Proposed new Code of Practice for the Welfare of Horses in the ACT

The ACT Animal Welfare Advisory Committee established by the Animal Welfare Act 1992 has undertaken a comprehensive review of the current Horses Code of Practice 1996 and determined that it  required considerable updating and redrafting.  ACTEA has been identified as a key stakeholder in relation to reviewing this proposed new code of practice. ACT horse owners are invited to comment on the new code via…

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William Hovell Duplication Update

Last year ACTEA and the National Trail Coordinator put a lot of effort into the government consultation process relating to the duplication of  William Hovell Drive from Drake Brockman Drive to Coppins Crossing Road. This duplication mostly impact the National Trail link from Drake Brockman through an underpass to Hawker and on to Cook paddocks. The works also provided an opportunity to make an additional…

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Cabling Works on Coulter Drive

As yet another bit of the electrification of Whitlam Evoenergy will begin installing an underground feeder along Coulter Drive between Springvale and William Hovell Drives commencing in the week prior to Easter, if not, just after, pending weather conditions and final approvals. About 0.6k of the works will be between the cavaletti south of the Springvale Drive junction and the underpass on the National Trail.…

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Work Starts on Underground Cabling in Arboretum – Update

The Suburban Land Agency has sent a letter to stakeholders about the transmission line works in the Arboretum. ACTEA has pointed out to the SLA community contacts that the map included in the letter assumes everyone will be travelling on recently bitumenised detour roads. ACTEA has pointed out that this is not helpful to horse riders and they have responded as follows: The Arboretum will…

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Stromlo Running Festival

The Stromlo Running Festival will be held on the weekend of 5-6 March. The entire Park including West Block will be taken by the running routes on Saturday for the entire day. The Sunday events should be finished by lunch time. Here are maps of the three routes 10k 30k 50k

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Horse Trail Impacted by Construction of Whitlam Electricity Substation

After some years of planning work has begun on a substation to service the new suburb of Whitlam. It will be constructed on the corner of William Hovell and Coulter Drives inside the fence line of a grazing lease. The construction of this facility will require major earthworks and the construction of an access road off Coulter Drive that will impinge on the existing equestrian…

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Kowan Forest Firetrails Open for Horse Riding

After several hiccups ACTEA can now advise that ACT Forestry has created a safe area for equestrians to saddle horses and ride into the Kowan pine plantation via a cavaletti. The area is on Hibernian Road, off the Kings Highway. It is a tight right-angled left hand turn over a bridge so you need to slow right down to make the turn with a float. …

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Murrumbidgee River Corridor Management Plan

Parks and Conservation is conducting a review of the 1998 Murrumbidgee River Corridor Management Plan. This Plan covers activities in the River corridor the length of the Territory. It is so old it does not contain the words ‘mountain bike’ or ‘drone’. A lot has changed since then. The process has started with a request for input and ACTEA has made a submission. There is…

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Earthworks on the BNT in the Arboretum

ACTEA has discovered that the BNT route in the Arboretum is presently cut not long after you enter the back gate from the Molonglo River Corridor by a long, fenced, trench-like structure stretching from River Road near the Parkway to Boundary Road on the western edge of the facility. After days of argy-bargy with the Arboretum they have finally agreed that they are doing this…

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