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Murrumbidgee - Ginninderra Gorges National Park: Information Note 11

The GFA committee is organising an information session for landowners in the vicinity of Ginninderra Falls to bring them up-to-date with our activities in the past year and what we have in mind. The function will be held on Thursday, 29 November 2012, at the Southern Cross Club premises in Jamieson. A NSW National Parks &Wildlife Service manager, Gary Saunders, of Queanbeyan, has accepted the committee's invitation to attend the meeting and will be asked to speak and/or answer questions. His responsibilities at the NP&WS include planning and assessment.

Murrumbidgee - Ginninderra Gorges National Park: Information Note 10

Our vice-president Bryan Rhynehart gave a talk about the 'Heritage values of the Ginninderra Falls and region' at the recent spring meeting. You can see a copy of Brian’s talk and all the photos he had hoped to show (damn those projectors) on our website at Heritage values of the Ginninderra Falls and region.

Murrumbidgee - Ginninderra Gorges National Park: Information Note 9

There's been a last-minute change of speaker for the next quarterly public meeting of the Ginninderra Falls Association, with Association vice-president Bryan Rhynehart agreeing to talk about the 'Heritage values of the Ginninderra Falls and region'. The meeting will be held next Tuesday, 25 September, from 8 pm - 9.30 pm in the meeting room at the Belconnen Library, Chandler Street, Belconnen.

Murrumbidgee - Ginninderra Gorges National Park: Information Note 8

The ACT Legislative Assembly’s Standing Committee on Climate Change, Environment and Water recently issued their report on an Inquiry into Current and Potential Ecotourism in the ACT and Region. Of particular note is Recommendation 4 which reads:

“The Committee recommends that the ACT Government consider creating a new nature park to preserve, maintain and make accessible Ginninderra Falls with sufficient surrounding land to constitute a sustainable nature park asset.”

Murrumbidgee - Ginninderra Gorges National Park: Information Note 7

The Premier of NSW, Barry O'Farrell, has forwarded correspondence from the Ginninderra Falls Association about the proposed national park to his Minister for the Environment, Robyn Parker, according to a letter from Mr O'Farrell, dated 7 August 2012. Ms Parker was to visit the falls on Monday, 13 August, but unfortunately had to defer her visit. It is hoped that it can be rescheduled fairly promptly.

Murrumbidgee - Ginninderra Gorges National Park: Information Note 6

As arranged, three committee members of the Ginninderra Falls Association, Anna Hyles, Chris Watson and Graeme Barrow, met with the Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, and two ACT Government officials on 29 May 2012 to discuss GFA's national park proposal for Ginninderra Falls and part of the Murrumbidgee River. We were given an excellent hearing over 35 minutes and were impressed with Ms Gallagher's grasp of the issues and her evident background knowledge.

Murrumbidgee-Ginninderra Gorges National Park (Information Note 5)

The committee of the Ginninderra Falls Association was delighted to hear that its attempt to arrange a meeting with the Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, to press the association’s case for a new national park centered on Ginninderra Falls has been successful. Three committee members, Anna Hyles, Chris Watson and Graeme Barrow, have been appointed to meet with Ms Gallagher on 29 May 2012. Members will be informed of the outcome as quickly as possible.

Murrumbidgee-Ginninderra Gorges National Park (Information Note 4)

There was an excellent attendance of 70 or 80 or maybe more at the opening of a selection of paintings of Ginninderra Creek and Falls by Dirk Bouma on 9 March in CSIRO’s Discovery Centre. The exhibition was opened by Bryan Pratt, a member of the Ginninderra Falls Association, and was preceded by Bryan’s talk about the importance of the falls and the push for a national park to be declared in that area. The Association gained 14 new members who signed up at the exhibition.

Murrumbidgee-Ginninderra Gorges National Park (Information Note 2)

The Murrumbidgee-Ginninderra Gorges National Park Community Group has decided to rename itself the Ginninderra Falls Association to simplify what many considered to be a cumbersome although descriptive name. However, this change does not diminish in any way the new Association's push for a new national park incorporating the falls and gorge on Ginninderra Creek and a section of the Murrumbidgee River.

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