Yesterday Canberrans got a hot, dusty reminder of the drought conditions gripping the region in what was otherwise expected to be a milder week.
With the mercury already at 27 degrees by noon and a dust storm downing power lines across the city, Canberrans couldn’t even seek relief in Lake Burley Griffin while it remained closed to swimming due to a blue-green algae outbreak.
A combination of extremely hot weather and low flow from the Molonglo River has brought on the latest closure, Finbar O’Mallon reports.
Climate change is already affecting your school (more than you think)
This summer, as thousands of school students across Australia sweat it out in hot classrooms, an elite team of «eco-rangers» will be policing the halls (and teachers) of one Canberra primary school.
And their job? It’s to help Garran Primary do its part for the planet (and hang on to its title as the ACT’s sustainable school of the year), checking lights haven’t been left on, computers are put to sleep and recycling bins are filled up properly.
As Sherryn Groch reports, experts say schools need to get smarter about heat management too, warning soaring temperatures are already taking a toll on student learning.
Two important architectural sites given protected status in Canberra
Two important sites in the history of Canberra have been formally recognised and given protected status.
The Redhill Campsite in Griffith was a public park lived in by Aboriginal people in the decades before the war was the city was being built.
It became known as the «last campsite of the Ngunnawal people» as European settlement encroached on ancient Aboriginal land.
Steve Evans has the story here.
Upheaval at ACT Health continues as chief health officer resigns
Adding to a list of resignations, the latest ACT Health executive resignation has been announced. This time, Canberra’s long serving chief health officer Paul Kelly has quit.
Dr Kelly quit in January after accepting a new job with the federal health department as the chief medical advisor for Health Products Regulation Group.
He will remain in his current role until March.
Daniella White reports the announcement was made on Friday in an email sent to staff from director general of ACT Health Directorate Michael De’Ath.
Marianna Tolo walks back through time ahead of WNBL decider
Marianna Tolo can remember it like it was yesterday. The short walk from the AIS Arena to Canberra Stadium as a newly crowned WNBL champion to do a lap of honour at the ACT Brumbies game.
Tolo is Canberra Capitals through and through. She’s the playing link between the glory days and their potential rebirth, riding the rollercoaster through the WNBL team’s tough times as well.
As David Polkinghorne reports, she’s in Adelaide preparing for game two of the WNBL championship series against the Lightning tonight.
Emily Barton is a producer at The Canberra Times.