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Molonglo Catchment Group

Contact: Molonglo Catchment Coordinator (send a message)
Phone: 02 6101 2681 usually Mon - Thurs
Postal Address: Unit 13, Cassidy Arcade
Street Address: 72-76 Monaro St
Town: Queanbeyan

The Molonglo Catchment Group is one of three community-based catchment groups in the ACT supporting the many Landcare and Parkcare groups in the region.  All catchment group areas cross the NSW border, but the Molonglo catchment, over 200,000 Ha, is largely in NSW.  Although only established in 2003, the Group has an enviable record of achievements: developing the Molonglo Catchment Strategy in consultation with its community and then implementing the Strategy through a number of on-ground and educational projects, creating and strengthening partnerships with a number of government and non-government organisations and accessing resources from several sources.
In developing the Molonglo Catchment Strategy, the community identified the major environmental issues as:

  • pest species – weeds and pest animals;
  • protection and enhancement of native vegetation / habitat; and
  • controlling erosion.

Additionally, the catchment includes a significant area of rural residential development (over 12,000 Ha, currently over 1,000, but potentially over 2,000 small block hobby farms and lifestyle properties), which brings its own issues:

  • many small farm managers are new to the land and lack experience in land management practices ;
  • in general terms, such landholdings are not being utilised productively so there may be no economic imperative to manage the land and there may be no consistent means of communicating with landholders, because there is a multiplicity of community, recreation and producer  organisations; and
  • there is a relatively high turn-over of land holders.

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, and contributing to a resurgent rabbit population and increasing potential impacts of wildfire. Finally, there are the effects of climate change which will impact on biodiversity and water availability, and of population growth which will inevitably impact on demand for water and recreational use of natural areas.
Together, these issues impact adversely on sustainable agricultural practices of the producers there are in the catchment, as well as on biodiversity protection.  Collectively this affects large areas of the landscape.

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