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.

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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 […]

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 […]

Comments on Draft water and sewerage prices 2018–23

Comments on Draft water and sewerage prices 2018–23

Comments on ICRC Draft report Regulated water and sewerage services prices 2018–23 February 2018 Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission PO Box 161 Civic Square ACT 2608 icrc@act.gov.au The Conservation Council ACT region is the peak non-government environment organisation for the Canberra Region. We have been the community’s voice for the environment in the Canberra region […]

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 […]

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 […]

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