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Environment (2282 Stories)

Conservation work at Mt Painter this Sunday (22 September 2013)

By 20 September 2013

Hi Rioters,
This Sunday (22 September 2013) Conservation Volunteers and the Friends of Mt Painter will be doing some work at Mt Painter (Cook). FoMP group have a long history of good environmental practice in restoration work in the Mount Painter Reserve, and have been working to restore the biodiversity and the native plant population in the [...]

Simon uncertain, what’s energy efficiency to you?

By 19 September 2013

Simon Corbell is wondering how important energy efficiency is to tenants:
The ACT Government wants to find out if tenants would take into account the energy efficiency of homes when choosing rental properties, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.
“Higher energy efficiency translates into lower power bills, so knowing [...]

Cross border environmental protection

By 19 September 2013

Simon Corbell has announced he’s bringing in a bill to let Commonwealth and other State Environmental Agencies operate in Canberra:
“The Planning, Building and Environment Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 (No 2), (PABELAB), makes a number of amendments to legislation within the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate portfolio,” Mr Corbell said.
The Bill amends the Environment Protection Act [...]

NCA want to hear your your thoughts on Snowy Hydro

By 18 September 2013

Have your say on the development control plan for Snowy Hydro SouthCare. From now until the 1st of November you can add your thoughts to the community feedback pile!
Fame and fortune may well await those with the best feedback. Well probably not but it’s possible.
The National Capital Authority (NCA) invites public comment on a draft [...]

Wind turbine syndrome: farm hosts tell very different story

By 18 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

By Simon Chapman
People who host wind turbines on their properties and derive rental income from wind energy companies have important stories to tell about living alongside turbines, but they’ve largely been absent from the debate on wind farms and health. Australian filmmaker and researcher Neil Barrett is finally giving this critical group a voice in [...]

Wall asks Simon to fight him one handed. Simon declines

By 18 September 2013

One day in the not too distant future the Liberals will realise that renewable energy is big business and will fall in love with it.
For now the Liberals’ Andrew Wall is desperately trying to dare Simon Corbell into throwing out his aces in the Uriarra Village solar power poker game:
Member for Brindabella Andrew Wall will [...]

Centenary trees stolen and valdalised

By 17 September 2013

It seems 16 of the 100 celebratory centenary trees planted in July have been stolen. Many more have been vandalised in various Canberran suburbs, particularly in Narrabundah and Gungahlin.
“An inspection last week revealed that three English Elm, nine Roman Cypress and four Chinese Pistachio trees were stolen from Flynn Place between Thursday 5 September and [...]

An unusually warm spring

By 13 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Bureau of Meterology has issued a Special Climate Statement on the warm weather we’ve been having:
Canberra had its earliest spring day of 25 ?C or above on 2 September, beating the previous record by 11 days (13 September 2008), and a number of other locations set or equalled records for the earliest day above [...]

Wall’s agin’ Uriarra Solar

By 11 September 2013

The Liberals’ Andrew Wall is heading to the barricades for the burghers of Uriarra Village who are aghast that something as useful as a solar power plant might be adorning their neighbourhood:
Member for Brindabella Andrew Wall has today offered the support of the Canberra Liberals to residents of Uriarra Village as they fight to prevent [...]

ANU researches are building elaborate fish torture chambers

By 10 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Sandra Binning and Dominique Roche are building fish gyms to see if humans are the only species stupid enough to buy into that CrossFit nonsense.
That’s not actually why they are doing this.
The husband and wife duo, from the Research School of Biology and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, work on exercise [...]

Want to see why your bill was so high?

By 10 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

We’ve just come out of one of the warmest Winters on record but many Canberrans wouldn’t know it after receiving their energy bills. Even in warmer Winters, houses that leak heat need their heater working overtime. Chances are, if your house struggled to retain heat this Winter, it’s going to have a hard time keeping [...]

ANU researcher looking to take back eucalyptus oil crown

By 9 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

A PhD student at the ANU is looking to make Australia known as the producer of the finest eucalyptus oil in all the lands.
It is rather interesting to hear we are not the biggest producer of eucalyptus oils.
Australia is being beaten at its own game.
The emblematic eucalyptus is grown in enormous quantities overseas, meaning Australia [...]

Fresh water rock reef built to house fishies

By 9 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

This makes me rather happy.
In an Australian first, a custom made fresh water rock reef will be submerged in Cotter Dam to act as a new habitat for the endangered Macquarie perch.
I want to know how one gets into designing fake fish habitats for a living.
Mr Corbell paid a visit to the site of the [...]

Mowing season starts Monday

By 6 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

If you’ve been ignoring the encroaching jungle in the back yard on the basis that it’s too early in the year to be breaking the mower out then TAMS have bad news:
Territory and Municipal Services’ annual mowing season activities kicks off on Monday 9 September 2013.
“Work crews will commence the program with the first major [...]

Canberra Ave tree removal

By 5 September 2013

They’re getting rid of some Wattles! That’s good!
They’ll probably plant more Wattles! That’s bad!
Territory and Municipal Services wishes to advise the public that work will commence this weekend (Saturday 7 September) to remove trees within the Canberra Avenue median strip between Hindmarsh Drive and the NSW border.
This work, which will mainly involve the removal of [...]

Platypus spotting in Quangers

By 4 September 2013

The Queanbeyan City Council is making it known they’re offering platypode spotting walks:
Twilight Platypus Spotting
There will be free twilight platypus walks held during the Spring months, starting from the Suspension bridge at the bottom of Isabella St, Queanbeyan. All you need is a good pair of walking shoes, warm clothes and the time to walk [...]

