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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Parkrun at North Weston Ponds

There has been some progress in regard to a running group permanently sharing the Bicentennial National Trail at North Weston Ponds. Since the Parkrun group have a permit until April this year it is unlikely that they will be prevented from running. There have been conversations with City Presentation about conditions they can place on the event in the interests of equestrian safety. Parkrun Coombs…

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New Walking and Cycling Trails in the Arboretum

Some people will have noticed an article in the Canberra Times on 30 January about the planned new trails in the Arboretum https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/new-12-kilometre-trail-planned-for-national-arboretum-20190128-p50u5u.html. The article took the Arboretum by surprise; the journalist having picked up the project from the ACT Government Tender website and not from talking to the Arboretum. Having said that, the contents of the story are substantially correct although the Arboretum itself…

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Forests Recreation Plan

As a direct result of the Zoo Pines confrontation and the increase in illegal bike tracks in the ACT pine forests Forestry ACT has acquired the services of an ACT Parks ranger with experience in recreational planning and community engagement, Jasmine Foxlea, to develop a recreation management plan for the ACT Pine Forests. Jasmine has started work and will be consulting with the huge range…

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Housing Development Starts on Darwinia Terrace

As reported in the Canberra Time on Saturday 24 November work has started on the housing development on the corner of Katherine Street and Darwinia Terrace in Chapman. A security fence has gone up and there is earth moving equipment on site. The Bicentennial National Trail from Eucumbene Drive uses the northern verge of Kathner Street to access Coolaman Ridge Nature Reserve and connect to…

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Pegasus Christmas Party

The evening will include volunteer appreciation awards, a fabulous BBQ, miniature ponies, live music, jumping castle, raffle, and a visit from Santa! When: Saturday, 8 December Where: Pegasus Farm, 119 Drake Brockman Drive, Holt Time: 5pm to 7pm Queries: Contact Chai on 02 6254 9190 or at admin@pegasusact.com.au  

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Yarralumla Creek Remediation Works

After much delay the ACT government is inching toward work to remediate the banks of Yarralumla Creek near the Cotter Road which are eroding into the surrounding land, including the area around the dressage arenas in Equestrian Park. Work will begin on the south side of the underpass to Equestrian Park with marking of trees to be removed and erection of a security fence as…

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Changes to ACT Veterinary Registration Rules

Earlier this year some Canberra horse owners where expressing concern to ACTEA about their discovery that veterinarians not registered in the ACT, even if registered to practice just across the boarder in NSW, cannot legally practice in the Australian Capital Territory. This was particularly troubling as there are few enough large animal practices in Canberra at the moment, making after hours and weekend emergencies a…

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