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The Ngunawal Perspective
Rabbit Control
Biodiversity Monitoring
Bush on the Boundary
Kosciuszko to Coast
Along the Molonglo
Sustainability on Small Farms
Sustainable Farming in the Majura Valley
Sustainable Horse Management on Small Properties
Biodiversity Monitoring Study
Molonglo River Rescue
Mapping Lower Molonglo
Projects: MCS Phase 2
Projects: MCS Phase 3
On-Ground Projects
LBG Willow Management Plan

On-ground Projects

On-ground projects are being undertaken to implement the Molonglo Catchment Strategy.

Current Projects:

Past Projects:

Current Projects

  • Connected Environments and Changing Landscapes of the ACT and Surrounding Region – Interacting with the Ngunawal Perspective

    Molonglo Catchment Group has conducted a series of ‘walk and talk’ events at various field locations in the ACT and surrounding region to interpret different types of environmental connectedness and landscape change from ancient times to the present day. Appropriately qualified facilitators will present various perspectives of the natural environment, general cultural landscape and Ngunawal culture to the general community.  Read more...

  • Biodiversity Monitoring

    The project builds on the experiences gained from Waterwatch and Frogwatch in the design of a monitoring program, including the use of QA/QC procedures and refresher training to ensure the data is credible and can be used by decision makers with confidence. The M-CHiP-style central reporting mechanism will also be mirrored as will the Waterwatch method of communicating results to volunteers via monthly and yearly reporting, taking the form of a seasonal rundown of results and a yearly report.  Although the project is not directly funded, the MCG and the Parkcare groups see the value in its continuation, and are supporting the program on a volunteer basis.. Read more...

  • Bush on the Boundary - Molonglo

    The Bush on the Boundary (BoB) Reference Group consists of various Government and non-governmental stakeholder groups with an interest in the urban-bushland interface. The aim of BoB is to preserve and promote the importance of urban bushland surrounding Canberra’s suburbs, with specific initiatives aimed at engaging local communities in the protection of local nature reserves and adjacent naturally vegetated lands.

    Bush on the Boundary was established in 2006 by the Ginninderra Catchment Group and the Conservation Council. A second BoB Group (BoB Molonglo) was established in 2011 the Molonglo Catchment Group and the Conservation Council, and moves are in train to set up a southern ACT BoB group. Read more...

  • Kosciuszko to Coast (K2C)

    K2C is a community partnership established to help landholders reconnect isolated woodlands and grasslands between Kosciuszko and Namadgi National Parks and the coastal forests of the Far South Coast.

Over the past 200 years, the distribution of native grasslands and woodlands throughout the region has contracted considerably resulting in the fragmentation of vegetation and a subsequent loss in habitat for many native animals.

As a consequence the landscape is under considerable stress with its long term agricultural and environmental production capacity being severely reduced.

Climate change predictions will increase the future challenges for all land managers.

K2C might be ambitious but its goals are achievable. The investment and effort made by many landholders over the past 30 years already has done much to enhance and restore grasslands and woodlands, which have become island havens and refuges for native plants and animals.

K2C is offering landholders in the region help to build a connected landscape with a range of management options that may include advice as well as funding. The K2C project complements existing catchment management goals. K2C combines a broad team of existing community groups and government agencies with experience in working with landholders to solve environmental and land management issues. Read more...

Capturing the Spirit of the Molonglo

Four major waterways of the Molonglo catchment, the Queanbeyan and Molonglo Rivers and Burra and Jerrabomberra Creeks, combine to provide the lakeside setting for our national capital. Perhaps less well-known is that their valleys also support vulnerable and endangered ecosystems such as box-gum woodlands and natural temperate grassland. Such ecosystems harbour endangered plants and animals and a fascinating range of more common native plants and animals. The Molonglo has been significant in aboriginal culture for tens of thousands of years, and European heritage for almost two hundred years.

Each year, the Molonglo Catchment Group through the Queanbeyan Art Society and the Artists Society of Canberra challenges artists to capture The Spirit of the Molonglo, revealed not just in the waters of the catchment, but in the richness of its plant- and animal-life, and the vibrancy of its cultural heritage.  Read more...

Past Projects

The MCG has provided assistance to the catchment community through the Australian Government's National Landcare Program and Caring for Our Country initiative to support a series of projects managed by Greening Australia to implement the Molonglo Catchment Strategy.

Since 2005, these projects have delivered over $700,000 of on-ground works, of which landholders have contributed almost 60%.

Funding Stage Actual Funds Allocated Landowner Contribution Number of Projects Riparian Area Fenced / Protected
Serrated Tussock infestation mapped & controlled
Perennial Pasture Established
1 (MCS2) $101,000 $122,413 42 21.75 156.33   120.80
2 (MCS3.1) $50,912 $81,335 28 8.13 28.45   93.00
3 (MCS3.2) $83,644 $126,720 19 8.07 32.58   118.00
SoSF $55,901 $82,350 20   46.68 85.0  
Total $291,456 $421,338 109 37.95 266.04 85.0 331.80


  • Rabbit Control Program

    The rabbit control projects organised by Royalla Landcare and Carwoola Landcare in 2011 appeared to have been successful, with reports from many landholders that the rabbit numbers were well down, and some even finding many carcasses. It was clear that many interested landholders were unwilling or unable to participate in the projects, so Molonglo Catchment Group applied for funding to conduct a further rabbit control project in association with South East Livestock Health & Pest Authority (LHPA) in April and May 2012. The project is supported by the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country initiative and assisted by Landcare Groups at Burra, Captains Flat, Carwoola, Fernleigh Park and Royalla.   Read more...

