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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 […]

Biodiversity offsets: are they working in the ACT?

Biodiversity offsets: are they working in the ACT?

The Conservation Council has long had an interest in, and concern about, biodiversity offsets. At first glance offsets are about destruction of some area of nature with a promise of future replacement of those destroyed values. Offsets are designed for development that is undertaken by developers and government. What could possibly go wrong? But offsets […]

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 […]