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Showtime event scaled back as 40-degree days loom

By Charlotte Harper - 8 February 2017 27

Showtime in the City

With temperatures in the capital forecast to reach as high as 40 degrees and above on Friday and Saturday, the first event cancellations are coming in.

Showtime in the City, a mini carnival scheduled for this weekend as a preview to the Canberra Show later this month, will now only run from 4.30pm till 9.30pm on Friday.

The event had been planned for the city centre on Friday evening and on Saturday but the Royal National Capital Agricultural Society has decided to cancel Saturday’s activities.

The event will still bring the best of the ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show to the city centre on Friday evening as planned, with popcorn, show bags and baby farm animals all on offer in Petrie Plaza.

The ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show launch and show bag launch will both take place on Friday.

Those who choose to drop by and take part in the carnival atmosphere on Friday are encouraged to prepare for the expected hot weather.

For information on staying safe in the heat visit www.health.act.gov.au/healthy-living/summer-safety/tips-beat-heat

Showtime in the City also provides the community with an opportunity to buy show tickets early at the ActewAGL Assist Store. The event is a partnership between the ACT Government, the Royal National Capital Agricultural Society and ActewAGL.Canberra_Sunset

The Canberra Show takes place at EPIC, from Friday 24 February to Sunday 26 February.

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27 Responses to
Showtime event scaled back as 40-degree days loom
1
John Moulis 10:58 am
08 Feb 17
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Is ACTEW partnering with ACTION buses to provide combined bus/entry tickets for the Show this year? Normally I avoid the Show like the plague but they are running strongman competitions this year so it might be worthwhile going along.

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pink little birdie 3:33 pm
08 Feb 17
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I can get the show bags and not go to show? winning

3
bronal 10:37 am
09 Feb 17
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Why is it that events like the Show and the Food and Wine Fair are scheduled for the hottest part of the year? Things can only get worse as the climate warms up. Why can’t they be held in mid to late March?

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TuggLife 11:29 pm
09 Feb 17
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pink little birdie said :

I can get the show bags and not go to show? winning

That piqued my interest, too. It’s always hot and there’s never any parking anywhere near the showgrounds. It’s a nightmare getting back to the car with tired kids and a fully loaded stroller – not much easier on the bus. +1 for the city!

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Masquara 7:14 am
10 Feb 17
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Having issued a request for us all to minimise use of our air conditioners today, will Shane Rattenbury and the rest of the LA work with minimal airconditioning in their offices today? Seriously – how will we manage in the heat under 100% green power?

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bruce_lord 10:02 am
10 Feb 17
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Masquara said :

Having issued a request for us all to minimise use of our air conditioners today, will Shane Rattenbury and the rest of the LA work with minimal airconditioning in their offices today? Seriously – how will we manage in the heat under 100% green power?

Gee I thought the new 666 breakfast host went very easy on Shane Rattenbury today.

He didn’t counter Shane about some of his dubious answers or further question the energy policies Shane has forced on ACT Labor.

From my regular listening, I don’t think Dan Bourchier is proving to have an ability to properly question Mr Barr and Mr Rattenbury. I’m hoping he is just being very very nice to the two of them at the moment in preparation for a counter attack containing hard hitting questions and analysis. Dan comes across as trying to be their friends, not their interrogator.

I can’t bring myself to listen to 2CC however, who are far too right wing. I just want a Canberra radio host who can hold our local politicians on all sides to account and further question their generic answers.

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Maya123 10:15 am
10 Feb 17
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Masquara said :

Having issued a request for us all to minimise use of our air conditioners today, will Shane Rattenbury and the rest of the LA work with minimal airconditioning in their offices today? Seriously – how will we manage in the heat under 100% green power?

I don’t have air conditioning. If fact, I’ve never had it in any house I’ve lived in. I’ve always used a fan if I get hot.

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dungfungus 11:09 am
10 Feb 17
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Masquara said :

Having issued a request for us all to minimise use of our air conditioners today, will Shane Rattenbury and the rest of the LA work with minimal airconditioning in their offices today? Seriously – how will we manage in the heat under 100% green power?

I am unaware of this request – can you supply link please?

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crackerpants 11:54 am
10 Feb 17
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dungfungus said :

Masquara said :

Having issued a request for us all to minimise use of our air conditioners today, will Shane Rattenbury and the rest of the LA work with minimal airconditioning in their offices today? Seriously – how will we manage in the heat under 100% green power?

I am unaware of this request – can you supply link please?

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberrans-could-face-blackouts-in-act-urged-to-reduce-electricity-usage-20170209-gu9pnd.html

The message was passed on to us at work (“green” building with approx 3000 staff) as well – simple measures like closing blinds, turning off anything we’re not using etc. I think it’s a reasonable, commonsense request (and much better than being asked not to use the toilets after a sewage flood in the same building earlier this week).

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HenryBG 12:09 pm
10 Feb 17
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Masquara said :

Having issued a request for us all to minimise use of our air conditioners today, will Shane Rattenbury and the rest of the LA work with minimal airconditioning in their offices today? Seriously – how will we manage in the heat under 100% green power?

