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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Equestrian Park Underpass

Guideline have advised that they will move the entrance from the underpass into Equestrian Park in the next week. The existing gate will be locked and a new gate installed further away from the Creek among the poplars. These drawings will help explain. Sketch Plan

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Yarralumla Creek Stabilisation in Equestrian Park

Anyone using the Cotter Road underpass to access Equestrian Park over the last few years would be aware that the banks of Yarralumla Creek have been steadily eroding to the extent that an entire concrete retaining wall has fallen into the waterway. As part of the Commonwealth funded Healthy Waterways Project it has been planned for some time to undertake remediation and stabilisation in the…

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Legislative Assembly Inquiry into Delivery Drones

Recreational drones have been a problem for equestrians for some time and since 2017 ACTEA has been engaging with every conceivable government authority in a fruitless attempt to find someone who will take responsibility for them. The advent of noisy big delivery drones has in some ways been a blessing in disguise because they have caused an outcry across the Canberra community. ACTEA has been…

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Horse Yard on the Cotter Road

A new horse holding yard is being built in the block between Forest Park Riding School and Mt Stromlo Road this week. The yard is being constructed by Stromlo Forest Park modelled on the yard at the Arboretum. The idea is to enable riders to float their horses to the yard and ride into SFP via the cavaletti on the Mt Stromlo Road. The gate…

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New Equestrian Trail at Stromlo Forest Park

Some people might remember that there has been a long term plan to connect Stromlo Forest Park to the Molonglo River corridor as part of the Bicentennial National Trail. Another part of this, as yet incomplete, jigsaw puzzle has finally fallen in to place with a decision by SFP management to create an equestrian trail which connects the existing trails on the eastern face of…

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Yarralumla Woolshed included in Woden Heritage Walk

On 5 March the Yarralumla Woolshed was officially included on an existing Woden Heritage Track by Minister Mick Gentleman. Neither ACTEA or the Equestrian Park Management Group were advised or consulted about this move. They found out when signs were installed at the Woolshed the week before the official launch. There are now 3 signs around the Woolshed outlining its history including the creation of…

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Commuter Cycle Path on Heysen Street Lyons

The ACT Government has made money available this financial year for a feasibility and design study for a cycling connection between Woden and Weston Creek via Davenport and Heysen Street in Lyons. The entrance to Illoura Horse Paddocks is at the intersection of Davenport and Heysen Streets. The equestrian link between Illoura Paddocks and the equestrian crossing on Streeton Drive travels in part along the…

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