Friends of Grasslands

supporting native grassy ecosystems

PO Box 440
Jamison Centre
Macquarie ACT 2614

email: advocacy@fog.org.au
web: www.fog.org.au

Ginninderry Conservation Trust
email:  Ange Calliess <Ange.Calliess@ginninderry.org>, Penny Spoelder <pspoelder@trctourism.com>

 

Dear Ange and Penny

Re: invitation to comment- Review of the Ginninderry Conservation Corridor Management Plan 2018 2023

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 native 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 was invited to be a member of the Ginninderry Bush on the Boundary group (BoB) at its foundation and is proud to continue to engage in discussion through that forum.  In this way, FOG has been made reasonably familiar with many facets of Corridor Management.

FOG did find the on-line survey from the invitation too difficult to manipulate for an organisation like ours.  Instead we submit the following short written submission and hope this can be threaded into the review process.

In FOG's opinion, the interim Management Plan (POM) is an impressive document and a fine place to start for drafting the new 5-year POM.  

FOG will not offer superfluous advice about the conspicuously aged parts in the 2018-23 POM.  However, we want to suggest that the following be added to the review topics to be covered by the next 5-year POM:

1.       Make clear which of the interim planned actions are now implemented, fully or partly, and which remain for the future.  Almost everything in the NSW part of the corridor is still for the future.

2.       Fire Management for hazard reduction and biomass management.  FOG understands discussions are ongoing with authorities at the moment.  Also, a plan to trial small cultural burns has not proceeded due to the La Nina years but is essential if grazing can be reduced or removed in the future.

3.       The Visitor Centre in the ACT section is still very much in its planning stage and its scope reduced due to cultural artefact discoveries.  However, it looks really promising and the Aboriginal Advisory Group is very well linked into that process.

4.       Other highlights of the Trust's work have developed since the interim POM and deserve to be included:

5.       One item informally floated with the BoB group is the location name in the corridor title.  FOG completely supports any move to change from Ginninderry to a name with significant meaning for one or more of the local first nations.

FOG thanks the Trust for the opportunity to contribute to this Review and looks forward to seeing the draft of the new POM and commenting further after its release.

Yours sincerely

 

Professor Jamie Pittock
President

21 April 2022