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The Mix Masters - Cotter Dam

I've loved helicopters since my first trip in a Kiowa skimming the treetops of Shoalwater Bay... One of the finishing touches to our new expanded water supply.

From the ACTEW Youtubes

" A helicopter was engaged to lift the new Resmix destratification units into the Cotter reservoir to help ensure high water quality. This project was undertaken by ACTEW Water working with Tenix Australia. The units were designed and manufactured by WEARS Australia.

[Documentary maker Richard Snashall works with ACTEW Water to capture our local water story]

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Aboriginal treasures in the hills

Interesting old article discussing what is today called the Yankee Hat Rock Art Site. One of the known Aboriginal art sites in the ACT it is located within Namadgi National Park in The Gudgenby Valley in a complex of boulders at the foot of Yankee Hat Mountain.

Dr.Josephine Flood describes her studies,observations and thoughts on what was once a Canberra secret.

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The Canberra Times - Sunday 16 July 1978

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Views from Apollo Rocks

Two videos in one week. Another 360 degree capture of the ACT by John Evans from Apollo Rocks. John describes the natural features pointing out known landmark names and displaying the vastness of the rugged parts of the territory. And again, I can't recommend John's blog highly enough if you are interested in bush walking in the ACT and surrounds....


Pierces Creek Falls

John Evans goes to some amazing places in the ACT. Little gems seldom visited are frequented by John and his merry band of Canberra bush walkers and this is one of those... Anyone looking for information on bushwalking in the ACT and surrounds are highly recommended to visit Johns blog...

What does Digital Canberra mean to you?

This sounds interesting from the ACT Government...

From the Chief Ministers & Treasury release
"The ACT Government is seeking your views on how we can make Canberra a world leading digital city. 
We are interested in your thoughts and ideas on how we can capitalise on digital opportunities and promote our digital success stories to inspire others. We believe Canberra has unique qualities that we can leverage to transform the way we work, do business, and access government services.
We would also like to hear about what needs to be done and who we should be partnering with to: diversify our economy;enable businesses to access new customers and international markets;support digital skills and improve digital literacy;publish open data for use by citizens; andprovide better services, that are accessible, user-friendly and integrated.
Participation in either of these two methods (in link) gives you the chance to win one FREE 32GB iPad (with Retina display)
For terms, conditions an…

A detailed look into Canberra's convict past

Convict built Lanyon Barn (circa 1840)
Until March last year when the Lanyon Barn was gutted by fire you could have seen the display inside mentioned in the following Trove article. The roof is now repaired and I am not sure what display if any has been contained within but the old display was one of my favourites and a few posts about it are sprinkled through this blog.

The old display was a loss and reading this article reminded me of the knowledge I gained of Canberra's convict past from the preservation and displays at Lanyon. I made the following video in 2010 from photographs taken of the canvass wall hangings in the display. From memory I think the series was called 'Convict Portraits'...

The Canberra Times -Wednesday 22 June 1994

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Call to report illegal ACT fishing

Apart from being illegal in the ACT I thought everyone knew about the perils of using 'opera house' style traps for yabbies and crayfish. The photos on this page are of one I bought several years ago for a ridiculously low price from a Tuggeranong camping store. It was bought on the spur of the moment for use in a small private farm dam but has never been used... As the tag says 'SureCatch". It is specifically designed to be easy to enter but difficult to leave. To an air breathing aquatic platypus this means sure suffocation after it enters in search of the bait or crustaceans... Sadly this has been the case in Canberra waterways recently... Released 09/08/2013 - Territory and Municipal Services ACT Parks and Conservation today called for Canberrans to report any sightings of yabby nets or traps in ACT rivers and streams, after a platypus and three Murray River Crayfish were found drowned in an illegal crayfish trap near Kambah Pool.  "A keen fisherman contacted us t…

Wanniassa Hills corridor quoll hunt

On June the 9th a solitary quoll was found dead near the underpass on Isabella Drive near Kellett Street Gowrie. This was an unusual find of a rare, mostly nocturnal, carnivorous marsupial in the suburbs of Canberra. I know of a sighting last year near the suburb of Lyons and an arboreal sighting in O'Connor in 2008. A few populations are I believe being studied in Namadgi National Park. I camera trap regularly as a hobby and excuse to get out in the bush but have never set a trap in a populated area over concerns of theft but thought a stab in the dark near this recent Gowrie road kill would be a first step.
Looking at where the quoll was killed, unless it had navigated kilometers of suburban footpaths, indicated a corridor of habitat coming from the Wanniassa Hills nature reserve down into the Fadden Pines remnant plantation to where it met its demise. Stab in the dark but itrs the only thing that made sense to me.
Last Friday I set a ltl acorn trail camera set looking at a 50 …