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Inner North SEE-Change presents: Creating Urban Wetlands in Canberra’s Inner North

By hilary - 10 July 2009 18

Inner North SEE-Change presents:  Creating Urban Wetlands in Canberra’s Inner North 

Edwina Richardson from the Department of the Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water will discuss a range of wetland initiatives for Canberra’s inner north, including Banksia St, O’Connor Wetlands , Flemington Ponds, Mitchell  and Lyneham & Dickson wetlands.

Edwina is currently project managing the redesign & construction of the Banksia St, O’Connor wetlands which will serve to improve water quality in the Sullivan’s Creek catchment, increase urban biodiversity and provide an urban oasis.

She is eager to consult with and engage the local community.

As such, Edwina, in partnership with Inner North SEE-Change, and other local organisations is proposing a Spring Equinox Fair on the site possibly in September, to celebrate and publicise the wetlands project as well as promoting sustainability in our suburbs. 

So come along and learn more about the Wetlands Project, and the positive impact it will have on your local environment. And for those interested in becoming more actively involved, come learn how!! All wecome.

Child minding and light supper provided.

Gold coin donation appreciated.

Monday 20th July at 6.30pm
O’Connor Uniting Church Hall, cnr Scrivener and Brigalow Sts, O’Connor
Ph 6161 4919 for more information

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18 Responses to
Inner North SEE-Change presents: Creating Urban Wetlands in Canberra’s Inner North
miz 11:57 am 10 Jul 09

I’m glad you are so confident, Chewy. Personally, I think they are mad even considering building on that place. ‘Risk management’ does not take away the considerable personal cost of floods, even if it’s only a ‘once every 50 years’ flood. Look at what happened to the large capacity stormwater drains at Richo/Calwell during the big hailstorm of New Years Eve, just a couple of years ago. Should have coped fine, but the actual drains fell apart from the water pressure and blocked themselves up with concrete. Houses half a k away from these huge drains were flooded.

If there is a storm water drain there, it’s because it is a natural water course. Besides, a wetlands would be better than a horrid tower block! (Look at that hideous, dissonant monstrosity of architectural design perched on the corner of hindmarsh!)

Thumper 11:48 am 10 Jul 09

I am not sure that Woden is in the Inner Norf

It is to residents of Banks

S4anta 11:42 am 10 Jul 09

miz said :

How about in Woden, adjacent to the flood prone police station (ie opp the Plaza?) It’s a known flood zone, after all (see report of the Dept of Interior/NCDC on 26 Jan 1971 floods, catalogued here by national library at http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/352121?lookfor=author:%22Australia.%20Dept.%20of%20the%20Interior%22&offset=16&max=432 )

Oh, hang on, wait a sec, some dumkopfs are putting a high rise development on it!!! Fools – there’s a good reason it’s not been developed. Just because it was 30 odd years ago does not mean it is no longer a flood zone. Talk about short corporate memory.

However, perhaps a lovely public wetlands area there might serve as a picturesque memorial? (note, I am not being facetious about this aspect).

Miz,

I am not sure that Woden is in the Inner Norf

chewy14 11:23 am 10 Jul 09

miz said :

How about in Woden, adjacent to the flood prone police station (ie opp the Plaza?) It’s a known flood zone, after all (see report of the Dept of Interior/NCDC on 26 Jan 1971 floods, catalogued here by national library at http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/352121?lookfor=author:%22Australia.%20Dept.%20of%20the%20Interior%22&offset=16&max=432 )

Oh, hang on, wait a sec, some dumkopfs are putting a high rise development on it!!! Fools – there’s a good reason it’s not been developed. Just because it was 30 odd years ago does not mean it is no longer a flood zone. Talk about short corporate memory.

You know they have this new thing, its called Engineering.
But i’m sure you know better than the engineers designing the buildings.

miz 11:11 am 10 Jul 09

How about in Woden, adjacent to the flood prone police station (ie opp the Plaza?) It’s a known flood zone, after all (see report of the Dept of Interior/NCDC on 26 Jan 1971 floods, catalogued here by national library at http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/352121?lookfor=author:%22Australia.%20Dept.%20of%20the%20Interior%22&offset=16&max=432 )

Oh, hang on, wait a sec, some dumkopfs are putting a high rise development on it!!! Fools – there’s a good reason it’s not been developed. Just because it was 30 odd years ago does not mean it is no longer a flood zone. Talk about short corporate memory.

However, perhaps a lovely public wetlands area there might serve as a picturesque memorial? (note, I am not being facetious about this aspect).

S4anta 11:00 am 10 Jul 09

Thumper said :

As for frogs, I get those fat rolly polly banjo frogs in my backyard. They are sooo cute…

You might need to remind JB to go home after a few beers then matey.

Thumper 10:45 am 10 Jul 09

As for frogs, I get those fat rolly polly banjo frogs in my backyard. They are sooo cute…

S4anta 10:43 am 10 Jul 09

Thumper said :

Urban wetlands are a great idea. Not only do they provide habitat but they filter water improving its quality and provide nice scenery for residents.

The pond near the Belconnen soccer club in Evatt is a perfect example of an urban wetland.

Not to mention flooding the habitat of the NIMBYS is good way of eliminating these pests

Thumper 10:43 am 10 Jul 09

And don’t these wetland pose as danger for children who will probably want to venture around them?

A danger? Are you serious? Kids should be venturing around wetlands where they can find all sorts of interesting creatures such as frogs, yabbies, birds, lizards, fish, etc. It’s all part of growing up and learning.

ant 10:39 am 10 Jul 09

They could do one at Sullies, too, say near Toad and another down before the Rowing sheds. Although the liability for being sued by parents whose children fall in them might be an issue (sadly), as these things will be created by people, not naturally occuring (which is why ski resorts wrap lift towers, but not trees).

This would be an excellent way to help combat local frog population problems, and frogs LOVE mosquito larvae. The ducks would love it too (they love frogs). And those tall birds that walk around sticking their beaks into the ground.

Having a local swamp would be a good thing.

miz 10:27 am 10 Jul 09

Nice to see this happening – will there be other similar projects in other Canberra regions?

(And is there a particular reason these kinds of things always start in Canberra’s inner North??! It does get a bit galling if you live in another region when you see everything new starting there)

johnboy 10:26 am 10 Jul 09

Anyone know when/where it will be?

Clown Killer 10:25 am 10 Jul 09

Go along to the forum and find out Jivrashia. But to ease your fears:

Mosquitos larva being at the lowest end of the food chain will struggle to survive in habitats where there’s other predators – urban wetlands don’t contribute to increased urban mosquito populations.

Well designed wetlands that meet accepted design standards and that are appropriately planted with waters edge macrophytes will be unlikely to pose any greater threat to curious children than any other body of standing water and significantly less threat than open stormwater channels.

Jivrashia 10:16 am 10 Jul 09

increase urban biodiversity

Just for introducing armies of mosquitoes to the local?

And don’t these wetland pose as danger for children who will probably want to venture around them?

Thumper 9:36 am 10 Jul 09

Urban wetlands are a great idea. Not only do they provide habitat but they filter water improving its quality and provide nice scenery for residents.

The pond near the Belconnen soccer club in Evatt is a perfect example of an urban wetland.

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