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Have your say on National Arboretum

By Michael Reid - 23 May 2016 31

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Canberrans can have their say on the future of the National Arboretum by completing a short survey on the ACT government’s consultation website, Time to Talk.

The arboretum celebrated its third birthday this year and since its official opening in February 2013, 1.8 million visitors have passed through its gates.

It has become an important part of the city’s identity, with thousands of Canberra families and visitors enjoying the venue on a regular basis.

Given the broad interest in the site, the ACT government is seeking input from the community to help inform future development of the arboretum.

The government has already started discussions with a number of the arboretum’s stakeholders, including foundation members, Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra, staff and volunteers, who are all providing valuable insights on the creation, purpose, function and future of the space.

A number of ideas have already been brought forward to enhance the arboretum, including an interactive smartphone app to help interpret the forests, additional trails and picnic areas in the forests, horse holding yards and even accommodation options.

The government is keen to explore all options to ensure the arboretum continues to be a popular attraction.

To complete the survey visit www.timetotalk.act.gov.au.

The survey will close on Monday 27 June.

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Have your say on National Arboretum
Ezy 8:40 am 26 May 16

gooterz said :

switch said :

Isn’t the Arboretum supposed to be a peaceful place (once the trees have matured, somewhat) where people can sit and contemplate their navels?

I can’t see that motorcross bikes, galloping horses, paintball combat or anything else (other than kite flying) would be acceptable.

Maybe something along the lines of Oil Painting Classes, or a venue for Bell Shakespeare performances … or other outdoor artistic things?

Just what Canberra needs, more artsy fartsy things. Only small country towns like Mogo, Nimbin and Byron Bay need this kind of industry to survive, Canberra doesn’t. There are already plenty of places to get peace and quite with the Brindabella and Namadgi National Parks right on our doortstep with thousands of hectares of peace and quiet, but we still aren’t allowed to ride unregistered bikes out there. Not everybody wants to sit and stare at trees, some of us want to get some thrill out of exploring astride a high powered machine. Even the mountain bikers are catered for in Canberra, not forgetting how much is being spent on the road variety and their love of the “sport”.
The arboretum really does show the world how dull and boring this capital really is, neglecting the needs of anyone under the age of fifty who has real true blue blood flowing in their veins. Where’s the action, where’s the excitement, the thrill of being alive? Sitting in silent contemplation can be done in front of a TV screen at home so why bring that dull existence into everyone else’ lives?

Amazing. I was wondering how long it would be until the standard wildturkeycanoe disapproval of cyclists would pop up. I take my interstate visitors to the arboretum. No where else in Canberra can you get 360 degree uninterrupted views than those found on top of dairy farmers hill. It’s a brilliant place for them to get their bearings of our amazing non-boring city and also appreciate how lucky we are to have the Brindabellas on our doorstep. The visitors consistently gush over our peaceful city with clean air and open spaces.

Your view of the world really puzzles me. my veins. I don’t need a high powered motor sitting in between my legs to let me know that I am alive.

BrendanH 8:31 am 26 May 16

HenryBG said :

How about a track for motorcross bikes, seeing there are no other places to ride unregistered bikes? It’d provide an alternative to the drongos who race along the powerline reserves.
Yes, I am being serious, if they even contemplate allowing horses to trot around, why not motorbikes?

A motocross trail sounds like an awesome idea but the arboretum is not the appropriate venue. Little old ladies, small children and high powered, loud, dirtbikes can’t really co-exist.

dungfungus 8:27 am 26 May 16

rosscoact said :

”I wonder how many of the visitors go for the trees?

The people I know go for the views and the playground.”

Agreed re views and playground. But the trees are one of the reasons the views are so good, surely?

The long view from the highest point is the best and it is exactly the same as it was before the arboretum was invented.
There were mature trees before the Coppins Crossing bushfire.
The access is better but at a huge cost.

Spiral 7:16 am 26 May 16

rosscoact said :

”I wonder how many of the visitors go for the trees?

The people I know go for the views and the playground.”

Agreed re views and playground. But the trees are one of the reasons the views are so good, surely?

Not really.

The views are great because it is high and there are no trees in the way.

Visitors I have taken up there love the views … of the Lake, Woden, Molonglo etc. I can see my house from there and have been up a few times to take photos.

The tree part of the Arboretum generally elicits a lukewarm response (at best).

A bit ironic in that the best feature of the Aboretum for many people is that there is a lack of trees.

Sure the trees do contribute a bit and are a better way to frame the views than suburbs or empty fields, but really they are just a slightly attractive frame around the main attraction.

If my visitors or family want to go and look at interesting trees we will go to the botanic gardens.

Charlotte Harper 6:46 am 26 May 16

”I wonder how many of the visitors go for the trees?

The people I know go for the views and the playground.”

Agreed re views and playground. But the trees are one of the reasons the views are so good, surely?

wildturkeycanoe 6:37 am 26 May 16

switch said :

Isn’t the Arboretum supposed to be a peaceful place (once the trees have matured, somewhat) where people can sit and contemplate their navels?

I can’t see that motorcross bikes, galloping horses, paintball combat or anything else (other than kite flying) would be acceptable.

