Our members steer the direction we take and the services we offer.
Our members are:
- Landcare groups—working on their own private properties or public reserves in rural and peri-urban areas
- Parkcare groups—working at public parks and reserves across the region
- Community—individuals and organisations with a concern for the health of the catchment
Joining one of our member groups is the best way to get involved with us. They can provide you with information, advice and updates on activities and projects in your area.
If you would like to join Molonglo Catchment Group, please contact our Secretary.
Burra lies about 25 km south of Queanbeyan. Burra Creek, a perennial watercourse, is a small catchment of the larger Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment. Above its junction with the Queanbeyan River at Googong Reservoir, Burra Creek rises approximately 16 km south in the Tinderry Nature Reserve.
Land use at Burra and neighbouring Urila is now rural-residential. Burra Landcare is a small but active group that meets on the fourth Monday evening of each month at the Burra Hall. Its mission is to:
- promote awareness in caring for the land in the local area
- educate the community in land care values through presentations by experts
- develop community based projects and provide community support for their implementation
- provide an interface to other Landcare groups
Captains Flat is located 64 km south-east from Canberra, standing 922 metres above sea level. The town is tucked in along the Molonglo River facing the hills that form the foundation of the Jingera Mountains.
Captains Flat had two brief periods of prosperity when the town's population rose to 5,000 and when mining for lead, zinc, copper, sulphur, gold and silver drove the local economy. The first lasted from 1884-1899 and the second from 1937-1962. Its proximity to Canberra makes it a pleasant day trip destination, with a large pub and interesting relics of the old mine.
Captains Flat & District Landcare is made up of a range of landholders interested in landcare activity in the the area. To get involved, contact Wendy Hodgman.
Carwoola, a rural community east of Queanbeyan, has some of the best remnant vegetation in the region. The Carwoola Landcare Group represents a cross-section of the community, with some landholders just enjoying life on a bush block, others trying an agricultural activity such as grapes, olives, alpacas, goats, sheep or cattle, but all sharing a common concern for loss of biodiversity and improving the health of the land. This concern has been reflected in past projects.
In recent years, Carwoola Landcare has delivered a range of projects including projects to conserve and enhance remnant vegetation by fencing and planting linking corridors, willow control and riparian restoration, and a rabbit control project. Other regular activities include field days to identify weeds, plant trees and monitor water quality.
Majura Valley Landcare Group was formed in 2011. The members are the landholders and leaseholder’s who live in the Majura Valley ACT.
The vision for the Majura Valley is one which combines sustainable farming, local produce, the protection and further development of native woodlands and grasslands, a focus on eco tourism, while working in harmony with light industry such as the solar project.
To get involved, contact Sherry McArdle-English.
In the early years, the emphasis was on establishing neighbourhood plantings and this was a success, with about 20 sites thriving with more than 4,000 trees planted. In recent years, activities has widened to more than 10 projects.
In addition, Queanbeyan Landcare participates in regional Landcare networks and contributes to local planning processes, such as the Queanbeyan City Council. Importantly, we work with other community groups, to achieve community facilities such as new bikeways along the Queanbeyan River, the Community Gardens in Henderson Road.
The Royalla area contains grassy box woodlands and grassland communities, which are classed as regionally endangered in the Murrumbidgee/Molonglo catchments. There is less than 10% of this type of vegetation left. Our projects aim to address the following issues:
- enhancing local indigenous fauna & flora & avoiding loss of biodiversity
- preserving & enhancing remnant grassy woodland
- establishing linking wildlife corridors
- raising community awareness & education about sustainable land management eg:
- responsible grazing techniques
- erosion & weed control
- caring for native ecosystems
The Aranda Bushland is a 100 ha reserve of eucalypt forest and woodland on the southern slopes of Aranda Hill, the north side being the suburb Aranda. It adjoins Black Mountain Reserve to the east and The Pinnacle Nature Reserve to the west, and forms part of Canberra Nature Park, a network of urban open space reserves throughout the national capital.
They have been active in the conservation of the Aranda Snow Gums Heritage Site, a frost-hollow below the Aranda Bushland, adjacent to William Hovell Drive, the only surviving Snow Gum patch within the city of Canberra.
Snowgums lost through accidental spray drift from spraying briars have been replaced with seedlings grown from local seed by local schools. FoAB members also undertake regular erosion control, weed control and monitoring activities.
