Is there any support for public access to the hills above Casey?
I have just moved from Nth Lyneham where there is good access to the Nth Lyneham Ridge. There are a number of trails for walkers or joggers and stiles are provided to get you through the fences. A nice place to take some exercise or walk your dog and it is shared by resident kangaroos and, sometimes, cattle (to keep the grass down).
I have been told by ACT Parks and Reserves that “the land to the west of Casey …. is currently under rural lease. As members of the public are not permitted on the land without the lessee’s consent, no access points have been installed in the boundary fence.” There appear to be no plans to open this land up for public access – which is a great shame because it would be excellent for walking and would provide nice views over Nth Canberra. Cows need a place to graze – but people need space too. And Nth Lyneham shows it can, to a degree, be shared.
As Casey and surrounding areas fill up, people WILL want access to this area and a simple matter of a few fences won’t stop many – the fences will suffer and this could lead to problems for livestock. The better approach would be to provide regulated access.