Forum: The future of our region’s non-urban land

26 Aug 2017 - 8:45am to 1:00pm

Population growth is a driver for land use change in our region, with pressure from multiple uses all vying for a piece of land, a finite resource. The need for housing and consequent expansion of the cities, towns and villages will continue for the foreseeable future, so it is necessary to consider planning options for peri-urban areas.

The NSW Government’s 2017 South-East Regional Strategic Plan lacks clear guidance for decision making by local governments on the best use of land for sustainable growth.

The extent of Canberra’s future metropolitan expansion is not defined in the ACT Planning Strategy and its timeframe to 2030 is only a decade away. The ACT also has no agreed set of measurable indicators in place to guide land-use decisions for a sustainable future. The sustainability of where and how we live is important, particularly for future generations.

The changing climate means business-as-usual is not a rational or sustainable pathway into the future. People are very good at adapting, and for communities to survive and thrive under the impacts of climate change, we need to transition to new lifestyle choices.

But wildlife and natural systems may not be able to adapt fast enough. Therefore, to protect what we value and to get what we need from peri-urban areas, planning decisions need to take account of the impacts of climate change.

The intended outcome of the Forum is a shared and enhanced understanding by participants of the following:

  • What are the land use choices available for areas surrounding our city
  • What ‘products’ from these land uses are needed for our region’s sustainable future.
  • What land use requirements or trade-offs need to be factored in planning decisions.

The proposed output of the forum is a short report, to be completed by the end of 2017, that summarises the deliberations. It will be provided to all participants and the relevant government agencies of the ACT and NSW South East region.

Who should attend

Anyone interested in the land use surrounding our towns and cities including farmers, land managers, Landcarers, natural resource managers and planners.


8:45am to 1:00pm, Saturday 26th August 2017


Renewables Innovation Hub, 19-23 Moore St, Turner (on street parking, bike rack, bus nearby)


Registration by 21 August through Eventbrite is essential


Free morning tea and lunch by Magic Kitchen



phone 0466 108 432

Funded by a Sustainable Agriculture grant 2015-16 from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program

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What has Landcare ACT been up to in 2016?

It’s been a busy year - nearly time to down tools…

Landcare ACT’s members (the Molonglo, Ginninderra and Southern ACT Catchment groups, ACT Rural Landholders’ Association and the Buru Ngunawal Aboriginal Corporation) have certainly been busy, as you might all aware, working to support you in your tireless and dedicated work.

Landcare ACT has also been busy this year - working to support you all, although you may not necessarily be quite so aware of that work – LACT’s limited resources have been put to use with a focus on doing rather than promoting – something to work on next year!

In the early part of the year we consulted our Members (and through them, you) to identify key issues for Landcarers in our region. This is summarised in Strengthening community Landcare for healthy ACT landscapes.

Since then we have focussed (especially in an ACT election year) on drawing attention to the value and importance of the work that you do to look after the places you care about.

We did this with all political persuasions before the election, have continued that dialogue after the election and will take it forward into 2017. This has also included writing to all Members of the Legislative Assembly about the importance of continuing support for community Landcare and recognising the important role of the catchment groups in supporting the community.

We have also been part of national efforts, as part of the National Landcare Network, to promote community Landcare and ensure ongoing Australian Government commitment to Landcare, as the National Landcare Program comes to an end in mid 2018.

We would like to thank the whole Landcare community in the ACT and recognise the wonderful work that you all do in looking after the ACT.

Our best wishes for the holiday season - we look forward to working with you in the New Year.

A joint meeting of Landcare ACT’s Board and Members Council (L to R) Jonathan Miller (Board Chair), Jim Adams (CEO NLN), Glenys Patulny (Board), Peter Gullet (Members Council), Karen Williams (Board), Martine Franco (Members Council), Catherine Keirnan (Board), Miranda Gardner (Members Council), Karissa Preuss (Members Council), Wally Bell (Board and Members Council). Absent: Sandy Lolicato (Board), Jann White (Board), Megan Dixon (Members Council), Lynton Bond (Board)


Who is LandcareACT?

LandcareACT is peak body for landcare in the ACT region to help support and promote the over 60 community groups who help look after urban parklands, countryside, nature reserves and waterways.

The foundation members of LACT are the ACT region’s three catchment groups, Ginninderra, Molonglo and Southern ACT, the Rural Landholders Association and the Buru-Ngunawal Aboriginal Corporation.

LandcareACT is a company limited by guarantee with a skill-based Board of Directors, supported by member representatives on the Members Council. LandcareACT is part of the National Landcare Network along with the landcare peak bodies from each State and Territory. The role of LACT is established in the Constitution and our activities are guided by a guided by a Strategic Plan.

LandcareACT was initiated by the ACT’s three catchment groups who provide support for many landcare groups across the ACT and in surrounding NSW. It will be inclusive of rural landholders in the region and the local Aboriginal community.

Development of LandcareACT is being funded by the Australian Government.

To find out more about Landcare ACT ...

visit the Q & A page

Questions and Answers

or contact:

Acting CEO, Anne Duncan on 0466 108 432, or any of the Catchment Coordinators in the ACT (Molonglo: 6299 2119; Ginninderra: 62783309; Southern ACT: 6296 6400)