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Groups recommend against offsets to meet net emissions targets

Groups recommend against offsets to meet net emissions targets

The Conservation Council wrote on behalf of Climate Change Liaison Group members to Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Shane Rattenbury MLA, expressing concern that the ACT Government has obtained modelling for the ACT to offset its greenhouse emissions by setting up reafforestation and other land use changes in nearby regional NSW. This modelling has […]

Draft Federal biodiversity strategy not good enough

Draft Federal biodiversity strategy not good enough

The Conservation Council made comments on Australia’s strategy for nature 2018–2030 – Australia’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and Action Inventory – DRAFT which was meant as a review of Australia’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 2010 –2030, an undertaking from a meeting of Australia’s environment Ministers in November 2016. We were hoping for a more comprehensive and forward-looking strategy for […]

Comments on Draft water and sewerage prices 2018–23

Comments on Draft water and sewerage prices 2018–23

Comments on ICRC Draft report Regulated water and sewerage services prices 2018–23 February 2018 Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission PO Box 161 Civic Square ACT 2608 icrc@act.gov.au The Conservation Council ACT region is the peak non-government environment organisation for the Canberra Region. We have been the community’s voice for the environment in the Canberra region […]

Burning forest biomass is not carbon neutral

Burning forest biomass is not carbon neutral

On top of the simplistic claims that growing trees make burning forest biomass innocuous, the carbon accounting rules developed for the Kyoto Protocol and the way they have been applied has also enabled a false perception of carbon neutrality. The IPCC recognised the emissive nature of biomass burning but in recommending how to account for […]

Weedy wattles in Canberra

Weedy wattles in Canberra

Eight wattles “alien” to the ACT (and region) might become weeds and some show a propensity to naturalise within reserves and other native bush areas. Native plants they may be, but are they OK when viewed in the light of the now known issues of weediness of another old favourite – Cootamundra Wattle? Our committed and […]

Solar rebates for low income homes welcomed

Solar rebates for low income homes welcomed

Media release from ACT Energy Consumer Policy Consortium: ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS), Care Financial Counselling Service, Conservation Council ACT Region, SEE-Change, and Small Business Taskforce of the Canberra Business Chamber – 19 December 2017. A consortium of business, conservation and community groups has welcomed the launch of a new program to assist low income […]

No loan for Adani! Letter to Queensland Premier

No loan for Adani! Letter to Queensland Premier

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) […]

Canberra should aim for kitchen organic AND garden waste

Canberra should aim for kitchen organic AND garden waste

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 […]

Biodiversity offsets: are they working in the ACT?

Biodiversity offsets: are they working in the ACT?

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 […]

Conservation Council joins Stop Adani Alliance

Conservation Council joins Stop Adani Alliance

The Conservation Council ACT Region has joined 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 Foundation, 350.org, Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), Nature Conservation […]

Gas under a cloud

Gas under a cloud

If we had a chance to start anew we probably wouldn’t enforce gas infrastructure for every residence. Would we? Natural gas is basically methane and it produces greenhouse emissions when it burns (and it’s even worse if it just leaks into the atmosphere) and most of us recognise that climate change is going to get worse […]

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 […]