The ACT Government is encouraging residents and tourists to get out and enjoy the majestic landscape around the ACT as part of Parks Week Australia and New Zealand, held from Monday 3 March to Sunday 9 March 2014.
Regional Manager, National Parks and Catchments, Brett McNamara, said with over 130 parks and open spaces around Canberra there is something for everyone to enjoy.
"There are over 106,095 hectares of parkland and 160 kilometres of walking tracks to discover in Namadgi National Park alone, with huge areas to explore at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and the Murrumbidgee River Corridor, which itself is about 9,800 hectares either side of the river," Mr McNamara said.
"This is in addition to the numerous urban parks in the region, such as the Canberra Nature Park, which comprises over 33 reserves scattered amongst the suburbs. With so many options it can be hard to choose just one, so I encourage you to pick up a free Explore publication, which is an updated guide to the ACT’s open spaces.
"Whether you feel like a picnic, a hike or a bike ride, there will be something that suits you. For example, bird enthusiasts could visit Jerrabomberra Wetlands, which is home to 170 recorded species, including 77 waterbirds, and migratory species such as Latham’s Snipe.
"Explore includes maps and directions and the facilities you will find at Canberra’s parks. It also features articles on the traditional custodians of the land, environmental protection and conservation and bushfire safety and management. I encourage everyone to grab a copy of the Explore guide.
"There is also a monthly Explore program to keep you up to date on upcoming guided walks and tours with park rangers and volunteers. These activities include pelican feeding, exploring the Tidbinbilla sanctuary, corroboree frog talks, bush tales and boomerang throwing.
"For example, the nine kilometre ‘Settlers Track and Beyond’ nature walk in Namadgi National Park will run from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday 8 March 2014. Participants will learn about local fauna and flora and the settlement history of the area. Moderate fitness is required and participants should bring lunch, water, sturdy footwear, a hat and sunscreen. Bookings are essential on 6207 2900.
"2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the declaration of the first national park in the ACT, Namadgi National Park, so it is a great time to celebrate the wonderful landscape the ACT region has to offer."
The Explore guide can be downloaded online at http://www.tams.act.gov.au/ or picked up from all Canberra Connect shopfronts, the Canberra and Region Visitor Centre or the visitor centres at Namadgi and Tidbinbilla. For information on Parks Week visit www.parksforum.org/cms/pages/Parks-Week.html
The proposed hazard reduction burns will play an important role in managing fuel loads. These burns will be progressively implemented over the coming weeks but they will only be undertaken within suitable weather parameters that will not adversely affect biodiversity values or pose a risk to surrounding properties and assets.
The community is advised that public access to a number of recreational areas within Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve will be restricted during these planned burns.
People are urged to contact Canberra Connect on 13 22 81 to keep up to date as to timing for implementation.
For updates on controlled burns people can also follow TAMS on Twitter @tamsmediaroom
The Tidbinbilla Extravaganza is a family focused open day that allows visitors to experience what Tidbinbilla has to offer, as well as providing people with a fun outdoor event that showcases Tidbinbilla's programs and environmental messages. There will be entertainment and rides for the whole family in the beautiful settings of Sheedys Picnic area and the Discovery Playground. Visitors can talk to Wildlife staff about our Endangered Species Breeding Program, Participate in Indigenous activities, enjoy live entertainment, Children’s rides and activities, take a ride on a horse drawn carriage, talk to Pioneers about the early days, have a picnic, a BBQ or purchase food from a variety of stalls. Take advantage of the day and enjoy a drive around the park, visiting the other unique areas Tidbinbilla has to offer and see our Australian wildlife in their natural environment.
When: Sunday 13th April 2014
Times: 11am - 3pm
Where: Tidbinbilla - Sheedys Picnic area
Cost: Free entry
Hope to see you there!