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Concerns over Molonglo Valley development

Concerns over Molonglo Valley development

The Conservation Council has engaged actively in the planning processes concerning the urban development of the Molonglo Valley (viz East Molonglo and Central Molonglo) over a number of years. However, we are increasingly dismayed and alarmed over the lack of proper balance between conservation and development, in what appears to be ad hoc planning processes rather than an overall, […]

No to burning forests for energy

No to burning forests for energy

The Conservation Council ACT Region has joined with other groups through the Australian Forest Climate Alliance in endorsing this position statement. Position Statement on Forest Biomass Energy We share a vision of a world in which thriving natural forests play a significant role in tackling climate change and contribute to a clean, healthy, just and […]

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 […]

ACT Government need clear pathway to zero net emissions

ACT Government need clear pathway to zero net emissions

The Conservation Council joined with our member groups Australian Youth Climate Council (AYCC), Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) , Canberra Environment Centre, Climate Action Canberra, Frank Fenner Foundation, SEE-Change and 350Canberra; as well as with Australian Religious Response to Climate Change to make a submission to Towards Zero Net Emissions in the ACT  – our second submission into the post-2020 […]

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 […]