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Cull the roos?

By 14 June, 2013

Mat has tweeted at us:
@The_RiotACT A roo hit and did major damage to our car on Bramston Street, Fadden last night. #culltheroos in #canberra
— Mat Reid (@Real_Deal_Reid) June 13, 2013

@The_RiotACT my wife and 15 month old son were in the car at the time. #culltheroos #Canberra pic.twitter.com/HAjtxYB4C3
— Mat Reid (@Real_Deal_Reid) June 14, 2013

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Support Superb Parrots

By 13 June, 2013

For those of you with a love of parrots, or just those of you looking to give a little before tax time, this may be of interest.
End of Financial Year Appeal
Help us protect the Superb Parrot in North Gungahlin
Dear ***,
First up, I want to thank you for your generous support for our work to be [...]

Meet the ACTSmart Sustainable Business Award Winners for 2013

By 13 June, 2013

Today Simon Corbell said some very nice things about businesses that are making an effort to reduce waste at the 2013 ACTSmart Sustainable Business Awards breakfast.
“The quality of entries this year has been outstanding, with some accredited sites reducing waste to landfill by up to 90% over the past year,” Mr Corbell said.
“The number of [...]

Shane on the solar coaster

By 13 June, 2013

Mayor Rattenbury is explaining his plans for solar feed-in tariffs in the wake of ActewAGL’s changes:
“The ACT Greens were critical when the Government didn’t continue to gradually reduce the payments on the old feed-in tariff as the scheme was very generous for PV system owners. But we are keen to see home and small business [...]

Skippy lovers keep the cull in court

By 12 June, 2013

TAMS brings word that their cull remains tied up in the Following an ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) hearing today, Territory and Municipal and won’t be heard until mid July.
Following an ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) hearing today, Territory and Municipal Services will delay the commencement of the conservation cull. This is to [...]

Behold the new weather radar

By 12 June, 2013

The Bureau of Meteorology has unveiled their new upgraded weather radar.
So you can see what weather is coming in.
The Wind Doppler is also a bit awesome.

Stage two of Mt. Franklin fire trail upgrade

By 12 June, 2013

Manager of the Fire Management Unit in Territory and Municipal Services, Neil Cooper, has announced that work on the stage two Mt. Franklin Fire Trail upgrades will commence today.
The upgrade is to improve fire tanker access to Namadgi National Park and has come from a recommendation made in the the McLeod report into the 2003 [...]

Quick stop trout fishing!

By 11 June, 2013

Trout season ended on the 7th. No more trout fishing.
The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate is reminding anglers that the trout fishing season will close at midnight tonight, Friday 7 June 2013, prior to the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
The Director of Environment Protection and Water Regulation, Daniel Walters, said the closed season will remain in [...]

The Cull goes to Court. Delayed until at least Wednesday

By 7 June, 2013

Courts have a natural inclination to increase their jurisdiction.
So it’s a little sad but no surprise to hear from TAMS that the anti-cull nutbags have won the right to be heard:
A hearing was held this afternoon at the ACT Administrative Appeals Tribunal (ACAT) regarding an application from Animal Liberation ACT and Australian Society for Kangaroos [...]

Here in Götterdämmerung* there’s nothing Katy won’t sign with Julia

By 7 June, 2013

Katy and Simon have let it be known that the ACT is all signed up to the Murray Darling Basin Agreement:
Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, today announced that the ACT has signed the Murray Darling Basin Agreement which will help secure the future of the Murray-Darling [...]

The Mayor v. Skippy. It’s personal now

By 6 June, 2013

With not a month gone since Mayor Rattenbury was assaulted by a Kangaroo to world notoriety it’s intriguing his department has now announced an expanded cull:
The ACT Government wishes to advise that a conservation cull to reduce overpopulation of Eastern Grey Kangaroos and protect biodiversity in some Canberra nature reserves will be undertaken this Winter. [...]

Nanna Corbell’s tips for running your fire

By 5 June, 2013

Simon Corbell is asking wood burners to help out with the air quality:
“The ACT Government has some great incentives for residents to replace their wood heater with more environmentally-friendly alternatives including an $800 rebate for a ducted gas system, and a $600 rebate for replacing it with new flued gas installations.”
“Replacing old wood heaters [...]

Use your trivia powers to save the Moon Bear

By 27 May, 2013

[ 15 September, 2013; 2:00 pm; ]

Anyone who is anyone loves Moon Bears, and you can prove your the most anyone out of everyone by going to an Animals Asia trivia event to help free these brilliant animals from bile farms.

The trivia afternoon isn’t until September, so no excuses.

Save the date.

Dump your ewaste in Ainslie and Deakin

By 24 May, 2013

TAMS are letting us know we can offload some electronic waste for free this weekend:
Canberrans with old or unwanted televisions and computers are invited to come along to a free e-waste collection event on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May 2013, Chris Ware, Director, ACT NOWaste, said today.
“To help make it easier for Canberrans and [...]

Green Shed brings the novelty cheque for Yellow Van

By 22 May, 2013

Mayor Rattenbury has the happy news that The Green Shed (formerly Tiny’s) has handed over $10,000 to The Yellow Van:
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, will tomorrow present a cheque for $10,000 to The Yellow Van on behalf of The Green Shed (formerly known as Tiny’s Green Shed).
The $10,000 was raised by The [...]

