Living on the Urban Edge


Community action, partnerships and education to maintain and enhance our local ecological values.

Suburbs built close to our nature reserves and other areas of ecological value have the potential to cause enormous environmental damage. Ecological values can include species, communities, ecosystems and services to people such as clean water and recreational opportunities. These values are not only found in our nature reserves they also occur in rural leases, public open spaces and our hills and buffer zones.

The Conservation Council has developed a number of intiatives to address issues of urban communities living on the urban edge. The aim is to preserve and promote the importance of areas of significant ecological value surrounding Canberra’s suburbs. Our initiatives include:

  • policy and guidelines to inform planning and enforcement of urban edge issues in a consistent and timely manner
  • ensuring urban edge issues are considered at the appropriate planning stages by developers and ACT Government
  • engaging local communities to protect local ecological values.

Urban Edge Policy and Guidelines

A discussion paper of potential guidelines for the management of Canberra’s urban edge has been developed. It is a set of principles and recommendations to assist developers and the ACT Government improve to plan and take up measures to protect and enhance ecological values at the urban edge.

It covers issues such as pet containment, the spread of invasive plants into bushland, waste management, recreational use and fire management.

It is hoped that this discussion paper will help the ACT Government implement policies that protect and enhance ecological and biodiversity values, and also guide developers to value, promote and care for our fragile bushland areas.

Managing the Urban Edge Version 1 _ 20 December 2013 FINAL

Living on the Urban Edge Community Engagement

The Conservation Council creates strategic community engagement programs for residents living at the urban edge to provide them with the knowledge and capacity to value, promote and care for their local ecological values. We provide community information materials to new residents to outline key issues and actions they can take to value, promote and care for our fragile bushland areas. Our Living next to Nature Booklet and our Treasures of the ACT Region series of booklets are integral elements of these information booklets.

Living next to Nature is a guide to protecting and enhancing the bush next door with simple actions in your garden, in your community and in the local bushland.

Living Next to Nature Comp 5 November 2013

Bush on the Boundary (BoB) Reference Groups

Working with the ACT Catchment Groups and others we have helped establish several Bush on the Boundary Groups. These consist of various Government and non-governmental stakeholder groups with an interest in the urban edge.

Bush on the Boundary (BoB) North Watson

The Conservation Council is working with the Village Building Company, Friends of Mount Majura, North Canberra Community Council and Watson Community Association to protect the Mount Majura Nature Reserve which is home to a number of rare and special flora and fauna, all of which need protection from the impacts of suburban development.

A key part of this project involves helping  “The Fair” community become aware of, and involved in, the conservation of Mount Majura Nature Reserve. The Conservation Council wants to help “The Fair” residents increase their sustainable living practices through education, information and community-building activities.

To contact Bush on the Boundary North Watson please contact the Conservation Council on 6229 3200 or [email protected]

Bush on the Boundary (BOB) Gungahlin

BoB Gungahlin was the first Bush on the Boundary group. It was established in 2006 by the Ginninderra Catchment Group and the Conservation Council. BoB Gungahlin is focused upon Mulligan’s Flat and Goorooyarroo Nature Reserves which have endangered Yellow-Box Red-Gum grassy woodlands.

This group draws together key stakeholders, including developers Delphin/Lend Lease, Australian National University and CSIRO researchers rehabilitating the Woodland Sanctuary in Mulligans Flat, ACT Government Directorate of Territory and Municipal Services and the Land Development Agency, as well as a number of non-government orgnisations including the Conservation Council, Greening Australia, Canberra Ornithologists Group and Friends of Grasslands.

Activities of BoB Gungahlin include assessing potential impacts on natural ecosystems arising from the development of the proposed new suburbs of Taylor, Jacka, Moncrief and Kenny.

To contact Bush on the Boundary Gungahlin, please contact the Gininnderra Catchment Group on 02 6278 3309 or email [email protected]

Bush on the Boundary (BOB) Molonglo

BoB Molonglo was established in 2011 under the secretriat of the Conservation Council and is now managed by the Molonglo Catchment Group. BoB Molonglo is focussed on the new urban development of Molonglo with a particular interest in the initial suburbs of Wright and Coombs, as well as the Molonglo River Corridor Plan.

To contact Bush on the Boundary Molonglo, please contact the Molonglo Catchment Group on 02 6299 2119 or email  [email protected]