Update on Heritage Listing of Equestrian Park Cross-country Course

Without doubt due to the overwhelming 117 submissions from the equestrian community, any heritage listing of the Yarralumla Woolshed has been delayed by the Minister for Planning. At this stage, it is anticipated the Council will make its final decision on registration of the site at its meeting of 19 November 2015. It seems very unlikely that the Council will change its mind about including…

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Fencing of Tuggeranong Parkway Near the Zoo Underpass

Since the 2003 bushfires ACTEA has regularly sought replacement of the old stock fence that ran along the Tuggeranong Parkway near the pine forest south of the Zoo. Riders were concerned that one day a startled horse could run on to the Parkway. This became a bigger issue when the Zoo expanded southward to the old underpass which now goes directly into the Arboretum. There…

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Changes to Logging Times near Arboretum

Please note that about 5 log trucks a day could now be using River Road at any time of day, except for Sundays when there will be no harvesting or transport of logs from site. When the harvesting job stated on 17 August log trucks driver’s had agreed to operate only between the hours of 4am and 8am. This was very restrictive on the viability…

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A Recreational Vision for Canberra

Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, has recently launched a new vision for recreation that aims to encourage more Canberrans to take advantage of the recreation spaces we have across Canberra. This is about informal and less organised recreation rather than formal sporting activities. Connecting & Building Recreation: a vision for the Territory outlines the ACT Government’s…

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Arboretum Horse Yard Opened by Minister Rattenbury

The Canberra Times today carried a report of the official opening of the horse yard at the National Arboretum. Given the foreboding skies luck held and the sun actually shone at times. Six horses modeled the yard and about 40 horse riders, media and Arboretum and Ministerial staff braved the weather to listened to Minister Rattenbury officially do the opening. There are some additional pictures…

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The Brookvale Ride is on Again

The ACT Endurance Riders Association (ACTERA) is hosting its famous National Capital ‘Brookvale’ Endurance Ride on 26 and 27 September 2015. The ride offer stunning views through Uriarra Pine Forest on an undulating course and some private property. There are ride distances to suit everyone. If you’re interested in the shorter distance rides, you can come just for the day! See their Brookvale_2015_flyer Most of…

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Forestry Operations South of the Arboretum & Zoo

ACT Parks & Conservation will begin thinning and harvesting pine trees in two areas used by equestrians beginning next week. The two areas are shown on this Forestry Operations Map. The first is clearing a small area against the southern boundary of the Zoo for fire management purposes. Eventually this will give riders using the Zoo underpass a wider access route. The second is on…

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Trail Management on Isaacs Ridge

TAMS are inviting members of the community to have their say on the development of a trail management plan for recreational use at Isaacs Ridge pines. The plan will also consider the broader context of the recreation trail network in the Isaacs Ridge nature reserve. Feedback from the community will help ensure the trail management plan meets the needs of all recreation users of the…

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Water Quality Project Impinges on Equestrian Facilities

The ACT government has a commitment from the Commonwealth for money to make improvements to water quality in the Yarralumla Creek Catchment through a range of water and streamway management techniques. The Environment & Planning Directorate is now in public consultation mode. You can see their plans at the map at http://www.environment.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/752744/Yarralumla-Creek-Catchment-Options-ALLUVIUM-v5.pdf. You will see they include stream restoration to manage erosion and improve habitat…

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Works Approval for Cotter Road Stage 2 Duplication

Since 2011, the ACT Equestrian Association, through the Equestrian Park Management Group have been in discussions with RoadsACT about the proposed duplication of the Cotter Road between the Tuggeranong Parkway and Yarralumla Creek (Stage 2). As the duplicated carriageway will be constructed on the northern side of the existing road, Equestrian Park will be impacted in a variety of ways. During this four year process…

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