Lock down protocaol for Birders

To: shorty <>, Neil Hermes <>
Subject: Lock down protocaol for Birders
From: David Rees via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2021 06:49:29 +0000

While I agree with your sentiment, the problem is the stay in area while exercising does not appear to be in the legal instrument as in the gazetted 'public health directions'. It's sort of there on the website with regards to exercise (as of now, Sun PM 18/9) but only as....

.....'As you can be with 5 people outside, can you leave your local region to do this? 

You should stay within your region wherever possible. Your region means the area of Canberra where you reside:'

  • Gungahlin
  • Belconnen
  • Central Canberra
  • Woden, Weston Creek Molonglo
  • Tuggeranong


note the 'wherever possible' whatever that means.

Should people be 'pushing it', I would say no, we all want this to finish, but I think the Government is hardly helping itself in this matter with the above.


On 18/09/2021 3:36 pm, shorty via Canberrabirds wrote:
Just to add to the discussion, as some know i am a builder mostly on existing houses and was allowed back to work last week but under strict conditions. One of these conditions is i have to carry with me at all times an authorised worker permit showing where i am working on the day. One of the reasons for this permit is to show to the Police if i get pulled over for being out of my area. This to me seems pretty clear cut that you need a legitimate reason for leaving your area.

I also recall what Andrew Barr said on his first lockdown press conference   "If you live in Belconnen, exercise in Belconnen, get your groceries in Belconnen. Do not be travelling across the ACT for exercise or essential supplies."  I thought he made it clear.


On Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 11:11 AM Neil Hermes via Canberrabirds <> wrote:
For posting on chat

Just a reminder that all birders should be aware of, and comply with, the ACT Government's directions concerning permissible outdoor activities. It reflects on all of us if some birders are not being seen to be responsible.


Neil Hermes
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