Jerrabomberra needs a weeding, and a willowing

By 22 May, 2013

Territory and Municipal Services have begun work to free Jerrabomberra Creek from the clutches of an invasive willow.
“The ACT Government has committed $55,000 toward the control of exotic and invasive weed species along Jerrabomberra Creek and to revegetate the area with native species,” said Warren Nicholls, Chair of the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Board of Management. “The [...]

Canberra’s garbage contract goes to SITA

By 21 May, 2013

Shane Rattenbury has annoucned that SITA Australia has won the contract to handle our garbage:
A new contract has been awarded for the provision of domestic waste and recycling collection services in the ACT, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, announced today.
“I’m pleased to announce that SITA Australia (SITA) has been awarded the [...]

The Daleks are worried about our food production

By 20 May, 2013

SEE-Change just sent us this alarming video to promote their lecture, Our Hungry Future, which is happening tomorrow.
Event: A public lecture by Julian Cribb, Our Hungry Future, followed by a short question and answer session. Our Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, speak briefly on the government’s food security position.
Where: [...]

Our Hungry Future

By 17 May, 2013

Campaign Launch, 10 am today – Friday 17th May, outside Tuggeranong Library
Time Travellers return to Canberra from the year 2020.  They’ve got a message for you:  Our Future is Hungry
Food Security is gaining prominence as an issue of global importance, yet most of us have not considered how threats to food security would impact upon [...]

3000 tones of e-waste recycled

By 16 May, 2013

The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme has recycled over 3000 tones of e-waste in it’s first year, announced Shane Rattenbury today.
This is a good thing. We produce more and more e-waste every year as a society.
“Since the introduction of the scheme on 15 May 2012, the Canberra community has handed over 3,076 tonnes of [...]

Simon fiddles with heritage rules

By 16 May, 2013

Simon Corbell has announced he’s tweaking the heritage protection rules:
Appeal provisions will no longer apply against a decision by the Council not to provisionally register a place or object. Property owners will still be able to appeal a decision to register their place.
The amendments maintain the independence of the Heritage Council, while also providing [...]

Ginninderra Falls information day

By 16 May, 2013

There will be an information day about the lower Ginninderra Creek on Sunday.
It is about all sorts of Landcare stuff but the bit that interests me is Ginninderra Falls National Park and what is happening!

Snow in the mountains

By 15 May, 2013

Shane Rattenbury has tweeted the rangers work in Namadgi National Park which has seen snow on this grey day:
First snow in Namadgi today – thanks TAMS rangers @tamsmediaroomfor the great pics. twitter.com/ShaneRattenbur…
— Shane Rattenbury (@ShaneRattenbury) May 15, 2013

Your chance to be a volunteer at Tidbinbilla

By 13 May, 2013

This just in which will be of interest to some of you:
Become part of a team of trained Volunteer Interpreters who help visitors at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park to better understand and appreciate the natural world.
Volunteer Interpreters provide information and interpretation to visitors at the Visitor Centres at Namadgi and Tidbinbilla as [...]

ANU investments in fossil fuels exposed in FOI documents

By 13 May, 2013

In a tale that’s been slowly unfolding over the past few months, we’ve gone from ANU promising to stop investing in one gas company, to refusing to share info on its other investments, to being forced to release those documents under the freedom of information act.
What have the students behind the Fossil Free ANU movement [...]

Fancy a sip? Images of Canberra

By 9 May, 2013

One has to admire the ingenuity of smokers to find new and exciting ways to dispose of their filthy by-products.
One has to wonder who was the first to stub one out here and then I guess the others just followed the lead.
It’s on Ainslie Avenue just across the road from the Legislative Assembly.
Got an image [...]

The cranes are coming down

By 8 May, 2013

Rawhide Kid Part 3 tipped us off that they appear to be dismantling the cranes at the Dam construction site.
You can, of course, watch this whole thing from the DamCam.
I kinda liked the cranes being there, and after they survived being deluged with flood water I feel they had earned their spot.

What bug is this?

By 7 May, 2013

Dannybear has sent this one in for help from the hivemind:
Hello! wondering if anybody knows what this is?
a yellow thing poked out of it for a second but not long enough to ID, its about 6 inches long, thanks!
dannybear

Woodlands restored!

By 3 May, 2013

TAMS are letting you all know they’re busy revegetating and placing woody debris:
“Since European settlement, Canberra’s woodland communities have diminished and become highly fragmented due to urban growth and development, making it difficult for animal populations to move across the landscape,” Mr Iglesias said.
“A project has been underway since 2011 to reconnect these woodland communities [...]

A theory on the Stromlo asbestos

By 1 May, 2013

The asbestos on the Mt Stromlo bike path has been there for over 40 years. It is associated with the ruins of what is locally known as the Magnetic Hut (not to be confused with The Magnetic Hut on ANU Campus).
Back in 1973 it was situated in a pine forest. You could see [...]

The pygmyiest of pygmy possums found at Blue Range Hut

By 29 April, 2013

TAMS are letting the world know about a teeny tiny eastern pygmy possum found at the Blue Range Hut campground off Brindabella Road:
The eastern pygmy possum is listed as vulnerable under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995.
“Our staff were undertaking maintenance work on a dead tree at the Blue Range campground which was posing a [...]

The rise of our wasp overlords

By 29 April, 2013

TAMS are warning us that new European Wasp queens are breeding right now:
“The tell-tale sign of a nest is a steady stream of wasps flying in and out of a hole leading to where the nest is hidden away. Wasp nests are usually located underground or are built into the structure of the house such [...]

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