Newsletter - May 2017

Your Molonglo Catchment Molonglo Catchment Group

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

Public consultation is open until 9 June

Owl in hollowFor 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.


Melbourne drain art by Tiffany Bishop Collective
Melbourne drain art by Tiffany Bishop Collective

Source: Melbourne Water
 Arkansas Rivers by Cassie Conley
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

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

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

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


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

Grevillea ParkThe 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

Lyneham wetlands cleanup

Landcare for Singles

9.30am-1.30pm Saturday 17 June

New date, as the original day was rained out

Landcare for singlesYou’ve heard of speed dating, well this is speed planting. Plant a new plant with a new person every 8 minutes and then join everyone to mingle over a free tasty lunch.Even if you don’t meet your match, at least you will feel fantastic having done something positive for your local environment.

A free Love Bus service to the site will be available departing from Civic and Woden. Limited places available, BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment! 

Friends of Black Mountain Weeding Work Party

9am-12pm Saturday 3 June

More details

Black Mountain eucalyptsWe will be removing woody weeds from the Bushland Precinct of the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Please book: if you are planning to come, please email your name and phone number to or phone 0437 298 711. This helps with the catering. 

World Environment Day Dinner 2017

Saturday 3 June at the National Arboretum Canberra

More details

Conservation Council

Professor Penny Sackett, physicist, astronomer, current member of the ACT Climate Council and former Chief Scientist of Australia (2008-2011) is guest speaker. The MC for the evening will be the wonderful Lish Fejer from ABC radio. 

World Environment Day dinnerWorld Environment Day is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our global environment. As part of this worldwide environmental action the Conservation Council ACT Region holds an annual celebration of sustainable food and environmental advocacy, to raise support for our work protecting the environment.

Email if you would be interested in joining a Molonglo table for this event.

Farm chemical user training

ACT Rural Landholders – do you need accreditation or re-accreditation in AQF3 Chemical Accreditation?

Friday 16 June (full day) and Saturday 17 June (morning only)

Please RSVP by 13 June: ph: 62052914 or email:
Catering and training materials provided
When RSVPing let Anna know any dietary requirements

Download brochure


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