October 2017: Biodiversity Offsets: are they working in the ACT?
- Associate Professor Phil Gibbons, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU – Lessons from 10 years of biodiversity offsetting in New South Wales [PDF]
- Lexi Williams (for Clare McInnes, Manager Environmental Offsets Planning, ACT Parks and Conservation Service) – Environmental Offsets: Update on planning and implementation [PDF].
- Bethany Dunne, Ranger, ACT Parks and Conservation Service – Environmental Offsets: Implementation case studies [PDF].
- Jenny Bounds, Coordinator, Conservation Council Biodiversity Working Group – Biodiversity Working Group offsets effectiveness project – some preliminary conclusions/issues identified [PPT].
September 2017: Environment, planning and sustainable development issues in the ACT
- Presentation by Acting Deputy Director-General Geoffrey Rutledge as Director-General Ben Ponton was unable to attend.
August 2017 – event cancelled: How the wheels are turning – bigger picture of transport
July 2017: Beyond Gas: Moving away from the “transition” fuel?
- Will Yeap, Branch Manager Gas Networks, ActewAGL Distribution
- Jessica Stewart, Sustainability Manager, Riverview Projects
- Dr Hugh Saddler, Director, Energy Strategies, Strategy. Policy. Research.
- Dr Kaveh R. Khalilpour, senior research fellow with the Energy Change Institute, at the ANU.
June 2017: Reducing Canberra’s Waste Mountain
- Jim Corrigan – Executive Director, Transport Canberra and City Services.
- Markus Dirnberger– Member Coalition for Pollution Reduction and current ANU engineering student.
- Mia Swainson – Environmental engineer and sustainable lifestyle writer, worked in sustainable development with the Australian Government and community sector for more than 15 years.
- Larry O’Loughlin – Executive Director Conservation Council ACT Region.
May 2017: Overcoming the Growing Pains: building a sustainable compact city
Our speakers were:
- Tony Trobe, Director, TT Architecture, “Tony Trobe is a well-known architectural commentator on ABC Radio and principal of TT Architecture” Ray Sparvell, Domain, The architects who shaped Canberra. Also see Canberra Times 2 April 2017 editorial Densification should aim to suit community as a whole.
- Toni Hassan is currently a fine arts student at the ANU and adjunct research fellow at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture. She also writes an irregular column for The Canberra Times. Toni has received a Human Rights Award and a Walkley Award for her coverage of refugee health issues. See her article The downside to high-density living in Canberra
- Olivia Purba is a student with ANU who undertook an internship (through ANU Internship Program) with the Conservation Council on Analysis of Urban Infill Implementation in Canberra (unpublished). See Olivia’s presentation – Urban Infill Implementation in Canberra
- Caroline Le Couteur MLA, Chair of the Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Renewal, spoke briefly on the Committee’s inquiries particularly the Inquiry into housing “to inquire into housing in the ACT, in particular into the interaction of population growth, housing affordability, housing diversity and design, consumer behaviour, suburban and environmental impact of residential development…” see more. The Committee is seeking submissions which can be made by various means including by email to: [email protected] or [email protected]. Submissions are to be lodged by COB 31 October 2017.
April 2017: Climate Change – getting to zero net emissions
March 2017: Using Nature for Power
In order to reduce our impact on climate change we need to move to 100% renewable energy for electricity. Harnessing natural forces for power seems to be an extremely clever option. Communities and engineers are working on the cutting edge to develop new technologies and systems to achieve this goal. But how long will it actually take to achieve? What will it take to get to a 100% renewable energy future? See a report on the forum here and video interviews and presentations are below.
- Professor Andrew Blakers (see above) had been part of the report 100% renewable electricity in Australia and spoke on Renewable electricity and pumped hydro.
- Megan Ward, Manager, Energy Projects, ACT Government, gave a presentation 100% Renewable Electricity in the ACT, Investment and Innovation. Megan also spoke briefly on the issues raised in her presentation (see below).
February 2017: Mature native trees – pillars of biodiversity
Mature trees are a biological keystone in the ecosystem. We discussed the nomination of “Loss of Native Hollow-bearing Trees” as a threatening process to be considered by the ACT Scientific Committee and if endorsed could lead to better protection of these trees and we talked about options for restoration if there are no trees.
- Geoff Butler (no electronic presentation)
- Darren Le Roux – Managing mature trees: Problems and possibilities [ppt 20mb]
- Sarah Sharp – Hollow-bearing trees [PDF]
Darren Le RouxNow has completed a PhD at the ANU and is working for the ACT Government and trialling a new approach, resurrecting large trees in denuded environments. Darren spoke on the themes he covered in his presentation.
Sarah is an ecologist in private practice, specialising in conservation management of grassy ecosystems. Previously she worked with the ACT Government as an ecologist with responsibilities in the conservation (protection and management) of lowland grassy ecosystems. Sarah was involved in the establishment of Friends of Grasslands in 1994.