Solar rebates for low income homes welcomed

Solar rebates for low income homes welcomed

Media release from ACT Energy Consumer Policy Consortium: ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS), Care Financial Counselling Service, Conservation Council ACT Region, SEE-Change, and Small Business Taskforce of the Canberra Business Chamber – 19 December 2017. A consortium of business, conservation and community groups has welcomed the launch of a new program to assist low income […]

Election transport policies from the incumbents

Election transport policies from the incumbents

Light rail has been successful in lifting the profile of transport, even public transport, in the 2016 ACT election campaign. In terms of the Conservation Council’s policies light rail gets a tick because it can assist development of a more compact city and it is another step to reduce the expansion of the city. At the […]

Riverview: Mechanisms and principles to protect environment and heritage values

Riverview: Mechanisms and principles to protect environment and heritage values

The Riverview urban development proposal is a complex large project straddling the boundary of the ACT and NSW. The Conservation Council has been involved in various informal and formal processes over some years. We have always considered it important that any urban development here be carefully considered due to the proximity of significant woodlands, the […]

Transport – connecting people and places

Transport – connecting people and places

The Conservation Council has developed election policies in the lead-up to the 15 October 2016 ACT Legislative Assembly election in order to set out some environmental issues for the candidates to consider as they campaign and set out their own policies. Here is our policy: Transport – connecting people and places. Context Transport is an essential […]

Planning – the right things in the right places

Planning – the right things in the right places

Build Canberra as a compact city (current area is 814.2 km²), a liveable city enjoyed by all, a city of choice with a dynamic heart, and a place where natural and cultural heritage are respected and protected. ACT building standards must be set to meet ACT targets for greenhouse gas emissions reduction. The ACT should be […]

Towards a smarter, sustainable Canberra – governance for sustainability

Towards a smarter, sustainable Canberra – governance for sustainability

The Conservation Council has produced policies around our focus areas leading up to the October 2016 ACT election Sustainability is about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Australia’s cities and towns of the future must successfully integrate the needs of people, the built […]

Concept suburb of ‘Thompson’

On 3 March, the Canberra Times reported the ACT Government was considering a concept suburb just to the West of Tuggeranong town centre. The announcement raised a range of questions, including whether the Government has a clear understanding of the ecological values of the area, who had been consulted about the idea, and how likely […]