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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 […]

Going backwards on reducing ACT’s waste

Going backwards on reducing ACT’s waste

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 […]

Waste Management Issues in the ACT

Waste Management Issues in the ACT

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 […]

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 […]

Lack of Unified Vision for Waste Education

Lack of Unified Vision for Waste Education

“vision can be formed by asking what the ACT Government and the ACT community want to become and what they want to achieve in the future” Problems with Current Visions The ACT Government acknowledges they have no single unified vision for waste education that directly supports an agreed set of desired outcomes [1]. The lack […]

ACT Energy Consumers Policy Consortium media release

ACT Energy Consumers Policy Consortium media release

Energy Bill Shock inevitable as electricity prices in ACT rise by 18.95 per cent Low income consumers in the ACT have today been dealt a massive blow the ACT Energy Policy Consortium said. The ACT Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) has announced that the regulated price of electricity will increase by 18.95 per cent […]

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 […]