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Laws change to help protect mature native trees

Laws change to help protect mature native trees

Some good news for the environment! Our submission to have the loss of mature native trees recognised as a key threatening process under the Nature Conservation Act 2014 has been accepted. While it took a number of years to achieve, the Scientific Committee has: “agreed to broaden the threatening process from the loss of hollow […]

ACT aims for zero emissions by 2045

ACT aims for zero emissions by 2045

On Tuesday 18 September 2018, the ACT, with tri-partisan support in the parliament, set a new zero net emissions target by 2045, passing the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Principal Target) Amendment Bill 2018 to amend the zero net emissions target in the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010 (ACT). We are the first Australian jusrisdiction to bring […]

16 storey hotel proposal for Garema Place needs change

16 storey hotel proposal for Garema Place needs change

The Conservation Council has called on the Government not to approve a development proposal for a sixteen storey hotel comprising of a commercial hotel development containing 233 hotel suites on Garema Place in the city centre, because it does not adequately demonstrate effective integration of social, economic and environmental considerations. The Conservation Council supports higher […]

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 […]