Western Greenway Consultation Update

The Western Greenway Community Panel met on 27 July. Background to the Western Greenway project, links and equestrian issues can be found in the previous post of 23 July. The Panel is a large group of diverse interests with the potential to descend into a unproductive rabble. Surprisingly, thanks to an excellent facilitator, the meeting was very amicable and was able to produce an agreed Communique at…

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Cotter Road Duplication Stage 2

Surprisingly, just before the election, Roads ACT is suddenly commencing Stage 2 of the duplication of the Cotter Road which is the bit that will pass Equestrian Park at Curtin. It now appears that works will start in October this year. ACTEA has been in consultation with the government and engineers about the duplication since 2011 and is happy that all concerns about the long…

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Trail Closure South of the Arboretum

Icon Water is doing some works on the northern side of the high level crossing (Clos Bridge) of the Molonglo River below the Arboretum. The purpose is to reduce odour from sewerage which might offend the new residents of the Molonglo suburbs. They will be constructing a vent on a high point south west of the Arboretum and connecting to the sewer line that goes…

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Basin Water Project Update

Further to our post of 9 June equestrian representatives met with consultants from Alluvium on 21 July to discuss five proposed water quality management projects in Canberra’s public open spaces used by local horse riders. The following is a summary report of the projects: Fadden Pines, Gowrie Riders from Macarthur Paddocks use the wide northern verge of Isabella Drive to do a loop back through the…

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Horses Birthday @ Pegasus

Pegasus is holding a birthday celebration for their fourteen four legged staff on Saturday 30 July at 11:15am.  There is usually carrot cake! Pegasus Farm, 119 Drake Brockman Drive Holt Please RSVP by Wednesday 27 July for catering purposes at admin@pegasusact.com.au or  02 6254 9190

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Western Greenway Consultation

Many of you are aware that the ACT government is considering urban development of about 190 hectares, including close to 90 hectares of river corridor and nature reserve, between the Tuggerenong Town Centre and the Murrumbidgee River, prematurely named Thompson. The results of Have-Your-Say community consultation (2,000 respondents), however, revealed that overwhelmingly the community expressed strong opposition to any development that compromised the environmental and…

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Ecological Grazing on the BNT route – Jarramlee Environmental Offset

The Parks and Conservation Service has advised that it is planning to put stock onto the section of the Bicentennial National Trail between Parkwood horse yards and Fassifern Pond from Sunday 24 July 2016 for a few weeks to assist in managing the biomass for the protected Golden Sun Moth.  This date may change slightly depending on the weather.  Paddock gates will not be locked, just latched.   Signs…

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ACTEA Committee for 2016-2017

ACTEA held its AGM on Thursday 9 June at which awards were presented, reports presented and a Committee elected for the coming year. The ACTEA Committee for 2016-2017 is President     Christine Lawrence Vice President   Cathy Banwell Secretary    Beth Stone Treasurer   Debbie Morrissey Member  Jennifer Margrison Member   Julie Morris Member  Kerryn Wilde Contacts for these office bearers can be found on…

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ACT Basin Water Quality Projects Identified

The ACT Basin Water Quality Project has moved on to the next step. If you go to http://www.environment.act.gov.au/water/act-basin-priority-project/our-catchments you can access a list of the projects which have received funding under the joint ACT/Commonwealth project.  On first glance only 4 projects have a possibility of impacting on equestrians: Wetlands – Cotter Road south of Pearlman Street, Wright (BNT route on Dixon Drive) Creek stabilisation –…

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Water Release from Scrivener Dam

ACTEA has just been advised by the Operations Supervisor for Scrivener Dam that their modelling suggests that they will have to open one or more sluice gates on Scrivener Dam if the rain continues today. This means that for the next week at least there will be more water than usual over the Molonglo River crossing below the dam. Please pay attention to the water…

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