Canberra Times: Letters to the editor, 14 February 2017

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Douglas Finlayson, Garran

Potential for a wasteland

I read with interest Michael Gorey's article ("National park proposed for Mount Ainslie area", February 10, p.10) on the possible development of a National Park for the Mount Majura, Mount Ainslie, Mulligans Flat area in the ACT.

I was disappointed by his dismissal of a national park proposal around Ginninderra Falls just to the north of Canberra in NSW.

The ACT areas already have significant legislative protections within the Canberra Nature Park. The areas around the Murrumbidgee River and Ginninderra Creek corridors are about to be swamped by Ginninderry urban development houses, concrete and roads for 30,000 people unless action is taken to limit the 2017 changes proposed for NSW land rezoning from Rural E3 to Urban by the Yass Valley Council.

There is huge potential to convert the gorges and Ginninderra Falls area into a world-class conservation park with a focus on ecological sustainability and recreational and tourist potential.

Without an urgent rethink by Yass Valley Council the conservation park area will degenerate into a poorly managed fringe area on Canberra's northern suburbs.

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