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Red Hill work activity Sunday 6 September 2020, 09.00am

You are invited to attend our next  working bee on Red Hill.  We are now permitted to work as a group of up to 100 volunteers on Red Hill, providing that Covid19 precautions are followed (see below). This work activity will focus on removing African Love Grass and maintenance of our recent plantings. (more…)

Gang Gang research continues

Red Hill Regenerators have been closely engaged with an ongoing citizen science project to identify Gang gang breeding sites and behaviour. This work will lead to improved conservation management practice for this iconic species.

The ANU is seeking a PhD student to help guide research design and data analysis on further study into the resource requirements and movement patterns of Gang-gangs across the ACT region. A major knowledge gap, that has critical implications for land management of habitats in the ACT and nationally, is understanding how Gang-gang breeding behaviour varies across ecoregions and land uses; particularly between urban, rural, and reserved landscapes. More information about this project can be found here.

Results from earlier work will be published in the December 2020 edition of Canberra Bird Notes.

Those interested in helping with this project should contact Michael.Mulvaney@act.gov.au 

Significant trees adjacent to Red Hill now protected by the ACT Tree Register

Residents neighbouring Section 57 Hughes received notification on 27 July 2020 stating that five trees nominated for the ACT Tree Register have now moved from the ACT Provisional Tree Register to the permanent ACT Tree Register.  
Here is a copy of the letter and location photos.     You can also see the listing on the ACT Tree Register at https://www.cityservices.act.gov.au/trees-and-nature/trees/act_tree_register/registered_trees
The listing is only under Deakin, but it mentions Section 57 Hughes (the five trees are on the boundary between three sections). 

The trees are remnant hollow-bearing Blakely’s red gums and separate from the ACT Provisional Tree Register listing for the heritage shelter belt plantings on Sections 57 and 58 Hughes (https://www.cityservices.act.gov.au/trees-and-nature/trees/act_tree_register/provisionally_registered_trees).

Latest information about the Little Eagle Project

The Red Hill Regenerators have been involved in the Little Eagle Project through the award of a $30,000 grant in 2019. More information can now be found here and via the Little Eagle Research Facebook Group.

Commonwealth Environment Program Grant helps weed reduction on Red Hill

The Red Hill Regenerators applied for a grant from the Commonwealth Environment Fund to help treat large scale weed infestation on Red Hill. A grant of $15,000 was awarded in December 2019, and was managed by the Southern ACT Catchment Management Group, which assisted in the grant application. Weed spraying commenced in May 2020, consisting of spot spraying African Love Grass and Serrated Tussock, mainly along the edges of Red Hill Drive, together with spot spraying of areas of Patterson’s Curse and St John’s Wort. The Patterson’s Curse was resprayed in June 2020 to maximise the impact.

$12,227 was spent on the spraying contract with Willow and Environmental Management Services P/L, with the balance of the grant being absorbed in contract management fees by SACTCG.

 

 

Red Hill Work Activity Sunday 2 August 9am

You are invited to attend our next  working bee on Red Hill.  We are now permitted to work as a group of up to 100 volunteers on Red Hill, providing that Covid19 precautions are followed (see below). This work activity will focus on removing unwanted regrowth of native and weeds species from among the Heritage Callistemons (more…)

Unauthorised bike track construction on Red Hill

The Red Hill Nature Reserve has recently been targeted by groups who wish to construct unauthorised mountain bike tracks and jumps within the Reserve. This has resulted in significant environmental damage from the construction activity. To prevent this damage, and to assist in speedy rehabilitation, members of the public are urged to contact the Parks & Conservation Ranger at the time construction activity is occurring, to enable a Ranger to interview those persons when they are engaged in the activity. To contact a duty Ranger, phone 6207 2087, and select option ‘wildlife’.

Commercial Tourism Framework Feasibility Project

The Red Hill Regenerators were invited to respond to a questionnaire which was provided by CorbettPrice, consultant to the ACT Government, in early July 2020. The consultant was engaged by ACT Parks and Conservation Service (PCS) to undertake a feasibility project to establish a formal and regulated framework for tourism. A copy of the invitation to respond, the questionnaire and the Red Hill Regeneration Group response, was delivered by email to the consultant on 17 July 2020. More…

Of direct relevance to this consultancy is the report from the community consultation process undertaken in late 2019 regarding the Canberra Nature Park Draft Reserve Management Plan. More…

Red Hill work activity Wednesday 15 July 2020

A work activity was held on Red Hill for volunteers on Wednesday 15 July 2020. The objective of the activity was to complete the removal of two patches of ivy at the northern end of the reserve. Nine volunteers attended and successfully removed the ivy. When reshooting is observed in early spring, the new growth will be sprayed.

Red Hill Work Activity Sunday 5 July 2020 from 9am

You are invited to attend our next  working bee on Red Hill.  We are now permitted to work as a group of up to 100 volunteers on Red Hill, providing that Covid19 precautions are followed (see below). This work activity will focus on completing the Horehound and ivy removal which was started last month. (more…)