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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 […]

Biodiversity Conservation – protecting our unique ecological communities and the Bush Capital

Biodiversity Conservation – protecting our unique ecological communities and the Bush Capital

Here are our policies on biodiversity conservation in the lead up to the ACT Election to be held 15 October 2016: Context About 99% of natural grassland and 95% of Yellow Box-Red Gum Grassy Woodland have been destroyed nationally, for cropping, urban expansion and infrastructure. Large patches in good condition are rare beyond the ACT. The remaining […]

Temperate Grassland new listing, definition; critically endangered

Temperate Grassland new listing, definition; critically endangered

Natural Temperate Grassland of the South Eastern Highlands, a critically endangered ecological community (EPBC Act) In April 2016 the previously listed Natural Temperate Grassland of the Southern Tablelands of NSW and the ACT was replaced by a new listing and definition. The revised listing has extended its distribution and range, altitude, habitat and threatened status. […]

Concept suburb of ‘Thompson’

On 3 March, the Canberra Times reported the ACT Government was considering a concept suburb just to the West of Tuggeranong town centre. The announcement raised a range of questions, including whether the Government has a clear understanding of the ecological values of the area, who had been consulted about the idea, and how likely […]

Investing in renewable energy benefits ACT community

Investing in renewable energy benefits ACT community

On 4 March 2016, ACT Minister for the Environment Simon Corbell announced the Sapphire Wind farm project had won the final reverse-auction to supply wind power that will power 48,000 Canberra homes. Recently there has been some debate over the environmental benefits and whether renewable energy for Canberra is worth the cost. Stephen Bygrave, CEO […]