Dear Mt Taylor Park Care community
Next Park Care meet and annual planning meeting
Our next meet will be Sunday 5 August at 2pm to work on the gullies and trails near the Colquhoun gate entrance - Rangers Adam and Marty have provided us with woody material to reinforce the 'Tongway' erosion control and some roll-overs for the walking track - wear your long-sleeved shirts, pants, covered shoes/boots and hats (hoping its sunny).
Anne and I will be meeting with the District and Park Care Ranger in the next month to discuss our work plan for the next year - our focus will continue to be our ecologically significant areas (swainsona and PTWL habitat) watering our plantings and erosion control at key gullies, weeding, wildflower walks in spring and butterflies in summer! Any ideas send them through.
COG Bird walk 26 August
Matthew 'Ace' Frawley will be leading a bird walk for COG on Mt Taylor on Sunday 26 August meet 8am at the Waldock St Car Park, this is a repeat of last years walk where we explored the lower north and north western slopes - bring water hats sunscreen and morning tea - everyone welcome, no need to register.
National Tree Day around the ACT 28 July
There are couples planting events being organised for National Tree Day next Sunday 29 July.
The Friends of Mt Majura http://majura.org/national-tree-day-planting-on-mount-majura/
Greening Australia at Little Burra and bus transport will be available https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/greening-australia-national-tree-day-planting-sunday-29th-july-tickets-47835757037
The Conservation Council members Group Update is below for your info and Cooleman Ridge newsletter attached.
Kathy and Anne
Dear Mt Taylor Parkcare community
For our July meet, we will continue our work to close off the mountain bike tracks encroaching in the heath patch above the large (dry) dam. We will meet at the large dam at 2pm on Sunday 1 July, noting we have two dams along the western boundary and the meet spot is the dam north of the Colquhoun gate along the fire trail or straight down the hill from the Waldock car park across Actew's line.
Kathy and Anne
Meetings in March
Dear Park Care community
Sunday 4 March - Summit 8.30 to 9.30 am - Meet at the broadcast box to clean up the weeds ahead of its transformation in late Autumn - this is a small job to draw on some of the enthusiastic Mt Taylor Challengers, one of whom obtained grant of $1500 for community artwork to spruce up the box. Only a few hands are needed but regulars are welcome to mix with the walkers - we will do Weed id and safety first before letting them lose with the shears. Bring water and gloves, wear sturdy shoes and hat.
Sunday 18 March - Swainsona Patch from 8am - Meet Anne at the reserve gate along Sulwood Drive just before the Colquhoun entrance and then walk up to the Swainsona patch where we will use use shears to lop StJW flower heads around the patch. You can either meet Anne at the gate or make you own way to the patch - I will be walking over from the north-side with 4 sets of shears.
New Park Care gear for volunteers
A drill work shirt, lightweight hat with vents and the cocky rugby shirt are available - shirts in the usual sizes Small to XL (see attached pic - thanks to Mark Smith) let me know and I will put in a group order.
News about Mannheim St/Sulwood Drive and parking
The petition to the Assembly developed by Taryn Langdon, Anne and others has borne fruit - Taryn writes: The Government formally responded to our petition to improve safety at the Mt Taylor access at Sulwood Dr and Mannheim St. We are definitely keen for TCCS to let us know exactly what they plan and will update. The Government seem committed to some short term measures and some further conversation about long term actual fixes... Chris Steel MLA has been very helpful in continuing to push this along.
Key paragraphs from Minister Fitzharris letter here:
“I am pleased to advise that Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) Directorate’s forward planning has identified a co-ordinated and cross-directorate initiative for a number of improvements to the parking and access provisions servicing Mount Taylor and these will be considered.
TCCS will also be installing car parking directional signs to direct drivers to the Mount Taylor carpark off Athlon Drive. These signs will be installed by the end of March 2018.