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Jarramlee Park Landcare (Dunlop)

Geographic focus: Ginninderra Creek Corridor, tributaries, ponds and open areas, in and around the area known as Jarramlee Park Estate, (Dunlop), and to the crossing on Gooromon Ponds Creek on the Jarramlee Homestead Road, off Hugh Mckay Cresc. (Note that the gate to this road is locked.)

Regular Meetings: Meetings are held every 6 weeks on a Monday evening, unless it clashes with GCG meetings or public holidays, then on the Tuesday. For information ring 6259 0759. Next meeting is on Tuesday 2nd May, 7.30 pm.

Regular Activities and Working Bees: Our activities range from weed management, planting native vegetation, rubbish clean-ups, community awareness-raising, education and group social events. Work bees are called as needed.

Next  Bee: Saturday 29th April. 10.30am. Meet at 26 Pomeroy St. A walk around our area, also to do a rubbish clean up as we go.

Contact: Convenor, Pamela Fawke, 6259 0759. Or contact the Ginninderra Catchment Group at landcare@ginninderralandcare.org.au .


About Us: Swans at Jarramlee Pond. Photo: Fred Fawke
Jarramlee Park Landcare represents a group of 9 currently active members, including two Junior Landcarers, concerned with water quality and biodiversity management in Jarramlee Park Estate, in Dunlop (behind Macgregor, off Archdall St). The area encompasses the Ginninderra Creek corridor and stormwater tributaries from the edge of Macgregor to the confluence of Ginninderra Creek and Gooromon Ponds Creek. It also includes two stormwater settlement ponds, Jarramlee Pond and Fassifern Pond. Revegetation work focuses on six locations in the area: Site 1, the westerly-facing hillslope down towards Ginninderra creek from the end of Cashion Court;Planting day at Jarramlee Pond. Photo: Pamela Fawke Sites 2 & 3 in the open public space by Jarramlee Pond between the GPT (gross pollutant trap) and the dam wall; Site 4, the grassed area across from Fassifern Pond on the Jarramlee Homestead Road, near the gate to Hugh McKay Crescent; Site 5, further down the road on the grassy slope across from Fassifern Pond, (below the walkway from Jarramlee Pond), known as the Fassifern site, and Site 6, by the outflow channel from Fassifern Pond into Gooromon Ponds Creek, where the latest planting has been done on either side, mostly casuarinas and a few leptospermums and callistemons. The Group was established in 2000 with Waterwatch and Frogwatch activities. Much of the Jarramlee Park Landcare work focuses on improving habitats for biodiversity, planting appropriate vegetation, especially with theFassifern Pond Sign. Photo: Fred Fawke extensive bird life in the area in mind. The group works at keeping the area clean with regular rubbish collections, sometimes needing assistance from other organisations. Removals include cars (from both ponds and both creeks), whitegoods, furniture, computers, household and garden rubbish, as on the urban fringe a lot of dumping occurs. A number of significant collaborations with other GCG Groups is done including revegetation works with North Belconnen, Giralang, McKellar Wetlands, Giralang Wetlands Care group, and Macgregor Landcare Group, who have also assisted our group with planting in our sites.

Weeding, replanting and maintaining the sites is an ongoing task, with help from both students and visitors and, on occasion, corporate groups,  Conservation Volunteers or Green Army. The group collaborated with ACT Dog Control on the installation of pond signage at both ponds which depict some local bird and frog species. Submissions were made and the two ponds were gazetted to their current names, chosen by the group, previously Dunlop Settlement Ponds 1 and 2. West Belconnen Pond in the main section of Dunlop, previously Dunlop Settlement Pond 3, was also gazetted, the name appearing in the Draft Ponds and Lakes publication, always known by that title, but never officially named. Pond signage was also installed there.The group also negotiated with Urban Parks and Places for a park bench, installed by Jarramlee Pond under a gum tree, with another bench installed later at Fassifern Pond. Snags were installed at these two ponds for the wildlife. Many types of waterbirds live, breed and visit these ponds. It is now an attractive area with pleasant walkways.