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. (Gate to this road is locked.)
Regular Meetings: Meetings are held every 6 weeks on a Tuesday evening (7:30pm).
Regular Activities and Working Bees: Our activities range from weed management, planting native vegetation, removing dead bushes and trees and rubbish, community awareness-raising, flora and fauna surveys, education and group social events. Work bees being called as needed.
Contact: Convenor, John Pugh, 6259 0331. Check out the Jarramlee Park Landcare Facebook Group, or contact the Ginninderra Catchment Group at email@example.com
Jarramlee Park Landcare Group represents a group of active members concerned with water quality and biodiversity management around Jarramlee Park Estate, located in Dunlop, South of Ginninderra Drive, off Archdall St. The area encompasses the Ginninderra Creek corridor and stormwater tributaries from Dunlop to the confluence of Ginninderra Creek and Gooromon Ponds Creek. The tributaries flow into two stormwater settlement ponds, Jarramlee Pond and Fassifern Pond.
Revegetation work focuses on seven locations in the area:
Site 1; the westerly-facing hillslope down towards Ginninderra Creek from the end of Cashion Court;
Sites 2 & 3; in the open public space South of 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;
Site 6; by the outflow channel from Fassifern Pond into Gooromon Ponds Creek;
Site 7; the inflow from the end of Fleay Place through to GPT at Jarramlee Pond.
The Group was established in 2000 with Waterwatch and Frogwatch activities. Much of the Jarramlee Park Landcare Group work focuses on improving habitats for biodiversity, planting appropriate vegetation, especially with the extensive native bird life in the area in mind. The area includes woodland, water, grassland and native bushes with the wide range of associated fauna.
The area is extremely well used by the public along the Ginninderra Creek corridor for activities like bird watching, fishing, walking, running, dog walking and cycling along the Bicentennial Nature Trail through the fields out to the border with New South Wales. It offers family areas for children to play near the Ginninderra Creek and relax around the ponds. The area is part of the indigenous Ngunnawal territory and adjoins the Golden Sun Moth Reserve, Jarramlee/West MacGregor Nature Reserve and the Dunlop Grassland Nature Reserve as connected through the Grassland Reserves in New South Wales. These ACT grasslands are sections of the Canberra Nature Park.
Fassifern Pond, Dunlop, ACT
View over the native grasslands to NSW and Surveyors Hill.
The group works at keeping the area clean with regular rubbish collections, weeding, replanting and maintaining sites, occasionally with assistance from other GCG groups such as North Belconnen, Giralang, McKellar Wetlands, Giralang Wetlands Care Group and Macgregor Landcare Group also students and volunteer or corporate organisations.
The group collaborated with ACT Dog Control on the installation of dog etiquette signs and additional signage at both ponds, depicting typical local bird and frog species commonly seen around the ponds.
Submissions were made and the two ponds within the group’s area were gazetted to their current names Jarramlee and Fassifern, chosen by the group, previously called Dunlop Settlement Ponds 1 and 2. It also includes naming the West Belconnen Pond in the main section of Dunlop, previously called Dunlop Settlement Pond 3. Pond signage was also installed there.
The group also negotiated with Urban Parks and Places for park benches for the public, installed adjacent Jarramlee Pond under a large gum tree and at Fassifern Pond on a bank next to the pond.