooftop solar panels.
One can argue that the feed in tariff was a terrible way to pay for solar energy capacity.
But it’s hard to argue against the volume of electrons the beasts are throwing out now:
• Total installed capacity of renewable generators at [...]

Light Globes. Saving the Planet or Making Profits?

By 13 July 2013

Are we really better off with the new light globes?

Rushed cull gets ACAT greenlight

By 10 July 2013

The judicial terrorism of the anti-cull nutjobs is mercifully at an end with TAMS declaring victory in their fight to manage kangaroo numbers:
The ACT Government today announced the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) has decided to uphold the licences issued by the Conservator of Flora and Fauna to undertake a kangaroo conservation cull to [...]

Boofheads dumping at public housing flats

By 9 July 2013

Yesterday I saw 2 blokes dumping “builders rubble” from their trailer into a hopper for use by tenants at government units.
Big signs indicate to all that it is illegal.
I rang the police to report the event and was told they “can’t do anything about it”.
I questioned the copper about whom would be [...]

Energy efficiency help for business

By 8 July 2013

Simon Corbell has the happy news that small and medium business can now get into the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme (EEIS):
“The EEIS, which started in January 2013, requires electricity retailers to meet energy savings targets,” Mr Corbell said.
“This can be achieved through activities such as installing highly efficient space and water heating, lighting and standby [...]

Where was Canberra 165 million years ago?

By 5 July 2013
Where was Canberra 165 million years ago?

A team of researchers at the ANU have been having a second look at the movements of Australian, Indian and Antarctic tectonic plates though out history and have determined that the ideas we had about the shape of Gondwana, and Australia’s position in it, were not entirely correct.
“We used a simple technique of matching [...]

Wind warning

By 5 July 2013

The Bureau has given notice that a cold front is inbound and expected to bring wild winds:
A cold front will cross southeast NSW Friday morning with gale-force winds expected for higher parts of the Snowy Mountains and possible for higher parts (mostly above 1000 metres) of the remaining southeastern districts.
Damaging winds around 65 km/h with [...]

Tidbinbilla School Holiday program sounds fun

By 4 July 2013

Have your children experienced the bland and forgettable cultural icon that is damper yet?
Well then you better take them to Tidbinbilla these holidays!
Don’t fret, it’s not just damper. There’s story telling, exploring, some activities involving animals. It all sounds pretty cool.
Except for the damper.
“During the month of July there will be a range of special [...]

Why yes we have a Capital Woodland and Wetlands Conservation Trust

By 4 July 2013

Great news thrillseekers as word reaches us that the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary and Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve are now being managed by a Capital Woodland and Wetlands Conservation Trust:
“The Trust’s new website www.cwwct.org.au showcases two of Canberra’s living environments while enabling the community, corporate sectors, local entrepreneurs, developers, and interested local residents an opportunity [...]

Your thoughts wanted on Canberra’s water plan

By 3 July 2013
Your thoughts wanted on Canberra's water plan

Simon Corbell is optimistically hoping that anyone in 50 years time will remember he ever lived, let alone care what he, or we, thought about water supply.
Water for the future – striking the balance: Draft ACT Water Strategy 2013 is a long term strategic vision for water management across the ACT and wider region. [...]

Winter is here

By 2 July 2013
Winter is here

It’s noon.
It’s foggy, and Canberra is languishing alone in the low single digits for temperature.
Cold, gray, and a good day for pho.

Royalla industrial solar marching on

By 2 July 2013
Royalla industrial solar marching on

Simon Corbell has announced his approval for a 20MW solar farm on the Monaro Highway:
“I have used my powers under Sections 158, 159 and 160 of the Planning and Development Act 2007 to approve this proposal because it responds to a major policy issue and will deliver a substantial public benefit,” Mr Corbell said. [...]

20 years of sustainability and the environment

By 1 July 2013

The Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment (OCSE) is noting its 20th birthday today:
Commissioner Bob Neil today led celebrations as the Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment (OCSE) celebrated its 20th birthday.
Since its inception in 1993, the Office has delivered 531 recommendations, with 279 of these deriving from the [...]

United Nations likes Canberra’s resilience

By 28 June 2013

Simon Corbell was today presented with a certificate acknowledging the ACT’s efforts in disaster resilience.
“Canberra is one of more than 1000 cities across the globe taking part in the Making Cities Resilient Program, under the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR),” Mr Corbell said.
“I am proud that the United Nations has selected the Australian [...]

Massive hazard reductions done

By 27 June 2013

The largest hazard reduction program the ACT has seen in 40 years has finally been completed, announced Shane Rattenbury today.
The program was implemented as a part of the 2012-2013 Bushfire Operations Plan.
“This year 96 per cent of the BOP has been completed including 42 controlled burns totalling over 12,500 hectares, 8000 hectares of slashing, 7000 [...]

Parole violations in Ainslie

By 27 June 2013
Parole violations in Ainslie

An investigation by ACT Poolicing continues into a string of incidents in the leafy suburb of Ainslie, committed by a criminal mastermind people have dubbed ‘the Ainslie Sh!tter’.

A big Brumby forward in a little electric car

By 27 June 2013
A big Brumby forward in a little electric car

The ACT Electric Vehicle Council are letting us all know they’ve got Brumbys hard man Scott Fardy getting around in a i-MIEV:
Local Brumbies player, Scott Fardy will lead a charge with a difference this month as he takes to the streets of Canberra in a 100% electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV.
It’s all thanks to Rock Development [...]

100 trees to be planted for centenary

By 26 June 2013
100 trees to be planted for centenary

Shane Rattenbury has just planted the first of 100 planned trees that are to be planted to celebrate the centenary.
“A range of deciduous trees have been selected for planting that will provide a variety of autumn colours,” Mr Rattenbury said. “The concept of planting 100 trees by the lake will provide a legacy from Canberra’s [...]

Water price cuts and rises

By 26 June 2013
Water price cuts and rises

Andrew Barr is applauding the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission’s revised thinking on water prices:
Today’s announcement by the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) means that Canberra’s water prices will continue to compare favourably to other mainland capital cities, while not undermining the considerable efforts and gains that have been made to date in [...]

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