Callum Brae

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Subject: Callum Brae
From: Mark Clayton <>
Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2018 03:26:29 +0000

As with Jenny's note, I recall a "fun run" type of event where several hundred/?thousand people ran past Blundell's Cottage on the lake's edge and underneath a nesting pair of Regent Honeyeaters causing the birds to abandon their nest. With the sort of events being discussed perhaps these sites should be surveyed for several weeks in advance to see just what species are present. They are after all nature reserves.

I am not against these events, what does annoy me more than runners are mountain bikers who can't read signs about staying on formed tracks - Gungahlin Hill is a prime example where I have nearly been bowled over by cyclists riding "cross country" while I have been "blitzing" the site!.


On 29/07/2018 1:02 PM, Jenny Bounds wrote:

I cannot remember all the details, but there was a large scale event of this kind in CB which caused significant concerns.  Parks senior staff reviewed this soon after, and determined it should not have been approved under their guidelines – I think the reasons were it was not appropriate activity for an endangered grassy woodland site, and the recreation event could have been held elsewhere at a less sensitive site. Not just about birds disturbance.







From: sandra henderson [m("","shirmax2931");">]
Sent: Friday, 27 July 2018 9:34 AM
To: Martin Butterfield m("","martinflab");"> <>
Cc: COG List m("","canberrabirds");"> <>
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Callum Brae


I recall there were several complaints a few years ago when a rather large running event was held in CB. Perhaps it's a matter of how to allow some and forbid others, so easier to say no all running events. 

Sandra H

On Friday, 27 July 2018, Martin Butterfield <> wrote:

One of the local running clubs used to run a cross country race on the tracks in Callum Brae once a year.  They have recently been told by some component of the ACT Government that this cannot be countenanced because it would disturb the birds.  


This sound s strange to me as I'd have thought having a few people run round the area for about an hour and a half would not disturb the birds as much as a Ranger driving through or a Habitat Reduction Burn.  


Has COG made any requests to stop these events or has some bureaucrat just come up with a way of saying "no" that appears to blame someone other than the ACT Government?



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