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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 […]

Lack of Unified Vision for Waste Education

Lack of Unified Vision for Waste Education

“vision can be formed by asking what the ACT Government and the ACT community want to become and what they want to achieve in the future” Problems with Current Visions The ACT Government acknowledges they have no single unified vision for waste education that directly supports an agreed set of desired outcomes [1]. The lack […]

Save our native mature trees – pillars of biodiversity

Save our native mature trees – pillars of biodiversity

Mature trees are pillars of biodiversity in the ecosystem. They provide habitat for wildlife, nurseries for seeds to grow and facilitate vital soil processes. Mature trees with natural hollows are disappearing from the ACT due to agriculture and urban development. This is significant because hollows are home to many native birds and animals and without […]

Proposed kangaroo management changes

Proposed kangaroo management changes

Proposed kangaroo management changes The Conservator for Flora and Fauna has declared the Eastern Grey Kangaroo as a controlled native species under the Nature Conservation Act 2014 and consequently has also prepared an Eastern Grey Kangaroo: Draft Controlled Species Management Plan. Community input to this plan close 24 March 2017 (see response details below). Essentially the plan updates the 2010 Kangaroo […]

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 […]