Your Molonglo Catchment
Newsletter—May 2017

We seek to achieve a healthy, resilient and productive catchment: the Molonglo and Queanbeyan river system with all its diverse, interconnected tableland landscapes and communities.

Corporate Planning Workshop

Our members are most welcome to join with our Board for this workshop

2pm Sunday 4th June
Jerrabomberra Wetlands Conference Room

Our business strategy was agreed at last year's AGM and now the Board wants to apply that strategy to each region in the catchment.

So members from a broad cross-section of our member groups would be most welcome to attend and contribute their expert understanding and ideas.

RSVPs to would be appreciated but not essential.

Small Grants Program 2017

Grants funded jointly by MCG and EnviroAg announced

Congratulations to the recipients of grants for this year's program. We received a fantastic assortment of traditional landcare proposals plus some really innovative applications.

  • Friends of Aranda Bushland to trial making coir logs from recycling waste for use in erosion control
  • Friends of Mount Majura for tube stock and equipment for planting on National Tree Day at The Fair in North Watson
  • Grevillea Park Care Group for tube stock and equipment for extending the Environment Meditation and Healing Garden
  • Queanbeyan Landcare to assist in purchasing a brush cutter for use by Friends of Mt Jerrabomberra and Stringybark Ridge Bushcare Group and other members
  • Oaks Estate Progress Association for two projects: stormwater drain artwork and messages to increase community awareness of the importance of keeping gutters and waterways clean; and Molonglo River track remediation and fire mitigation workshops and working bees
  • Royalla Landcare to support its Sugar Glider monitoring program
  • Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park for the purchase of a range of new hand held tools for its regional botanic garden at the National Arboretum Canberra
  • Wandiyali Restoration Trust for paddock tree preservation and biodiversity enhancement
Congratulations to all the grant recipients. Follow us on Facebook for news about how their projects are progressing.

Loss of Native
Hollow-bearing Trees as threatening process

Public consultation is open until 9 June

More details

For the first time in the ACT under the Nature Conservation Act 2014 there is a nomination of a 'threatening process', in this case "Loss of Native Hollow-bearing Trees".

The nomination was prepared through the Biodiversity Working Group and signed by Friends of Grasslands, Australian Native Plants Society, Canberra Ornithologists Group, Field Naturalists Association of Canberra and the Conservation Council ACT Region.

Stormwater drains will come to life

The new DrainART project is part of the H2OK: Keeping our waterways healthy stormwater education program.

As part of this program, local artists are invited to paint stormwater drains that lead straight from Civic to Lake Burley Griffin.

More information

DrainART tile

Melbourne drain art by Tiffany Bishop Collective - source_Melbourne Water
Melbourne drain art by Tiffany Bishop Collective
Source: Melbourne Water

Arkansas Rivers by Cassie Conley - source_Upstream ART USA
Arkansas Rivers by Cassie Conley
Source: Upstream ART USA

End of Financial Year

Its a great time to consider a donation to Molonglo Environmental Heritage Trust

Donations made prior to 1 July may be claimed as a tax deduction in this year's tax return. Funds in the trust are used to fund:

  • on-ground projects that help restore and protect native vegetation, manage pest plants and animals, maintain adequate groundcover and reduce erosion
  • training projects that help build rural and urban landholders knowledge about managing their natural resources
    • citizen science projects like Waterwatch and Vegwatch – which help monitor the health of the waterways and vegetation in our catchment
Donate to the fund at GiveNow.

Workshop: Climate change adaptation – what does it mean for landcarers?

Wed 7th June 2017
8:45am to 4:00pm

More details

Morning presentations will be followed by a facilitated workshop in the afternoon. The purpose of the workshop will be to assist landcare groups to consider the practical implications of climate change adaptation for their activities.

Speakers will include:
Prof Mark Howden, Director ANU Climate Change Institute, about the challenge of climate change adaptation and what it might mean for the ACT
Prof Peter Bridgewater, Chair, Landcare ACT, about the role of landcare in climate change
Dr Nola Hancock, Macquarie University, about the climate-ready revegetation guide
Ms Alison Elwin, Natural Capital Ltd, about native grasses and pastures as natural adapters
Mr Steve Taylor, ACT Parks and Conservation Service, about the outlook for weed management

Fringe Forums

20 June - Social media for volunteers

13 July - Grassland habitat research

Ground Floor Function Room
Dame Pattie Menzies House
16 Challis Street Dickson
Social Media for Volunteers
Did you know that 69% of Australians are on social media and the average user spends 12.5 hours a week on Facebook? Volunteer groups are starting to get in on the action and it’s a useful way of recruiting new members, promoting your events, retaining younger volunteers and to help the broader community understand what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Come along and learn how it all works, how to post text, photos and events, how to tag and interact with other pages and how to work collaboratively with other volunteer groups by using tagging, hashtags and sharing.

Grassland Habitat Research
Come and listen to Brett Howland, research and monitoring officer, as he shares the latest information on kangaroos, biodiversity and grassland habitats.
Fringe forums run from 5:00pm- 6:00pm (on the specified date)

RSVP to either of these forums with your name and any questions you’d like answered.

Environment, Meditation & Healing Garden
6th Anniversary

2.30pm Sunday 4 June
Grevillia Park

The afternoon will feature cultural performances by youth from different faith traditions and Indigenous groups plus light refreshments. RSVP Canberra Interfaith Forum.

World Environment Day

Activities 2-5 June

Event flyer

Use social media to tell us what you’re doing to celebrate World Environment Day. Here are some hash tags which might help:


The theme this year is ‘Connecting People to Nature’.

Living in Canberra we are so very fortunate that our location, people and environment make it so easy for us to connect with nature so I encourage everyone to get out there this year and become involved. There are so many ways you can connect with nature over the World Environment Day weekend and to make things easy for you, this year we have put together the attached flyer which provides some opportunities to get involved over the weekend.

  • Plant a tree at one of the World Environment Day tree planting events
  • Join in with one of our fabulous ParkCare groups as they care for our local reserve system
  • Come along to the World Environment Day dinner!
  • Get along to the Arboretum to learn about trees which are extinct in the wild, or
Why not head out to Tidbinbilla to join in a ranger guided activity?

Lyneham Wetlands
clean-up & BBQ

This Saturday 1-3pm