Sunday 25 November wrapped up our 2018 Walk the Border – Light!
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 hosted a series of four half-day walks on the ACT’s border on each of the Sundays in November.
The walks were in some of the more accessible areas of the ACT’s border and provided 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 included ecosystems ranging from ACT’s nationally significant grassy woodlands to the heavily modified rail corridor. All the walks reflected the history of the original boundary surveyors and their legacy as well as touching on things like Australia’s most notorious spy scandal.
We had a great start to the program with a walk from Woods Lane to Hume. In fine weather, the walkers took in lots of history and some big views; they explored the old speedway, the Environa historic development, and passed the important Jerrabomberra East grasslands. Walkers were given an insight into the impacts of human development on the natural environment and learnt about Hume’s role in one of Australia’s most significant spy scandals.
It was a mild and sunny day for the second walk. 15 participants got to experience the views and history of the zig zag section of the ACT’s border in North Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve. There were lots of lockspits (lines of rocks used to show a change in the direction of the border) from the original surveying team from 1911 but only a few of the original wooden surveying pegs. Some good wild flowers were out but no native orchids were found. A big highlight was the sighting of a small number of golden sun moths, a nationally endangered moth species found only in grasslands.
The third walk brought together a big group of 32 walkers, from the very young to a strong 87 year old. They joined our President, Rod Griffiths, for the third of the Walk the Border ACT – Light, which explored ACT’s far eastern point. Brooks Hill Reserve has some magic trees including the CT blazed tree at the most easterly point of the ACT and some great views.
The final walk in this program was another gorgeous day for the last of the Conservation Council ACT Region‘s Walk the Border -Light walks for 2018. A great small group was treated to sightings of classic ACT/NSW border markers and some spectacular views towards the south of the ACT. Very poignant was the memorial to the team of 200 workers who helped construct the Queanbeyan to Cooma railway in the late 1800’s. It was also good to meet the participants of the Save Kosci protest walk who have been doing a great job highlighting the threats that feral horses pose to Australia’s alpine regions.
Thanks to all the walkers for their good company. All of the walks have highlighted the history of the establishment of the ACT and many varied environments it contains. It again reminds us of the beautiful and diverse Bush Capital in which we are so lucky to live!