Home' The Canberra Times : CHRONICLE 29.05.12 Contents Volume 17 No. 21
TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012
Phone: 6280 2122 Fax: 6239 1345
>> PAGE 3
CUTTING OFF A CRISIS
AID WORKERS CALL ON
CANBERRA FOR HELP
>> PAGE 4
LONG COLD WINTER
COLDEST MAY IN 50 YEARS
AN OMINOUS START
Path unclear for development
Ngunnawal resident Daniel Galbraith is frustrated that a developer has blocked off part of the National Bicentennial Trail without providing a detour.
Pictured with his dogs Zaffo and Tully.
Picture: Elesa Lee
NGUNNAWAL residents are frus-
trated that a new housing development
has cut a popular walking trail in half.
Daniel and Kristine Galbraith walk
their dogs along part of the Australian
Bicentennial National Trail in Ngunna-
wal every evening.
Last week they were shocked to find
a developer had installed fences to stop
them following the trail.
Mr Galbraith says about 1.5 kilom-
etres of the trail, which attracts
walkers, horse riders and mountain
bikers, is now missing.
''There's nothing we can do about
that, because that's a part of the
development,'' he said.
''They released this land 12 months
ago and we asked about it then.
''But all the residents I walk with,
none of them have ever been informed
that it's going to change.''
Mr Galbraith said the trail should
have been diverted before the develop-
''There are signposts all up and over
the hill ... which indicate where the
bicentennial trail goes, but they've all
been fenced in,'' he said. ''We have
met people on weekends who are out
walking the bicentennial trail, because
it's a way to walk around Canberra.
''Now when they get to this point ...
they will have no idea how to keep
''The people who walk or ride
horses wouldn't be able to get through.
They'll probably just have to weave
their way through the streets.''
The Australian Bicentennial Natio-
nal Trail is a 5330-kilometre self-
reliant multi-use route from Cooktown
in Queensland to Healesville in Vic-
toria which traverses bush, wilderness
and mountain areas. An Environment
and Sustainable Development spokes-
man said it was the developer's
responsibility to relocate the Bicenten-
nial National Trail to a new route to the
north of the estate, which had been
agreed upon during consultation with
the relevant stakeholders.''The trail is
in the process of being redirected and
the developer started installing fencing
last week to secure the site before any
works can commence,'' she said.
''The redirection cannot occur until
the fencing was complete.'' She said
the trail would be redirected by the end
of this week, weather permitting.
Links Archive CHRONICLE 22.05.12 CHRONICLE 05.06.12 Navigation Previous Page Next Page