July meet

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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.

Kind regards
Kathy and Anne

Meetings in March

Monday, February 26, 2018

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.

Change of location

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Meet this Sunday 11 February 8am

It has been so dry we need to water our bursaria plantings so we will see you at the Mannheim gate at 8am next Sunday or at the water cube if you arrive a bit later :).

Help out with Kangaroo Counts (From Conservation Planning and Research)

It’s that time of year again (already) where there are a bunch of kangaroos eagerly awaiting their annual count. Your help last year was very much appreciated and we hope that you can come along again this year. Kat, Mel and Claire (your count coordinators) would love to have you along on the following dates:

Mulligans Flat – Feb 13th (Half day)
Goorooyaroo (Dunnarts Flat/Forest) – Feb 15th (Half day)
Jerrabomberra East – Feb 27th (Half day)
Gungaderra – March 6th (Full day)
Mt Painter – March 15th (Full day)
Pinnacle - March 20th (Full day)
Aranda – April 5th (Full day)

This year we will be using the new ParkCare Hub to sign up volunteers. All of the scheduled counts will be advertised on the Hub and you can register and sign up completely online (saving a lot of back and forth emailing!). Currently the Mulligans Flat, Goorooyaroo and Jerra East Counts are on the Hub and ready for people to sign up to. To access the hub go to https://www.environment.act.gov.au/parks-conservation/parks-and-reserves/get-involved/the-ParkCare-initiativeand click on the REGISTER link. Once you are registered you are ready to sign up to all of our activities (plus all ParkCare activities). I understand that not everyone may be able to sign up online so please contact me if you have any problems or concerns. Regards, Katherine Jenkins 02 6207 8282

Volunteer action plan for the ACT

The ACT Government wants our help to develop a Volunteering Action Plan to better support volunteering in Canberra. Head to YourSay.act.gov.au before 18 February 2018 to share your ideas.

ACT Aquatic Species and Riparian Conservation Strategy out for comment

draft 2018 Aquatic and Riparian Conservation Strategy
4-page summary