Nature and Waterways
As the ‘bush capital’ Canberra is fortunate to host some of the most amazing wildlife and landscapes in Australia. But the triple planetary crisis of biodiversity loss, climate change, and pollution means that we have more to lose than ever before.
Over 100 Australian species are now listed as either extinct or extinct in the wild. Across the country, there are more non-native plants than native ones. Rivers, the lifeblood of inland landscapes like Canberra are drying up, and land is being cleared at alarming rates.
The ACT is not immune to this. Approximately 6.2% of Canberra’s mature trees have been removed in the past 5 years; our beloved faunal emblem, the Gang-gang Cockatoo is endangered; and our natural areas are at increasing risk of pest plants and animals.
Join us in working to protect our region’s amazing nature
Keen to get involved? Join the Biodiversity Working Group
Biodiversity Working Group is chaired by Hugh Coppell and meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5.30pm. Biodiversity Working Group is open to anyone interested in biodiversity including member groups, staff and board members. To become involved please contact Peta.
ACT Budget 2020/21 Submission
In May 2019, the ACT Legislative Assembly declared a state of climate emergency noting that “globally, nationally and locally, human induced climate change is contributing to record breaking temperatures, extreme weather events, and a range of negative social,...
Why we need cat containment
We welcomed the opportunity to comment on the Draft ACT Cat Plan 2019-29. Read what we urged the ACT Government to do in our submission here.
Media Release: Draft Cat Plan up for discussion
5 April 2019 Draft cat plan up for discussion The Conservation Council ACT Region has welcomed today’s release of the Draft ACT Cat Plan, and encouraged the community to get involved in the consultation over the next three months. “This is a great opportunity for...
Contained cats are happier cats
Our recent Environment Exchange on cat containment foreshadowed the newly released draft Cat Plan. Canberra needs cat containment across all suburbs by 2025 to help protect native wildlife, and cats.
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 […]
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 […]