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Mugga Lane Solar Park Officially Opens in ACT

Lion Dancers welcome guests to Mugga Lane Solar Park Opening Ceremony   With a 13MW generation capacity, the Mugga Lane Solar Park is Australia’s largest agriculturally-integrated solar farm. This facility utilises a combination of tracking and ground-mounted arrays consisting of 48,000 panels - enough to power 2,500 ACT homes. The project, developed by

Luke Foley answers questions in Queanbeyan

Revived Labor takes on ‘ideological’ Liberal, National coalition NSW Opposition leader Luke Foley came to Queanbeyan mid-March for one of Labor’s new series of ‘town hall meetings’. He was introduced by Bryce Wilson, Labor candidate for Monaro in this most marginal of seats. The regional backdrop reflects anger about council amalgamations and

Small farm model faces woes and opportunity

Penny Kothe and Paul McKinnon with three pigs on one hectare of grass. The poultry was shifted around one hectare blocks.

Penny Kothe and Paul McKinnon with three pigs on one hectare of grass. The poultry was shifted around one hectare blocks   Penny Kothe, with her partner Paul McKinnon have for the past four years farmed on 100 acres (40 ha) east of Bungendore. Caroola Farm is in the broadacre (RU1) zone

Fire and local government role

Council watch with (former Palerang councillor) Peter Marshall On Friday 17 February, like many other volunteer firefighters, residents and their neighbours, I was involved in defending properties against a fast-moving grassfire in Carwoola, which quickly became a bushfire. Many houses were saved, but sadly many others were lost, as were other structures,

Council case for EDE as road corridor clearing begins

Artist impression of EDE

BACKGROUND: The EDE has been controversial and contested by resident groups in Jerrabomberra, Karabar, Greenleigh and Googong since at least 2009 when planning began in earnest.  Issues in affected suburbs are about amenity: car and truck noise and pollution with a new road next to houses. Environmental destruction along the

ONLY ONE SPARK NEEDED; here’s what not to do

Fire danger continues through March In the aftermath of recent large fires in the Queanbeyan Palerang region, several started by machinery, Captain Sharon Field of the Burra Rural Fire Service, has appealed for extra vigilance from all residents who live and work in our surrounding rural areas. Given the conditions we have

FIRE aftermath: Wildcare needs help

Wildcare has mobilised to rescue and treat wildlife burnt in the Mt Fairy, Sutton and Carwoola fires. About 20 kangaroos, some reptiles and turtles have come into care so far. Wildcare is also providing fodder drops to keep wildlife alive whilst their habitat regenerates over the next few months. What with

Carwoola grass fire aftermath and funding appeal

Stop press:  How sparks fly and create tragedy. The grass fire that devastated Carwoola on 17 February was apparently started by a spinning metal cutting wheel according to a brave post in Carwoola FB hub by the property owner.  Construction was taking place on his property at Brindabella Place Carwoola.