Protect wildlife and your cat

The Conservation Council ACT Region is calling on the ACT Government to make it law that cats are contained 24 hours a day across the whole of Canberra by 2025.

Cats are a popular pet in Canberra and a valuable companion animal in many households. They are also predators and all cats, even those that are well fed, have natural hunting and chasing instincts. Research reveals that roaming pet cats are killing a significant and diverse range of native wildlife, threatening biodiversity in our Bush Capital. While some suburbs have already been declared cat containment areas, cats are allowed to roam in many other suburbs, even near nature reserves.

Write to Minister Chris Steel, MLA, asking the Government to implement Canberra-wide cat containment by 2025.

Icon Water proposals for water and sewerage tariffs 2018-2023

Icon Water proposals for water and sewerage tariffs 2018-2023

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 […]

Conservation Councils write to Turnbull on water scandal

Conservation Councils write to Turnbull on water scandal

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 […]

Acronyms and fire management: if only they could put out the flames

Acronyms and fire management: if only they could put out the flames

If acronyms could put out bushfires we need never worry about catastrophic fires again. SBMP, BOP, RFMP and BPA are just a few of the acronyms thrown around when talking about fire management in the ACT. They have a huge importance in locking us, as a community, into very specific strategies and actions. Slashing, prescribed […]

Save our native mature trees – pillars of biodiversity

Save our native mature trees – pillars of biodiversity

Mature trees are pillars of biodiversity in the ecosystem. They provide habitat for wildlife, nurseries for seeds to grow and facilitate vital soil processes. Mature trees with natural hollows are disappearing from the ACT due to agriculture and urban development. This is significant because hollows are home to many native birds and animals and without […]

Proposed kangaroo management changes

Proposed kangaroo management changes

Proposed kangaroo management changes The Conservator for Flora and Fauna has declared the Eastern Grey Kangaroo as a controlled native species under the Nature Conservation Act 2014 and consequently has also prepared an Eastern Grey Kangaroo: Draft Controlled Species Management Plan. Community input to this plan close 24 March 2017 (see response details below). Essentially the plan updates the 2010 Kangaroo […]

Mature Native Trees: Pillars of Biodiversity

Mature Native Trees: Pillars of Biodiversity

“We literally cannot live without trees” Darren Le Roux, Environmental Project Officer, ACT Parks and Conservation Service The nomination of “Loss of Native Hollow-bearing Trees”, as a threatening process under the Nature Conservation ACT 2014, was discussed during our February 2017 Environment Exchange forum. Community groups, local and federal government and interested members of the […]