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Graeme Barrow with his new book on Canberra's city walks.
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
Discovering 101 walks
a pleasure for author
The proximity of city and bush makes Canberra
an exceptional place to live, and ACT author
and outdoorsman Graeme Barrow has
highlighted this in Walking Canberra: 101 ways
to see Australia's national capital on foot.
The 101 is a nod to Canberra one year after
the city celebrated its centenary.
Barrow has penned more than a dozen books
detailing walking trails in the Canberra region
and beyond, but this time he chose to focus on
the heart of the city.
"I was concentrating mainly on the metro
area to avoid regurgitating what I'd already
done,'' he said. "I got within 85 walks set in the
metro area but I realised I couldn't get to that
magical 100 figure.''
It was initially planned for Canberra's
centenary and was going to be 100 walks for the
100th birthday. But after taking on a second
book he was unable to complete Walking
Canberra in time, and so it became 101 walks
a year later.
After becoming aware of several new walking
trails that had opened in the Canberra region he
decided to also include those in the book.
"It was an educational experience for me. Just
finding out how many possibilities there are in
this city without having to go far,'' Barrow said.
"It is a marvellous area, not just for
bushwalkers, but for walkers.''
He said that might explain why there are so
many walking clubs and groups in the territory.
The book breaks Canberra down into regions
and focuses on the most spectacular walks in
each area. Barrow's has also included his own
top 10 walks of Canberra. Some are extremely
well-known and popular while others are almost
unheard of despite being located in the middle
of the city.
"I tried to centre it in the metro area so a lot
of the walks are just along streets,'' he said.
SNIFFER DOGS FOR JAIL
Boone, one of two English springer
spaniels to join the ACT Corrective Services
Springer spaniels get ready for work
The ACT Corrective Services K9 Unit has
received a boost with two English springer
spaniels joining their ranks.
The two dogs, Teddy and Boone, are
undergoing a 12-week intensive training course
before they join officers at the Alexander
At the end of their training the sniffer dogs
will be able to detect all forms of illicit
Minister for Corrective Services Shane
Rattenbury said detecting and preventing drugs
from entering the centre formed part of broader
drug-reduction strategies and protection
Springer spaniels are commonly used as
sniffer dogs by various law enforcement
organisations. They are highly adaptable and
capable of working in various types of
detection, including firearms, explosives,
cadavers and narcotics.
Last year, the search work done by ACT
Corrective Services detector dogs led to about
30 seizures of narcotics, as well as a number of
interceptions of mobile phones and drug
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