Gigerline Nature reserve

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Subject: Gigerline Nature reserve
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Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2023 04:05:23 +0000
Hi All,

I'm telling you about my frustrating morning in hope of saving any other 
optimists from sharing it. The Gigerline Nature Reserve hotspot as we know it - 
walking down Lobbs Hole Track from the little substation (or whatever) on the 
Monaro Hwy near Williansdale, is now inaccessible. The gate across the creek 
that we used to climb through or around now has signs saying, in large new 
letters, "Private. Keep out. Area under video surveillance". Enough to deter me 
I could find no easy way around.

I know there was chat about this last year sometime, but I convinced myself 
that it couldn't mean MY favourite go-to spot for Chestnut-rumped Heathwren and 
Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters.

This raises a few questions. One of them is what does that hotspot mean now? 
Looking at the maps, the nature reserve starts about halfway down the track, 
and the birds I want to see are actually in the reserve. So another question is 
how is it legal for lessees to effectively take over ownership of public land 
by making it inaccessible to us?? Shouldn't there be a right-of-way or 
something down Lobbs Hole Track at least? Just sounding off. Thanks for 

Yours in great frustration,

Sue Beatty

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