Protecting Canberra’s nature
The 2019 United Nations report on biodiversity identified that up to one million species globally face extinction in coming decades. Australia is not immune, with 1,600 species that are currently threatened.
The ACT is home to two critically-endangered ecological communities with 52 threatened species. Natural Temperate Grasslands and Yellow Box-Blakely’s Red Gum Grassy Woodlands are especially important given their national significance, as well as their intrinsic value and amenity they bring to our city.
Threatened by urban development, invasive species and climate change, these areas of conservation value in the ACT should now be protected.
Bush Buds: Woodlands Walk
You’ve chosen your Bush bud - now it’s time to learn all about them! Join us for the first Bush Buds walk - the theme of this walk is Woodlands, and will give you the...
The Plight of the Canberra Grassland Earless Dragon
What's going on with Canberra's Dragons? In 2019, taxonomists realised southeast Australia’s Grassland Earless...
Federal Government’s Environmental Law Reform still Leaves Young People with a Nature Emergency
This week, on the backdrop of scientists’ timely declaration that the fate of the entire living world, including us, hangs in the balance of biodiversity conservation – we held our breath. Hoping that when the Minister of the Environment announced her “Nature positive plan” for law reform, we could finally have a world to look forward to, where we can imagine the future. The news that we had hoped for never arrived. Instead of taking a stand for Australia’s nature, and protecting our nation’s future, the Minister presented a disappointing plan that is entirely ill-equipped to tackle the nature emergency.
Biodiversity: A Year in Review
At this time of year, there is a lot of forward planning and looking ahead to be done, but it’s important to take the time to reflect on the year’s achievements, and it has been a very significant year in biodiversity campaigning. Read Peta’s full review of 2022 campaigning!
Community Screening: FRANKLIN documentary
Come join us for a screening of the popular feature documentary FRANKLIN on Wednesday 14 December!
The Next Step for Lawson Grasslands
Ironically, this year, National Threatened Species Day was also the day that community consultation closed for the Lawson North residential development, a staunchly opposed housing project in Canberra’s Belconnen Region. The project was referred to the National Environment Minister, for a determination on whether it should be regulated. The Council argued that the proposal should be controlled, and found it clearly unacceptable as it proposes to destroy 15.8 hectares of critically endangered grassland.