Protecting Canberra’s nature
The 2019 United Nations report on biodiversity identified that up to one million species globally face extinction in coming decades. Australia is not immune, with 1,600 species that are currently threatened.
The ACT is home to two critically-endangered ecological communities with 52 threatened species. Natural Temperate Grasslands and Yellow Box-Blakely’s Red Gum Grassy Woodlands are especially important given their national significance, as well as their intrinsic value and amenity they bring to our city.
Threatened by urban development, invasive species and climate change, these areas of conservation value in the ACT should now be protected.
At this time of year, there is a lot of forward planning and looking ahead to be done, but it’s important to take the time to reflect on the year’s achievements, and it has been a very significant year in biodiversity campaigning. Read Peta’s full review of 2022 campaigning!
Come join us for a screening of the popular feature documentary FRANKLIN on Wednesday 14 December!
Ironically, this year, National Threatened Species Day was also the day that community consultation closed for the Lawson North residential development, a staunchly opposed housing project in Canberra’s Belconnen Region. The project was referred to the National Environment Minister, for a determination on whether it should be regulated. The Council argued that the proposal should be controlled, and found it clearly unacceptable as it proposes to destroy 15.8 hectares of critically endangered grassland.
The fight to save Lawson Grasslands has been a battle on many fronts. Not only is the community working with ineffective conservation laws; but, a core aspect of this campaign has been putting Grasslands ‘on the map’ as an ecosystem worth saving. It’s worth considering that if the habitat at Lawson had been a eucalypt forest filled with Koalas, it might have been easier to garner attention and support.
The Conservation Council ACT Region and Friends of Grasslands is calling on the Federal Government to withdraw Defence Housing Australia’s proposed urban development over nationally significant and critically endangered Natural Temperate Grasslands in the Belconnen region.
Australia’s environment is deteriorating and Canberra - the ‘bush capital’ - is no exception. The Bogong moths that once visited our city twice a year in their millions, are a memory - we’re lucky to see a couple each season; the beloved Gang-gang Cockatoo, our faunal...