The Ginninderra Catchment Group has developed clear strategic priorities to improve the health, diversity and productivity of the catchment and creek system.
As the catchment care movement including Landcare, Parkcare, Waterwatch and Frogwatch, has grown over the past 10-15 years there has been an increasing awareness of the need to address the causes of land and water conservation issues on a catchment basis rather than continually dealing with specific symptoms. This led to the development of the Ginninderra Catchment Group, as an umbrella group for a number of active urban and rural groups catchment-wide.
The Catchment Group is able to represent all the groups in the catchment, support their projects and develop and undertake activities relevant to the whole of the catchment. This approach facilitates development of common strategic priorities, operational efficiency and effective communication among groups, with land managers, funding bodies, government and the wider community.
In 2000, with government funding support and considerable input from members and other stakeholders, the Group developed a comprehensive Strategy. This Strategy provided an important element in developing and working to well considered goals that reflected the knowledge and interests of all the member groups. It sets the ‘big picture’ and continues to provide a fundamentally important platform to guide the work of the Group into the new millennium.
You can download a pdf of the full Ginninderra Catchment Group Strategy 2000 document (1 MB) here. A summary of our Goals and Key Issues are provided below.
What We Want To Achieve
The long term goals of the Ginninderra Catchment Group are to:
- Work with all relevant stakeholders to create ecosystems that accommodate human settlement but reduce the impacts and their effects on environmental systems.
- Work with all relevant stakeholders to restore and maintain as much of the natural setting as possible within an urban environment.
- Ensure more systematic, catchment wide sustainable environmental outcomes from the activities of volunteer groups.
- Develop and implement a Catchment Strategy to achieve the above goals.
In order to achieve these goals we need to:
- Develop partnerships where commmunity and government participates in catchment actions directed by the Strategy.
- Encourage recruitment and recognition of Landcare groups.
- Educate stakeholders in environmental best practice, while developing an ethos of Landcare friendly polocies, legislation, programs and activities.
- Ensure all projects include continuing monitoring and evaluation.
- Be able to rely on adequate funding.
Key Issues Addressed by the Group
A number of key biophysical issues are identified in the Strategy:
- Stormwater quality
- Environmental restoration of degraded areas
- Invasive flora and fauna
- Urban and rural planning and development
- Cultural and heritage conservation
A number of key managment issues are identified in the Strategy:
- Relationships between Care groups, land managers and other institutions
- Education and awareness
- Recruitment and participation of volunteers
- Monitoring and evaluation