Survey: Conservation corridors around Ginninderra Falls
The NSW and ACT area bounded by the Murrumbidgee River, Ginninderra Falls West Belconnen and Strathnairn Arts Centre is being considered for urban and park development. This includes a proposal now being considered by Yass Valley Council with respect to the NSW section. The NSW urban development will not proceed without provision of essential infrastructure by the ACT Government. The Ginninderra Catchment Group has put forward two alternative boundary options. Please see Draft Discussion Paper: Alternative Reserve Options -Ginninderra Creek Murrumbidgee River Peninsula Reserve for details. Our focus has always been to establish a public park encompassing the Murrumbidgee and Ginninderra Gorges. The new public park in both NSW and the ACT has to include all areas of natural beauty, ecological importance and cultural significance - Aboriginal and European. Secondly the new park has to be well managed. NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service has previously indicated that NSW will not support a National Park because 'the establishment and management costs would be prohibitive'. Another option is a Trust to manage the park with setup funding from land sales.