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Red Hill public toilet to close

The public toilet located behind the restaurant on the summit of Red Hill will be closed in February 2015. This has resulted from a review of public toilets in the ACT to identify those with low usage. An alternative public toilet is available in the restaurant for patrons and only when the restaurant is open.

Planned ACT Government work on Red Hill

Work on Red Hill November 2014: Blue Gum removal
We have been advised that the Blue Gums growing around the reservoirs between Deakin and Hughes are to be removed by ACTEW.  A number of these large introduced trees have been removed in the past but they continue to spread into the surrounding bush.  They are nice looking trees but are not native to Red Hill (like the Cootamundra Wattles) and are a significant fire hazard. They have been recently thinned out along the drain in Yarralumla and also removed by the National Capital Authority on Stirling Ridge, Yarralumla. We have no problem in them being removed and have asked that the logs are placed strategically on the hill to help attract biodiversity. ACTEW has undertaken to stockpile the logs for future distribution on Red Hill.

AGM and Guided Walk on Red Hill December 7 2014

9.30am-11.30am Sunday 7 December. Guided Walk and AGM.  Meet at the end of Rusden Street, Garran.  We’ll hold the AGM before taking the guided walk.  We have members prepared to fill most of the organisations positions, but all positions are genuinely open to financial members and we would welcome additional members on the committee or filling other positions that may take less time/are more flexible.  Annual reports and the agenda will be posted on our website soon. More…

Student activity on Red Hill November 19 2014

There will be an activity with Marist Brothers students on Wednesday 19 November 2014 from midday to about 3pm.  Year 9 students will be helping to protect the new plantings at the southern end of the reserve. They will be supervised by teachers and a City Parks Ranger, but we would like some Regenerators volunteers to help supervise and answer questions about our work for part or all of that time.  Reply to sueross@grapevine.net.au  if you are able to assist so that more information can be provided when available.

Weekday working bee November 12 2014

A Weekday activity is planned for Wednesday 12 November from 9am to midday.  We’ll meet at the main carpark on Mugga Way (near the intersection with Francis Street).  We will be working behind the houses on Mugga way South of the carpark (towards Hindmarsh Drive).  For information or to find us, contact Ross Kingsland on 0415 256 951.

Working Bee: Sunday 2 November 2014

Our next working bee will be on Sunday 2 November, from 9am to around 12.30pm.  We will meet at the main car park off Mugga Way (where the Parkcare signs are located) and work along the hillside to the north and south cutting and dabbing woody weeds. BYO morning tea will be at 11am. The weather is warming up so it is important to wear a hat, use sunscreen and carry water.  Also make sure that you wear long pants, a long sleeved shirt and enclosed footwear.

Friends of Grassland forum 30 October to 1 November 2014

Friends of Grassland are holding a form titled “Grass half full or grass half empty?” from 30 October to 1 November 2014, at the CSIRO Discovery Centre. Full details and registration information can be found here.

Successful October working bee

It was a stunning, sunny and warm morning on the October long weekend, when 14 volunteer friends and members of the Regenerators arrived ready to help cut and daub woody weeds in the Reserve close to Hindmarsh Drive.  We focused on the usual culprits – cononeaster, pyracantha and briar rose together with a range of deciduous invaders including olive, apple and box elder.  Thanks to all who contributed to over 40 person hours of great effort.

The next working bee will be Sunday 2 November 2014.  More details will be emailed out closer to the time.

October working bee

The next working bee will be held on Sunday 5 October 2014 from 9am to around midday.  We will be working in the same location as last month cutting and dabbing woody weeds. Parking is available at the top end of Rusden Street, Garran next to the gate into the Red Hill Reserve.  Meet at the gate, where we will have tools, herbicide, gloves and instructions.  The weather is warming up so don’t forget to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and water.  Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt and strong enclosed footwear for protection.  BYO morning tea.  Hope to see a big turnup in spite of the long weekend!

Regional Fire Management Plans

Here is the link to the ACTMAPi site which contains the web based maps of the Regional Fire Management Plans.

In order to see the different layers making up the map, click on the icon at the bottom left that looks like a stack of paper. You can then expand  and tick on and off the different layers in the “Map layers” column on the left hand side of the screen

For example, under the “Regional Fire Management Plan” heading, click on the  “+” sign to expand this layer, and then you can turn on and off the different treatments (Grazing, Physical Removal, Prescribed Burns, Slashing)

The map contains further information – zoom in and out using your mouse or the arrows, and then click over the activity –  An information box should appear with a description of the  RFMPs and then some info on the activity  – in relation to burns, the timing , type of burns (eg Strategic, Asset Protection) and some additional comments.