2005 Planting Stromlo Park.
Planting is close to completion in the Cotter Rd / Warragamba Ave area as in the Narrabundah Hill area. Plantings include American Ash and Desert Ash, Brittle Gum, Canberra Gem, English Oak and Pin Oak, Himalayan Cedar, Oriental Plane, Holly Oak, Claret Ash, Pine, Scarlet Oak and Scribbly Gum. The Eucalypt plantings are all that is remaining. The pine plantings close to the suburbs of Duffy and Holder have been significantly reduced.
The plantings will have a watering and maintenance program over the summer months to assist with their growth and survival
The dead poplars between Hyndes Cres and the ACT Forests Headquarters will be removed as soon as it is dry enough.
Planting is also underway on Mt Stromlo. The eastern face (facing Canberra) will be planted this year. The track verges have been planted with pine (12 metres wide on either side), to provide shade as quickly as possible along the forest tracks. The remainder of the area is being planted with smooth barked Eucalypts (Eucalyptus manifera and rossii - Brittle Gum and Scribbly Gum). There is a small amount of Eucalyptus maculata (Spotted Gum) being planted in a gully. This planting should be completed within a couple of weeks.
Work on the Bushfire Memorial at the bottom of Eucumbene Drive has commenced, and will be ready to be opened on the third anniversary of the bushfires (18 January 2006).
The Development Application has been approved and work will commence in the next few weeks on the grass running tracks (2.5 km) and Road Cycling Criterium racing track (1.2km). These will be located on the western side of Holdens Creek. In time, a small pavilion is also planned for this area.
Blue Gums picnic area is close to being finished. The blue gums have been trimmed to make them safe, the area has been grassed and the toilet is working. Unfortunately, access will not be provided at this stage, due to the anti-social behavior the area may attract. People are welcome to walk into the area or contact ACT Forests to gain access. The old wood BBQ's are still on site, although electric BBQ's may be some time off.
Thanks to Anthony Evans, Project Manager, Stromlo Forest Park, for the primary content of this article.
From Neigbourhood Watch, Holder-Duffy-Weston, August 2005