John Farnham at the Arboretum

There will be a very large outdoor concert on the grounds of the Arboretum on Saturday, 17.11.2018. Most of the activity will take place around the Village Centre, the Amphitheatre and Forest Drive. There will be a lot of people and additional infrastructure on site. The gates will be opened from 4.00pm on Saturday for the concert being held in the Amphitheatre but there will…

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Message from Exhibition Park in Canberra

In light of the ACT Emergency Services Agency advice to the Canberra community that the current alert level for the Pierces Creek fire remains ADVICE and, while there is still a fire, there is no immediate danger to the community EPIC has provided the following message: As the Equine Evacuation Centre was not formally established and no evacuations ordered, EPIC wishes to advise horse owners that…

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EPIC Receiving Horses

EPIC is offering free stabling to those who feel they need to move their horses due to the fire. EPIC has asked that we clarify that as there is currently no threat to property and no evacuations have been ordered for residents, horses or other animals EPIC has not been officially declared a horse evacuation area. EPIC has posted its conditions for use of the…

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Excavations at The Pinnacle

As part of the development of the new suburb of Whitlam on the southern side of William Hovell Drive a new water main is being extended down from Weetangera. It will traverse the whole of The Pinnacles Nature Reserve from the big water tanks on Springvale Drive. While it will make a very big trench through the nature reserve it will only cross one equestrian…

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Updates at Majura Pines

While the closure of the Majura Pines for harvesting purposes was a recreational inconvenience for all users and resulted in the temporary loss of a number of bike tracks it has created some new opportunities. In a post harvesting inspection with Forests ACT and the Majura Trails Alliance ACTEA discovered that some trails created since 2015 were very close to the equestrian routes along the…

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Mountain Bike Event On the Long Weekend

Canberra Off-Road Cyclists are holding a three day mountain bike event in the coming long weekend. Instead of shutting down one facility for the whole weekend they are spreading the event over three different sites – Stromlo Forest Park, Majura Pines and the pine trees around the Arboretum – for one day each. Saturday 29 September – They will be using the bike tracks in…

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Pictures of Horses in Pine Forests

Forestry ACT wants to indicate that pine forests are for horses as well as mountain bikes. They are looking for images of horses being ridden in ACT pine forests to include in their publicity and presentations. ACTEA has lots of pictures of horses in native woodlands and open paddocks and near water holes but none on pine forested trails. Can you help? Pictures need to…

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2018 Bushfire Season

The strange weather we have been having and forecast dry conditions have prompted the ACT Emergency Services to declare the start of bushfire season a month early this year. The Bureau of Meteorology has advised a predicted El Niño event may produce hotter and drier conditions as we head into summer and unless the future outlook starts to suggest a different situation, predicted elevated risks…

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Kaleen to Mount Majura Equestrian Link

For many years there has been an equestrian route from Kaleen Horse Paddocks, around the edge of the Crace Gracelands in Mitchell, across Flemington Road, and by various routes past EPIC to the Federal Highway, then up the green space in Watson to Mount Majura. Changes in the area north of EPIC, upgrading of Well Station Road and finally the routing of the Canberra Metro…

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New Arboretum Walking and Cycling Trails

In May 2017 ACTEA and the local Bicentennial National Trail Coordinator discovered the existence of a three year old Tracks and Trails Plan for the Arboretum that envisaged moving the BNT route to the western boundary of the Arboretum and covering the slopes of Dairy Farmers Hill with winding tracks. This plan was completely at odds with the more recently developed map of recommended equestrian…

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