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Climate change – thank you and path ahead

Climate change – thank you and path ahead

The environmental high point of the 2016 ACT Legislative Assembly election was that all three parties in the Assembly broadly agreed on climate change targets. Labor, Liberal and Greens supported 100% electricity from renewable energy by 2020 and zero net emissions by 2050 at the latest (with the Greens calling for a 2030 target). The […]

Election transport policies from the incumbents

Election transport policies from the incumbents

Light rail has been successful in lifting the profile of transport, even public transport, in the 2016 ACT election campaign. In terms of the Conservation Council’s policies light rail gets a tick because it can assist development of a more compact city and it is another step to reduce the expansion of the city. At the […]

A letter to the ACT Greens on cat containment

A letter to the ACT Greens on cat containment

This letter was sent to all ACT Greens candidates 6 October 2016. A response was provided by the ACT Greens 14 October and is included in full below the letter. ACT Greens policy: “Enforcing cat containment” Thank you for sending your Protecting our environment election policy and for being the first of the current sitting parties […]

Climate change action needs to go beyond politics

Climate change action needs to go beyond politics

The ACT Greens have announced measures to transition Canberra away from gas including stopping new gas infrastructure; removing incentives to install gas appliances; setting minimum standards for new gas appliances; mandating that replacement hot water systems must not be gas; and changing Building Code requirements to prohibit gas hot water services in new houses. If […]

Local all-party support on climate change action

Local all-party support on climate change action

ACT Government policy on greenhouse gas emissions and electricity from renewable energy has made the ACT a leader both nationally and internationally. What really stands out now is that finally goals for strong action have all-party support. On 29 August Jeremy Hanson MLA, leader of the Canberra Liberals, committed to support the current 100% renewable […]

Good news: ACT to have 100% renewable electricity by 2020

Good news: ACT to have 100% renewable electricity by 2020

The Conservation Council welcomes the 23 August 2016 announcement [see below] that the ACT is on track and will meet its target for 100% electricity from renewable energy by 2020. A key question now is whether the Canberra Liberals will confirm their support for this renewable energy target. In May this year they supported Government […]

Riverview: Mechanisms and principles to protect environment and heritage values

Riverview: Mechanisms and principles to protect environment and heritage values

The Riverview urban development proposal is a complex large project straddling the boundary of the ACT and NSW. The Conservation Council has been involved in various informal and formal processes over some years. We have always considered it important that any urban development here be carefully considered due to the proximity of significant woodlands, the […]

Assembly wastes opportunity

Assembly wastes opportunity

The ACT’s municipal waste mountain at Mugga Lane is growing by nearly quarter of a million tonnes per year yet the Legislative Assembly in the last sitting days before the election focussed on waste management not waste reduction. Minister Fitzharris obtained support of the Assembly on 4 August 2016 to repeal the Waste Minimisation Act 2001 and […]

Transport – connecting people and places

Transport – connecting people and places

The Conservation Council has developed election policies in the lead-up to the 15 October 2016 ACT Legislative Assembly election in order to set out some environmental issues for the candidates to consider as they campaign and set out their own policies. Here is our policy: Transport – connecting people and places. Context Transport is an essential […]

Planning – the right things in the right places

Planning – the right things in the right places

Build Canberra as a compact city (current area is 814.2 km²), a liveable city enjoyed by all, a city of choice with a dynamic heart, and a place where natural and cultural heritage are respected and protected. ACT building standards must be set to meet ACT targets for greenhouse gas emissions reduction. The ACT should be […]

Issues with NSW Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016

Issues with NSW Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016

Through discussions with member groups we have identified issues for submissions on consultation on the Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016 and Local Land Services Amendment Bill 2016. 1.  Contradiction /inconsistency between Objectives of Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016 and Local Land Services Amendment Bill 2016 and also with previous Native Vegetation Act 2003 2.  Reliance on base data […]