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Fruit of hard work is there for all to see
Fetherston Gardens volunteer Lesley Pattinson enjoys the garden she helped restore in Weston.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Fetherston Gardens in Weston Creek is
celebrating its first anniversary of
public access with a working bee and
a home-made cake.
The site, formerly part of the CIT
School of Horticulture, was left nearly
derelict when the CIT campus moved
to Bruce at the end of 2009.
After about two years of neglect, the
Friends of Fetherston Gardens began
running working bees to restore its
After plenty of tender loving care,
Fetherston Gardens has been
transformed into a sprawling gem,
featuring an arboretum, woodland
gardens and a secret garden.
In October last year, the Fetherston
Gardens opened to the public.
Two entrances welcome visitors to
the gardens -- both are areas where ivy
has been stripped away from shrubs
and trees to allow safe passage.
Friends of Fetherston Gardens
working bee co-ordinator and former
staff member at CIT Weston Creek,
Lesley Pattinson, said that in the
beginning all the group could do was
pull out the dreaded ivy.
"When we first came in the gate, we
couldn t get two steps in because it
was all ivy.
You couldn t find the paths. Every
tree was covered with ivy -- all you
could see was the tops of some of
them," Ms Pattinson said.
"We had quite significant plantings
here over 40 years and we didn t want
to see the trees die.
We didn t want to see development
on this site because of its significance
to Canberra so it was important to try
and save it."
For the past few years, members of
the Friends of Fetherston Gardens
have been volunteering their time.
Ms Pattinson said the current state
of the site is something to be proud of
but they are hoping to do more.
"There is something in here for
everybody and no matter what age,
there is a task. We d like a community
buildingoneday. . .Itusedtobethe
central site for the beekeeping group
and the bonsai group and it would be
lovely to have those groups come
Friends of Fetherston Gardens
will hold their next working bee on
October 26 at 10am, to coincide
with their first anniversary. Contact
ACT Policing is advising drivers that
40km/h speed limits will be enforced
in school zones for the new school
term, which started yesterday.
The speed restrictions are in effect
between 8am and 4pm.
Children, especially primary
school students, are not as aware as
adults of the dangers associated with
crossing the road.
The 40km/h speed zones are in
place to give drivers extra time to
stop in an unexpected situation.
Drivers who choose to ignore the
speed limits face tough penalties,
ranging from a fine of $203 and the
loss of one demerit point to $1811
and the loss of six demerit points.
Last year, 996 drivers received
traffic infringement notices for
speeding in school zones.
GOLF BALL POLICY FOR
STAFF AT NEW ESA HQ
Wayward golf balls endangering
staff at the ACT s emergency service
headquarters caused a farcical
bureaucratic nightmare involving
years of frustrated negotiations,
failed fence building, and the
development of a golf ball
mitigation policy . The state-of-the-
art new Emergency Services Agency
headquarters was completed in 2010
at Fairbairn, near the Canberra
Airport, replacing the old centre in
Curtin. Despite years of planning and
a price tag of $75 million, staff
encountered an unexpected hazard.
Wayward golfers playing on a hole at
the adjoining Fairbairn Golf Club.
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