In 1997, Environment ACT together with the Willows Working Group of the Environment Advisory Committee and the Willows Working Group of the Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment Coordinating Committee proposed a Willow Management Strategy for the Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment.
The purpose of the Strategy was to recommend an appropriate policy for the management of willows in the ACT. The Strategy was based on an assessment of the role of willows in the landscape, the suitability of certain species, and proposed eradication measures where appropriate. It also dealt with the issue of community consultation and outlined principles underpinning future development of specific Management Plans and associated activities.
In late 2004, the Molonglo Catchment Group (MCG) in conjunction with Environment ACT (EACT), Canberra Urban Parks and Places (CUPP), ACT Forests and the National Capital Authority (NCA) began discussions on willow control and management in the Molonglo Catchment within the ACT. The Molonglo Catchment Group successfully negotiated funding from these stakeholders to undertake a willow management plan for Lake Burley Griffin.
The MCG subsequently contracted the task of putting together the Lake Burley Griffin Willow Management Plan (‘the Plan’) with Greening Australia ACT & SE NSW in partnership with River and Rural Management Services.
The Plan was developed in 5 phases:
The MCG is an umbrella group for the many Landcare and other natural resource management groups in the Molonglo catchment. The key function of the MCG is to coordinate NRM (Natural Resource Management) activities in the catchment through the development and implementation of the Molonglo Catchment Strategy. It also provides strategic support to NRM groups to develop projects and receive and administer grants.
A wide range of individuals and organisations were consulted during the development phase of the Lake Burley Griffin Willow Management Plan. These are listed in Table 1.
Table 1: Consultation for Lake Burley Griffin Willow Management Plan Development
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