Home' The Chronicle : Canberra Chronicle 23-02-16 Contents 27 - Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Come for inspirational recipes and the chance to
win signed books at each cooking demonstration!
Kim McCosker will show you
how to create easy and delicious
recipes for busy lifestyles.
WHEN Saturday 20 February
TIME Cooking Class: 11am -- 12pm
Fan Meet and Greet: 12pm -- 1pm
Cooking Class: 1pm -- 2pm
WHERE Level 1, outside CC Beauty Centre
AUTHOR OF THE
MAN'S BEST FRIEND
Sniff out the best
the bush capital
has to offer. . .
Get out and explore the territory with man's best friend.
Our bush capital
Throughout human history one animal
has been a loyal companion by our
side. The faithful canine has adapted to
our needs, and learned to herd, protect
and even hunt for their master.
Given all the animals we have
domesticated, the reliable domestic
dog has been steadfast in displaying
qualities of devotion and commitment.
Dogs are indeed "man's best friend"
for their camaraderie is sought by
If they're not sitting patiently to
pinch your meal, presenting their leash
in the vain hope for a walk or merely
just being there when you get home,
our best friends know how to put a
smile on our face.
Embracing the healthy parks,
healthy people philosophy of
connecting people with the great
outdoors, what better way to enrich
our lives than to share it with our
There is no doubt that with your
canine companion by your side our
beautiful bush capital is a great place
to explore together.
Living in the nation's capital we are
fortunate to have such a vast array of
urban open spaces on our collective
doorstep, all designed to encourage
exercise while connecting with our
There are also six dedicated dog
parks where you can take your pooch
to play, run and socialise, all while you
share experiences with like-minded
While dogs undoubtedly bring
much joy to our lives, we need to be
mindful that if our canine companions
misbehave the consequences can be
very serious. It all comes down to
Given their natural instincts dogs
will wander. This can possibly lead to
them causing harm to themselves or
In this urban setting dogs should be
safely contained within their yard.
Across our conservation estate dogs
and native wildlife simply don't mix,
our nature reserves are sanctuaries for
To solve the dilemma of where to
go, fantastic dog exercise maps are
now available online making it easy to
quickly learn where you can and can't
take you pooch, both on and off leash.
In setting aside these areas mere
common sense principles have guided
Our urban open spaces are dog on-
leash to minimise disruption to others.
Ovals are off-leash when organised
sports are not being held.
All paths and cycleways are on-
leash to improve the safety of walkers
and cyclists. Playgrounds and
barbecue areas are dog prohibited for
health and safety reasons.
With summer days lingering it's a
great time to sniff out, explore and
discover these opportunities.
For more information on
responsible dog ownership, including
a great little video, visit
Brett McNamara is Regional
Manager with ACT Parks &
We leave a big
Canberrans' taste for luxury is making
them the country's biggest consumers,
each needing an average of
8.9 hectares to support their cashed-up
lifestyles -- 31G2 times the world average
-- the latest ACT State of the
Environment Report reveals.
The 572-page report, launched last
Thursday by Environment Minister
Simon Corbell and ACT Sustainability
and the Environment Commissioner
Ann Lyons Wright, assesses the
condition and management of the
ACT's atmosphere, biodiversity, land,
water and heritage every four years.
While the size of the ACT's
ecological footprint -- an estimate of
the amount of land and water needed
to support each person -- has dropped
slightly since the last report when it
was 9.2 hectares per person, it remains
above the Australian average of
Mr Corbell said Canberra's high
levels of disposable income and highly
dispersed population were the main
causes of the ongoing challenge and
the government would seek to tackle it
with its urban renewal policies,
including light rail and improvements
in resource recovery.
It's not about saying to people
you can't live well' . . . the increasing
trend globally is that we can maintain
high living standards and strong
economic growth without impacting
the environment,'' he said.
The report said waste generation
had increased by 10 per cent, and
that the ecological condition of
the ACT's waterways was poor'' --
and could degrade further if rainfall
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