Friday, November 21, 2014

Tidbinbilla - "pronounced success"

ACT Parks photographer Matt got us all to pose under the tree
In my grandfather's joke a punchline similar to ţhis led Count Willi to shoot himself. The joke would not work in writing but if urged I would tell with my voice. 

Thirty of us gathered at Tidbinbilla nature reserve, home of the ACT TrailRider, to show the contraption off to an interesting collection of people.

Some were potential volunteer sherpas. Tatanya, the CVA (Conservation Volunteers Australia) employee in the region was there and she will be the one that enrols, co-ordinates and arranges training for the volunteers.She is the exact opposite number of Caitlyn in the Grampians.

A lot of people were involved in the health sector - very true to the Healthy Parks, Healthy People theme that was so prominent in Sydney. There was strong representation from Woden (did not get the precise organisation written down - help me out), there was a man called David from one of four special schools who speculated about them having a TrailRider all to themselves because kids just love it so much. And most interestingly there were two there from Canberra NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme). I think that could get very interesting indeed.

Ros' auntie Rosemary, in her eighties, was there (khaki slacks, front right) She had been there last time and made the important point that use was free and that you could fold up the TrailRider and take it places other than Tidbinbilla.

Brother Keith, and sister-in-law were there, after Rodney, the most experienced sherpa and probably set (sorry Keith!) to be one of the first volunteers.


  1. What an absolutely splendid day, wonderful turnout, fabulous people at Tidbinbilla. Couldn't have been better, Thanks ACT and ACTParks

  2. They were such a group weren't they? All different angles. A great pleasure and privilege to meet.

    That's a big part for me of this TrailRider adventure - the wonderful people that we meet.


  3. It really showed from the enthusiasm of those there, that if the right enabling factors were in place then a trail rider could be a successful investment by many communities


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