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Geographic focus: Situated on the watershed between the Molonglo and Ginninderra catchments, Mount Painter Nature Reserve is one of the Belconnen Hills reserves. It adjoins the suburb of Cook and occupies about half the area bounded by the suburb, Bindubi Street, William Hovell Drive and Coulter Drive. There are two separate sections of the reserve: the hill itself in the centre of this space and a lower area beside Bindubi Street which is known as the Wildflower Triangle. A map shows the two reserve sections and how to access them.
Regular Activities and Working Parties:
· holds in the morning of the third Sunday of each month, with morning tea an important opportunity to talk about the reserve and to socialise with old and new friends. Smaller groups and individuals also carry out work on a weekly basis.
Active FOMP members
FOMP organises two or more guided walks each year. Birds in spring and autumn,
and Aboriginal and European heritage were the focus for recent walks.
Assisting Macquarie Primary School has been a highlight for FOMP recently as the teachers develop a relationship between the school community and the reserve with regular visits to the hill.
Contact: Convenor - Sarah Hnatiuk ph. 6251 2228, mob. 0424 263 565, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Us: FOMP is a small group of local residents who translate their love for the environment into actively supporting the ACT Parks and Conservation Service’s (PCS) management of the reserve. We aim through our work to help the reserve to become a healthier, more sustainable and resilient ecosystem that will provide habitat for more abundant wildlife and more interest and enjoyment of the area for ourselves and others.
FOMP’s work involves weeding, erosion control, monitoring aspects of buy addyi the reserve’s condition, and planting and caring for young plants. We also help with PCS’s kangaroo counts and mapping rabbit burrows and the flora (especially weeds).
Weeding is one our most frequent activities. We focus on the areas of most diverse vegetation such as in the Wildflower Triangle
and on the hill slope behind the houses of Cook. Both areas are home to some of the ACT’s rare and protected species. (Lists of the reserve’s flora are here: Wildflower Triangle; Mt Painter Hill.)
Planting trees and shrubs is helping to re-establish an open woodland on the extensively cleared slopes of the hill. The early plantings, dating from the late 1990s, are now clearly visible to travellers on the roads nearby. Success with plantings has varied according to the season; during the 2000s drought only a quarter to a half survived their first summer but during good seasons, more than 80% live on, as detailed in this report. As the trees and shrubs have grown, so have the number of birds. Recently we have planted grasses and other low-growing plants but with less success than with trees and shrubs. Re-establishing ground cover is proving difficult.
This online article from ABC local radio provides further insight into Friends of Mount Painter’s role in supporting the work of the ACT Parks and Conservation Service: http://www.abc.net.
FOMP was formed in 1989 by local people concerned about the degradation of the reserve. In its more than a quarter of a century of existence, we have, according to the Government’s ecologists, had a substantial impact for the better on the reserve’s condition. We continue to build on that legacy through the work of our 20 or so active members. A further 60 others, who receive our email notices and electronic newsletters, maintain an interest in our activities and news of the reserve (see links at the top of this page).
We welcome new members. If you would like hands-on involvement, we will provide you with the tools needed for each task and show you what to do. No previous experience in landcare is needed.