Home' The Chronicle : Canberra Chronicle 28-04-2015 Contents Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10
over vital works
A perfect storm is brewing on major
arterial roads used by Gungahlin
Four heavily congested sections of
road could be worked on
simultaneously depending on the
outcome of public consultations.
The targeted areas include the
Barton Highway/Gundaroo Drive/
William Slim Drive roundabout and
major intersections along Gundaroo ,
Horse Park and Gungahlin drives.
Roads Minister Mick Gentleman
said his office had received just under
200 responses to the planned work and
that 72 per cent of respondents wanted
the work to happen all at once.
Gungahlin Community Council
president Ewan Brown said the need
was critical but cautioned against
trying to do it all at once.
It will be absolute bloody chaos. If
they don't stage the works, there will
be blockages at every point.''
To have your say on the upgrades,
visit timetotalk.act.gov.au before
Friday, May 8.
OLD BUS DEPOT MARKETS
SECURES ITS FUTURE
Old Bus Depot Markets director Diane
Hinds said the markets were a fixture
after a long-term lease with the ACT
Government was signed. Having
operated our markets successfully in
the Old Bus Depot in Kingston since
1998, Canberrans and visitors to the
ACT know where our home is. Signing
the long-term lease means we have
security as a major part of the
Kingston Foreshore arts and culture
precinct going forward," she said.
Sap sucking insect has a role to play
Lerp infestations in Canberra are a seasonal influence and will not normally kill affected trees.
Our bush capital
One of the great features about living
in our bush capital is the four distinct
seasons we experience.
As we travel around our beautiful
city, the tell-tale signs of autumn are
everywhere. Along with the truly
spectacular colours on show, you may
have also noticed some eucalypts
We have more than 750,000 trees
which form the stunning visual
backdrop that is our urban forest.
Outside of the city limits, we have our
beautiful mountain landscape.
The common species among these
spectacular trees are the eucalypts.
With the changing season a number of
these eucalypts are now suffering from
the seasonal effects of a tiny native
This insect infestation can give the
appearance the tree is changing colour
or even dying.
As the years roll by, I've come to
appreciate how nature has designed a
role for everything and everything has
a role in nature -- including sap sucking
Psyllids resemble tiny cicadas.
During their larval phase they develop
a thirst for syrupy eucalyptus sap,
sucking up the nutrients from the
eucalypt leaf turning it a golden brown
It's during this phase of their
development they develop a sweet,
protective white coloured shelter
known colloquially as a lerp. The lerp
in turn becomes a sweet tasting morsel
for our birdlife.
The circle of life continues with one
species relying on another.
Lerp infestations are a seasonal
influence and will not normally kill
affected trees. A dilemma arises with
extensive and repeated defoliation
through heavy lerp infestation year
after year. This repeated infestation
can lead to dieback or even the death
of some trees.
The red gum trees planted in the
median strip of Northbourne Avenue
more than 60 years ago were removed
in the early 1980s because they had
been severely affected by repeated lerp
infestation over many years.
We do not attempt to control lerp
because of the large number of trees
involved, however the use of an
insecticide can control the insects.
The difficulty with using an
insecticide is it can also kill beneficial
organisms like predatory wasps which
are a natural form of lerp control.
The next time you find yourself
marvelling at the changing colour of
our eucalyptus forest, ponder the role
a sap sucking insect is having in
making our bush capital the special
place it is.
Grants for Canberra's community sector
Two grants programs are now open to assist Canberra
community organisations deliver programs and support
to the community
The 2014-15 Participation (Digital Communities) Grants
are to support organisations looking to establish or enhance
engagement with people through the use of digital technology
The total funding available in the current round is
$100,000 (GST exclusive) with individual grants of up
$5,000 (GST exclusive) available.
The 2014-15 Community Support and Infrastructure Grants
provide funding to organisations to build their capability
to deliver benefit to the community, for example skills
development, training aides, workplace equipment or support
for shared services.
The total funding in the current round is
$150,000 (GST exclusive) with individual grants of up to
$10,000 (GST exclusive) available.
Applications to both grants programs close at
5pm on 18 May 2015.
For further information visit www.communityservices.act.gov.au/home/,
email DHCSContractsandGrants@act.gov.au or during weekday business
hours contact the Digital Grant Officer on 6205 8425 or the
Community Support and Infrastructure Grants Officer on 6207 9032.
Links Archive Canberra Chronicle 21-04-2015 Canberra Chronicle 05-05-2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page