Regenerators working bee Sunday 4 September 216

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next working bee of 2016 on Sunday 4 September 2016

We were fortunate that a recent visit by the Green Army resulted in removal of a significant quantity of Cootamundra wattle seedlings in the nature reserve close to Deakin. This was followed up last month by our working bee, which resulted in many more seedlings being removed. The aim of our working bee this month is to complete this task in the area between Red Hill Drive and Buxton Street. Being in flower, they will be easy to spot.

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Red Hill prescribed burns 2016-17

The Fire Management Unit of the ACT Government are planning two major fuel reduction burns on Red Hill during 2016-17.  The exact timetable has to be determined, but almost certainly will take place within the spring and autumn weather windows.

Prescribed burn west of summit reservoir

Prescribed burn west of Davidson’s trig

 

Glyphosate not carcinogenic – World Health Organisation

Regenerators will be aware that the most common herbicide that volunteers use for spraying and dabbing weeds is Glyphosate (Zero, Roundup etc). There has been debate globally regarding its carcinogenicity.
On 9–13 May 2016 experts met at WHO headquarters and concluded glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic or genotoxic risk to humans. More…
The Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority report that “All glyphosate products registered for use in Australia have been through a robust chemical risk assessment process and are safe to use, provided they are used as per the label instructions

ADFA declares war on Cootamundra wattles on Red Hill!

On 6 August 2016, 24 international ADFA cadets were marched up Red Hill to do battle with the Cootamundra Wattles between the water tanks and the golf course. They defeated the battalions of wattles with saws and loppers. Then they marched back down again. Great job!

ADFA 2016

Regenerators and GAHRAG meet MBark

Members of the Regenerators Committee and the Garran and Hughes Residents Association (GAHRAG) met on 1 August 2016 with representatives of developers MBark and the Federal Golf Club, at the golf club, to discuss an alternative development proposal to that which was recently approved by golf club members. This alternative proposal is a GAHRAG initiative. MBark and the FGC representatives undertook to consider this initiative and respond to GAHRAG and RHRG. Contact GAHRAG for more information.

Regenerators working bee Sunday 7 August 2016

The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to our next working bee of 2016 on Sunday 7 August 2016

We were fortunate that a recent visit by the Green Army resulted in removal of a significant quantity of Cootamundra wattle seedlings in the nature reserve close to Deakin. The aim of our working bee this month is to complete this task.

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Regenerators response to golf club development proposal

The President, Red Hill Regenerators wrote to the Federal Golf Club’s developer MBark on 2 July 2016 to respond to the information provided by MBark to the community regarding their proposed residential development.

Red Hill Regenerators Response to Development Proposal Information Booklet 27 May 2016

Red Hill Regenerators believes that any housing development on the Federal Golf Club lease will have a negative impact on Red Hill Nature Reserve.

The Red Hill Regenerators Executive have met with representatives of the Club and Mbark, the chosen developers on several occasions. The Club’s Development Proposal Information Booklet includes a number of aspects that have been changed from preliminary plans to reduce the concerns expressed by the Red Hill Regenerators about the proposed housing development.  These changes are appreciated and the proposed return to the Red Hill Reserve of unused sections of the Club’s lease is particularly welcomed.

It is still early in the process of planning and gaining approval for the housing development with all aspects outlined in the Booklet either still not formulated or to be confirmed. Consequently, the full list of concerns previously expressed by the Red Hill Regenerators still stand.

The Red Hill Regenerators seek to continue open communication with the Club and Mbark and the Red Hill Regenerators response will be updated, based on these discussions and other developments.

Ross Kingsland

President, Red Hill Regenerators

2 July 2016

Planning Minister meeting request over Golf Club development

Ten community groups wrote to Planning Minister Mick Gentleman on 3 July 2016, requesting a meeting to outline their concerns regarding the proposed residential development on part of the Federal Golf Club concessional lease. Read the letter here.

Red Hill 2016 winter bird survey results

The results of the 2016 bird survey by the Canberra Ornithologists Group can be found here.

Red Hill resident eagles

A pair of magnificent wedge tailed eagles are regular visitors to Red Hill and can often be seen soaring along the ridge line, often accompanied by a complaining flock of magpies. Thanks to Roy McDowall for this photo.

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Wedge tailed eagle (photo Roy McDowall)

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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