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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Parks & Conservation Want Horse Pics for Their Website

ACT Parks and Conservation Service are in the process of a website refresh and are looking for new images of our parks, reserves and forests to use. Jac Travers from Parks and Conservation Services  is asking whether any Recreation Users amongst this group are able to share any imagery you have taken recently while out enjoying Canberra’s open spaces. The photo gaps they currently have…

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NEW Canberra Nature Park Reserve Management Plan

Without any warning or fanfare today, the Minister for Parks (Mick Gentleman) released the long awaited revised Canberra Nature Park Reserve Management Plan. This document is now law having been approved by the Legislative Assembly. . You can read it at https://hdp-au-prod-app-act-yoursay-files.s3.ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/9716/3688/0713/Canberra_Nature_Park_Reserve_Management_Plan_2021.pdf The new Plan reflects most of the arguments ACTEA made in regard to the Draft which was produced for public comment way back…

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Roads Being Sealed in the Arboretum

An article in the RiotAct today reported that work is about to start on upgrading the road network in the National Arboretum. This mainly means sealing 4.5km of internal dirt roads to enable vehicles safely into a larger area of the Arboretum. River Road, Totara Road and Depot Road will be sealed and there will also be more parking bays provided at the intersection of…

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Development of Forest Park Riding School Site

For anyone who missed it. After years of stop and start there is a project Works Approval before the National Capital Authority for a development on the old Forest Park Riding School site on the Cotter Road next door to Equestrian Park. Here is a link to Ian Bushnell’s summary in the RiotAct https://the-riotact.com/ldk-proposes-143-million-aged-care-facility-on-the-edge-of-yarralumla/491691 If you want more detail see the application on the National…

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Attending Horses During Lockdown Update

ACTEA has been in communication with the Minister for Health today following the ACT Government’s meeting with the NSW Cross -border Commission and have the following update. We understand that the NSW Cross-Border Commissioner has confirmed that care of animals is a “reasonable excuse” for being out of home in NSW. ACT public health restrictions allow ACT residents and NSW border residents to cross the…

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Attending Horses During Lockdown

Rachel Stephen-Smith, the ACT Minister for Health, advises that , people can leave their home to feed and exercise their horse as necessary. They can also cross the border to/from the local region to do this (we have a set of postcodes that define the local region for the purposes of a standing exemption and these are on the website). This exemption applies to the…

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