People and Places Group

The Ginninderra Project has convened a People and Places Group (PPG) to share information and to ensure community views are heard in planning for West Belconnen.

The PPG has been meeting since 2014; it provides a forum to bring together a representative group of the community to inform the development of West Belconnen. The group:

  • receives information about the West Belconnen project
  • generates ideas for achieving positive outcomes for the project
  • provides an opportunity for the project team to understand and consider stakeholder views, issues and comments as the project proceeds.

The PPG membership is drawn from the following groups, businesses and individuals:

  • Belconnen Community Council
  • West Belconnen Businesses – 2 representatives
  • Representatives of the local residential community
  • United Ngunnawal Elders Council
  • ACT Shelter
  • ACT Council of Social Services
  • National Disability Services – ACT Chapter
  • Youth Coalition of the ACT
  • Conservation Council ACT
  • Pedal Power and/or Canberra Pedestrian Forum
  • Planning Institute of Australia – ACT Chapter
  • Academic with a sustainable development focus
  • Ginninderra Catchment Group

Ginninderra Catchment Group

The Ginninderra Catchment Group is an incorporated umbrella group of community volunteers working in the water catchment of the Ginninderra Creek.
The primary focus of the Group is advancing the health of the Ginninderra Catchment through effective engagement with government, agencies, business, schools and the catchment community. It has a strong commitment to community education and capacity building and seek to create diverse opportunities for people to become involved in catchment management, decision-making and on-ground action. View more.

The Ginninderry project has been working with the Catchment group over a period of years; this has resulted in a series of joint projects including a rehabilitation planting program for Ginninderra Creek west of the ACT/NSW border, water quality analysis and participation in a frogwatch program. The Ginninderra Catchment Group  has also taken on the job of coordinating the Ginninderry Bush on the Boundary group.

Ginninderry has teamed up with the Ginninderra Catchment Group to help sponsor a West Belconnen Branch of The Frogwatch Census, the highly successful annual frog monitoring program, and have provided funding assistance to the catchment group to undertake a biodiversity survey of the Ginninderra Gorge area.

Ginninderra Falls Working Group

It is hoped that, subject to rezoning approval, the Ginninderra falls, located on Ginninderra creek in the NSW portion of the project area, will be able to be reopened to the public as part of the total 577ha Ginninderry Conservation Corridor. The Falls were open to the public until about 2002 when access had to be closed due to public safety concerns. The Falls and the associated Gorge are a magnificent natural asset and the is a high level of community interest in having them re-opened. The Ginninderra Falls Association was formed specifically to pursue this end.

In order to facilitate future planning for the falls and to ensure that the range of opinions as to how they should be treated are input to the process Ginninderry has convened a Ginninderra Falls Working group. The group is chaired independently by the Ginninderra Catchment Group and includes representatives from the catchment group, The ACT Region Conservation Council and the Ginninderra Falls Association and aboriginal representatives.

UnitingCare Kippax

UnitingCare Kippax is a local, community-based organisation that offers care and practical assistance to people. It works in close co-operation with Kippax Uniting Church to offer true holistic care. Ginninderry has had a close association with UnitingCare Kippax since opening the project office at Kippax in February 2013.

This has included UnitingCare representatives on the People and Places Group, assistance and participation in employment and training programs, and sharing office space – surplus space at the Ginninderry Project Office has been made available for use by several UnitingCare Kippax community support programs.

The Fenner School of Nature and the Environment

The Australian National University’s Fenner School of Environment and Society is a place where economists, hydrologists, historians, ecologists, foresters, geographers and climatologists all work together seeking solutions to some of contemporary society’s most significant challenges. The Fenner School provides a forum for the rigorous exploration of diverse ideas, perspectives, and methods of identifying and solving problems at the interface of the natural and social sciences, including the humanities, as they apply to the environment and sustainability.

The Ginninderry project offers a number of opportunities for research into processes and relationships associated with a newly growing urban area and several research initiatives, sponsored jointly by Ginninderry and the Fenner School, are underway.

The Frank Fenner Foundation

The Frank Fenner Foundation is a unique institution that aims to fill a gap in the public dialogue, understanding and policy response to human-driven and global-scale threats to Earth, its life forms and systems. It is named after the late Professor Frank Fenner AC in recognition of his lifelong commitment to the health of humankind and of the natural environment. It is an independent, non-profit organisation with active links to the research, education, government, commercial and community sectors.

Ginninderry has partnered with the Fenner Foundation and is to be the home of an Australia-first initiative called the EcoriumXChange, which will examine the human place in nature and encourage understanding of the dependence of healthy human societies on healthy ecosystems.

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