- encourage interest in and develop knowledge and understanding of the natural, cultural, recreational, scientific, educational and aesthetic values of Black Mountain
- build a record of the reserve’s biodiversity and values
- promote its uniqueness within and beyond the ACT region
The objectives of the group are to promote the wellbeing of the natural and cultural heritage protected within the Mount Majura Nature Reserve (MMNR) through:
- encouraging greater awareness and understanding of the heritage values of the MMNR among FOMM and the wider community
- encouraging the use and enjoyment of the reserve by the community in ways which are consistent with the maintenance and enhancement of the heritage values of MMNR
- cooperating with Territory Government and other agencies and interested groups in the sustainable management of MMNR
- identifying threats to the integrity of the heritage values of MMNR, to raise community awareness of, and to seek remedies for these threats
- organising activities to promote the wellbeing of MMNR including, among other things, working parties, and public talks and walks
- using any other means thought appropriate by FOMM from time to time to achieve the first objective
Grevillea Park is located on the northern shore of Lake Burley Griffin’s East Basin with and is accessible via Morshead Drive in Russell. The Park's Environment Meditation and Healing Garden is located on a one-hectare site just east of Clare Holland House (ACT Hospice), Menindee Drive, Barton, ACT at the eastern extremity of Grevillea Park.
The Canberra Interfaith Forum established the Garden in 2011 after 4 years of effort to:
- symbolise our commitment to respect, protect and conserve the natural environment
- provide a venue where we could meet and meditate on and deepen our connection with the environment
- deepen our harmonious relationships and promote healing and reconciliation with each other, including the Indigenous community
- strengthen mutual bonds and understanding by working together on garden maintenance
- provide a facility where visitors to the ACT Hospice and volunteers working there could rest peacefully in nature
The Lyneham Commons is a non-incorporated community organisation that is open to all who share the vision and objectives. Members volunteer to establish and maintain the proposed Lyneham Food Forest – a sustainable, perennial, tree-based food garden in Lyneham, with the resources and the effort shared by members.
The Lyneham Commons, unlike community gardens that have private plots, will create a sustainable tree-based food forest. About 30 varieties of fruit and nut trees will be planted including apple, plum, cherry and pistachio — transforming a bare piece of underutilised public land into a thriving public orchard.
The objective of Mt Ainslie Weeders is to systematically reduce the number of Cootamundra Wattles (a.Baileyana) in the Mt Ainslie Nature Reserve. The Mt Ainslie Weeders Group has been working towards this goal, with the long term goal of encouraging regeneration.
The Arboretum forests mostly consist of a single tree species, but Forest 20 differs in two ways: STEP is growing 16 species of eucalypt trees, selected to represent the major vegetation types of the region; and it includes shrubs, herbs and grasses to demonstrate the understorey plants commonly found in the region's forests and woodlands.
The STEP forest is an educational resource where visitors and school students can easily identify the trees and plants typical of the Southern Tablelands. Of particular significance are the trees and plants of the critically endangered 'Yellow Box/Red Gum Grassy Woodland' ecosystem. In this way, Forest 20 complements other Arboretum forests in telling an important conservation story about land use in south-eastern Australia.
The STEP community group works in partnership with the Arboretum to create and sustain this garden. We meet every Thursday morning and our activities include planting, propagation, path-making, watering and weeding. It is a very relaxed and sociable morning, punctuated by a delicious morning tea with much lively conversation.
After a sustained 10 year community campaign against a housing development proposed in 1992, the Watson Community Association was successful in achieving the conservation of a 18 hectare native grassy woodland at north Watson in July 2002. Less than 5 per cent of the original extent of this Yellow Box Grassy Woodland ecology remains in Australia, and less than a half a per cent is in reserves.
The Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary and the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve together protect over 600 hectares of the Australian Capital Territory’s most significant landscapes. These reserves showcase the importance of environmental assets in our communities. It is remarkable that, with urban development on their doorsteps, these areas can support the Territory’s most diverse bird habitats, and the nation’s most important protected area of Yellow Box woodland, listed nationally as a critically endangered ecological community.
Jerrabomberra Wetlands lies at the heart of the Molonglo Catchment—just below the confluence of the Molonglo and Queanbeyan Rivers and just above Lake Burley Griffin. The wetlands is one of the most valuable wetland habitat areas in the ACT, and of national and international importance, as a refuge for migrating birds from the northern hemisphere and inland Australia.
They work directly with the community to ensure the best environmental outcomes for the ACT through targeted education, information and practical application. They recognise that a healthy and vibrant community is much more able to take care of itself and its environment than a fragmented one.
Their projects support the community to nourish itself and the environment together, and to sustain themselves into the future.
EnviroAg goes beyond chemical use and incorporates physical and management strategies to control plant and animal pest species. EnviroAg specialises in using new and innovative practices and work in environmentally sensitive areas.