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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A Dream of Two Bridges

With an eye to the long view the ACT Equestrian Association and the local Bicentennial National Trail Coordinator are looking at options for linking the BNT in the north west of Canberra to Stromlo Forest Park and connections from there to the south. To this end there have been several meetings and site visits over the last few years. At the moment the ACT Government…

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ACTEA Committee 2019-2020

On 13 June, the ACTEA AGM elected a new Committee for the coming year. The new ACTEA Committee is President:  Christine Lawrence Vice-President:  Cathy Banwell Secretary:  vacant Minute Secretary:  Keryn Kefous Treasurer:  Jacqui Knobel Public Officer:  Beth Stone Members: Helen King, Lauren McIntosh, Natasha Webb Contacts for Committee members are on the ACTEA Committee page. ACTEA would like to thank Kerryn Wilde and Jennifer Magrison…

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ACTEA Committee 2019-2020

At its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 13 June, the ACT Equestrian Association elected new Committee members and said goodbye to some old ones. Contacts for the new Committee will be updated on the Committee page. The Committee for 2019-20 is President: Christine Lawrence Vice-President: Cathy Banwell Secretary: vacant Treasurer: Jacqui Knobel Public Officer: Beth Stone Minute Secretary: Keryn Kefous Members: Lauren McIntosh, Helen King…

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New Equestrian Trail at Stromlo

There is a new trails map for Stromlo Forest Park. Page 2 shows the new trail which links the old trails on the eastern face of the mountain to the dam behind the running track and the exit cavaletti to the Molonglo River. We are still waiting for the connection to the underpass at the John Gorton Parkway but in the meantime there are several…

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Runners @Arboretum on Sunday

The ACT Masters Athletic Club is holding a run/walk event in the area around the Arboretum between 8:30 am and 10:20 am on Sunday 19 May. The route (see map) will start and end on the northern side of Clos Bridge and part of it will be along Boundary Road in the Arboretum. You can mostly avoid them by using the BNT route and allees…

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Horse Damage at the Arboretum

At some time on the weekend of 30-31 March, following 46mm of rain, someone their horse the plantings in Forest 20 in the far north-west corner of the Arboretum, down the hill from the horse yard. Forest 20 is a small regional botanic garden for Southern Tablelands native vegetation and is developed and managed by volunteers, not Arboretum staff. These volunteers are understandably very upset…

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BNT Route at Ginninderry

The Ginninderry development have advised that due to progress on the housing estate they have been able to move the Bicentennial National Trail route from its temporary alignment through the Strathnairn garden onto something closer to its final route.  There is now a fenced route around the garden of the  Link building as shown on this plan. Ginninderry have advised that they will let ACTEA…

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