Letter to the Editor |  Mt Canobolas’ story

I am astounded by the hypocrisy of the mayor, Reg Kidd’s concern for saving the nursing quarters, which are to be demolished, even though they hold heritage and historical value for the city. Yet he approves 100 kilometres of mountain bike tracks on Gaanha-bula (Mount Canobolas) which will cause destruction and desecration to our AboriginalContinue reading “Letter to the Editor |  Mt Canobolas’ story”

MEDIA REPORT | Orange council Mt Canobolas bike trail opposed by Wiradjuri elders

Wiradjuri elder Uncle Neil Ingram Senior doesn’t normally like speaking to the media, but when he read that Orange City Council had been working closely with “all members of the Aboriginal community” to install a mountain bike trail on Mt Canobolas, he said he needed to speak up. “We totally reject the mountain bike proposal inContinue reading “MEDIA REPORT | Orange council Mt Canobolas bike trail opposed by Wiradjuri elders”

Letter to the Editor |  Time for our say on track

Council has not released how much they have already spent on the proposed Mountain Bike Trails on Mount Canobolas after numerous requests. Also, they have not given an estimate of the cost to build the tracks, a figure on how much it will cost to maintain the tracks and an overall management plan. I haveContinue reading “Letter to the Editor |  Time for our say on track”

Letter to the Editor |  Bike tracks worsen weed problems, not alleviate them.

I would like to take issue with councillor Jason Hamling’s assertion that 100 km of new bike trail will somehow solve the weed problem in Mount Canobolas State Conservation Area (Central Western Daily, October 19). Clearing vegetation will cause disturbance to the soil and will allow more light in, providing perfect conditions for weed growth.Continue reading “Letter to the Editor |  Bike tracks worsen weed problems, not alleviate them.”

Letter to the Editor |  Does Mt Canobolas trail add up?

In the Central Western Daily (October 14), ‘Trail Will Desecrate Mountain’, Allan Reeder on behalf of Orange City Council stated that construction of mountain bike trails in the Mt Canobolas State Conservation Area will increase visitors giving national parks (NPWS) the budget they need to deal with the weeds. Where will this increased income forContinue reading “Letter to the Editor |  Does Mt Canobolas trail add up?”

Letter to the Editor |  There is no other place like Mount Canobolas (Gaahna-bulla) on this earth…

In a time of crisis, as is the current case of the environment, why would you look to place additional and irreversible harm on a significant natural area?   We hear and read regularly from scientists expressing their alarm at our extinction crisis, what has occurred and what will occur if we do not actContinue reading “Letter to the Editor |  There is no other place like Mount Canobolas (Gaahna-bulla) on this earth…”

MEDIA REPORT | Mt Canobolas pine forest better for trail, not conservation area: CCA

An environmental alliance say that they would, in fact, like to see a 100km network of mountain bike trails built on Mt Canobolas, it just shouldn’t be in the conservation area.The current area earmarked for Orange City Council trail’s development is in the State Conservation Area (SCA) and has an “extraordinarily high biodiversity”, according toContinue reading “MEDIA REPORT | Mt Canobolas pine forest better for trail, not conservation area: CCA”

MEDIA REPORT | Orange City Council’s Mt Canobolas bike trail opposed by scientists

Orange City Council’s proposal to make Mt Canobolas a “world-class centre for mountain bike riders” has been strongly opposed by local conservationists and scientists. The Canobolas Conservation Alliance (CCA) – a community group of scientists, bushwalkers, environmentalists and concerned individuals – say the planned network of more than 100 kilometres of bike trail would “inflictContinue reading “MEDIA REPORT | Orange City Council’s Mt Canobolas bike trail opposed by scientists”

Letter to the Editor |  Trail development costly

How much of Orange ratepayers money has already been spent on the proposed Mount Canobolas Mountain Bike Park approval process? Is our council aware of the cost and time required to take this to the next stages if they pursue mountain bike tracks in this State Conservation Area? As ratepayers we are essentially shareholders inContinue reading “Letter to the Editor |  Trail development costly”

Letter to the Editor |  Transparency key in track debate

There is much excitement amongst councillors of Orange City Council about the prospect of a 100 kilometre mountain bike track on and through Mount Canobolas. On the other hand, there is strong objection to the proposal by environmentalists and conservationists on the grounds of significant damage to the environment and cultural sites. But it shouldContinue reading “Letter to the Editor |  Transparency key in track debate”