In the ACT we are privileged to enjoy a rich natural landscape and vibrant city simultaneously. However, we are challenged by the increasing pressures of a growing population, and the associated demands for housing and services.
Canberra is Australia’s second least dense city. As we respond to increased population pressure, strengthening our commitment to urban infill will reduce pressure on natural ecosystems.
High quality urban development must be accompanied by a commitment to diversifying medium density housing options to provide better choices for the community.
Urban greenspace will help to build resilience against the impacts of climate change, enhance connectivity across the urban landscape, and deliver quality-of-life benefits to the community. Green space, trees and shrubs provide vital refuge for wildlife and pollinators across the urban landscape, cool the urban environment, and slow urban water flows.
New Planning Laws Need a Stronger Focus on Climate and Nature
Planning laws must have a stronger emphasis on preventing carbon emissions, preparing our city for the impacts of climate change over the next decades, and the protection of nature in and around our urban areas.
Canberra’s Western Edge: the new urban development frontier
Bordered by the Murrumbidgee River and the regions of Weston Creek, Molonglo Valley and Belconnen, the “Western Edge” refers to 9,800 ha of undeveloped land to the west of Canberra. Much of the area is made up of rural leasehold land whose purchase by the Suburban Land Agency in 2015 garnered much public interest. Despite, at the time, stating that there were no plans for the land to be developed for 20-30 years, the 2021 Budget announcement indicates that early planning studies are afoot.
MEDIA RELEASE: Canberra’s environment to foot the bill for Defence Housing Australia’s poor investment
The Conservation Council ACT Region is disappointed by Defence Housing Australia’s recently released revised development plans for Lawson North, noting that the...
Reducing scope 3 emissions requires circular design thinking and legislated targets
The Conservation Council ACT Region welcomes the report on Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions in the ACT, produced by the...
Bluett’s Block – a biodiversity gem!
Below the Molonglo River Reserve and to the West of Denman Prospect Development, is a remarkable natural area known as “Bluetts Block”. Two ecological communities are...
Budget Wrap 2021-2022
Earlier this year, the Conservation Council made a Budget submission to the ACT Government this year that focussed on 4 key priorities: Respond to the climate emergency...