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Letter to Qld Premier: remember your promise – no loan for Adani!

Dec 07

Conservation Council ACT Region has joined with other members of the Stop Adani Alliance to send a letter to re-elected Queensland Labor Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk asking her to implement her unequivocal election promise of 7 November to write to Prime Minister Turnbull on her first day in office to veto any Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) loan for the Adani coal project. As Premier Palaszczuk said, “the people of Queensland do not want to see taxpayers’ money used to go to a billionaire. That’s the bottom line”. The Stop Adani Alliance suggests that for Premier Palaszczuk to achieve her stated aim of stopping taxpayer

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Yellow Box Dispatch November 2017

Nov 16

Welcome to our monthly summary of some of the environmental issues and events in the ACT and region. We include links to more information and to documents where available. We have reports on some of our recent events such as the Annual General Meeting outcomes and the very pleasant Spring Mingle where we announced and presented the ACT Environment Awards to the worthy winners. We also had an interview with Rod Griffiths, Conservation Council President, who had that day concluded Walk the Border ACT – A Watershed Walk. We are encouraging people from

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Managing our green garden and kitchen organic waste

Nov 15

The ACT Government is about to spend $33.3 million on providing a third ‘green’ waste bin for all households in Canberra. This follows a ‘trial’ in Weston Creek and Kambah in 2016-17 at a cost of $1.3 million to over 7,000 households. It seems providing a ‘green’ bin is very popular with residents. But how many Canberrans know the difference between ‘green’ as in garden waste, such as tree and shrub pruning’s, soft weeds and leaf litter, and kitchen food waste? Do Canberrans think this new green bin will also manage

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Biodiversity offsets: are they working in the ACT?

Nov 02

The Conservation Council has long had an interest in, and concern about, biodiversity offsets. At first glance offsets are about destruction of some area of nature with a promise of future replacement of those destroyed values. Offsets are designed for development that is undertaken by developers and government. What could possibly go wrong? But offsets are here with us for the time being. They have been adopted as a tool by governments and are being used for development here in the ACT and across Australia. The ALP-Green Government passed legislation

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Board members fiduciary obligations

Oct 23

 

The Conservation Council Board has again looked at the policy on Board members Fiduciary Obligations and re-endorsed the existing policy. This is a common and standard but important policy to guide organisations on their governance and Board members in their roles.

Like their for-profit counterparts, board members of a not-for-profit corporation are in a fiduciary relationship with the corporation. This means that they are obliged to act honestly and in good faith in respect of their role within the corporation. The obligation of board members has many components, including a duty to avoid conflicts of interest and a duty to avoid

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Conservation Council joins Stop Adani Alliance

Oct 23

The Conservation Council ACT Region has accepted the invitation to join the Stop Adani Alliance. The Alliance is one part of the overall Stop Adani campaign and currently has over thirty organisations as members, with a combined supporter base of over two million people. The current membership of the Alliance includes the Australian Conservation Foundation350.org, Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), Nature Conservation Council of NSW, Conservation Council South Australia, Conservation Council WA and several Queensland Conservation Councils. The Board has agreed to joining the Alliance because the Conservation Council’s aims,

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Yellow Box Dispatch October 2017

Oct 21

Yellow Box Dispatch October 2017

As we come close to the end of the year it’s good to feel that there have been some achievements to protect the environment in the ACT. It;s great there are people who recognise and work on issues, looking after places and matters that are important to us now or into the future. And while Governments can be a problem (can’t live with them, can’t live without them?) there are good public servants who really do care and Ministers and MLAs who really try to do things

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Cross-border boggers

Oct 19

The September 2017 issue of News from The Alps has a story about toilets in the Alps that is good reading for people Walking the Border. If you’re not deterred by the Walk you shouldn’t be deterred in the toilet either. It’s a great blog read if you have time in lieu. The Walk the Border team will pass these sites 22-23 October.

Cross-border boggers

Who would think that a dotted line drawn on a map would have any bearing on where people go to the loo? The strange thing is, that’s exactly what’s behind the toilets – literally –

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Dog days on Walk the Border

Oct 09

On the internet nobody knows you’re a dog, but on Walk the Border your appearance might give paws to think about where and when people can take dogs. We put a lead researcher on to the job and there are a few days where a leashed dog is able to take you for a walk. 4332

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Walk the Border – best days to do part stages

Oct 05

Walk the Border ACT has many options for part participation.  Have a look at them in conjunction with the descriptions in the walk schedule to see which might best suit your personal requirements. And then you can register here to become a border walker. Don’t forget that you can sponsor a walker and you are welcome to register on our mailing list to stay informed. Day 1: 7 October – Centenary Trail Track Head to Mulligans Flat Road – For this stage it would be feasible to do the Centenary Trail Track Head to One Tree Hill section

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Icon Water proposals for water and sewerage tariffs 2018-2023

Oct 03

Conservation Council ACT Region made a submission in September 2017 to the ICRC on Icon Water proposals for water and sewerage tariffs 2018-2023 prepared by Emeritus Professor Ian Falconer, Board member, Conservation Council ACT Region. The Conservation Council has a long-standing role in commenting on tariff charges for water supply and use. In collaboration with the ACT Council on Social Service (ACTCOSS), the Conservation Council supported a dual rate charging system at the last review five years ago, which resulted in which low use customers supplied with water at a rate well below that charged to larger users. Following the

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Going backwards on reducing ACT’s waste

Oct 01

The ACT is failing to achieve key targets in waste minimisation and waste management and now the ACT Government is trying to lead the Territory towards waste incineration to deal with its problems. The Conservation Council has produced a briefing paper – Going backwards on reducing ACT’s waste – on some key “fails”. Fail#1: After a decade of achieving resource recovery rates above 70% in 2016-17 this fell to 61%. Put differently this means in 2016-17 almost 40% of our waste ended up

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Environment Exchange

EPSDD – Environment Exchange

Sep 29

“there is no directorate that has as much influence on our city and the everyday life of every citizen than the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate.” – Geoffrey Rutledge  Our topic for September was Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Issues in the ACT. Ben Ponton, Director General EPSDD, was unavailable to attend this event at the last minute. We were  pleased to be joined instead by Acting Deputy Director-General Geoffrey Rutledge. Our  Environment Exchange got off to an exciting start with our guest speaker, Geoffrey, rushing in to join us from a cabinet meeting. The Environment, Planning and

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Waste Management Issues in the ACT

Sep 22

A range of waste management issues and proposals has come on to the Conservation Council work program. We have been working with a range of groups and individuals on matters arising from the ACT Waste Feasibility Study in particular the proposed Fyshwick recycling and waste-to-energy incineration facility. In the last two weeks we have been meeting with the proponents and amongst ourselves to investigate the proposal and discuss issues arising including impacts on the environment and the effects on human health. The Conservation Council will be coordinating some resource material and questions about the project

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Yellow Box Dispatch September

Sep 11

Yellow Box Dispatch September 2017

Welcome to our warm newly Spring-time report on some of our recent activities and other events coming up in the region. Our annual Spring Mingle is coming up on 27 October. Our previous location in the rooftop garden at Lena Karmel Lodge is no longer available so we will have to change venue and will let you know. The Conservation Council’s Environment Awards 2017 are open! We

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