Scenes with which all Canberras are becoming familiar

To: 'COG List' <>, Geoffrey Dabb <>
Subject: Scenes with which all Canberras are becoming familiar
From: Rob Geraghty <>
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2009 20:16:15 -0700 (PDT)
FWIW, the burned out car is still there today.  Its presence is deterring 
visitors who like me don't feel comfortable leaving their own car where there 
is an obvious risk to it.  I agree that a gate on the car park is probably the 
answer, but that would require the rangers to lock it and unlock it, and given 
that they seem uninterested in the damage the rabbits are causing, I can't see 
them being keen to commit to a daily gate operation exercise.  I guess a gate 
could be automated, but it would be expensive and highly likely to suffer the 
same fate as the car.

There were more birds at Kelly's Swamp today, so I suspect they may well have 
been frightened off by the car incident yesterday.

--- On Fri, 7/10/09, Geoffrey Dabb <> wrote:
> 1) The car burning is just the latest of several and
> highlights the various inappropriate uses the area is being
> put to. Trail-biking and wheelies are others, not to mention the
> litter. 
> 2) The suggestion that police rather than rangers should take
> action to enforce ‘nature park’ rules seems to me to be
> disingenuous and surprising.  Perhaps the police got
> the  reference because it was also a (minor) breach of a
> traffic regulation.  Setting aside whether rangers, if it
> came to the point, could arrest someone to prevent
> a breach, they can certainly prosecute offenders or,
> simply, warn offenders they will be prosecuted if they
> don’t desist. The police are unlikely to rate such references
> highly in their own priorities. 
> 3)     
> If I were administering the
> area in question and getting persistent
> complaints, given impractical demands on staff I would
> consider closing the
> area to vehicle traffic at particular times (perhaps most
> of the time) as has
> happened at other reserves eg the parking area at Acacia
> Inlet.  I
> personally would find this inconvenient.  It is all
> right for fit young
> chaps like Martin to jog in daily from Carwoola, but
> elderly people like myself
> have a limited range – perhaps 30 metres if carrying
> a small pair of
> binoculars.   
> 4)     
> Incidentally, the closure of
> the upper access to FSP looks
> temporary to me in view of the road repairs.  However
> a phone call should
> settle whether that is the case.    

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