The confusing message from ICON Water was last November. There was discussion about what it meant (sample below), but the message itself does not seem to be retained in the archive.
From: Canberrabirds <> On Behalf Of
Sent: Sunday, 22 January 2023 3:05 PM
To: 'CanberraBirds email list' <>
Subject: [Canberrabirds] Gigerline Nature reserve
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 listening...
Yours in great frustration,
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