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Nature's healing offers timely reminder
THE MESSAGE OF TIDBINBILLA
Shona Chisholm, a long-serving volunteer with Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.
Photo: Jay Cronan
Our bush capital
Over the centuries, the written word
has encapsulated our thoughts, dreams
The written word can capture a
moment in time so it may be shared
down through the ages, giving us
reason to pause and reflect on where
we have come from, where we are and
where we might advance to.
Following on from the 2003
firestorm which engulfed the tranquil
valley that was Tidbinbilla Nature
Reserve, the ACT Parks and
Conservation Service had reason to
pause and reflect.
In setting about the task of
rebuilding the wetlands sanctuary we
looked to nature, to heed the recovery
processes which were well under way.
In doing so the powerful and incisive
words of naturalists John Burroughs
(1837-1921) resonated with us when
he said: "I go to nature to be soothed
and healed; to have my senses put in
tune once again".
From the ashes of the firestorm, the
power of such words gave us reason to
After all, hope springs eternal.
As part of the new boardwalk,
which now gently meanders through
the magnificent Tidbinbilla wetlands,
poignant quotes from world citizens
have been engraved along the pathway,
speaking of our need to connect with
These mere words are both
inspirational and insightful.
Some 12 years on, such words still
resonate across our community. Our
much loved and highly respected
volunteer interpreter Shona Chisholm
wanted to share the power of these
sentiments as part of her rich legacy
with us all. Her uncomplicated legacy
is one of increasing community
awareness for those intrinsic natural
values embedded within our beautiful
Recently, through Conservation
Volunteers, and in collaboration with
the Parks and Conservation Service,
Shona has kindly produced a simply
delightful brochure capturing those
quotes from world leaders which
include Nelson Mandela, Frank Lloyd
Wright and Albert Einstein.
These powerful words set against
truly majestic wetlands, reflect
Shona's passion for our parks and in
turn provide us all with a real sense of
strength and purpose. Thanks must go
to Shona for taking the time to prepare
this fantastic brochure for us.
On your next visit to Tidbinbilla
Nature Reserve why not call by the
Visitor Centre or download a copy of
Shona's sanctuary bridge quotes from
Updated proposals for the omnibus
territory plan variations will be
publicly displayed at East Hotel,
Kingston, on April 7 and 8.
Public Housing Renewal Taskforce
representatives will field questions at
public information sessions for the
Red Hill housing precinct from 6pm to
7.30pm on Tuesday.
Sessions for the Stuart Flats in
Griffith and Gowrie Court in
Narrabundah on Wednesday also take
place from the same time.
All plans presented at these sessions
are draft and will need to proceed
through a formal territory planning
variation process before being
ISCCC president Gary Kent said he
welcomed the ACT government's
move to involve consultation from
such an early stage.
But he said there was a high level of
community interest as the re
developments meant change was
ahead for the inner south.
The proposals potentially
represent a very big increase in the
population of those suburbs,'' Mr Kent
He said there was widespread
acknowledgement increased density
was necessary but there was concern
about traffic impact, building heights
and preserving some of the capital's
oldest suburbs' character.
Mr Kent said he was optimistic the
consultation could serve as a best
practice model for the future.
We know the government has
listened very carefully,'' he said.
We hope the displays will satisfy
the community that the concerns
they've raised . . . have been taken into
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