Geographic focus: Mount Rogers Reserve (Bordered by the northern Belconnen suburbs of Fraser, Flynn, Melba and Spence.
Regular Activities and Working Bees: Our activities focus on weed management, planting native vegetation, erosion control and community awareness-raising and education. We have now established the fourth Sunday and first Monday as working bee times for each month.
Contact: Convenor, Rosemary Blemings. Please contact us via the Ginninderra Catchment Group: 6278 3309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aspects of the history of the Mt Rogers Landcare Group with newsletter-texts and members’ photographic contribution can be traced on the blog: www.mtrogerslandcare.blogspot.com
News of Mt Rogers: Is a regular newsletter describing activities occurring on Mt Rogers, volunteer’s observations and facinating facts.
2015: News from the March Indigenous Heritage Walk can be found here
2012: Download the November news of Mt Rogers here: Download the Spring news of Mt Rogers here: Download the August News of Mt Rogers here: Download the More.. June News of Mt Rogers here: Download the June News of Mt Rogers here: Download the May News of Mt Rogers here: Download the April News of Mt Rogers here: Download the February News of Mt Rogers here:
The Mt Rogers Reserve is a ridged area of Urban Open Space surrounded by the suburbs of Flynn, Fraser, Spence and Melba. When these suburbs were developed in the early seventies assorted native trees and shrubs were planted around perhaps a score of 200-300 year old eucalypts.
Landcare activities on Mt Rogers began in 1999 with informal weeding and occasional plantings of native species by a few interested and concerned locals people.
Volunteer landcarers have surveyed flora & fauna. Results and observations guided weeding and newer plantings of local species so the reserve’s biodiversity could be improved. Plantings of tubestock from Greening Australia and with the assistance of Ginninderra Catchment Group, Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) and Guides Australia were concentrated into land “uphill” of the gravel path that circles Mt Rogers. The success rate has been encouraging in spite of drought periods.
The Landcare Group which was formalised in 2009 has a core of about 15 volunteers who give time, when they can, at scheduled working-bees twice a month. We have concentrated on the removal of environmental weeds such as privet, cotoneaster, pyracantha and hawthorn, learning and developing individual skills as we work. Twice in 2011 CVA volunteers have assisted our woody-weed removal efforts with their chainsaw expertise. Previously ACT Government agencies had made an impact on these major weeds. Contractors, employed by Government have also been successfully employed to survey for and spray outbreaks of Serrated tussock throughout the reserve.
For some 5-7 years the spread of African lovegrass and Chilean Needle grass has been noticeable. Some efforts to address this invasion have been made but mower-spread is an intractable problem.
For over 6 years the Mt Rogers community has been drawn together through the publication of occasional newsletters that highlight observations and sightings of species. We have become more informed and more observant. Perhaps some of us have become amateur naturalists as we seek answers to the intriguing questions triggered by the bush and its habitats. Newcomers to the reserve are offered an attractive brochure about Mt Rogers which was first developed in 2005.
As landcarers we are drawn together by affection for our patch of remnant bush and by the sense of community our regular walking and working generates.
We enjoy making a difference and learning about the trees, shrubs and forbs whose chances we enhance.
Ever wondered how a mountain is made?? Download the facinating article - Mt Rogers the (very) early days here: