Submission: Draft ACT Cat Plan

Given the contributions of feral cats to the extinction of a number of mammals and their ongoing, existing threat to a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles and frogs, the EDO ACT has provided a short submission to consultations on the Draft ACT Cat Plan, focusing on compliance, enforcement and strengthening of existing laws. 

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Submission: ACT Native Woodland Conservation Strategy

June 2019

The ACT is home to important native woodland environments, including Commonwealth-listed, critically endangered White Box-Yellow Box-Blakely's Red Gum Grassy Woodland and Derived Native Grassland. The EDO ACT regularly assists community groups and individuals seeking to protect these woodlands and therefore welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the Draft ACT Native Woodland Conservation Strategy and offer recommendations arising from our experiences - including strengthening the Strategy's vision and objectives; improving consultation processes; and addressing threats to woodland areas.

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Submission: Integrated Transport Strategy

April 2019

Transport is the second biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the ACT, after electricity. Once the ACT moves to 100 per cent renewable electricity, transport will be the ACT’s biggest contributor of emissions. The EDO ACT has offered recommendations to the ACT Government's Integrated Transport Strategy to improve transport planning in the ACT.

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Submission: Inquiry into drone delivery systems in the ACT

March 2019

The EDO ACT made a short submission to the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Tourism's Inquiry into drone delivery systems in the ACT. We have received a number of enquiries regarding drone trials in the ACT, and took the opportunity to  comment on past and future drone delivery trials and systems in the ACT where it relates to potential impacts to the environment and access to justice.

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Submission: Waste-to-Energy in the ACT

December 2018

Waste-to-energy (WtE) is a topic of much discussion in the ACT, particularly in recent years, given the ACT Government’s commitment to a 90% diversion of waste from landfill by 2025. The EDO ACT welcomes the opportunity to comment on WtE in the ACT, through the “Waste-to-energy in the ACT Information Paper” and make several recommendations to the development of a WtE policy.

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Submission: Inquiry into the value of the natural environment to an urbanising Canberra

December 2018

As Canberra grows and develops, there are strong concerns that Canberra is losing its character as the ‘bush capital’. Whether building up or building out, key changes to our laws are required to ensure the best outcomes for the natural environment, including the protection of vulnerable biodiversity, are achieved. The EDO ACT was therefore pleased to provide a number of recommendations to the Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services' Inquiry into Nature in our City.

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Submission: Inquiry into Engagement with Development Application Processes in the ACT

August 2018

EDO ACT provided a substantial submission to the Inquiry into Engagement with Development Application Processes in the ACT. At a time of large-scale development in the ACT, the community relies on the limited protections within the Planning and Development Act 2007 (ACT), specifically the development application and EIS processes to protect the natural and built environment, to provide the public the opportunity to engage in democratic processes, and to plan for the future. 

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Submission: ACT Biosecurity Proposed Framework

August 2018

The ACT Government has developed a proposed framework for a new Biosecurity Act that will enable biosecurity risks to be prevented, eliminated or minimised. The EDO ACT contributed a number of overarching comments on the proposed framework with respect to interactions with the environment.

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Submission: Nomination of Unnatural Fragmentation of Habitats as Key Threatening Process

June 2018

This submission to the Scientific Committee outlines how listing unnatural habitat fragmentation as a key threatening process will help protect biodiversity in the ACT. 

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Submission: ACT's Climate Strategy to a Net Zero Emissions Territory

April 2018

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The ACT Government has been a leader in climate change legislation and policy in Australia and is best placed to continue to lead the way nationally to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and reverse the impacts of climate change. 

The EDO ACT offered the following recommendation to the ACT Government’s Climate Strategy to a Net Zero Emissions Territory (December 2017):

  1. That ACT emission reduction targets and climate change strategies be integrated into decision-making processes of ACT Directorates and division, where it is likely that their decisions will impact on such targets. A greenhouse trigger needs to be including in the Planning and Development act, such that an EIS is required for projects with significant climate change target implications.
  2. That ACT Climate Change legislation and policy incorporate the newest environmental law principles and legally enforceable mechanisms be introduced to implement them.

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