Bushfire Season is Here

The 2019-20 ACT Bushfire season officially started on 1 October. The ACT Emergency Services advise that Canberra has just experienced the driest winter since 1982. Bushfire seasons are expected to be longer and more dangerous on average as the effects of climate change are felt across the country. The early start to the fire season in northern New South Wales and Queensland should be a…

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Draft Reserve Management Plan Open for Comment – Update

Parks and Conservation have now released the dates for their information sessions in regard to their Draft Reserve Management Plan. You can sign up for one of the 4 sessions at https://www.yoursay.act.gov.au/act-parks/information-sessions. You can read more about this very important document below. ACTEA is aiming to take this opportunity to get increased equestrian access to some parts of the Reserve system through this process so…

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Repair Works to Parkwood Paddock Cavaletti

ACT Parks & Conservation Service, Urban Reserves north, have advised that they will be undertaking minor earth works at the cavaletti on the BNT at Parkwood Paddocks to reinstate low ground level height within the structure. Work will commence on Monday 30 September 2019. The cavaletti will be closed for two days. Access to the horse trail will be provided between 07:30 & 15:00 hrs…

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Coombs Parkrun Update

There have been some changes in regard to the Parkrun event at North Weston Ponds; not all of them good. For a start, due to the closure of the old management track by the Suburban Land Agency (see https://www.actea.asn.au/whats-happening-at-north-weston-ponds), the Parkrun route has had to be moved and now appears to include more of the BNT than before. It has taken ACTEA months to convince…

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BNT Route Through the Arboretum

Since May 2017 ACTEA and the Bicentennial National Trail Section Coordinator have been in discussions with the Arboretum about the impact of their Tracks and Trails Strategy on the route of the BNT through their estate. After several iterations of design and a few meetings and field trips we now have an agreed updated route which, after all the excitement, is not much different to…

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Heysen Street Bike Path – Update

Today ACTEA had a call from the Heysen Street Path TCCS project officer to say that the Minister has directed them to look at the options for taking the bike path through the corner of Oakey Hill Reserve. This appears to be more a response to Pedal Powers letter agreeing with ACTEA’s position than anything ACTEA had to say. Apparently they told Pedal Power about…

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What’s Happening at North Weston Ponds?

The observant will have noticed that there are earthworks underway at North Weston Ponds. The Suburban Land Agency is undertaking landscaping improvements on the edges of the suburb of Coombs. The work has been divided into two stages to minimise the impact on users such as equestrians and the Bicentennial National Trail for as long as possible. Stage 1, between John Gorton Parkway and the…

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YourSay Community Panel

The ACT Government has established a new virtual community panel to seek citizens’ views about various matters. It is probably in response to the Chief Minister’s concerns that only the  old and the disgruntled participate in community consultation at the moment – at least they don’t agree with him as much as he’d like. Every opportunity to make your views about your preferred life in…

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Best of Canberra Mountain Bike Project – Update

Update:  On 31 July ACTEA attended one of the workshops organised by Parks & Conservation to gauge cycling community views about the Best of Canberra Project. It was very well attended and both it and an earlier workshop were booked out to the point that a third workshop was added. It was interesting to hear mountain bike cyclists complain about the facilities in Canberra. Their…

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