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Call to ban nets deadly to animals
Southern ACT Catchment Group Waterwatch co-ordinator Martin Lind with a dead rakali, commonly known as
a water rat, caught in an Opera House-style net found in Lake Tuggeranong.
Photo: Emma Kelly
A co-ordinator of the region s water
monitoring program is fed up with the
number of wildlife killed in Opera
House-style nets and wants to see the
death traps banned.
Southern ACT Waterwatch co-
ordinator Martin Lind said current
regulations monitoring the use of the
nets were not enough to prevent the
drowning of native fauna in the
The renewed anger comes after the
discovery of a dead rakali, a native
water rat akin to an otter, in one of the
nets in Lake Tuggeranong during a
clean-up little more than a week ago.
"We had a death of a platypus at
Hoppers Crossing in Molonglo just
recently and this is our latest tragic
find," Mr Lind said.
"This poor little guy has been
caught in one of these filthy, stinking
Opera House traps. They should
simply be banned."
Mr Lind said at least six platypuses,
two Murray crayfish and two rakali
had been killed in recent memory,
despite a ban on the use of Opera
House-style nets in public waterways
and, more recently, a requirement of
businesses selling the nets to include a
disclaimer about the risks to wildlife.
These numbers were conservative,
however, and he expected there to be
more nets lying undiscovered.
"My volunteers are all under
instructions to contact me or the
rangers or the police if they see anyone
putting these in the waterways, but it s
not enough. We need to have a ban," he
Minister for Environment and
Sustainable Development Simon
Corbell said a complete ban could be
difficult and ineffective.
"While the government is
concerned about illegal fishing,
banning the sale of traps is
complicated and may have little
impact on ACT waterways, with traps
legally available for sale in NSW and
over the internet, he said.
Mr Corbell said fishing tackle
retailers were supplied with pamphlets
outlining ACT fishing regulations,
including the use of yabby traps, plus
Waterwatch posters outlining the
dangers of Opera House-style nets.
Community briefed on developments
North Canberra Community Council
meetings have included presentations
by proponents for major developments
in the inner north. These presentations
form part of the consultation process
for development applications and
provide an opportunity for the public
to ask questions directly to pro-
ponents. Presentations have included:
Dickson shops car park adjacent to
Woolworths: Coles, ALDI, specialty
retail and residential development.
4-10 Cape Street Dickson:
Residentially-led mixed use
39 Mouat St Lyneham: Proposed
redevelopment of the Lyneham Motor
Meetings have also included
presentations by Capital Metro on
light rail, by Shane Rattenbury MLA
on the Planning and Development
(Project Facilitation) Amendment Bill
2014, by Canberra CBD Limited on its
role in keeping Civic a vibrant place,
and by ACT Shelter on the role of the
NCCC in a forum on public housing
and the surrounding community.
The next NCCC Meeting will be on
Wednesday, July 16 at 7.30pm at ACT
Sports House in Hackett. The agenda
includes a presentation on the Zhenfa
Community Solar Program.
Future activities in July that the
NCCC will either fund or participate
in include involvement in an ACT
Shelter Forum on July 21 about the
impact of public housing on the
surrounding community, holding a
contact table at Hackett Shops on July
26, and funding Friends of Mount
Majura for National Tree Day planting
on July 27.
The NCCC is commenting on
proposed development of Parkes
Block 6 Section 3. For more
information please check the NCCC
website at www.northcanberra.org.au
NCCC chairman Michael Hettinger
BEST OF AUSTRALIA'S
INVENTIONS ON SHOW
Questacon s Enterprising
Australians exhibition showcases
some of Australia s finest
innovations and inventions -- and the
people behind them. It tells the story
of 35 products, processes and
materials -- from the cochlear
implant to a new barley breed for
healthier breakfast cereal.
The exhibition displays some of
Australia s most cutting-edge, multi-
disciplinary research into
electromaterials, nanobionics and
internal drug delivery implants. It is
hoped the impressive collections
will inspire the next generation of
innovators to create ideas for future
Plan to help with paying works
More than 3000 vulnerable
Canberrans have been able to keep
their driver s licences since the
introduction of Infringement Notice
Management Plans last year.
"Prior to May 24 last year, there
were very limited provisions to assist
vulnerable people to manage
outstanding motor vehicle
infringement notices," Attorney-
General Simon Corbell said.
If a motorist was unable to pay an
infringement notice in full then a
suspension would be imposed to a
driver s licence, motor vehicle or right
to drive until the infringement was
Mr Corbell said the inability to
retain a driver s licence placed many
vulnerable people at risk of job loss or
"In response, the ACT government
introduced the Infringement Plan
Office, which allowed people who had
outstanding motor vehicle
infringement debts, to enter into
Infringement Notice Management
Plans to clear their debt," he said.
Since the introduction of the plans,
almost $3.7 million in infringements
have been through the initiative and
clients have made $976,140 in
NCA REVIEWS PLAN TO
The push to expand Tuggeranong
westwards across the Murrumbidgee
is gaining momentum, with the idea
now being examined by the National
Capital Authority. NCA chief
planner Andrew Smith said new
suburbs west of the river would help
rejuvenate the tired Tuggeranong
precinct. He believed two bridges
would need to be built if the
development went ahead. The
Abbott government has formally
requested the NCA investigate the
potential for urban development in
west Tuggeranong, an idea that was
proposed 30 years ago, but quashed
by the Whitlam government.
Kambah home trashed during Facebook 'free house' party
The vandalised Kambah property.
The couple whose Kambah home was
trashed by teenage vandals before they
moved in have been overwhelmed by
offers of support.
Almost 70 young people smashed
windows, hacked holes in gyprock and
ripped doors from their hinges at the
empty Shaw Place home last Tuesday
night after a free house party invite
was posted on Facebook. They
sprayed tomato sauce on the walls and
left piles of empty beer bottles and
bourbon cans strewn throughout the
house and yard.
The couple only bought the house
recently and they were given the keys
last Tuesday, before settlement, so
they could patch the walls and paint
the interior. The cost of damage to the
four-bedroom home, which was
bought for $425,000, has been
estimated at $100,000.
On Thursday, the new owners were
thankful the house was fully insured
and said the sale was expected to
proceed on schedule.
They said the support they received
from the public was overwhelming.
They turned down offers of
donations because there are other
people who need it more than us , the
We d like to thank everyone for all
the support we ve received, the man
said. We re fine and just trying to
keep things very low-key.
As she surveyed the damage on
Tuesday morning, the woman said she
wished the teenagers parents could
see what they had done.
The couple had spent several days
giving the interior of the house a fresh
lick of paint. Now the home will be
boarded up before builders can assess
the damage and get to work.
Acting officer in charge of
Tuggeranong police station, Sergeant
Mark Rowswell, called the incident a
wanton display of senseless
vandalism, with no regard for the
Anyone with information should
contact Crime Stoppers,
1800 333 000.
MONARO GREENS SAY
BYPASS IS A FAILURE
THE Queanbeyan-Monaro Greens
have spoken out against the Ellerton
Drive Extension project, claiming
the developer-driven project will fail
the community s transport needs.
In an online post on June 30, the
Greens said the proposed
government-funded road would shift
rather than solve the problems of
congestion at peak travel times and
heavy vehicle through traffic.
"Traffic volumes along the Edwin
Land Parkway through
Jerrabomberra are likely to grow,
simply shifting the problem from
one part of the city to another."
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