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Travelling back - gaining insight

The History of the Ginninderra Catchment

Welcome to this journey of discovery about the Ginninderra catchment.
It is a journey that will help you appreciate the importance of catchments as natural watersheds, as complex landscapes and as places where we have made our homes.

It is a journey that will take you back to earlier times; to see the catchment through the eyes of the traditional owners, the Ngunawal people, and the early European explorers and the settlers who followed.

It is a journey that will enable you to view the catchment from satellite imagery and to gain some perspectives of it’s place within the much larger Murrumbidgee Catchment system.

It is a journey that will help you understand how our settlement and development have impacted our catchment landscapes and affected the way its hydrology functions.

Importantly, it is a journey of lessons learnt and wiser actions to better ensure a more ecologically sustainable future for the Ginninderra Catchment and its communities.

Special acknowledgement must be paid to Stephen Selden from the North Belconnen Landcare Group for researching and creating much of this material. While some of hte text is written in a personal style to assist local Landcare groups, it does have much wider relevance.

You can also receive a free copy of a DVD that includes all of the text and high resolution images, by contacting the Ginninderra Catchment Group.

Contents

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1.About the Ginninderra Catchment

2. Our Catchment History
    1. The Natural History of the Ginninderra Catchment
    2. Historic Accounts of the Ginninderra Catchment
    3. Comparison - Aerial Photos from 1941
    4. If Ginninderra Creek Could Speak. Sorry - Not available on-line.
    5. A Tour of the Southern Districts (Historic Text). Sorry - Not available on-line.

3. The Picture Now
    1. Some Notable Remnant Areas
    2. The Creeks
    3. Ginninderra Catchment Species List (A Beginning)

4. Further Reading
    1. Ginninderra Creek Opens Space 1978 (NCDC Document). Sorry - Not available on-line.
    2. Aerial Photos 1941. Sorry - Not available on-line.
    3. Aerial Photos 1959. Sorry - Not available on-line.
    4. 1959 Mosaic. Sorry - Not available on-line.
    5. Resources. Sorry - Not available on-line.

This Landscape History Project was implemented with funds provided through the Australian Government’s Natural Heritage Trust, as part of the ACT Government’s “Getting Equipped” Program.
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