Canberra Nature Map

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service has launched a useful and interactive website called ‘Canberra Nature Map’. The web site enables rare and endangered plant sightings to be reported, identified and located. Anyone can log on and contribute. Find the website at

September 2014 Working Bee

Our next working bee will be held on Sunday 7 September 2014 from 9am to 12.30pm.  We will meet by the gate into the reserve at the end of Rusden Street, Garran (See Whitepages Map 23 A14).  We plan to attack woody weeds along the reserve hill slopes and those with Chemcert certificates will be able to spray for verbascum, thistles and other herbaceous weeds.
Wear protective clothing – long pants, long sleeves, eyewear.  Bring water and something for morning tea at 11am.  We will provide tools, herbicides and gloves and instructions.
If rain is forecast an email will be sent on Saturday evening to advise of possible cancellation.
We hope to see you on Sunday!
Enquiries to

Federal Golf Club Developments: 2007 to 2014

This post summarises the history of attempts by the Federal Golf Club to develop parts of its lease, from 2007 to mid 2014.


EPBC Act 1999: bilateral agreement with the ACT

The draft approval bilateral agreement provides for accreditation of Australian Capital Territory processes for approval of proposed actions that would otherwise be assessed by the Australian Government for approval under the EPBC Act. Only one decision including conditions on approval is made by the Australian Capital Territory, accounting for Australian Capital Territory matters and matters of national environmental significance.

The finalised approval bilateral agreement will include a list of Australian Capital Territory processes that have been accredited by the Federal Environment Minister. These processes are known as ‘accredited processes’. No separate Australian Government referral, assessment or approval will be required for proposed actions that fall under an accredited process.

The Regenerators intend to provide a submission on this matter before the 11 September 2014 closing data.


Environmental Offsets Guidelines

The development of the EPBC Act Offsets assessment guide and the many benefits of bridging the science-policy divide.

Read “The development of the EPBC Act offsets assessment guide”

Centenary Trail opening

2013:  The official opening of the long-awaited Canberra Centenary Trail.

From 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday 27 October 2013, a ‘Try the Trail Day’ will be held at five different locations along the alignment – Hall School Museum, Victoria Street Hall, John Knight Memorial Park in Belconnen, Chapman near Cooleman Ridge, Tuggeranong Town Park and Remembrance Park in Campbell.

People can join a guided walk led by ACT Scouts and purchase some lunch from a Rotary Club stall.

Event partner, ACT Medicare Local, will also be providing a free trail map and fresh fruit to all participants on the day.

More information and Trail map

Centenary Trail public consultation

2012: The Centenary Trail project was put out for public consultation on 26 November 2012. The Regenerators submitted a response  on 9 December 2012.

The Centennary Trail is expected to be completed by early 2013. CanberraTimes21June2012

Centenary Trail: final consultation report

May 2012:  On 28 May 2012, TAMS published the final consultation report, together with a map of the proposed final Trail alignment and showing where the Trail will follow existing trails, be an upgrade of an existing trail, or be a newly constructed trail. It could be seen on the TAMS web site (Final Consultation Report p13) (removed from website) that:

“In order to avoid the need for new trail within Red Hill Nature Reserve, walkers will use existing trails to reach the top of Red Hill, whereas bike riders will be directed along the existing fire trails on the eastern side”

Therefore, we are assured that there will be no new trails constructed on Red Hill and a small section of existing steep maintenance track section will be upgraded. Only Trail walkers will use trails on Red Hill, with cyclists being directed along the base of Red Hill. The TAMS report also provided a response to the Red Hill Regenerators submission.

Centenary trail meeting with Chief Minister

May 2012: A meeting of Parkcare groups with the Chief Minister was arranged on 11 May 2012, to express a range of views regarding the route selection process through Nature Reserves.  The brief for the meeting was prepared by representatives from Black Mountain, Mt Ainslie, Mt Majura and Red Hill Nature Reserves

Centenary Trail assurance

May 2012:  After meeting with the Centenary Trail team on 16 April 2012, the Senior Project Office provided an assurance on 3 May 2012 that:

the trail alignment has been revised to show walkers only to the summit and cyclists along the fire trail at the base of the hill. There are no new trail sections proposed for Red Hill. The summary consultation report and revised map will be released publically after your meeting with the Minister in mid May 2012“.

Welcome to ACT Red Hill Regenerators

You are welcome to join our monthly activities. We carry out bush regeneration work within the Red Hill Nature Reserve on the 1st Sunday of each month, from 9am to 12:30, except for January. By joining the Group, you will automatically be advised of any Group activities and their locations. You will also be supporting the preservation and conservation of a vital ecosystem and recreational resource

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