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Investigation into the Canberra Nature Park (nature reserves); the Molonglo River Corridor (nature reserves) and Googong Foreshores

Terms of Reference (pdf, 664Kb) | Media Release (pdf, 146Kb)

Government response to the report into the Canberra Nature Park (nature reserves); the Molonglo River Corridor (nature reserves) and Googong Foreshores

The final report into Canberra Nature Park was released on Thursday 18 October 2011 and contained 29 recommendations. Twelve of these were ‘High Priority’ recommendations as they offer significant advantages if implemented soon. The ‘high priority recommendations are likely to have both immediate and long term effects and provide significant advantages in terms of strengthening community awareness and involvement ,improving conditions and the resilience of our nature reserve, better direct and inform the management of nature reserves and strengthen the management framework and strategically position our nature reserves.

The Government Response was table in the Legislative Assembly on 5 June 2012.  Of the 29 recommendations, the Government agreed to 11, agree in principle to 13, agreed in part to four and noted one. Of the high priority recommendations, the Government agreed to five, agreed in principal to five and agreed in part to two.

Report

 

The ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment’s final  report on investigation into the Canberra Nature Park (nature reserves); the Molonglo River Corridor (nature reserves) and Googong Foreshores was released on Thursday the 18 October 2011.

The report was completed by Dr Maxine Cooper during her role as Commissioner following direction to undertake the investigation by the Minister under sections 12(1)(b) and 15(4) of the Commissioner for the Environment Act 1993.

Download report:

Summary and Recommendations (pdf 0.5MB)
      Part 1  Full Report  - excluding appendices (pdf, 3.8MB)
      Part 2  Appendices -  as a seperate download (pdf, 15.1MB)
      Part 3  Public Submissions – as a seperate download (pdf, 8.3MB)

Reference Panel and Community Discussion

Expert Panel for the Investigation into the Canberra Nature Park (nature reserves); the Molonglo River Corridor (nature reserves) and Googong Foreshores.

Report on the Community Consultation Forums - May 2010 (pdf, 311Kb)

On 19 February 2010, selected scientists, researchers, government officers, and members of environment, wildlife and ornithological organisations attended a Bird Forum organised to provide information for the Tree Investigation and the Canberra Nature Park Investigation.

Other Reports 

Managing Rabbits in Canberra Nature Park by Dr Kent Williams (pdf, 885Kb)

Impacts of Climate on the Canberra Nature Park: Risks and Responses by Dr Bob Webb, The Australia National University (pdf, 745Kb)

Funding options for protecting the environment through enhanced management actions by Ms Lisa Miller, Miller Consulting (pdf, 258Kb).

Values and Uses of Canberra Nature Park – a survey of Canberra Nature Park user groups by Barbara Chevalier and Sue Hoffman (pdf, 1.1Mb).

Should Goorooyarroo, Mulligans Flat, Mount Majura and Mount Ainslie become a National Park or remain as discrete Nature Reserves as part of Canberra Nature Park? by Mr Ian Pulsford (pdf, 2.2Mb).

History of Canberra Nature Park by Dr Sarah Ryan, April 2011 (pdf, 918Kb).

Legal Obligations of the ACT Government Regarding The Management of Nature Reserves by Professor Murray Raff, University of Canberra, April 2011 (pdf, 340Kb).

Potential biodiversity offset actions and sites for the Australia Capital Territory by Dr Philip Gibbons, The Australia National University, March 2011 (pdf, 680Kb).

Research: Existing and Potential, Paper to inform Canberra Nature Park (nature reserves), Molonglo River Corridor (nature reserves) and Googong Foreshores complied by the Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, April 2011 (pdf, 201Kb).

Should Canberra Nature Park (nature reserves), Molonglo River Corridor (nature reserves) and Googong Foreshores be re-classified based on IUCN categories? by Mr Ian Pulsford, May 2011 (pdf, 12.5Mb). 

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