There are plans to undertake fuel reduction burns in four locations on Red Hill during autumn and winter in 2016. The exact timing of these burns will be dependant on weather conditions, which means that warnings can only be given at very short notice. More…
The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to help with our next working bee of 2015 on Sunday 6 September 2015.
Last month we made a great start on removing the hundreds of Cootamundra Wattles along the upper slopes of the east side of Red Hill. It is important that as many of this Class 4 weed are cut down before they set seed, so this September’s working bee will be our last chance this year. (more…)
Ministers Corbell and Gentleman jointly launched a new EPD (Env & Planning Directorate) register listing offset sites which have been established to compensate for the likely environmental impacts of development. The register is available here…. At least some of the Offset Management Plans expect maintenance work to be undertaken by volunteer ParkCare groups.
For more information and specifics about ACT Govt approach to offsets have a look at the environmental offsets page here…
The annual debate over the practice of removing Cootamundra Wattles from Canberra Nature Reserves (including the Red Hill Reserve) has been ignited by a letter to the Canberra Times of 13 August 2015. More…
A response was published on 20 August 2015. More…
Cootamundra Wattle (Acacia baileyana) is a Class 4 Pest Plant in the ACT and is important to control due to its invasive nature. It can be found on Red Hill in dense stands where it crowds out other local plants.
The Red Hill Regenerators remove dense stands of these plants by ‘cut and daub’ methods. Where older plants are found we try to use the ‘frilling’ method which helps to retain bird nesting habitat.
It was a perfect winter day for our rescheduled working bee. Blue sky, no wind, sun shining, wattle coming out into flower. A record turnout of 24 was helped by the Mt Mugga scout troop, who turned up in force to help make a start on a large thicket of Cootamundra Wattles. While we made considerable progress there is much more to do, so ‘we’ll be back!’ Thanks to everyone for making this a very productive working bee.
The Regenerators have been advised that government contractors will start spraying Chilean Needle Grass and Serrated Tussock on Red Hill next week. These are two serious weed species which require significant and continuous effort and expenditure to control.
The ACT Government has adopted an environmental offsets policy, which ostensibly enables a valued area of bushland under threat of destruction by development, to be ‘neutralised’ by improving a similar area of bushland.
Lots of us spend our spare time volunteering with various organisations to plant trees, control weeds, and generally doing good environmental work. What would you think if you found out that the work you were doing was actually part of a legally required offset for a large corporation? Or worse still –what if revegetation work you contributed to over many years was retrospectively exchanged for an equivalent amount of environmental damage by a developer? You’d probably be pretty annoyed – and maybe less likely to volunteer for environmental work in the future. (more…)
The Federal Golf Club has been attempting since last century to generate revenue by developing part of the golf course. On each occasion the ACT Government has not approved their proposal. The latest proposal goes even further by wanting to expand the golf course boundary into the Red Hill Nature Reserve. An inspection of the proposed boundaries of the development shown on the web site of their principal developer Global Lifestyles Developments P/L, indicates a boundary across the golf course access road (which is itself located within the Nature Reserve boundary) and into the Reserve. It appears that the only purpose for this encroachment into the Reserve is to improve the views from residences to be built up to the existing lease boundary of the golf club.
The Regenerators not only reject any incursion from the golf club into the Red Hill Nature Reserve, but seeks return of internationally recognised Red gum/Yellow box woodland, currently within the golf club lease, back into the Reserve, as recommended by the ACT Government in 1999.
The Red Hill Regenerators invite you to help with our next working bee of 2015 on Sunday 2 August 2015.
Last month we did a tremendous job removing vegetation which was blocking the view of the historic Callistemon plantation near the summit restaurant. This month we will start from the Callistemon plantation and move north along the contours and downhill as far as the wire fence, towards the Lookout, focussing on removing woody weeds and Cootamundra Wattles. (more…)
A group of independent experts in woodland ecology and biodiversity wrote to the Chief Minister on 8 July 2010, in response to the 2010 Federal Golf Club proposal to develop parts of their lease in a similar proposal to that put forward again in 2015. The views expressed in this letter are relevant to the 2015 development proposal. More…