Geographic focus: Ginninderra Creek Corridor from Lake Ginninderra to Copeland Drive.
Regular Activities and Working Bees: We meet regularly to do various activities throughout the year. Our activities range from weed management, planting native vegetation, erosion control and community awareness-raising and education. Please contact us to be notified of upcoming activities.
Contact: Co-convenors, Lenore Hodgkinson. Contact via the Ginninderra Catchment Group, 6278 3309, firstname.lastname@example.org
For the latest updates, visit our facebook page “North Belconnen Landcare Group”.
Note: Change to “Landcare for Littlies” Group - now meets 1.30 - 2.30pm on Sundays. Youngest members are only 2 years old. Phone Lenore via the Ginninderra Catchment Group or email: email@example.com
The North Belconnen Landcare Group was established in 1994, by local residents concerned about land management issues along the Ginninderra Creek corridor, stretching from the Lake Ginninderra dam wall to Ginninderra Drive, Latham. Since it’s establishment, the Group has held regular working days, where members participate in weeding, mulching and planting activities. Membership of the Group has fluctuated over the years, but currently includes 10 active local residents, plus regular activities with Joey Scouts, Girls’ Brigade, Australian Conservation Volunteers and other community groups.
On-ground work starting in about 1994 initially focussed on hawthorn removal along the creek at Evatt, which became an ongoing activity for the next 3 years. The Group later had support from Canberra Urban Parks and Places (CUPP) in 1996 for further hawthorn removal upstream and downstream from Evatt footbridge, north of Ginninderra Creek.
In 1996 the Group developed the ‘North Belconnen Landcare Group - Revegetation Plan’ which detailed a plan of activity, focussed on five main areas:
- Public information and education nights;
- water quality testing;
- clearing of rubbish from the creek; and
- planting of native vegetation.
A major focus in the early years was also the Flynn stormwater drain, where a number of gabion weirs were installed in about 1997, to prevent erosion of the drainage line, and improve habitat values there. Over the years, these weirs have been very successful in holding back significant amounts of sediment from reaching Ginninderra Creek.
Initial regevetation efforts attempted to establish large numbers of trees and shrubs in the creek corridor and riparian areas, with limited success. In more recent times, the Group has focussed on the establishment and management of native grasslands in the creek corridor area between the Lake Ginninderra dam wall and Copeland Drive.