Friends of Grassland forum 30 October to 1 November 2014

Friends of Grassland are holding a form titled “Grass half full or grass half empty?” from 30 October to 1 November 2014, at the CSIRO Discovery Centre. Full details and registration information can be found here.

Successful October working bee

It was a stunning, sunny and warm morning on the October long weekend, when 14 volunteer friends and members of the Regenerators arrived ready to help cut and daub woody weeds in the Reserve close to Hindmarsh Drive.  We focused on the usual culprits – cononeaster, pyracantha and briar rose together with a range of deciduous invaders including olive, apple and box elder.  Thanks to all who contributed to over 40 person hours of great effort.

The next working bee will be Sunday 2 November 2014.  More details will be emailed out closer to the time.

October working bee

The next working bee will be held on Sunday 5 October 2014 from 9am to around midday.  We will be working in the same location as last month cutting and dabbing woody weeds. Parking is available at the top end of Rusden Street, Garran next to the gate into the Red Hill Reserve.  Meet at the gate, where we will have tools, herbicide, gloves and instructions.  The weather is warming up so don’t forget to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and water.  Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt and strong enclosed footwear for protection.  BYO morning tea.  Hope to see a big turnup in spite of the long weekend!

Regional Fire Management Plans

Here is the link to the ACTMAPi site which contains the web based maps of the Regional Fire Management Plans.

In order to see the different layers making up the map, click on the icon at the bottom left that looks like a stack of paper. You can then expand  and tick on and off the different layers in the “Map layers” column on the left hand side of the screen

For example, under the “Regional Fire Management Plan” heading, click on the  “+” sign to expand this layer, and then you can turn on and off the different treatments (Grazing, Physical Removal, Prescribed Burns, Slashing)

The map contains further information – zoom in and out using your mouse or the arrows, and then click over the activity –  An information box should appear with a description of the  RFMPs and then some info on the activity  – in relation to burns, the timing , type of burns (eg Strategic, Asset Protection) and some additional comments.

Regenerators gets a new website

The Red Hill Regenerators Group recently launched its new website, with a more comprehensive menu and direct access to the Regenerators Twitter feed and Flickr photograph albums.

Member feedback is welcomed via the ‘Feedback’ menu

Canberra Nature Map

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service has launched a useful and interactive website called ‘Canberra Nature Map’. The web site enables rare and endangered plant sightings to be reported, identified and located. Anyone can log on and contribute. Find the website at

September 2014 Working Bee

Our next working bee will be held on Sunday 7 September 2014 from 9am to 12.30pm.  We will meet by the gate into the reserve at the end of Rusden Street, Garran (See Whitepages Map 23 A14).  We plan to attack woody weeds along the reserve hill slopes and those with Chemcert certificates will be able to spray for verbascum, thistles and other herbaceous weeds.
Wear protective clothing – long pants, long sleeves, eyewear.  Bring water and something for morning tea at 11am.  We will provide tools, herbicides and gloves and instructions.
If rain is forecast an email will be sent on Saturday evening to advise of possible cancellation.
We hope to see you on Sunday!
Enquiries to

Federal Golf Club Developments: 2007 to 2014

This post summarises the history of attempts by the Federal Golf Club to develop parts of its lease, from 2007 to mid 2014.


EPBC Act 1999: bilateral agreement with the ACT

The draft approval bilateral agreement provides for accreditation of Australian Capital Territory processes for approval of proposed actions that would otherwise be assessed by the Australian Government for approval under the EPBC Act. Only one decision including conditions on approval is made by the Australian Capital Territory, accounting for Australian Capital Territory matters and matters of national environmental significance.

The finalised approval bilateral agreement will include a list of Australian Capital Territory processes that have been accredited by the Federal Environment Minister. These processes are known as ‘accredited processes’. No separate Australian Government referral, assessment or approval will be required for proposed actions that fall under an accredited process.

The Regenerators intend to provide a submission on this matter before the 11 September 2014 closing data.


Environmental Offsets Guidelines

The development of the EPBC Act Offsets assessment guide and the many benefits of bridging the science-policy divide.

Read “The development of the EPBC Act offsets assessment guide”

Welcome to ACT Red Hill Regenerators

You are welcome to join our monthly activities. We carry out bush regeneration work within the Red Hill Nature Reserve on the 1st Sunday of each month, from 9am to 12:30, except for January. By joining the Group, you will automatically be advised of any Group activities and their locations. You will also be supporting the preservation and conservation of a vital ecosystem and recreational resource

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