Objections to Draft Amendment 95 on the basis of conflict with existing government policy

Please feel free to use any of the following arguments in your own submissions. Draft Amendment 95 (DA95) and its public consultation (or lack of) conflicts with multiple NCA and ACT Government plans. These include: National Capital Plan matters of national significance and objectives NCA Commitment to Community Engagement (August 2015) National Capital Authority’s Draft Tree Management Plan ACT Government Climate Strategy to a Net…

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North Curtin Update 28 May 2020

The National Capital Authority has now released a Draft Amendment Discussion Paper ( https://www.nca.gov.au/consultation/national-capital-plan-draft-amendment-95-north-curtin-diplomatic-estate-and-urban-area) for comment by 7 July and a video https://www.nca.gov.au/consultation/national-capital-plan-draft-amendment-95-north-curtin-diplomatic-estate-and-urban-area. It is now over 2 months since the agistees at North Curtin Horse Paddocks received a letter from the CEO of the National Capital Authority informing them that it had acquired two thirds of their agistment facility and they would have to…

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Safe Trail Sharing

On the Anzac long weekend those of you out and about will have noticed a lot more people on the trails you usually use around paddocks. It some places there was carnage with mountain bikes using trails as racetracks. Several people came off horses and were otherwise injured. Quite a few cyclists seemed totally unapologetic about their impact and implied, or even said, they were…

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Nature in Our City Inquiry

Back in 2018, ACTEA made a submission to an ACT Legislative Assembly Inquiry into Nature in Our City, conducted by the Standing Committee on the Environment and Transport and City Services. The Committee interviewed a large number of people in 2019 representing the many groups who interact with our flora and fauna and our nature reserves. They did not interview ACTEA and horse riding gets…

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ACTEA Annual Awards

We may not be able to hold competitions at the moment but we can acknowledge distinguished horse people of the ACT and region who contributed to the equestrian community in 2019. This is an opportunity to celebrate our terrific community and thank those who contribute to its quality and vitality. The awards will be made at the ACTEA Annual General Meeting. Nominations close on 31…

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North Curtin Horse Paddocks Update

The news that the North Curtin Government Horse Paddocks have been used by the ACT Government in a land swap deal with the National Capital Authority (NCA) came as a shock to everyone in the local equestrian community. Most people found out about it from the front page of the Canberra Times on 25 March ( https://the-riotact.com/shock-and-outrage-at-west-basin-land-swap-with-curtin-horse-paddocks/365850). As far as ACTEA can make out even…

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Horse Feeding is Essential Travel

Questions have been raised about whether horse owners can drive to paddocks to feed their animals, particularly if those horses are on the other side of the ACT/NSW border. Advice from the Minister for Health, Rachel Stephen-Smith, today is as follows: People will be allowed to travel to feed animals. I am conscious of the need to ensure that agistment facilities, kennels, etc are appropriately…

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North Curtin Horse Paddocks

The ACT Equestrian Association has just been advised by the National Capital Authority that it has acquired 70% of the North Curtin Horse Paddocks for a new diplomatic estate. This is not expected to effect the paddocks until 2022, the end of the current Territory Agistment management arrangements. The NCA has directed all questions about the future of the paddocks to the ACT Government’s Planning…

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At Last – An Electronic Equestrian Map of Canberra

For many years ACTEA has wrestled with the desire to create a map of equestrian trails in the ACT. In the beginning the limiting factor was the inability to update paper-based maps in any sort of useful time frame. The development of electronic mapping capacity within government agencies has given this project a big boost and over the last 4 years ACTEA has been working…

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Canberra Balloon Festival

The Canberra Balloon Spectacular commences this Saturday 7 March. Events ACT have provided ACTEA with the flying protocol for pilots. Sections 2.2-2.5 are relevant to equestrians. The last page is a colour coded table giving fly over heights for Equestrian Park and agistment centres including government paddocks. Balloons are not allowed to land at the Arboretum and ACTEA has advised Events ACT that it is…

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