The Arboretum Gets A Vision

The ACT Equestrian Association and the local Bicentennial National Trail Coordinator have been invited to participate in focus group on 26 May as part of a broader consultation and planning process to develop an strategic vision to guide and underpin decision making into the future and also inform strategic priorities for the next 4 years. The Arboretum currently has an Infrastructure Strategy and a Operations…

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Kangaroo Fence on Tuggeranong Parkway

Some of you will have noticed the fencing being erected along the Tuggeranong Parkway. A section from the Zoo to the Molonglo River appeared before Christmas and construction has started on the section from the Molonglo south to Sulwood Drive. The fence aims to prevent kangaroos colliding with cars on the Parkway. It is funded ($2M) under the Commonwealth Black Spots Program. The fencing is…

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Richard Chapman’s Book of Distilled Knowledge

Richard Chapman has finally written the book. By way of a local treasure, he has helped hundreds of horse owners over the decades and it is all that experience is now distilled between the covers. Here is a message from Annabel Dobson, Convenor of the Equestrian Park Management Group. Greetings All I would like to pass on some information about a new book which I’m…

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Updated Stromlo Forest Park Master Plan

Updated Stromlo Forest Park Master Plan The ACT Equestrian Association has made a submission ( Stromlo MP sub 2016) to the Have Your Say Survey in relation to the updated Stromlo Forest Park Master Plan.  A copy was also sent to the Minister for Tourism and Events who also happens to be the Chief Minister. The Master Plan Survey closed on 5 February. Thank you…

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THE ACTEA AWARDS ARE GOING DIGITAL IN 2016

This year the two annual ACTEA Awards: Encouragement Award To Young Horseperson Of The Year Outstanding Service Award will be based on community nominations via Survey Monkey. This is your opportunity to thank and reward those who contribute to horse sport in the ACT. The awards will be made at the ACTEA Annual General Meeting. Nominations can be made by anyone but the winners will…

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Potential Controlled Burns in Canberra

To prepare for the fire season the ACT Parks and Conservation Service may conduct a number of prescribed burns in the coming months in areas used by equestrians. TAMS require a precise window of conditions to carry out the activities so not all burns may be carried out. FB002 North of Shakespeare Crescent, Fraser, on the BNT route FB042-FB045 along the back of the suburb…

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Water Quality Project Update

You will recall that in July 2015 public consultation drop-ins were conducted in relation to a proposal to improve the water quality of several of Canberra’s waterways. Equestrians made an impression by their participation at the various sessions and their on-line feedback. The ACT Equestrian Association made submissions in regard to catchments that appeared to impact equestrian activities. The Basin Priority Project has now released…

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Is Your Horse’s Bushfire Plan Ready to Go?

The dreadful weather in SA and Victoria are a warning to us to get prepared for a horrible summer. Have you prepared your go or stay bushfire plan and practised it with your horse and your paddock mates? Got together all your fire gear? Go to the ACTEA website at http://www.actea.asn.au/will-your-horse-stay-or-go/ for a guide to things you should be thinking about before it is a…

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Stromlo Forest Park Master Plan

Residents in Weston Creek have received a postcard inviting them to have their say about the ‘new’ Mount Stromlo Master Plan. This Master Plan doesn’t differ a great deal from that created in 2009. There were several issues with that Plan including equestrian trails marked on impossible terrain or leading nowhere and a luge and a chairlift over Bluegums. ACTEA commented on this in some…

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Water Level Rise in Molonglo River

As part of the routine surveillance of Scrivener dam the dam operator will commence deliberately lowering the level of Lake Burley Griffin from Sunday night (29 November 2015) to facilitate inspections of sub-surface drainage and dam dissipater (concrete area below dam). The lake will only be lowered 100mm and after next week’s inspections, the level will be left to rise back to normal levels. Meanwhile…

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