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One of Australia’s most iconic pieces of rally road, arguably second only to the famous Bunnings jumps, has been put to rest. The mineshaft, in Canberra, is now no longer able to be passed over by car, with ACT Forests ensuring that nobody uses the famous piece of road. In the days of the Rally of Canberra, the Mineshaft was a 'must see' for any spectator, and photographers loved the way drivers risked it all to put on a show, resulting in some extreme photos and video footage. Today, the Mineshaft is officially impassable. The concrete barriers, previously used for the designated spectator areas, have been moved to block the top and bottom of the road. Pine trees have also been cut down at the Mineshaft, falling so they cross over the road. The road in the Brindabella Ranges hasn't been used for rallying for some years, as its condition deteriorated and little or no maintenance was done. Event directors weren't keen to use it in recent years anyway. National Capital Rally director, Adrian Dudok, wouldn't use it, out of “fear that someone will get badly injured there one day”. So, while the memories were plentiful, it's time to say goodbye to the Mineshaft, once and for all. Thanks for the memories.

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