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ACT a great place to enjoy nature
Brett McNamara checks out the wonders the ACT has to offer.
Our bush capital
One of the absolute joys of life in the
ACT is the privilege of experiencing
four distinct seasons.
As we slowly awake from our winter
hibernation, there are the early signs of
seasonal change looming on the
horizon across our beautiful bush
With the days gradually becoming
just that little bit longer, the sun
shining with a little bit more warmth
and nature becoming aroused as to the
prospect of spring, our minds are
starting to turn towards venturing
With so much to offer across our
conservation estate the tantalising
opportunity to stretch our legs, shed a
few surplus kilos and reconnect with
our inner nature has such a strong
The call of the majestic mountains
resonates with popular bushwalks like
Mount Tennent, Booroomba Rocks
and Stockyard Spur within Namadgi
National Park all offering amazing
For the more intrepid adventurer the
650 kilometre Australian Alps
Walking Track will take you across the
roof-top of Australia, as it gradually
meanders its way through our eye-
catching alpine region stretching from
Namadgi to Alpine National Park in
It is little wonder then that the ACT
has a reputation as being such a great
place to enjoy nature. You don t have
to venture too far to experience the
best of what the great outdoors has to
offer. No wonder we are ranked as one
of the most liveable cities in the world.
As a park service we are reminding
those keen to venture beyond the city
limits of a few salient precautions.
Firstly, plan for the unexpected. The
weather in the mountains can be
unpredictable. A warm sunny day in
the suburbs can quickly change to a
miserable day in the mountains.
Secondly, tell someone who cares. A
well planned trip needs to be shared
with someone who would miss you. In
the event you require assistance from
our rangers or police, detailed
information can prove to be invaluable.
Thirdly, don t rely on your mobile
phone. The vast majority of remote
backcountry is out of reception. Your
trusty mobile will be next to useless,
after all it can t keep you warm and
you can t eat it.
Technologies which will save you in
an emergency are Personal Locator
Beacons (PLB). Given the advances
with PLB we now offer for hire this
practical piece of equipment.
Next time you or a loved one are
considering venturing into our
spectacular backcountry consider
hiring a PLB from Namadgi National
Park on 6207 2900. Above all, take
care and enjoy what nature has to offer.
Brett McNamara is Regional
Manager with ACT Parks &
Trees to go as
part of restoration
The removal of 15 hectares of pine
trees along the Molonglo River
Corridor is part of the next stage of the
Barrer Hill Box-Gum Woodland
Some of the remaining pine
plantation will be thinned out by
removing every fifth tree and any
The forestry works, conducted
southwest of the National Arboretum
Canberra and south of the National
Zoo and Aquarium, should be done by
Access to the site will be restricted;
this affects walking trails and cycle
paths in the areas around Barrer Hill,
south of the arboretum and a small
section of forest south of the zoo.
Log haulage will occur between
4am and 8am to minimise traffic
disruptions and allow trucks to exit
safely via River Road and Forest
Drive, west of the Tuggeranong
Parkway. Harvesting operations will
stay clear of known areas of high
conservation value, a spokesman for
the ACT government said.
TO SAVE LANGUAGES
Researchers at The Australian
National University (ANU) are
working to document some of
Australia s oldest Indigenous
languages which are at risk of being
The ANU is offering a Summer
Scholarship program for students to
assist in working on dictionaries for a
number of Aboriginal languages.
the park and
New look for park boost for healthy lifestyle options
Tuggeranong Town Park has
undergone a $870,000 spruce up.
The ACT government responded to
community calls for a revitalisation of
the public space with the
improvements now available for
The upgrades include a
refurbishment of the jetty and a
reconfiguration of paths from the car
park to the main picnic area, foreshore
and playgrounds to meet the needs of
those with mobility concerns or prams.
The foreshore path on the edge of
Lake Tuggeranong also benefited from
upgrade works and newly installed
Southside residents can take
advantage of attractive new picnic
settings and make the most of the
outdoors as the weather heats up
thanks to two new shade structures
which have been installed over the
play equipment areas.
Launching the upgrades last week,
Minister for Territory and Municipal
Services, Shane Rattenbury thanked
the community for their patience
during construction that improved
amenities, safety and accessibility in
line with their suggestions.
"The recent improvements are the
result of recommendations from the
Master Plan and reflect the ACT
government s commitment to
improving our local parks and
recreational spaces," he said.
"The upgrade comes soon after the
installation of new fitness equipment
at Tuggeranong Town Park."
Based on feedback collected from
the community in 2014, the park
received new exercise equipment
including an aerobic walker, parallel
bars, a leg press, trapeze rings, an
overhead challenge, a push up bar, sit
up board, pull up and chin up bars.
Tuggeranong Community Council
president Glenys Patulny said the
investment in civic amenities was
great but work still needed to be done.
I think it s great but we need to
match it by cleaning up the lake so
people can really benefit and enjoy all
of this, she said.
It s a positive step but without
fixing the lake nobody wants to go
down there while it s smelling at those
times of the year.
She said the free fitness equipment
was a fantastic way to boost healthy
living after a recent ACT Heart
Foundation named Tuggeranong the
most inactive and overweight suburb
We have had people talking about
the health of people in the
Tuggeranong area, she said.
The fitness equipment will be very
Being free for the public,
hopefully, will mean it is well used.
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