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SPRING WILDFLOWER RAMBLE
Join experts in Black Mountain walk
The Black Mountain wildflower ramble takes place on Saturday morning.
Mary Lynn Mather
Follow in the footsteps of inspiring
botanists Nancy Burbidge and George
Chippendale, who set the enduring
tradition of weekend walks to
appreciate Canberra s wild plants and
learn more about them.
The 44th annual spring wildflower
ramble takes place on Black Mountain
Nature Reserve at 9.30am sharp on
Saturday, October 10.
A high proportion of the bush
capital s rare plants are found in the
area, which is the most diverse of
Canberra s nature parks.
"Half of the species considered to
be rare are here on Black Mountain,"
said convener Linda Beveridge.
"We ve got lots of lovely things,
including the Black Mountain orchid."
She said there was a surprising
diversity of tiny orchids, bush peas,
wattles and billy buttons, which would
be pointed out by the experienced
guides leading the groups.
The spring plants vary from year to
year and changes occur across the
Some plants were in bud while
others of the same family were
flowering in altered conditions, just a
few metres away.
There were even a few leftover
winter wattles, bedecked with spider
webs and insects.
Ms Beveridge drew attention to the
many "dainty" blossoms almost
hidden on the forest slopes, including
tiny orchids with subtle variations in
The event is a ramble , with
walkers encouraged to look closely at
the environment to discover the small
blooms, lots of which could easily go
Your eyes tune in fairly quickly,
Ms Beveridge said.
She added most people learnt at
least one new thing each time they
joined one of the Black Mountain
Dr Nancy Burbidge was very good
at naming and identifying plants, Ms
Beveridge said. She described Dr
Burbidge and Mr Chippendale as
inspirational and enthusiastic leaders.
The Friends of Black Mountain
community group has produced a
useful field guide, on sale for $15, and
some handouts will be provided.
All are welcome on the walk and
people are advised to bring morning
tea, hat, sunblock, water and stout
Meet at the Belconnen Way entry,
just before the Caswell Drive turn-off
(with balloons signalling the spot).
Booking is essential at
Good and bad
in revised draft
On September 30, the National Capital
Authority released the draft revised
National Capital Plan.
The council is pleased this version
takes on board comments made by the
community about the exposure draft,
released in May.
These include the decision to retain
NCA oversight of Telopea Park,
clarification of the heritage
requirements and an increased focus
on open space and sustainability.
However, the revised plan still
includes several unsatisfactory
elements including allowing urban
development across the
Public housing is emerging as a
significant issue in the inner south.
It is important that the interests of
public tenants are protected in the
redevelopment of the large public
housing blocks in the inner south and
that public tenants in suburbs like
Oaks Estate are not forgotten in terms
of access to basic community services.
The Liberals have proposed a four-
year halt to lease variation charges in
Canberra s town centres.
We are not convinced that this is
good public policy and may just result
in another net transfer of community
resources to the development sector.
Finally, vale to Des Owens of the
Farmyard Nursery in Symonston.
He was a stalwart of the inner south
and we are sorry to see his passing.
For more details, visit our website at
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