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COMMUNITY REVEGETATION PROJECT
Old speedway returning to native glory
Volunteers Lynne Alexander and
Deb Hall with National tree day
event organiser Waltraud Pix.
Photo: Elesa Kurtz.
It used to be part of the Mt Ginn
speedway in North Watson but where
the dirt circuit once stood in the
'50s,'60s and '70s now stands a batch
of environmentalists on a mission to
regenerate the area.
Friends of Mt Majura and the
Watson Woodlanders are embarking
on the third stage of a community
revegetation project that started in
On Mt Majura, just east of The Fair,
they will kick stage three off to
coincide with the National Tree Day
Planting Party on Sunday, July 27.
National Tree Day co-ordinator
Waltraud Pix said where they were
working was badly degraded.
She said the area was used for car
racing, then equestrian events and also
"It was originally critically
endangered grassy woodland,'' she
said. "It is one of our last big project
sites where we hope to improve the
Encouraging the return of native
flora and fauna will take decades. But
the groups have already unearthed
some promising signs through their
"There are some very rare plants in
this area. There are endangered
species. We found a Golden Sun Moth
last year, which is a listed
[endangered] species in federal and
ACT legislation. It was the first record
on Mt Majura so we were very thrilled
She said the first indications of
native flora returning to the area were
also being seen with endangered
species discovered that had self-
Meanwhile experienced and novice
planters are welcome to join the
National Tree Day Planting Party.
Volunteer registration starts at
12.45pm. Member for Ginninderra
Shane Rattenbury will kick off the
event at 1pm. There will be hot
chocolate and Tim Tams while the
Majura Mountain Scouts run a
barbecue at 3.30pm.
For more details about the National
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LIGHT RAIL OUT OF
REACH FOR MOST: COE
Shadow Transport Minister Alistair
Coe doubts light rail will transform
Canberra because less than 10 per
cent of the city's population are
within walking distance of proposed
light-rail stops. If people are prepared
to walk 400 metres to a stop (the
distance used by ACTION for their
route planning) only 3 per cent of
Canberrans are within walking
distance, 7 per cent when the limit is
extended to 800 metres. "The
Opposition is very concerned that the
catchment area for light rail will not
support a viable system," he said.
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their work. Until Friday, July 18.
AWARDS NOW OPEN
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achievements of ACT and NSW
residents is taking nominations until
the end of the month. The Regional
Achievement and Community
Awards covers environment and
landcare; events and tourism;
regional service; management and
community of the year. Winners will
be announced at a gala dinner in
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