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Community now far more involved
One of the newly discovered populations of the Canberra spider orchid.
Our bush capital
When I first started as a ranger more
than 30 years ago, a chief ranger at the
time suggested I learn about a new
plant or animal species every day as a
means of truly understanding and
appreciating the natural world which
Inspired by the challenge, I acquired
a small library of naturalist journals
and reference books and a plethora of
Equipped with abundant resources,
including my trusty set of binoculars
and magnifying glass, I would venture
out to discover the hidden secrets of
the natural wonders that abound.
I vividly recall spending hours
roaming the vast natural landscape,
searching through plant field guides
attempting to identify a particular
Working my way through a
complicated series of detailed
taxonomic descriptions, some of
which were in Latin, was very time-
It was all done in the vain hope of
identifying some spectacular flower or
Sometimes I was successful; more
often than not I failed. It's probably for
that reason I didn't become a botanist.
How things have changed.
Today all you need is one basic
resource, a device my old chief ranger
could never have had contemplated -- a
In collaboration with research
scientists, volunteer groups and some
very talented and gifted IT specialists,
a rather unique software database has
recently been launched.
The program is aimed at
empowering Canberrans to discover
what enchanting plants species are on
our collective doorstep and even
identify previously unknown species
right here in our beautiful bush capital.
Canberra Nature Map is an
innovative online database which
allows all of us to not only search for
plants but to upload images of new
plant locations using smartphone
technology which can then be verified
by a bevy of research plant gurus.
No more flicking through the pages
of a plant field guide. You simply
click, submit and wait.
This sort of community-based
technology is taking citizen science to
a whole new level. It's powerful. What
is rather exciting is that Canberra
Nature Map is so easy to use -- from
the casual and curious onlooker to a
seasoned bush observer.
It's about sharing knowledge across
If only such a device was available
30 years ago, who knows what new
plant species I could have discovered
To learn how you can contribute,
to dialysis care
Kidney disease patients in Canberra
are set to become the first in the
country to access public dialysis
services at night under a push to
increase services in the ACT.
Seventeen renal dialysis stations
have opened in Tuggeranong and
Belconnen, which Health Minister
Simon Corbell said would see access
to renal dialysis increase by more than
50 per cent.
Operating these vital services on
the north and south of Canberra will
provide renal patients in the region
with convenient access to dialysis,
with longer opening hours and less
travelling time, depending on which
side of Canberra they reside in,'' he
said in a statement.
The services delivered by Diaverum
are located in ACT Community Health
The new services boost the number
of dialysis treatment stations in the
ACT from 31 to 48.
NO PLANS FOR LESSONS
ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
The ACT will not follow the lead of
NSW high schools planning to educate
students about domestic violence from
next year. A spokesperson from the
ACT Educating and Planning
Directorate spokeswoman said school
principals were best placed to decide
which social and emotional learning
strategies met their community's
In 2016 NSW high schools will
teach parents and adults of
tomorrow'' how to identify, prevent
and respond to domestic violence.
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