2017 Walks Program for Walk the Border – Light
It’s on again but it’s LIGHT.
One year on Walk the Border ACT is back.
To celebrate the first anniversary of the successful completion of the Conservation Council’s 2017 21 day fundraising walk around the 306 km ACT border, the Conservation Council ACT Region is hosting a series of four half-day walks on the ACT’s border on each of the Sundays in November. Conservation Council President, Rod Griffiths,says the walks are in some of the more accessible areas of the ACT’s border and provide an opportunity for members of the public to experience some of the history and environments associated with the ACT’s boundary in a half day format – a light version of the 2017 walk.
The four walks include ecosystems ranging from ACT’s nationally significant grassy woodlands to the heavily modified rail corridor. All the walks will reflect the history of the original boundary surveyors and their legacy as well as touching on things like Australia’s most notorious spy scandal.
Details of the full program is here and further information on how to participate is on the Conservation Council’s Events Page on our website or via the links at the Walk the Border ACT Facebook page.
Recap of Walk the Border 2017
Last year, Rod Griffiths and his walking companions completed a 21 day journey circumnavigating the ACT border as part of Walk the Border ACT – A Watershed Walk. This fundraising and awareness campaign saw Rod and various intrepid adventurers traverse a range of interesting and diverse landscapes as they followed in the footsteps of ACT’s original surveyors, whose border markers can still be found over a century later.
Starting from Hall on the Centenary trail, the walkers crossed the grassy woodlands of the military firing range with the permission of the Department of Defence; they went through pine forests and saw a logging operation underway; then onto a railway line; urban streets; industrial sites; and up in the beautiful mountain ash country. The walkers crossed some of the area’s most remote and rugged mountain ranges and had close encounters with a wide range of ACT’s local plant and animal life.
Rod was only the ninth known person to have circumnavigated ACT’s entire border on foot.
Visit the Walk the Border ACT blog for more details about the great adventure and see the photos below!
You can donate to the Walks Program by going to donate at our website.
Walk the Border ACT is seeking to raise funds for the ACT’s peak environment body, the Conservation Council ACT Region. The Conservation Council has been a major force in the protection of the ACT’s urban and natural environments though lobbying, campaigning educating for more than 37 years. As a non-profit, non-government organisation, every donation to the Conservation Council, no matter how small, is important.