A small GPS tracker attached by a harness to the back of a male Little Eagle over a year ago is revealing surprising information about one of the ACT’s vulnerable birds of prey, Minister for the Environment Mick Gentleman said today.
As conservation manager at Ginninderry, it’s my job to protect and enhance Ginninderry’s beautiful environment, including the Murrumbidgee River and Ginninderra Creek.
The Ginninderry project will create a 596 hectare conservation corridor along the Murrumbidgee River and Ginninderra Creek. In addition to its role in protecting important endangered species and ecological communities, the corridor will be a great asset for nature based recreation for the Belconnen community; it will cross the border and include land in both the ACT and NSW.
On 13 January, amidst high temperatures, an exercise that proved to be the first of its kind was undertaken in the ACT; being the relocation of an Aboriginal ‘culturally modified tree’ at the Ginninderry Development in West Belconnen.
The team responsible for conducting the Frogwatch Census, the highly successful annual frog monitoring program at West Belconnen and many other sites across the ACT, set their minds to rescuing turtles earlier this month.
The Ginninderra Falls Working Group recently visited the Apsley Falls, near the town of Walcha, in the Northern Tablelands region of New South Wales. Apsley Falls is in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park and showcases amazing waterfalls that drop over 60 metres off the tablelands into the Apsley Gorge and then flow into the Macleay River system below.
The Little Eagle is a species native to Australia that inhabits open woodland, grassland and arid regions. It is listed as vulnerable under the ACT Nature Conservation Act 1980 and also listed as a vulnerable species in NSW.
The development of the Ginninderry area brings with it a great opportunity to protect, enhance and re-open Ginninderra Falls, via significant capital investment funded by the development project, and the establishment of a Conservation Management Trust for its management in perpetuity.
The project team has been spending some time thinking about the possibilities and opportunities for renewable energy at West Belconnen. Some of the things we are looking at are how can we take advantage of the falling cost of solar panels and battery storage and how could we do things differently to help bring you cheaper energy bills? There are some interesting ideas that we’d like to talk to you about and get your thoughts on.
The Ginninderry river corridor is a place of great beauty, with local and regional environmental, visual and cultural significance. At the present time it is “locked away” from public access in a rural lease, but with the planned development of the Ginninderry project it will soon become accessible to all.