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. Recent initiatives include discussions in Sydney with representatives of the National Parks Association of NSW and an approach to the ACT Chief Minister, Ms Katy Gallagher, offering to assist with the formulation of a "sensible" proposal for a national park, as mentioned by her in an interview with WIN-TV.

We are conscious that we need to place our group on a more formal footing and to this end are working on a draft constitution and perhaps incorporation. We intend holding another public meeting, suggested for February 2012, at which it is hoped officers will be elected and issues discussed. We do not want to become excessively bureaucratic, but we think it is in our interests to have a more formal structure. Our belief is that this will give impetus to our objective of a national park by providing a solid focus to our work and maybe by encouraging others to join.

Our intention is to issue Information Notes on a regular basis, perhaps after every meeting we as a group hold.

Yours sincerely

Graeme Barrow

On behalf of the Murrumbidgee-Ginninderra Gorges National Park Community Group

25 November 2011

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