Fw: Conservation Council E-Bulletin #1

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Subject: Fw: Conservation Council E-Bulletin #1
From: "Jenny Bounds" <>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 21:41:29 +1100
Greetings all: I am forwarding this for the interest of list members - its a new communication from the Conservation Council.  If you want to subscribe, send an email to the address below. 


This is the Conservation Council’s first E-bulletin.  The E-bulletin will be distributed monthly.  The purpose is to provide up-to-date information on what the Conservation Council and its Member Groups are doing, provide briefs on environmental issues, and notify relevant events.  


If you would like to be added to the list please send an email to Subject: Subscribe E-bulletin.



Campaigns Update      

1. Climate Change

2. Water

Submission, documents for comment

1. Namadgi Plan of Management

2. Stage One Water Conservation Measurers

3. Molonglo Valley

Events Diary

1. Walk Against Warming

2. Dragwayaway - Public meeting

3. Ten Years of the EDO in the ACT-  Champagne Fundraiser

4. On Creating more Sustainable Gardens in the Canberra Region

5. Transport and Sustainability Seminar

6. Dragwayaway - Open day at block 51, Majura Valley


1. Christmas wine offer



Campaigns Update


1. Climate Change

The Climate Change campaign is focusing on the December 3rd International Day of Action. In Canberra we are running a “Walk Against Warming” event starting at 11am at Garema Place in Civic. See the “Events Dairy” below for more detail.


Adrian will be doing some banner painting on Thursday night for the event at the CCSERAC Office. People wanting to help are most welcome to come along.

For more information email:


2. Water

The ACT Government has introduced permanent “Stage 1 Water Conservation Measures” that replace the former stage one water restrictions. The water conservation measures have a goal of saving 8% per anum. They include common sense ideas eg restricting sprinklers and other irrigation systems to use from 6pm to 9am.


The Government is asking for comment. See “Submissions, documents for comment.” below for more details.


Next Water Working Group meeting is on this Wednesday 5.00 pm at the Conservation Council Offices. We will be having a presentation and inputting to a ANU CRES study of major socio-biophysical factors affecting water supply and demand in the ACT. We will also be discussing cross boarder water issues and the “Stage 1 Water Conservation Measures”.


For more information email:



Submission, documents for comment


1. Namadgi Plan of Management – comments due 30 November

The Conservation Council encourages all those interested in the management of the park to make submissions.  We encourage all of you to consider preparing a submission to the draft Plan; this can be as simple as a letter outlining a few key points of concern.


Submissions can be sent to m("","EnvironmentAct"); href=""> or PO Box 144 Lyneham ACT 2602

To view the draft plan click here to see the National Parks Association comments click here


2. Stage One Water Conservation Measurers

The Government is asking for comment on permanent “Stage 1 Water Conservation Measures”.


Either ring 6248 3131 or visit to comment.


Events Diary


1. Walk Against Warming


Isn't it about time all the people who are concerned about climate change got together and did something?  Well here's your chance!


Join the rest of the world in demanding that Australia and the US ratify the Kyoto protocol and commit to a clean energy future.


Climate Change, if left unchecked will result in massive global extinctions and ecosystem collapse, frequent catastrophic weather events, hundreds of thousands dead and millions more on the move as climate refugees.


When: Sat Dec 3, 11am – 1.30pm

Where: Garema Place, Civic

What: 11:15 Walk around the mall,

11:45 Speakers including Mr Bill Stefaniak MLA, Mr Mick Gentleman MLA, Dr Deb Foskey MLA

PLUS - Sign onto the Kyoto scroll, and groovy bands.

Bring: Family, friends, kids, bikes, placards, sunflowers

Contact:  Adrian Whitehead  6247 7808.


Coordinated in Canberra by the Conservation Council of the South East Region and Canberra


Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Armidale, Coonabarabran, Nambucca Heads


2. Dragwayaway - Public meeting

Wednesday 30 November

6.00-7.30 pm,
Reception Room, ACT Legislative Assembly.


Dr Deb Foskey (ACT Greens); Mr Bill Stefaniak (Liberal Party) and from the Chief Minister’s Department; Philip Mitchell, Executive Director, Priority Projects Unit; and Mark Kwiatkowski, Director, Priority Projects Unit.


Your attendance would be most welcome as the pro Dragway lobby is trying to stack the meeting.


3. Ten Years of the EDO in the ACT-  Champagne Fundraiser
Thursday 1 December 
The Foyer, Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG), London Circuit, Civic
Entry $25 includes champagne and finger food

Conversation & champagne to celebrate the EDO's contribution to conservation in Canberra
and the region over the past decade !

Guest Speakers include: Kirsty Ruddock, Principal Solicitor, EDO North Queensland, on climate change litigation Senator Bob Brown, on his recent Federal Court litigation David Mossop, Barrister, Blackburn Chambers, on environmental law in the ACT

RSVP by Fri 25 November to 6247 9420 or email m("","edoact");">

4. On Creating more Sustainable Gardens in the Canberra Region
Thursday 8 December

6:30pm- 8:30pm

Building 7, Level D, Studio,

University of Canberra

Speakers: Dr Ian Lawrence; Jennie Curtis Landscape Design (AILA); Fay Hug, Easy Care Design (AILA); Edwina Richardson, Brittle Gum Design (AILA). Sponsored by: Environment ACT, University of Canberra, Australia Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).


5. Transport and Sustainability Seminar
Friday 9 December
10.00am -l 11.30am
Johnson Auditorium, Pilgrim House
69 Northbourne Avenue Civic

presented by Dr George Eads, Vice President, CRA International

RSVP Tel: 02 6274 7818
Further information

6. Dragwayaway - Open day at block 51, Majura Valley

Sunday 11 December

Block 51, Majura Valley,

Avonley Rd, via Majura Rd,

follow the signs.


Tours and speakers will address Aboriginal and heritage values, ecological issues and noise.  Wine tasting (and sales) by Mount Majura Vineyard.


Christmas wine offer

Help support the Conservation Council's fundraising efforts and enjoy top quality local wines:


Conservation Council & Lark Hill Wine Co.

Special Offer for Members and Friends


Cool Climate wines of distinction from the Canberra Wine District


Lark Hill is offering a presentation pack of 6 of the best of their wines to Members and friends of the Conservation Council. The six wines include:

  • 2004 Riesling, winner of the Chief Ministers Trophy for Best Canberra District Riesling at the 2004 National Riesling Challenge
  • 2004 Fledgling, a delicious Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay blend placed in Australia’s Top 12 Releases by Gourmet Wine Traveller
  • the iconic 2004 Chardonnay, Gold Medal Rated (the Lark Hill Chardonnay flies Qantas Business International)
  • 2004 Rose, the perfect Christmas luncheon wine
  • 2001 Cabernet Merlot, multiple Silver Medalist
  • Museum Release of the 1998 Cabernet Merlot, a Gold Medal winner from a warm year.


Total Price including freight is $150.00, and for every purchase Lark Hill will donate $37.50 to the Conservation Council.


Freight is included for mainland Australia only; please ring winery 02 62381393 for freight rates for Tasmania.


Send orders direct to Lark Hill Wine Co. – click here for order form




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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.




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