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The Molonglo Catchment Group

The Molonglo Catchment Group is one of three community-based catchment groups in the ACT.  All catchment group areas cross over the NSW border, however the Molonglo Catchment is largely in NSW.  The catchment groups act as umbrella groups for the many Landcare and other natural resource management (NRM) interest groups in their geographical area. The group's basic objectives are available here ( 23 KB). 

("About the Molonglo Catchment" Factsheet 738KB)

The Molonglo Catchment Group was formed in late 2003 as a network of Landcare and Park Care groups in the Molonglo Catchment. Our role is to help these groups promote and undertake environmental protection and enhancement within the catchment.  The Group has been supported by the ACT and Australian Governments’ environmental programs.

The Group’s initial priority was to develop a sub-catchment strategy based on community consultations and informed by the regional NRM plans.  The excellence of the Molonglo Catchment Strategy 2004-2014 was recognised by the ACT Regional Landcare Award in 2005.

Implementation of the strategy so far has involved extensive work within the local community, through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and Caring for Our Country initiative. This has resulted in the following tangible on-ground outputs which contribute to improvement in water quality and biodiversity, and community capacity within the catchment:

  • Assisting more than 100 landholders to protect or enhance over 260Ha of native vegetation;

  • Restored over 35km of riparian land;

  • Mapped and treated 85Ha of serrated tussock infested land;

  • Established over 330Ha of perennial pastures; and

  • Published indigenous planting lists for the four major waterways in the catchment.

The Molonglo Catchment Group has sponsored eight revegetation projects by local groups and conducted 14 field days involving over 200 people from local community groups. In order to spread our message to the local community, we have designed and built a display trailer to take to field days.  Our website is recognised as a valuable resource for the regional community.  In the last 6 years, we have distributed fortnightly electronic newsletters to an ever-increasing distribution list currently over 370 subscribers.

The Molonglo Catchment Group also supports the ACT Waterwatch program. We have over 50 groups and individuals undertaking monthly water quality measurements on a total of 69 sites (including the work by Queanbeyan City and Palerang Councils). This data is used as a means of establishing baseline measurements against which to assess the environmental conditions of the catchment into the future.  These results are published on the group’s website.

We are endeavouring to extend the reach of our message through events such as the “Along the Molonglo” art competition sponsored by local businesses. The competition works with the artist societies in Queanbeyan and Canberra – with the theme of “capturing the spirit of the Molonglo catchment”.  The art competitions have grown in size to around 85 entries in the 2011 Queanbeyan Art Prize  run by the Queanbeyan Art Society and 45 in the 2010 Canberra Art Prize with total prize money exceeding $5,000. Through the relationship with the Artists Society of Canberra, we have been able to hold some of the Canberra event at Floriade where we are able to engage the greatly increased audience that attend in informal discussion and provide education material on environmental management issues.

In 2010-11, we sponsored Seeing Grasslands, which was supported by an ACT Environment Grant and assisted by Friends of Grasslands. The project aimed to raise the profile of grasslands and to encourage an interest in this highly threatened ecosystem as well as in nature and photography through community participation, online initiatives and culminating in a photographic exhibition.

We have an association with Radio Landcare which broadcasts on Sundays from QBN-FM 96.7 and Tuesdays on 2XX 98.3 FM Community Radio.  It is expected that these processes will encourage increased participation in local environmental community groups such as Landcare.

We published the Willow Management Strategy for Lake Burley Griffin in 2006, a Weed Information Pack in 2008 for the top 20 weeds in the catchment and released the Pest Animal Information Pack for the catchment in 2009.   The Glovebox Guide to Frogs of the ACT Region, also released in 2009, has been very successful. The Glovebox Guide to Water Plants of the ACT Region was published in 2011.

We have been working with Hawker College to mentor students in establishing a community-based natural resource database for the lower Molonglo Valley.

One of our most exciting projects has been our involvement in the Kosciuszko to Coast partnership. This project brings together government agencies with non-government and community organisations to work with landholders to increase the resilience of the landscape to meet the challenges of climate change.

We continue to implement the Molonglo Catchment Strategy, planning projects into the future with the goal of helping the community to understand the NRM issues in our area and to provide them with the skills to manage these issues.

Most recent projects include the Biodiversity Monitoring Feasibility Study, the Molonglo River Rescue and the Sustainability on Small Farms projects.

Our Vision for the Catchment

(with thanks to Greening Australia for allowing us to share their vision)
A healthy, diverse and productive environment treasured by the whole Molonglo catchment community.

Our Vision

Recognised as the community voice of the Molonglo Catchment.

Our Mission

Encourage and assist the community of the Molonglo Catchment to furthering understanding, skills, motivation and capacity in achieving sustainable use and management of our natural and cultural resources.


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