Friends of Grasslands

supporting native grassy ecosystems

PO Box 440
Jamison Centre
Macquarie ACT 2614


TAMS Community Engagement
GPO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601


Dear Sir/Madam

Draft nature strip guidelines community survey

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 members include professional scientists, landowners, land managers and interested members of the public.

FOG supports the proposed nature strip guidelines as long as there is no increase in nutrients or an increase of organic matter entering the drainage system.

We recommend including Dianella revoluta, Leucochrysum albicans and Poa sieberiana in the list of recommended plants in Table 4 to increase the number of local native grassland species in the list. All are generally available at many nurseries. The current scientific name for Themeda is Themeda triandra.

Yours sincerely


Sarah Sharp

8 February 2016