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HELP TRACK THEIR TRAILS
Touring turtles need modern monitoring
ACT National Parks and Catchments regional operations manager Brett McNamara uses the new turtle app on
his iPad at the Point Hut Crossing in Gordon.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Why did the turtle cross the road? To
find a safe place to lay her eggs,
according to ACT Parks and Services
regional manager Brett McNamara.
November has been dubbed Turtle
Month in Australia and its aim is to
learn more about the fascinating fresh-
water dwelling creatures.
Despite being fairly common, Mr
McNamara said not a lot was known
"This time of year, the female turtle
is leaving the safety of the aquatic
environment of streams and rivers and
heading into unfamiliar territory to lay
her eggs," he said.
"It's treacherous. They've got to
cross roads and deal with predation."
A free smartphone app, TurtleSAT,
has been developed at the University
of Western Sydney to allow
community engagement to help track
turtles across Australia.
Mr McNamara said it was a great
way for the community to help
"The focus of it is really across the
urban environment,'' he said.
It's really core focus is for the
whole community to become involved
in this, particularly with the urban
development we've experienced
across the ACT in recent time.
"It's like a jigsaw puzzle - every
little piece of information will lead to
a greater understanding."
Mr McNamara said researchers
wanted to find out where turtles were
migrating to and what their
We don't have that information ...
that is why this is a great initiative,'' he
In my mind it really speaks to
community science-based programs ...
it gives researchers the capacity to
track and monitor turtles."
Mr McNamara said the reason
people had a soft spot for turtles was a
If you look at the eastern long-
necked turtle they've got a cute little
smile on their face,'' he said.
"They also have an important
function in the ecosystem, they're
scavengers. They help clean up our
river systems, they eat dead fish --
basically they're the seagulls of the
Mr McNamara warned the public to
be aware of turtles when driving and to
move them if spotted on the road,
Popular places for turtle-spotting in
Canberra include Point Hut Crossing,
Kambah Pool Road, Mulligans Flat
and along the Murrumbidgee in
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve also
hosts a variety of wildlife-spotting
activities. For further details, phone
If you spot a turtle, download the
TurtleSAT app for free and log the
details of your find.
we support our
Wear Orange Wednesday is on
tomorrow to show support for State
Emergency Service volunteers who
look after the community during
times of crisis.
The SES is encouraging Canberra
residents to "paint the town orange",
the highly visible colour worn by
You can also visits its website,
to generate a customised social
media profile picture to show your
support and encourage family and
friends to do the same.
HAVE YOUR SAY ON
The Gungahlin Community Council
is calling for more residents to have
their say in a survey designed to find
out what developments the
community want to see in the region.
The council advocates for more
amenities, services and employment
opportunities but considers the
region still lagging behind other town
The council is undertaking the
survey to override the ACT
government survey conducted in
2008 which a spokesman said was
largely based on a very limited level
of community response''.
The survey closes on Wednesday,
November 19, and can be accessed
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