Restoration of Halls Creek is good news for Canberra’s land and water

Released 05/09/2017

A $225,000 erosion control project has begun on the banks of Halls Creek to the north of Canberra as part of a program to manage vulnerable habitats, Executive Director, Environment Dr Annie Lane said today.  

“Substantial engineering structures and diversion banks are being built throughout the creek line in Kinlyside, in north Canberra to stem the erosion of soils and vegetation,” Dr Lane said.

“This work will greatly improve the management of surface and underground run-off into the stream, which flows into Ginninderra Creek and ultimately into the Murrumbidgee River.

“The work is part of a program to manage the nationally threatened White Box—Yellow Box—Blakely’s Red Gum Grassy Woodland community, and Golden Sun Moth habitat, which are protected within the Kinlyside offset area.

“The offset area was established following the Gungahlin Strategic Assessment, which ensures land is managed for the protection of ‘matters of national significance’ under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. The offset areas allowed other areas to be released for urban development including Throsby, Moncrieff, Jacka and Taylor.

“A key action in the offset management plan for Kinlyside is habitat improvement, which includes the priority construction works along the heavily eroded upper catchment of Halls Creek, one of the most active areas of erosion in the ACT.

“Remediation works including fencing and revegetation, undertaken with the cooperation of the leaseholders, will also help stabilise the soils. New fencing will exclude grazing from the site and, combined with revegetation, will also lead to increased groundcover.”

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

At 10.30am today there will be an opportunity to view the work completed so far on the site. Representatives from NSW South East Local Land Services and the ACT Government will be available for interview. Meet at the Hall polo cross playing fields on Victoria Street, Hall.

To book a visit please call Geoff Virtue on 0418 961 806.

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Section: ACT Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate | Media Releases

Media Contacts

Name Phone Mobile Email

Geoff Virtue

(02) 6205 0312

0418 961 806

Geoff.Virtue@act.gov.au


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