Find a better connection
Eminent naturalist John Burroughs was an astute observer of the natural world. He once said “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order”.
In an era of digital dependence where less screen time and more green time is a subconscious desire, his words speak to the power of nature in connecting us with our environment. Despite a lack of connection to wi-fi, by venturing into the majestic Brindabella Ranges you will end up with a much better connection to nature.
A generational shift to a more sedentary lifestyle, coupled with a predominantly indoor existence, has been linked to a range of health issues. This trend towards physical inactivity has been attributed to a ballooning range of screen-based technologies and a risk-averse mindset. The implications of these factors could have far-reaching consequences for our community and our health system.
The Healthy Parks, Healthy People philosophy is not a new concept, but a reassertion of what our forbearers instinctively understood. And the idea that nature can indeed nurture is the main principle behind an exciting new nature based partnership recently launched by the ACT Government.
ACT Parks and Conservation is seeking expressions of interest from nature based businesses to assist in the delivery of several innovative eco based tourism initiatives. This is so we can offer a range of experiences designed to connect, to inspire, to encounter nature in an authentic setting.
The initiative will include a suite of distinctive nature stay accommodation options that involves the adaptive repurposing of houses, along with selected cottages such as Ready-Cut Cottage and Nil Desperandum, to allow guests to immerse themselves in the heart of Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.
We want our business partners to design signature experiences, showcasing the intrinsic natural wonders of our conservation estate in a sensitive, appropriate way. These experiences will be enhanced and supported by our professional volunteer guides with ongoing training and development built into the program.
The tender process represents a unique opportunity for motivated businesses to work with us as we showcase a range of innovative ideas designed to connect locals and visitors alike to the natural beauty of the coolest little bush capital in the world.
More information is available through www.cmtedd.act.gov.au/sbip/open-opportunities
Brett McNamara - Regional Manager with ACT Parks & Conservation Service
Brett loves our national parks almost as much as the Gang-gang on his uniform. He is prone to using the word 'majestic' when referring to the bush capital. He loves talking. A lot. His favourite animal is the playful Platypus.
Article also appeared in The Chronicle