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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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dungfungus 11:38 am 25 Oct 16

In the news today (why not before the election) – the Voices in the Forest scheduled for next month will be instead a “Whimper in the Seats” at Llewellyn Hall.
The reasons given for the change of venue are “DUE TO THE LIKELIHOOD OF UNSUITABLE WEATHER CONDITIONS”.
Is this climate change again, so, why this year and not previous years?
More likely it is because the arboretum is looking a bit shabby and the costs are not justified but I am sure there are other reasons that will not be generally promulgated.
At least the people who previously paid to see good performers sabotaged by out of control children will benefit as I can’t see any children wanting to sit through the concert in a place like Llewellyn Hall.
We need an enquiry into the finances of this folly.

dungfungus 8:40 am 08 Jun 16

I am surprised there has been no comment about the report in the Canberra Times last week that a boutique hotel/conference centre (with tree houses!) has been mooted for the arboretum.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/national-arboretum-pinpoints-site-for-boutique-hotel-and-conference-centre-20160601-gp94zf.html
It appears to be one of those unsolicited proposals that Canberrans have already become inured to but it has hit a snag with the NCA.
I am sure a few discussions laced with fine wine and truffles will clear the path.
I haven’t been able to find anything in the budget papers indicating how much more money has been earmarked for this bottomless pit which is fast becoming the exclusive playground for some well heeled Canberrans.
A letter in the Canberra Times today suggests space be allocated at the arboretum for a caravan park. I think this idea has merit; it would attract a lot of big spending grey nomads.
I see two problems, one being the road gradient in and out not conducive to large caravans and the “gatekeepers” who would oppose any hint of their hallowed place being infested with “trailer trash”.

dungfungus 6:12 pm 27 May 16

Masquara 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?

A rather ironic comment considering the news story in the CT today (assuming the CT story is accurate):

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/car-rolls-at-national-capital-rally-in-canberra-20160527-gp54tu.html

Other than having a really cool photo, the article seems to demonstrate that the Arboretum is fine for really noisy, and arguably destructive sports when the government wants it to be.

It’s a very exclusive club; for some it is an extension of their lavish publicly funded lifestyle.
No doubt the traffic police are investigating.
Arboretum public liability covers injuries to third parties through hooning?
No wonder a lot of the saplings are dying.

Spiral 1:04 pm 27 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?

A rather ironic comment considering the news story in the CT today (assuming the CT story is accurate):

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/car-rolls-at-national-capital-rally-in-canberra-20160527-gp54tu.html

Other than having a really cool photo, the article seems to demonstrate that the Arboretum is fine for really noisy, and arguably destructive sports when the government wants it to be.

wildturkeycanoe 12:02 pm 27 May 16

wildturkeycanoe said :

gooterz said :

HenryBG said :

What about a giant slide like the one at Tidbinbilla then?

A truly excellent idea

I think you mean the the slide at Corin Forest?

Yup, that’s the one.

dungfungus 11:24 am 27 May 16

gooterz said :

HenryBG said :

What about a giant slide like the one at Tidbinbilla then?

A truly excellent idea

I think you mean the the slide at Corin Forest?

dungfungus 11:23 am 27 May 16

rommeldog56 said :

gooterz said :

HenryBG said :

What about a giant slide like the one at Tidbinbilla then?

A truly excellent idea

How about a Luge track as per the one in Rotorua NZ? These are great.

http://www.skylineluge.com/luge-new-zealand/skyline-luge-rotorua/

That looks really great and why not add a gondola to Black Mountain and the Botanical Gardens as well?
It really doesn’t matter what is “added” to the site now as it will never going to look like a traditional arboretum with already too many non-relevant other things included so let’s make it a general leisure space so ratepayers can get some value out of the money spent on it.

Ezy 9:47 am 27 May 16

gooterz said :

HenryBG said :

What about a giant slide like the one at Tidbinbilla then?

A truly excellent idea

How about a Luge track as per the one in Rotorua NZ? These are great.

http://www.skylineluge.com/luge-new-zealand/skyline-luge-rotorua/

Spiral 6:58 am 27 May 16

HenryBG said :

What about a giant slide like the one at Tidbinbilla then?

A truly excellent idea

rubaiyat 6:35 pm 26 May 16

ungruntled said :

I am a Rabbit™ said :

I am a Rabbit™ said :

london said :

Ryoma said :

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.

“No where else in Canberra can you get 360 degree uninterrupted views than those found on top of dairy farmers hill………..”
Err, did you know there is an observation deck on Telstra Tower (or whatever it is called these days)?
That’s the large spire on top of Black Mountain to the North of dairy farmers hill.

1. You have to pay to get to that deck.

2. If you are on the south side of the viewing platform you can’t simply turn yourself around to view the north side – you have to walk around.

You have to pay to park at the arboretum – it’s free at Telstra Tower. A little walk never killed anyone.

Nope, parking is free at the top of Dairy Farmers hill – and also at the Himalayan Cedar Forest.

… and the hill overlooking the Mundi Mundi plains!

Plenty of cheap real estate as well!

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