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 http://www.canberranaturemap.org
This post summarises the history of attempts by the Federal Golf Club to develop parts of its lease, from 2007 to mid 2014.
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.
The development of the EPBC Act Offsets assessment guide and the many benefits of bridging the science-policy divide.
2013: The official opening of the long-awaited Canberra Centenary Trail.
From 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday 27 October 2013, a ‘Try the Trail Day’ will be held at five different locations along the alignment – Hall School Museum, Victoria Street Hall, John Knight Memorial Park in Belconnen, Chapman near Cooleman Ridge, Tuggeranong Town Park and Remembrance Park in Campbell.
People can join a guided walk led by ACT Scouts and purchase some lunch from a Rotary Club stall.
Event partner, ACT Medicare Local, will also be providing a free trail map and fresh fruit to all participants on the day.
May 2012: On 28 May 2012, TAMS published the final consultation report, together with a map of the proposed final Trail alignment and showing where the Trail will follow existing trails, be an upgrade of an existing trail, or be a newly constructed trail. It could be seen on the TAMS web site (Final Consultation Report p13) (removed from website) that:
“In order to avoid the need for new trail within Red Hill Nature Reserve, walkers will use existing trails to reach the top of Red Hill, whereas bike riders will be directed along the existing fire trails on the eastern side”
Therefore, we are assured that there will be no new trails constructed on Red Hill and a small section of existing steep maintenance track section will be upgraded. Only Trail walkers will use trails on Red Hill, with cyclists being directed along the base of Red Hill. The TAMS report also provided a response to the Red Hill Regenerators submission.
May 2012: A meeting of Parkcare groups with the Chief Minister was arranged on 11 May 2012, to express a range of views regarding the route selection process through Nature Reserves. The brief for the meeting was prepared by representatives from Black Mountain, Mt Ainslie, Mt Majura and Red Hill Nature Reserves
May 2012: After meeting with the Centenary Trail team on 16 April 2012, the Senior Project Office provided an assurance on 3 May 2012 that:
“the trail alignment has been revised to show walkers only to the summit and cyclists along the fire trail at the base of the hill. There are no new trail sections proposed for Red Hill. The summary consultation report and revised map will be released publically after your meeting with the Minister in mid May 2012“.