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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 […]

Waste market sounding encouraging greenhouse gases?

Waste market sounding encouraging greenhouse gases?

The ACT Government’s ‘market sounding’ on waste does not prioritise reducing waste or increasing recycling while it provides support for incineration or biogas or other greenhouse gas emitting ‘energy from waste’ proposals. Energy from waste is backed up in the document with the proposal: “A feed-in tariff may be offered for the renewable portion of […]

Joy Burch speaks on Foy proposal and resident follow up letter

Joy Burch speaks on Foy proposal and resident follow up letter

Hello Joy, I was very heartened to see you speak in the Assembly Wednesday 15 February 2017 expressing your concerns with the FOY proposal in Hume. I’m not sure how much you and your staff already know about the proposal, but apart from the health and safety concerns, there are several relevant facts that are […]

Municipal waste resource page

Municipal waste resource page

A resource page on Canberra’s municipal waste policies and responses with links to some Conservation Council materials, ACT Government documents and a few other places. Conservation Council 20 July 2016 – Waste Management and Resource Recovery Bill 2016 comments on final ACT legislation before it went to a vote in the Assembly and went through unopposed […]

Why would we convert plastic to fuel?

Why would we convert plastic to fuel?

The draft terms of reference for the proposed plastics to fuels plant at Hume do not address the issue of whether the industry should be located in the ACT at all. While the panel will go some way to looking at health impacts of pollution on local residents and the potential impact of disasters the panel is […]

Peak community groups write to parties on climate change

Peak community groups write to parties on climate change

9 December 2016 Andrew Barr, MLA, Chief Minister Alistair Coe, MLA, Leader of the Opposition Shane Rattenbury, MLA, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Dear Chief Minister, Leader of the Opposition and Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Select Committee “Canberra – Our Pathway to Zero Net Emissions” One of the highlights of the ACT […]

Submission to ICRC on proposed new water tariff structure

Submission to ICRC on proposed new water tariff structure

The recent report from the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) on a new structure for water charges would have a significant negative impact on the ACT if it was implemented. The current structure has a low basic supply charge, and then two levels of quantity charge. The lower charges apply to the basic quantity […]

Australian Environment Ministers – phase out plastic bags!

Australian Environment Ministers – phase out plastic bags!

The Conservation Council ACT Region joined with other members of the Boomerang Alliance to call on all the Australian Environment Ministers to phase out plastic bags at their next meeting in November 2016. BOOMERANG ALLIANCE AFROCAB; Australian Conservation Foundation;  Australian Marine Conservation Society; Arid Lands Environment Centre; Beach Patrol; Cairns and Far North Coast Environment […]

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 […]