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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.

A NEW NATIONAL PARK FOR CANBERRA (Information Note 1)

The Murrumbidgee-Ginninderra Gorges National Park Community Group was delighted with the attendance at the public meeting on 31 October and with the high level of questions and discussion. We have met twice since then and are continuing to work towards our objective of a national park centred on Ginninderra Falls/Gorge and part of the Murrumbidgee River.

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