Bush Capital Blog

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. [caption id="attachment_4334" align="alignright" width="391"] Tilly undertaking training and research Gilmore to Royalla[/caption] The dog days are: Day 4: Tuesday 10 October - Sutton road to Kings Highway: Start 9.00 am Dirt carpark on the ACT/NSW border on the Sutton Road. (The carpark is on the... read more...

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 – at... read more...

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 of the walk and then return... read more...

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... read more...

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 in landfill. We failed to meet our target of 80% resource recovery by 2015. This will make... read more...
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 Sustainable Development... read more...

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 and raise some issues about the way ACT... read more...

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 will be announcing them at our Spring Mingle 27 October. We are working with the planning of Walk the Border in October and will keep you posted with information. If all... read more...

Conservation Council Environment Awards 2017

Aug 29
Conservation Council ACT Region - Environment Awards 2017 Applications Extended  The Conservation Council ACT is proud to announce its 2017 Environment Awards. If you have made a significant contribution to looking after our environment we strongly encourage you to apply now. In addition, if you know some-one or a group who has been an exceptional voice for the environment we strongly encourage you to invite them to apply or nominate them yourself. While the awards are open they are designed to recognise contributions to protecting the environment from within our Conservation Council community. The awards recognise individuals and groups who have... read more...
Judith Leland - Gang-gangs

Yellow Box Dispatch August

Aug 21
Yellow Box Dispatch August 2017 Welcome to our warm winter report on some of our recent activities and other events coming up in the region. Our annual Spring Mingle and the 2017 Environment Award presentations are 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. We had some exciting events this month including the Bushfire Symposium which was well attended and very successful. Congratulations to the NPA and Clare Henderson for their hard work in bringing it together. We are... read more...

Bushfire management: balancing the risks – communiqué

Aug 18
The Community Symposium held 21-22 July 2017 – Bushfire management: balancing the risks – had a successful mix of experts, researchers, Government officials, the ACT Minister for Environment, the Commissioner of the Emergency Services Agency, the Conservator of Flora and Fauna, the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, Parkcare and landcare volunteers, rural leaseholders, members of the Rural Fire Service, Community Fire Units and environment organisations as well as visitors from Victoria and NSW. The symposium was a forum for sharing knowledge, views and issues and developed a communiqué which covered; What has changed since 2003; Opportunities; Challenges and: Next... read more...

Conservation Councils write to Turnbull on water scandal

Aug 02
The Conservation Council ACT Region has joined with other state Conservation Councils in a letter to Prime Minister Turnbull urging action following the revelations of the ABC Four Corners broadcast Monday 24 July. The Conservation Councils of South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, ACT and Queensland are the states’ peak environment groups representing over 350 members and 200,000 supporters across our states and Territory. Given our commitment to protecting and conserving the wildlife, landscapes and natural resources of Australia we are very concerned that the decision-making and management of water in the Murray-Darling Basin, particularly the implementation of the Basin Plan,... read more...
Environment Exchange

Beyond Gas – Environment Exchange

Aug 07
For the move away from gas to be effective it needs to be a holistic system, has to be communicated and  understood by the community, has to be tested in the Canberra context and additionally requires the support of the utilities and government.       Natural gas has been a key part of our energy mix for years and even became the transition fuel as we moved away from coal-fired electricity generation. Natural gas burns cleaner than coal, producing half the carbon dioxide, and it emits less toxic chemicals when burned. However, following the linking of Australian markets to international... read more...

Final Program Bushfire Community Symposium

Jul 20
  Bushfire Management - Balancing the Risks A community symposium to discuss research, strategies and expectations for fire management in the ACT in a changing environment. On Friday 21 July and Saturday 22 July. There will be a field trip on Sunday 22 July to Aranda bushland. Morning tea, afternoon tea, lunch, evening nibbles and tea and coffee are provided. The final program is now available Conference Program-FINAL  We look forward to seeing you there. It's not too late to register now!   The Australian Capital Territory has had bushfires before and will have bushfires again. We need to keep discussing the risks and hazards and the community... read more...

Yellow Box Dispatch June 2017

Jul 10
  Yellow Box Dispatch June 2017 Welcome to our monthly report to all of you who have been registered on our mailing list. Here's a report of some of our recent activities. We had a good World Environment Day dinner and thank you to our sponsors and to all the people who attended and bidded and volunteered. Even with the good result from the dinner we would like to remind you that you can make 2016-17 tax-deductible donations to us before the end of Friday 30 June. We have some exciting coming events with the Bushfire Symposium in July (register... read more...