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Conservation Council Newsletter




1. Climate Change

2. Transport
3. Water

Events Diary

1. Climate change and the law – 14 December

2. Christmas drinks – 21 December


For Sale

1. Biodiversity Summit 2006: Proceedings

2. NPA Symposium Proceedings

3. Christmas cards


1. Climate Change

Say NO to nuclear power, demand a safe, clean renewable energy future Greenpeace online petition.


The Prime Minister, John Howard, is scheming up a major expansion of the nuclear industry in and in June 2006 established a Nuclear Taskforce to look at the issues. So far the only nuclear activity ruled out is building nuclear weapons. Everything else is on the table including:

  • more uranium mining;
  • selling uranium to developing countries for new nuclear power;
  • building domestic nuclear power plants;
  • enriching uranium in ;
  • reprocessing nuclear materials;
  • becoming part of a global nuclear fuel leasing consortium; and
  • hosting an international nuclear waste dump.

While the Prime Minister called for a ‘full-blooded debate’ unfortunately the process has been flawed right from the beginning. Going nuclear is just too risky, too irresponsible, too expensive and can not deliver a solution to climate change.

The real solution to climate change is energy efficiency and renewable energy. Going nuclear is not the answer. Sign the online petition.


From ABC Tuesday, December 12, 2006.

A team of scientists from the and has found new evidence about the rapid melting of ice in the Arctic. Data presented at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union suggests all year-round ice could disappear by the year 2040. The scientists also believe recent research shows a tipping point which would trigger a rapid melting is fast approaching. Read more



2. Transport

The Conservation Council and Pedal Power will release next week our fifth report card on the government’s progress in implementing the sustainable transport plan.


ACTION bus timetable has been slashed following funding cuts in the ACT Budget. Suburban services have been substantially reduced, with many services now hourly from 8.30 or 9 am. The Conservation Council’s message to government has been that the service cuts are going to lead to a significant drop off in passengers and dampen any growth that was being achieved due to petrol price rises and network improvements. An hourly service will result in very low patronage, with only those with absolutely no other transport choice using the buses.  


3. Water
Canberra is now in stage 3 water restrictions, we are pleased that for the now the use of drippers has been allowed to continue. There has been considerable effort made to move people to dripper irrigation systems. Drippers are significantly more water efficient than hand held hoses,buckets and watering cans which also continue to be allowed under stage 3. We are disappointed in the lack of effort from the ACT government in recent months on promoting water efficiency, we feel there is still a lot that can be done to reduce potable water consumption. We will be looking to see more funding for Think Water Act Water in the next ACT Budget.


The announced $17m joint ACT and Commonwealth funding for the creation of urban wetlands is a welcomed investment. For more information you can read our media release


Events Diary


1. Climate change and the law Thursday, 14 December 12.30-1.30pm (followed by light refreshments) Sparke Helmore Theatre 2 ANU College of Law, Fellows Road, ANU RSVP to:  Enquiries to T: 6125 1689 more info

This presentation will review the outcomes of the Nairobi meeting and will focus on considerations for future action from the perspective of Small Island Developing States, the Australian Government and industry. Speakers: Ian Fry, International Environmental Advisor, Environment Department, Government of . Jan Adams, Ambassador for the Environment to , DFAT


2. Last drinks – the Conservation council is moving in early 2007 to new (but temporary) premises on Childers St. On Thursday 21 December from 4 pm onwards you are invited to join us for Christmas drinks and to farewell the “rat house” @ Conservation Council offices Kingsley St Acton.


For Sale

1. Biodiversity Summit 2006:  Proceedings Does have the legal and institutional tools to stop the loss of biodiversity?  Does the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC Act) work?  24 contributors to the one-day Biodiversity Summit, held in Melbourne on 22 September 2006 give their views in this new publication. Description 40 pp booklet including the main presentations from the Biodiversity Summit and summaries of workshop presentations, published by the Green Institute and Lawyers for Forests.

Green Institute:;

Cost:  $10 plus $2 posted.


2. NPA Symposium Proceedings Caring for Namadgi – Science and People

A beautifully presented book with 19 themes and many colour photos about Namadgi National Park is now available from NPA ACT or the Namadgi Visitors Centre. COST (inc GST): $27.50 (PLUS $7.50 for postage and handling). NPA ACT, PO Box 1940, Woden ACT 2606


3. Christmas cards - The Conservation Council has cards for sale depicting local flora and fauna. There are four different cards depicting a corroboree frog, spotted pardalote, earless dragon and the orchid lily. For sale in sets of 4 for $5. 6247 7808


To advertise your conservation events email  


The Conservation Council is Canberra’s peak non government, environment organisation.  As an umbrella organisation, the Council represents the interests of over 30 community and conservation organisations in the Canberra Region as well as the broader environmental interests of all citizens of the ACT.  The Conservation Council's mission is to achieve the highest quality environment for Canberra and the surrounding region.




Trish Harrup
Conservation Council SE Region and Canberra
GPO Box 544 Canberra 2601
T: 02 6247 7808
F: 02 6248 5343


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