Stromlo Running Festival 21-22 November

Over the coming weekend around 2,000 people will be participating in the Canberra Running Festival. This will take place at the Arboretum and Stromlo Forest Park and the connecting trails between them along the Molonglo River Corridor. The 50k event will start on the Molonglo at 6:00am on Saturday morning and run to the top of Dairy Farmers Hill in the Arboretum and then back…

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Coombs Parkrun Permit

Canberra horse riders may have noticed a certain amount of noise in the last couple of weeks about the failure of Coombs Parkrun to receive a permit to restart its activities at North-Weston Ponds when the other five in Canberra did. The Coombs Parkrun Facebook has been especially unhappy and we know Parkrunners have been contacting MLAs and the Press. The ACTEA President features in…

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ACTEA Submission In Regard to Draft Mountain Bike Report

The ACT Equestrian Association has made a submission in regard to the Draft Mountain Bike Report. An analysis of this Report was circulated to ACTEA Affiliates and placed on this website on 21 September. The final submission was circulated to affiliates on 23 November. All submissions are due by COB on Monday 2 November. Please consider making even a short submission if you have not…

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Curtin Horse Paddock Decision

On 19 October 2020, the Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories, the Hon Nola Marino MP, approved National Capital Plan Amendment 95 – National Arboretum Commercial Accommodation. Amendment 95 took effect on 28 October 2020, following registration on the Federal Register of Legislation. Amendment 95 to the National Capital Plan (the Plan) changed the land use policy of Block 4 Section 106 and part…

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Survey of Political Candidates – Labor leaves it to the last minute

The Labor Party response to the ACTEA Survey is here. ACTEA comment to the ALP Secretary was that it reads as if its creator has never spoken to a horse rider.   o0o Update: Yesterday the Greens sent ACTEA their overall sport and recreation policy. While the summary is pretty innocuous the more detailed description at https://greens.org.au/act/community-sport-and-recreation contains commitments that are very concerning for equestrians.…

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First Thoughts on the Draft Canberra Mountain Biking Report

The following notes are provided for equestrians wishing to comment on the Draft Canberra Mountain Biking Report, aimed at creating Canberra an international mountain biking destination. To see the Report go to https://yoursay.act.gov.au/CanberraMTBExperience . The ACT Equestrian Association will be making a detailed submission by the closing date of 3 November but wants to draw attention to some of the issues with the Report to…

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Colic Survey

Have you ever had to decide to refer a horse for colic surgery? Have you ever thought about what you would do if you had to make that choice at short notice? Staff at the Camden Equine Centre, University of Sydney are asking horse owners to take a few minutes to do a survey on the decision for or against colic surgery to help vets to…

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Heysen Street Closure

Construction of the new cycle path down the southern verge of Heysen St from Streeton Drive to Devonport St through the Oakey Hill Reserve south of Illoura Horse Paddocks will commence on Monday 17 August. If you have any questions in relation to the works you can contact Madison Williams on 0429 322 360 or email madison.williams@complexco.com.au The path will go through the Reserve rather…

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