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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 23 June 2011) . . Page.. 2584 ..


the environmental conditions put on the event’s operation; if so, how, (e) was there any public consultation about the event being held, (f) how many cyclists passed through Black Mountain Nature Reserve for the event, (g) did the evaluation of the event, if conducted, lead to any recommendations for changes to the operation of the event in future years, (h) what changes were made to the course from the previous year and why were these changes made and (i) is it envisaged that the Capital Punishment Race will be an annual event and that it will continue to pass through Black Mountain Nature Reserve.

(3) What other recreational events are planned for Black Mountain Nature Reserve in 2011.

(4) Can the Minister provide a list of all the events and the dates on which they were held, that have been held in Black Mountain Nature Reserve since January 2009.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) (a) Prior to the event being held, Rangers inspected the proposed event route with the event organiser to ensure the proposed management trails were suitable for the event. Following the event, an ecologist and ranger inspected the event route to identify any damage.

(b) The organiser was required to limit the event to management trails within the Black Mountain Nature Reserve. The event permit also required the removal of any litter or temporary signage immediately following the event.

(c) An event of this nature is approved by a Delegate of the Conservator for Flora and Fauna under the provision of the Nature Conservation Act 1980.

(d) The public was made aware of the event through signage and emails to local ParkCare Groups. In the week preceding the event, the organiser placed signage along the proposed route advising other users of the reserve of the timing and location of the event within the reserve. If the event passed through a reserve with an active ParkCare Group, this group was notified. The ACT Equestrian Association was also notified as the event used local horse trails. The environmental conditions placed upon the event organiser were made available upon request.

(e) See (1)(d) above.

(f) Approximately 1,200 cyclists.

(g) Following the conclusion of the event, a debrief was conducted with the event organiser. The recommendations outlined that similar events should include conditions on the amount of rainfall permitted prior to the event being approved to proceed. It also concluded that for future events, temporary barriers would be placed along sections of management trails where participants may be inclined to short cut a corner and, therefore, ride off the management trail.

(2) (a) Prior to the event being held, Rangers inspected the proposed event route with the event organiser to ensure the proposed management trails were suitable for the event. Cycling is permitted on the management trails within Black Mountain Nature Reserve under the Canberra Nature Park Management Plan 1999. Following the event, a senior ranger inspected the event route to identify any damage. No environmental damage was observed.


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