Maybe something along the lines of Oil Painting Classes, or a venue for Bell Shakespeare performances … or other outdoor artistic things?

Just what Canberra needs, more artsy fartsy things. Only small country towns like Mogo, Nimbin and Byron Bay need this kind of industry to survive, Canberra doesn’t. There are already plenty of places to get peace and quite with the Brindabella and Namadgi National Parks right on our doortstep with thousands of hectares of peace and quiet, but we still aren’t allowed to ride unregistered bikes out there. Not everybody wants to sit and stare at trees, some of us want to get some thrill out of exploring astride a high powered machine. Even the mountain bikers are catered for in Canberra, not forgetting how much is being spent on the road variety and their love of the “sport”.
The arboretum really does show the world how dull and boring this capital really is, neglecting the needs of anyone under the age of fifty who has real true blue blood flowing in their veins. Where’s the action, where’s the excitement, the thrill of being alive? Sitting in silent contemplation can be done in front of a TV screen at home so why bring that dull existence into everyone else’ lives?

gooterz 11:48 pm 25 May 16

2 million punters, how about some casinos.

Spiral 8:01 pm 25 May 16

I wonderful how many of the visitors go for the trees?

The people I know go for the views and the playground.

HiddenDragon 5:25 pm 25 May 16

If the smartphone apps are really, really cool, people won’t notice when work starts on the hotel and convention centre.

wildturkeycanoe 4:59 pm 25 May 16

wildturkeycanoe said :

madelini said :

pajs said :

HenryBG said :

How about a track for motorcross bikes, seeing there are no other places to ride unregistered bikes? It’d provide an alternative to the drongos who race along the powerline reserves.
Yes, I am being serious, if they even contemplate allowing horses to trot around, why not motorbikes?

As well as “Tuned Pipes in The Forrest” as suggested, it would also be a great venue for paintball combat and plinking rabbits with low calibre firearms.
Let’s make it something for ALL Canberrans.

Ha, this reminded me of when I used to ride mountain bikes at Stromlo before the fires ripped through. There was a paintball field along Uriarra Road which backed on to the forrest where there was a section of open trail to ride through – it was always a motivator to ride fast as you could hear the paintballs whizzing past your head by the cheeky combatants.

…..to the tune of Duelling Banjos.

Ha, ha, ha…that is beautiful, I can see it so clearly in my mind.

dustytrail 3:14 pm 25 May 16

Isn’t the Arboretum supposed to be a peaceful place (once the trees have matured, somewhat) where people can sit and contemplate their navels?

I can’t see that motorcross bikes, galloping horses, paintball combat or anything else (other than kite flying) would be acceptable.

Maybe something along the lines of Oil Painting Classes, or a venue for Bell Shakespeare performances … or other outdoor artistic things?

dungfungus 2:24 pm 25 May 16

madelini said :

pajs said :

HenryBG said :

How about a track for motorcross bikes, seeing there are no other places to ride unregistered bikes? It’d provide an alternative to the drongos who race along the powerline reserves.
Yes, I am being serious, if they even contemplate allowing horses to trot around, why not motorbikes?

As well as “Tuned Pipes in The Forrest” as suggested, it would also be a great venue for paintball combat and plinking rabbits with low calibre firearms.
Let’s make it something for ALL Canberrans.

Ha, this reminded me of when I used to ride mountain bikes at Stromlo before the fires ripped through. There was a paintball field along Uriarra Road which backed on to the forrest where there was a section of open trail to ride through – it was always a motivator to ride fast as you could hear the paintballs whizzing past your head by the cheeky combatants.

…..to the tune of Duelling Banjos.

Ezy 8:04 am 24 May 16

pajs said :

HenryBG said :

How about a track for motorcross bikes, seeing there are no other places to ride unregistered bikes? It’d provide an alternative to the drongos who race along the powerline reserves.
Yes, I am being serious, if they even contemplate allowing horses to trot around, why not motorbikes?

As well as “Tuned Pipes in The Forrest” as suggested, it would also be a great venue for paintball combat and plinking rabbits with low calibre firearms.
Let’s make it something for ALL Canberrans.

Ha, this reminded me of when I used to ride mountain bikes at Stromlo before the fires ripped through. There was a paintball field along Uriarra Road which backed on to the forrest where there was a section of open trail to ride through – it was always a motivator to ride fast as you could hear the paintballs whizzing past your head by the cheeky combatants.

dungfungus 10:53 pm 23 May 16

HenryBG said :

How about a track for motorcross bikes, seeing there are no other places to ride unregistered bikes? It’d provide an alternative to the drongos who race along the powerline reserves.
Yes, I am being serious, if they even contemplate allowing horses to trot around, why not motorbikes?

As well as “Tuned Pipes in The Forrest” as suggested, it would also be a great venue for paintball combat and plinking rabbits with low calibre firearms.
Let’s make it something for ALL Canberrans.

wildturkeycanoe 7:56 pm 23 May 16

How about a track for motorcross bikes, seeing there are no other places to ride unregistered bikes? It’d provide an alternative to the drongos who race along the powerline reserves.
Yes, I am being serious, if they even contemplate allowing horses to trot around, why not motorbikes?

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