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Chief Minister’s staff burning the midnight oil in support of the Great Australian Bushwalk?

By johnboy 8 October 2005 0

The Chief Minister has put out a media release inviting us all to register for the smaller walks of the Great Australian Bushwalk (of which we seem to be the only city interested) because the big walk is fully booked.

A challenging 21km walk has already been fully booked, but registrations are still being taken for two fantastic shorter walks in the delightful and picturesque Murrumbidgee River Corridor. A 4.5 km walk will take participants from Point Hut Crossing to Pine Island, while a 9 km walk will go from Kambah Pool to Pine Island.

Won’t that be a suprise for the Kambah Pool queer nude crowd?

Of greater interest was the timing. One of RiotACT’s army of robots peruses the Chief Minister’s site every four hours for changes. Days and even weeks can pass between releases being slipped to mates in the media and being made available to the public.

But here’s the important bits of what the robot emailed to me:

screenshot of Chief Minister\'s media release

Like I said it’s a 4 hourly sweep, so between 00.01 and 04.01 this media release was added to the site. These things can be left on time delay (but this is the first time I can recall seeing the Chief Minister’s savants manage this).

What I want to know is why this is more important to the Chief Minister’s office than the many other releases the public has to wait days to share?

UPDATED: Jey sent in the following info as a story which I’ve appended here.

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope encourages Canberrans to ‘Sign up now for the great Australian Bushwalk’

“Canberrans will hit the bush in their hundreds on Sunday 16 October to take part in the second national Great Australian Bushwalk”

Last year more than 550 Canberrans joined about 2000 people nationwide on organised, guided bushwalks around the country”

Read about it here Jon Stanhope | Chief Minister, Australian Capital Territory | Media Release

There’s three walks ranging from 4.5km to 21km around the Murrumbidgee Discovery Track, areas of which have been reconstructed since the 2003 fires.

After the walk you can plant a tree, join the Rotary Club bbq and check out the National Parks and Environment ACT display.

Personally I suggest dragging those PS2 playing, dvd watching, net surfing juniors along…these kids don’t get out enough.

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