Page 788 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 8 April 2014

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The Ginninderra Catchment Group is run by a volunteer committee. The co-convenors are Celina Smith and Katherine Ng. The treasurer is Lyn Jenkins. The secretary is Kathryn Vincent. The public officer is Frederick Fawke. The education officer is Zhou Zhou. Membership of the Ginninderra Catchment Group is open to volunteers who would like to be involved in any of the group’s many projects.

The group has three major project categories. Waterwatch is a community water quality monitoring program that encourages local community groups, residents, schools and landowners to regularly monitor the water quality in their local waterways. Healthy waterways are good for the fish, frogs, birds, plants, macro-invertebrates and people who interact with the catchment area. Volunteers take various measurements once a month as part of their catchment health indicator program. In spring and autumn volunteers also take samples of macro-invertebrates or water bugs to assess the creek’s biological health.

Frogwatch organises an annual community frog monitoring program called the frog census. The frog census encourages volunteers to undertake monitoring of the presence of frogs in the catchment, because the presence or absence of frogs in the area can indicate whether the catchment has good quality water and a high quality habitat.

Landcare encourages the community to protect the rural and urban landscapes of the Ginninderra Creek catchment. Ginninderra Landcare includes 10 separate Landcare groups that operate in the catchment area. The group has been involved in landscaping improvements at over 50 sites in the catchment area. The works have addressed creek corridor restoration, gully erosion control, revegetation, weed control and wetland development.

I would particularly like to mention the good work of the Giralang Pond Landcare group, which focuses on the Giralang Pond area. The group is convened by Denise Kay and Don Lovie, and is involved in weed management, planting of native vegetation, erosion control and broader outreach. The group has also collected many bags of rubbish as part of Clean Up Australia Day on numerous occasions.

I commend all of those involved in the Ginninderra Catchment Group. For more information about the work of the group, I recommend members visit its website at

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 4.29 pm.

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