The issue isn’t green power, the issue is privatisation. Same thing happened in California after corrupt politicians sold off all the State’s power assets to private companies whose primary aim was not to deliver power to consumers, but to maximise shareholder profits.

Does anybody know if there is anything published on the internet that gives us access to generation stats (preferably in near-real-time) for all of Canberra’s new power-generating assets? You’d think those solar farms might be pumping out a bit of power today, wouldn’t you?

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dungfungus 12:57 pm
10 Feb 17
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crackerpants said :

dungfungus said :

Masquara said :

Having issued a request for us all to minimise use of our air conditioners today, will Shane Rattenbury and the rest of the LA work with minimal airconditioning in their offices today? Seriously – how will we manage in the heat under 100% green power?

I am unaware of this request – can you supply link please?

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberrans-could-face-blackouts-in-act-urged-to-reduce-electricity-usage-20170209-gu9pnd.html

The message was passed on to us at work (“green” building with approx 3000 staff) as well – simple measures like closing blinds, turning off anything we’re not using etc. I think it’s a reasonable, commonsense request (and much better than being asked not to use the toilets after a sewage flood in the same building earlier this week).

Thanks for that – missed that in the CT this morning.

I chuckled at this in your post: “We’re not talking [turning off] air conditioning here, people need to stay cool,” he told the ABC on Friday morning.”

We are all “cool” Shane, this is hipster central.

Also, I note the patronising tips mostly refer to “during the day”.

Hello? Does he know how bleeding hot it gets at night and really, night time is when we lose all that solar power and if it is calm that means no turbines so we are going to be up the (dry) creek without a paddle.

I expect the next announcement will be “go to your homes and await instructions”.

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dungfungus 1:05 pm
10 Feb 17
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HenryBG said :

Masquara said :

Having issued a request for us all to minimise use of our air conditioners today, will Shane Rattenbury and the rest of the LA work with minimal airconditioning in their offices today? Seriously – how will we manage in the heat under 100% green power?

The issue isn’t green power, the issue is privatisation. Same thing happened in California after corrupt politicians sold off all the State’s power assets to private companies whose primary aim was not to deliver power to consumers, but to maximise shareholder profits.

Does anybody know if there is anything published on the internet that gives us access to generation stats (preferably in near-real-time) for all of Canberra’s new power-generating assets? You’d think those solar farms might be pumping out a bit of power today, wouldn’t you?

Am I correct in stating that all the new solar farms in the ACT are privately operated?

I don’t think their supply contract with the ACT government gives them any scope to “maximise profits” for their shareholders either so I don’t believe you can use the California experience as an example of what is happening here.

In eastern and southern Australia at present there is simply not enough power to meet demand which is a planning error by State governments.

Where is coal when you need it?

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sputnik 1:16 pm
10 Feb 17
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HenryBG said :

Does anybody know if there is anything published on the internet that gives us access to generation stats (preferably in near-real-time) for all of Canberra’s new power-generating assets? You’d think those solar farms might be pumping out a bit of power today, wouldn’t you?

http://pv-map.apvi.org.au/live
Has some data on live generation.

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wildturkeycanoe 1:51 pm
10 Feb 17
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HenryBG said :

Does anybody know if there is anything published on the internet that gives us access to generation stats (preferably in near-real-time) for all of Canberra’s new power-generating assets? You’d think those solar farms might be pumping out a bit of power today, wouldn’t you?

The problem isn’t about how much the solar farms can produce but how to get the power across the region. As temperatures climb and power usage follows, the flow of current from power generation plants to homes also increases. This means that all the transformers which convert the high voltages down to a usable 240 volts, get close to their capacity due to the demand. If one transformer overheats and shuts down, the demand is then transferred through a different set of power lines and a different transformer. If that one is also close to exceeding its limit, then it will shut down to avoid disaster. It may go up the food chain, dropping power to extra high voltage transmission and larger areas or simply blacking out a couple of suburbs. This may also cause a cascading effect if the extra load works its way up the ladder to larger switching yards and interstate power transmission. Restoration might not be possible until the mineral oil in the transformers cools down, but if power from upstream sources has also tripped out, how would you run any external cooling fans? [I’m not a HV expert on this, so maybe someone from ACTEW could correct me if I am wrong].
To avoid catastrophic failure, they may elect to shut down some suburbs for short periods to keep the backbone of the grid going, because without it nobody gets power. This is what I believe the rolling blackouts are designed to do.
Well, that went a bit off topic didn’t it. For anyone who dares to brave the heat at the show, please drink plenty of water and stay in the shade as much as possible. It’s a scorcher!

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Maryann Mussared 2:08 pm
10 Feb 17
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This flashed up on someone else’s Facebook page last night. I thought they had everyone’s mobiles to send such important info…. The people who work for the Government need to get more organised in distributing such essential information.
http://www.act.gov.au/call-to-reduce-electricity-usage-on-friday-10-february-2017

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