Hendra Virus identified in Grey-Headed Flying Foxes in South Australia

Studies conducted into a colony of grey-headed flying foxes which migrated from the east coast to Adelaide about a decade ago have revealed that they are carrying antibodies for Hendra Virus. Until now, information about Hendra Virus has been linked to black-headed and spectacled flying foxes which tend to be tropical and sub-tropical species. Until now all spill-over events to horses have occurred in the…

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Five Peaks Cycling Challenge -18 April

On Sunday 18 April a cycling event called the 5 Peaks Challenge will start and finish at Stromlo Forest Park and take in what passes for mountains in this city:- Mt Stromlo, Red Hill, Mt Pleasant, Mt Ainslie, Black Mountain and Dairy Farmers Hill. Riders will start at Stromlo between 7:30 and 8:00. The ride will mostly be on roads but there are several places…

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Bicycle Event on Saturday 10 April

The Heritage Polaris will take place on 10 April 2021. For more information on the event go to Heritage Polaris – Heritage Polaris and there is a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HeritagePolaris The event involves teams of two cyclists (some using e-bikes) visiting as many of 40 checkpoints (CPs) as they choose in any order and by any route. The Event Centre will be Telopea Park…

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Forestry Works Near the Arboretum

ACTEA has just received the attached map from Peter Langdon, Assistant Director, ACT Forests. The map shows the plan for harvesting forestry coups along the Molonglo for the coming 12 months or so. Peter has advised: 1. Clear felling work has just started in the area directly to the west of the Arboretum (purple on the map) to meet bushfire management requirements and to prepare…

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Nature Park User Survey

Until July 2021, ACT Parks and Conservation Service want to hear from Canberrans to better understand who uses our many reserves, forests and national parks, how they are used, and how your user experiences can be enhanced. It is important that equestrians fill out these surveys otherwise our experiences as users go unrecorded and minimised in the planning process. So go and fill out the…

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Whatever Happened to Revised Canberra Nature Park Draft Reserve Management Plan?

For those of you who have been wondering what happened to the Revised Canberra Nature Park Draft Reserve Management Plan 2020, the Minister for Planning and Land Management referred it and the Consultation Report to the Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services on 22 January 2021 for their consideration as required under the Nature Conservation Act. This is an important document…

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Canberra Balloon Festival

The Canberra Balloon Festival starts tomorrow and last to 14 March. There are only 20 balloons participating this year but there will be other private balloons about. Events ACT has provided ACTEA with the pilots protocol which indicated flying height and access to relevant equestrian places around the city. If you haver any issues  with safety over the two weeks of the Festival  it is…

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New Molonglo River Crossing

ACTEA has, for a couple of years, been in consultation with the ACT Government about a new western crossing of the Molonglo River, connecting the green spaces of the new suburbs of Whitlam and Denman. The Molonglo River Reserve Plan of Management indicates such a crossing but all efforts to find a safe ford have proved fruitless. A crossing will require construction of a bridge.…

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First Bushfire Notification

Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) has finalised its Horse Relocation Centre Operational Plan in conjunction with ACT Emergency Services. There is some changes for the 2020-21 Bushfire Season which has been declared as 1 November 2020 until 31 March 2021. EPIC will be a Horse Relocation Centre for this period. Please note that EPIC (https://www.exhibitionparkincanberra.com.au/) will be activated as a ‘declared’ relocation centre if an…

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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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