Newsletter - September 2017

Your Molonglo Catchment Molonglo Catchment Group

New Staff, New Website Molonglo Catchment Group

Molonglo Catchment Group have warmly welcomed some new staff members.  Everyone has hit the ground running, working on existing projects and looking at ways to take the group into the future of Landcare.

Our team is now:
Alice McGrath - Landcare Coordinator
Ben Huttner-Koros - Landcare Officer
Josie Banens - Landcare Officer
Deb Kellock - Waterwatch Coordinator
Janelle Dennis - Communications Coordinator
Kristy Moyle - GIS

We also have a new and improved website! 
Check it out here.  And while you're there, be sure to follow the link to our Facebook site.  Like and follow us to stay up to date with activities and events in the catchment.

Threatened Species Recovery Forum

Join the Environment Institute and Australia and New Zealand for a one-day forum regarding the threatened species around Australia.

When: 4 October 2017 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: University House, Australian National University, 1 Balmain Cres, Acton ACT 2601

Cost: $50 for EIANZ members, $100 for non-members

Click here for more information

Ngunawal Women's Cultural Awareness

Mount Ainslie Training

This walk is aimed at providing cultural awareness training to women ParkCarers and Landcarers who care for areas along the ridges of Mt Painter and the Pinnacle; Aranda-O’Connor Ridge and Black Mountain; Mt Majura and Mt Ainslie; and Stirling Park, Capital Hill and Red Hill Ridge. Karen will discuss Ngunawal cultural sensitivities associated with a women’s cultural place and what to be aware of and watch for when conducting Landcare and ParkCare activities.
The walk is for women and children under 13.
Date: Sunday 8 October
Time: 1–3.30pm
Location: This walk and talk takes place on Mt Ainslie Nature Reserve. Meet at Canning Street access to Mt Ainslie.
RSVP essential: Josie Banens 0402 913 131 or
Mt Ainslie is part of the traditional Ngunawal ‘pathway’ which follows the watersheds and valleys associated with the Molonglo River, Ginninderra Creek, Sullivan’s Creek, Woolshed Creek, crossing the Molonglo River (Lake Burley Griffin) to link to the ridges and valleys associated with Yarralumla Creek and other minor creeks draining Red Hill and present-day Capital Hill.
This walk is part of the ‘Caring for Ngunawal Pathways: Integrating Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal NRM in Canberra’s northern reserves’ project, funded by a 2016-17 ACT Environment Grant.

Black Mountain Wattle Walk

15 September 

Friends of Black Mountain

Enjoy a Walk among the Wattles on Black Mountain with local plant ecologist, Michael Doherty. Let’s learn to identify some of the common Acacias found on Black Mountain, including Acacia dealbata and Acacia buxifolia. We will also learn about how Acacias cope with fire and drought. The walk will mostly be flat to undulating, but with a few steeper sections later on in the walk.

Some relevant booklets will be for sale.

Meet: 9:30 am at the Belconnen Way entry to Black Mountain Nature Reserve, just before Caswell Drive turnoff (look for the balloons).

Bring: Friends and family. Water. Snacks if you wish.

‘Gold Coin Donation’

Please book: If you are planning to come, please provide your name and phone number to, or phone Linda (0437 298 711) or Joy (0427 542 298). It helps us to let you know if arrangements need to change unexpectedly (e.g. adverse weather).

Rivers of Carbon

What is Rivers of Carbon?

Rivers of carbon are rivers of life!  We work with landholders to protect and restore their rivers so that the fish, birds, platypus and other animals that call the river ‘home’, can thrive. 

Looking after our rivers makes sense, as trees, shrubs and reeds along our riverbanks stop erosion, filter and trap sediment, provide habitat for native animals, and make our rivers great places to swim, paddle and picnic.  Our work is extending riparian corridors into the wider landscape to facilitate species movement in the face of climate change. 

Find out more about Rivers of Carbon including opportunities for project funding here

National Trust Heritage Awards

Thursday 28 September 2017, 5.45pm – 7.00pm
Bogong Room, Gorman House
55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon ACT 2612
Drinks from 5:45pm, Award Presentations 6.15pm
Presentations will be by Mr Mick Gentleman, MLA
RSVP (for catering purposes): ph 02 6230 0533

Biosecurity Plan Workshops

All producers who sell livestock will need to have a biosecurity plan for their farms in place from October 1 this year. Producers without a biosecurity plan will not be able to obtain the vendor declaration forms from the LPA that are required to complete any sales. A biosecurity plan records how livestock producers protect their farm and livestock from diseases and pests, and how they ensure the welfare of their animals.

South East Local Land Services will be holding a series of community information sessions across the region to help producers develop a plan for their properties. These short sessions will include the following:
• Johne's beef assurance score
• Livestock production assurance program
• National vendor declarations
• Biosecurity planning
Wednesday 13th September
Braidwood Servicemens Club
Coronation Ave, Braidwood
18:00 – 20:30
Saturday 16th September
Bungendore Wall Memorial Hall
51 Molonglo St, Bungendore
13:00 – 15:30
RSVP: 02 4842 2594 or via email to or
Please ensure you RSVP for catering purposes.