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Northern Corroboree Frog

Corroboree frogs on the comeback trail

SIMON Corbell says recent surveys showing some corroboree frogs released in 2011 have survived and have begun their breeding calls is heartening. “These results confirm that captive-bred frogs can survive for some years in the wild and re-establish breeding populations,” Simon said. The frog survivors come from the first experimental release of corroboree frogs in […]

Youth Climate Coalition targets Canberra’s banks with graffiti

CIVIC’s pavements were unusually colourful this morning after Canberra’s Youth Climate Coalition set about with chalk and stencils to draw a line between climate change, the banks’ financing practices, and the Great Barrier Reef. Some bank staff had made more efforts than others to erase the messages. There’s more information about the campaign on the […]

Recycling bin dumpers will need to worry about more CCTV now

SHANE Rattenbury says the ACT Government is stepping up monitoring at recycling drop-off centres around the ACT in a bid to reduce costly illegal dumping of waste at these facilities, with upgrades to existing closed circuit television (CCTV). “Recycling drop-off centres allow residents to dispose of excess recyclable material (principally glass, plastic and cardboard) that […]

Distant wind farms to power a third of Canberra

SIMON Corbell says the ACT’s first wind energy reverse auction has resulted in a $50million direct investment into the local economy and broader economic benefits in excess of $240 million. “The auction has also delivered low renewable energy prices and enough renewable energy to provide for approximately 33% of Canberra’s electricity needs,” Simon said. “The […]

Greens call for long term rooftop solar feed-in pricing

SHANE Rattenbury has renewed calls for a guaranteed, fair price for rooftop solar in the ACT in the wake of the collapse of another local solar installation firm, Armada Solar. “All Canberrans could play an active role in the ACT achieving our 90% renewable electricity target by installing rooftop solar,” Shane said. “We are building […]

Zed wants to know where your $140 is

LIBERAL Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja is asking when the ACT Government will pass on carbon tax repeal savings to Canberra’s rate-payers. “Following the Coalition’s successful repeal of the Carbon Tax, local councils across the country have indicated they will pass on their savings to rate-payers,” Zed said. “The ACT Labor government is yet […]

Conservation Council savages the Labor/Green ACT Government

THE ACT’s Conservation Council says legislation passed today by the ALP-Green ACT Government will lead to a net-loss of biodiversity. “The biodiversity offsets legislation passed in the ACT Legislative Assembly yesterday does not adequately enforce the ‘avoid, mitigate, offset’ hierarchy through the development assessment process, where proponents must demonstrate how they have avoided and mitigated […]

Zed’s dream of Greater Tuggeranong marches on

LIBERAL Senator Zed Seselja has let it be known that his plan of concreting down to and over the Murrumbidgee has been referred to the National Capital Authority for consideration. “After a series of discussions with Senator Zed Seselja who is passionate about Canberra’s future, I have asked the NCA to commence work to consider […]

Volunteers feel duped by land ‘greed’

LANDCARE volunteers from the Watson Community Association have worked hard to restore the natural balance in Justice Robert Hope Park since it was set aside as “urban open space” in 2001 and 2002 after a successful campaign against residential development on the site. Now they are angry and bewildered. Their adopted park and the work […]

Plugging into a green future

  ENERGY provider ActewAGL has signed an agreement to supply Better Place’s electric-car charging network in Canberra. The $60 million, 10-year deal is the largest renewable energy agreement of its kind in Australia. The energy will be drawn from sources such as wind, hydro and solar. “Better Place has always been committed to supplying our […]

Veggies keep kids in the zone

KIDS are more likely to eat vegetables if they’re involved in planting, growing, harvesting and cooking them, says Molly Henson. The environmental science teacher at Duffy Primary School  says her pupils love getting their hands dirty in the school’s large “eco-zone”. “The kids do everything,” says Molly. “They really enjoy being outside, in nature, and […]