Friends of Grasslands

supporting native grassy ecosystems


PO Box 987

Civic Square ACT 2608


Mr Andrew Smith
Executive Director
National Capital Authority
GPO Box 373



Dear Mr Smith


Draft development Control Plan – Belconnen Naval Transmitting Station

Reference Number: 171/10/0003


Friends of Grasslands (FOG) is a community group dedicated to the conservation of natural temperate grassy ecosystems in south-eastern Australia. FOG advocates, educates and advises on matters to do with the conservation of grassy ecosystems, and carries out surveys and other on-ground work. FOG is based in Canberra and its more than 200 members include professional scientists, landowners, land managers and interested members of the public.


FOG has had a long-standing interest in the Belconnen Naval Transmitting Station (BNTS), which contains both high quality endangered natural temperate grasslands and Box-Gum woodlands and several threatened species, including one that is known only from this site.  Thus FOG welcomes the BNTS draft Development Control Plan (DCP) and is very pleased to see that all the areas containing conservation values have been excluded from development (precincts D and E), and acknowledge the inclusion of the eastern Themeda grassland  (adjacent to Baldwin Drive) in the conservation areas.


As the major area of precinct D is one of the largest remnants of high quality Danthonia grassland in the ACT, contains a significant population of Synemon plana (Golden Sun Moth) and the endemic Lepidium ginninderrense (Ginninderra Peppercress) FOG is urging that steps be taken immediately to manage this area as a grassland reserve.  These steps include allocation of sufficient resources and expertise to manage the area properly for its conservation values, maintenance of the secure fencing, management of kangaroo grazing pressures and weed control.  Both provision of sufficient resources to the BNTS land manager, and prevention of overgrazing of the area through pro-active management of kangaroos are of particular importance if the high conservation values of this area are to be retained.


The nature of the residential development has the potential to have a negative impact on the grassland and grassy woodland areas, and there are a number of actions FOG would like to see implemented either in the DCP or in the next stage of development:

FOG would appreciate direct notification of any future Concept Plans or development proposals for the area (section 2.7.3).


Sincerely yours





Geoff Robertson



14 April 2010