Environmental Project grants granted

By 4 September 2013

Grants have been granted as that’s what one does with grants.
$176,000 in ACT Government Grants have been announced today, and the following community-run environmental projects are probably rejoicing.
Congratulations.
The grant recipients are:
Greening Australia Capital Region – $14,297
World’s first translocation of the endangered Ginninderra Peppercress.
Friends of the Grasslands – $17,282
To restore ecologically endangered grassy woodlands and [...]

When is a Bike Lane NOT a Bike Lane?

By 2 September 2013

And before I begin, this is a discussion about bicycle lanes, not a car vs bike thread. To preempt any argument, good bicycle infrastructure benefits everybody, including car drivers.
You may have noticed some unusual bike lanes popping up around Canberra. Unusual, because they run for just few metres near intersections. They do not run the [...]

Massive skippy slaughter on defence land

By 2 September 2013

The Canberra Times is getting very excited about a vast culling campaign on the Majura Training Area:
The federal government has killed nearly 14,000 kangaroos on a military firing range east of Canberra in the past four years, internal Defence Department documents reveal.
The mass cull of adult kangaroos and their joeys, detailed in documents released under [...]

Step away from the Murray Cod

By 31 August 2013

ESD are giving notice that Murray Cod Season ends tonight:
The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate is reminding anglers that the Murray cod fishing season will close at midnight on Saturday, 31 August 2013.
The Director of Environment Protection and Water Regulation, Daniel Walters, said the closed season will remain in effect until midnight 30 November [...]

Don’t panic on water storage levels

By 30 August 2013

Actew Water are getting in early to point out they’ve added the capacity of the new Cotter Dam into their measuring mix.
This means the percentage of water help versus capacity is now lower.
But we haven’t lost more water, just gained more glass to be half full.
Canberra customers could be forgiven for thinking that [...]

Fyshwick chlorine spill

By 30 August 2013

ACT Fire & Rescue is currently on scene at Gladstone and Albany Streets, Fyshwick following a chlorine spill.
One Fire pumper, the Hazardous Materials Unit and one Commander are assisting in the clean-up of a small amount of chlorine which has dispersed.
Some chlorine has entered a nearby drain and staff from Environment Protection will shortly [...]

Final collections

By 30 August 2013

This just in from TAMS as the great garbage strike of ’13 comes to an end.
The ACT Government has announced that household waste and recycling collections have now almost returned to normal. Today’s scheduled collections have taken place. Recycling collections will be undertaken tomorrow (Saturday 31 August) in those suburbs which were missed last [...]

Zed showing off his green side!

By 30 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

A keen eyed reader has noticed an admirable commitment to recycling on the Seselja battle wagon parked outside the Press Club this lunchtime.
Waste not, want not.
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Volunteers help fix research equipment damaged by vandals

By 30 August 2013

Vandals, possibly in an effort to halt the kangaroo cull, destroyed various devices uses in wildlife research at the Callum Brae Nature Reserve.
Dr Don Fletcher says that the volunteers are helping the research get back up to speed despite the vandals attempts.
During the recent kangaroo cull, vandals destroyed devices used for wildlife research in [...]

It’s here, it’s on, it’s T-Shirt Weather!!!

By 30 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Sure it’s windy, but who cares?
If you haven’t been out for a walk yet today then there’s still time, but don’t go wasting it!
Let’s have a look at the forecast
OMFG 24 on Sunday and Monday!!!
Aslan has roared and the White Witch is reaching for the kitchen knife!

ICRC reports all is well with utilities and wonders why it bothers

By 30 August 2013

The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission has released their latest compliance report into utilities and finds nothing to see:
As in 2010–11, licensees did not report any breaches of their regulatory requirements in 2011–12 that the Commission considered material.
The Office of Regulatory Services (ORS) reported that it did not receive any formal complaints about the market [...]

They say the garbage is all but collected

By 29 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

TAMS are saying that they’ve caught up on garbage collection just about.
The bins down David Street would beg to differ but let’s see what the afternoon brings:
The ACT Government has announced that Cleanaway has been able to organise extra shifts for drivers this afternoon to almost fully complete the backlog of rubbish bin collections.
Catch up [...]

Central Bearded Dragons off the menu

By 29 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

TAMS are making it known they’ve busted a pet store for bringing lizards legally in from interstate:
The ACT Government today reminded pet sellers about the legislation surrounding the sale of animals, after a Canberra pet store was issued with a $1,250 infringement notice for being in breach of the Nature Conservation Act 1980 for selling [...]

Garbage mess rumbles on

By 28 August 2013

TAMS advise that some lucky sods might get their garbage picked up at long last:
The ACT Government has announced that catch up rubbish bin collections will take place tomorrow in Braddon, Forrest, Garran, Lyneham, Red Hill, Turner and Yarralumla. Residents of these suburbs are advised to ensure their rubbish bins are out.
Catch up rubbish collections [...]

Keep your bins out for the emergency collections

By 27 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

TAMS are sending their staff out to drive garbage trucks in an effort to make up for Friday’s missed collections:
The ACT Government is announcing the following arrangements to collect rubbish bins from some suburbs that were missed last Friday. Collections will take place in Campbell, Hackett, Hughes,
Watson and O’Malley from 3 pm this afternoon. [...]

Asking the surrounding shires to help out with the garbage

By 27 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The ABC has the intriguing news that we’re begging our neighbours who weren’t so stupid as to outsource core functions so as to screw staff wages to pick up our garbage:
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says the government is looking at a range of options to deal with the unemptied bins.
“We have been in touch for [...]

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