  • Sustainability on Small Farms

    Many small farms managers in the Molonglo catchment are new to the land and lack experience. This is impacting adversely on sustainable agricultural practices and biodiversity protection, and collectively affecting large areas of the landscape. Issues often associated with small farm managers include misidentification of weeds and native plants, inadvertent introduction of weed species and overstocking and overgrazing of small areas inadvertently increasing erosion and leading to water quality issues in dams and waterways.

    The Sustainability on Small Farms project recognised that small farms have not been a focus for regional bodies aiming to achieve large catchment targets. Combined with on going rural subdivision this has resulted in a overwhelming demand for information and on-ground support from small farms in the Molonglo catchment. The Sustainability on Small Farms project is a partnership between the Molonglo Catchment Group and Greening Australia Capital Region supported by the Australian Government's Caring for our Country initiative and will cater to the needs of small farm managers by providing field days, on-site advice and tailored incentives to achieve real on ground change.  Read more...

  • Sustainable Horse Management on Small Properties

    Many horse owners are unaware of issues such as carrying capacity, managing groundcover and weeds, particularly on small acreages in peri-urban areas. A study published by the Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment Coordinating Committee and building on similar studies in central Victoria highlights the challenges in raising the environmental awareness of many landholders in peri-urban areas because there appears to be no single community of purpose, and often a lack of land management skills or even a lack of awareness of the need for such skills.

    A significant number of landholders owning horses had been engaged by two previous evening seminars as part of the Sustainability on Small Farms project and had expressed an interest in furthering their knowledge of managing animal health through land management techniques. The next step for these and other landholders was to conduct all-day workshops combined with a field trip to a property which is currently utilising best practice, to demonstrate the methods that may be applied for sustainable land management and in so doing improving animal health. Such days were designed by a trainer, trusted by the horse-lover community, to work with up to 20 landholders at a time to improve understanding of land management.  Read more...

  • MCS Project locationsMolonglo Catchment Strategy Roll-out 2006-2008 (MCS Phase 3)

    This project focusses on implementing further actions from the MCS as on-ground activities on rural leases and landholdings in the ACT, and to a much lesser extent, NSW.  Read more...

  • Molonglo River Restoration 2005-2006 (MCS Phase 2)

    This project engaged the landcare groups in the Molonglo Catchment, community groups and local government to implement components of the Molonglo Catchment Strategy for improved riparian management and sustainable agriculture.

    The Molonglo Catchment Group managed a series of devolved projects with these funds directed at on-ground improvement of natural resources in their catchment area.  Read more...

  • Lake Burley Griffin Willow Management Plan (MCS Phase 1)

    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.   Read more...

  • Sustainable Farming in the Majura Valley

    The Molonglo Catchment Group sponsored an Australian Government  Caring for Our Country Community Action Grant application by the ACT Rural Landholders Association in 2009/10.  The project proposed to prepare an options paper to identify landholder baseline knowledge; identify willingness to adopt sustainable agriculture/protection of endangered ecosystems with valley landholders, identify land management options for the valley drawing on expert advice development of a valley management plan. Two field days were to be hosted including sustainable agriculture in the valley; and protection/enhancement of Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 listed ecosystems in production systems. Four community engagement activities were to be undertaken with rural landholders to support formation of a Landcare group in the valley.  Read more...

  • Biodiversity Monitoring Feasibility Study

    A methodology for community-based monitoring is presented in the ‘Keeping Track of Your Local Bushland - ACT Vegetation Survey and Monitoring Manual’ by Sarah Sharp and Lori Gould. An ACT Environment Grant supported the Molonglo Catchment Group undertaking a feasibility study by consulting with relevant experts to establish the appropriateness of implementing the methodology on a broad scale within the ACT as another means of assessing catchment health.

    Volunteers were trained in the use of the methodology presented in the Monitoring Manual and by making consultants available, extend that training to enable the development of plant lists for several sites, which could potentially be included in the ACT portion of a catchment-wide monitoring project. The consultants will further assist volunteers in identifying plant species on request and provide advice to the project steering committee regarding further refinements to the procedures and use of the data over time. Read more...

  • Molonglo River Rescue

    Molonglo Catchment Group is facilitating a partnership between ACT NRM Council; ACT Parks, Conservation and Lands; ACT Research and Planning Unit; Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority; Canberra Investment Corporation; Greening Australia Capital Region; ACT Waterwatch; and RiverSmart Australia in a project supported by the Australian Government's Caring For Our Country program to improve the critical aquatic habitat of the Molonglo River, which is a natural icon in the ACT and south eastern NSW.  Read more...

  • Mapping Lower Molonglo

    The Coppins sub-catchment is at the bottom of the 200,000 Ha Molonglo catchment: anything that happens within the catchment is likely to be reflected by the catchment health indicators for Coppins, yet little data has been made available.

Inspired and developed by community volunteers from the West Belconnen and Lower Molonglo districts,  this project aims to preserve and continually update knowledge of the valley, encouraging local students, community members, present and future residents, educational institutions, planning agencies and businesses to participate while making that knowledge available to the broader community. The grassy woodlands of the Molonglo Valley provide important habitat for birds listed as endangered or vulnerable in the ACT.  Read more...

  • Natural Heritage Trust Projects in the Molonglo Catchment

    Landcare, landholders, government agencies and community organisations in the Molonglo catchment have always been active in addressing environmental issues.  Summaries of these projects are available on the archived Natural Heritage Trust website,  We have prepared a map showing the location of many of the on-ground projects with a summary of the information from the website.  Read more...

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