Friends of Grasslands

supporting native grassy ecosystems


PO Box 987

Civic Square ACT 2608

Phone: 02 62.. ....


Dr Hanna Jaireth

Secretary, Standing Committee on Planning and Environment

ACT Legislative Assembly

GPO Box 1020



Dear Dr Jaireth


Thank you for inviting comment on the Standing Committee's 'Water Use and Management Inquiry'. 


Friends of Grassland (FoG) is a community group dedicated to the conservation of native temperate grassy ecosystems, such as grasslands and woodlands. FoG is based in Canberra and its members, numbering over 200, include professional scientists, landowners, land managers and interested members of the public. FoG advocates, educates and advises on matters to do with conservation of grassy ecosystems, and carries out surveys and other on‑ground work.


FoG is keen that our scarce water is used efficiently, including to retain and use local and regional native plant species which are adapted to local climatic conditions. Despite the extreme dryness of recent years, some of the plant species that are performing well are grassy woodland species - grasses, forbs, shrubs and trees. FoG would like to encourage promotion of, and support for, the use of such species across the ACT - including by Government - in both public landscaping/gardens and greenspaces, and on private land including urban nature strips and front/backyards. Such promotion and support would relate to:

FoG notes that promotion of water efficient gardening has already occurred through local media and Government publications. FoG is a small group, but could assist Government - with relevant other groups, such as the Australian Native Plant Society (although we have not discussed this with them yet) - to support an extended 'garden with local species' approach. FoG is already discussing appropriate relandscaping with staff at Parliament House. Use of appropriate native species complements remnants conserved and managed in the ACT and across the region.


Yours sincerely





Kim Pullen


29 October 2007