About Us

The Southern ACT Catchment Group (SACTCG) is a non-government, not-for-profit group formed in May 2002 to represent all active environmental groups in the southern areas of the ACT. The SACTCG is one of three community based catchment groups in the ACT and covers the areas of Woden, Weston Creek, Tuggeranong and Tharwa. Supported by an Executive Officer and a Waterwatch Coordinator the SACTCG provides a network for our member groups, helping in their development and operation, providing assistance with project ideas, funding opportunities and providing a community forum for ideas and discussion. Our member groups originated from the ranks of Parkcare, Urban and Rural Landcare, Waterwatch and other community groups interested in the environment. As a group, we are also involved in ‘sub-catchment planning’ that will enable us to address priority issues in a strategic fashion well into the future. Some examples of issues being addressed by the SACTCG include community building, biodiversity, riparian plantings, weed management, soil health, water quality, European and Indigenous cultural heritage, vegetation loss and urban land degradation.

How are we funded?

SACTCG relies on grants to undertake all aspects of our work. We are currently funded through the Federal Government’s National Landcare Program through the ACT Regional Body. This funding period is five years (2013-2018) and is to implement various projects including of both on-ground works and community capacity building activities. SACTCG also receives funding from Icon Water for Water Education activities and the ACT Government to implement the Southern ACT Waterwatch Program. SACTCG receives multiple local and Commonwealth 1-2 year competitive grants from a wide range funding partners across different sectors to support its strategic direction and its local catchment community.

SACTCG Membership

The Southern ACT Catchment Group encourages individuals and groups who are concerned about the health of our environment to join our membership network.

Membership to the SACTCG is all about building social capital – people from the community getting together and working together to achieve something they believe in.

The catchment group takes a leading role in opening communication channels between the community and government, ensuring the concerns of our members are heard.

As a member of the SACTCG you are entitled to access a range of funds for community projects. Our Catchment Coordinator can assist you in the development of your projects including the administration of your grant, including handling of monies, paperwork and insurance matters and we also sponsor applications for funding.

To join our membership network,  click here.


Our member groups are made up of local volunteers who join in with landcare activities. If you’re interested in volunteering with your local group, we can put you in touch.

Sign-up to volunteer with your local group.


A catchment area is generally defined through the physical geography of an area of land generally bounded by natural features that all drain to a common point such as a river or into a specific body of water. In human geography however, a catchment area is defined as the area that services or attracts the surrounding population, for example a local nature reserve has a geographic area from which the community is able to benefit from the natural resources through physical, social or mental wellbeing. This area is not limited to the reserve itself but also the surrounding neighbourhoods that may benefit from linkages with the reserve.

In our case the southern ACT catchment area has been redefined to enable community participation in the management of this part of the Upper Murrumbidgee River Catchment. Our catchment boundaries are based upon the sub-catchments outlined in the ACT Government’s water resources strategy, Think Water Act Water – a strategy for sustainable water resource management, and includes the original catchments outlined in the Woden-Western, Tuggeranong-Tharwa and South-West ACT sub-catchment plans.

The map below outlines the southern ACT catchment area and its 14 sub-catchments. It is important to note that in several areas the SACTCG has redefined the watershed catchments to include the social catchment. This was done to provide a more effective administration of the catchment area for both physical and human geographic needs.

The southern ACT catchment consists mainly of rolling grasslands and is bounded to the west by the Australian Alps, with the peaks of Mt Bimberi, Mt Ginini, Mt Franklin and Mt Aggie forming the western border. To the south-west the catchment joins Kosciuszko National Park and the Bimberi and Scabby Range Nature Reserves with Brindabella National Park on the north-western border.

Mt Clear borders the southern most area of the catchment.

The Murrumbidgee escarpment cuts across the catchment from south-east to north-west with the rural and urban areas to the east and two belts of mountainous terrain separated by the Cotter River valley to the west.

Land use categories in the southern ACT catchment area have been divided into the following three areas: conservation areas, rural lands and urban development. Conservation areas refer to landscapes that hold both natural and cultural values such as Canberra’s National Parks and Reserves and Heritage sites. Rural lands are defined as any land or property that is used for agriculture, including rural leases. Plantation pine forests were a significant land use within the southern ACT catchment area until the aftermath of the 2003 bushfires. The ACT Government has agreed that there will be no more commercial or broad-acre pines in the catchment. The 1,285 ha of existing pine plantations will be managed on a non-commercial basis and liquidated when it is feasible to convert the area to a primarily, native vegetation cover. Water catchment will be the primary land use for the Cotter catchment. Urban development includes the residential area, services centres, industry and supporting infrastructure.

Conservation Areas

Namadgi National Park covers 105,900 ha, making up more than half of the ACT. Declared as a National Park in 1984 it is now a sanctuary protecting all animals, plants and cultural sites within its’ borders. To the south-east the park joins Kosciusko National Park and the Bimberi and Scabby Range Nature Reserves and on the north-east boarder joins Brindabella National Park. The park has a wide variety of conservation habitats that range from the broad grassy valleys to snow gum woodlands and subalpine wetlands and is zoned to accommodate recreational opportunities such as camping, recreational driving, cycling, horse riding, bushwalking, rock climbing and abseiling.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is 5,450 hectares on the border of Namadgi National Park. The reserve consists of the valley floor where most of the recreational opportuinities for visitors are located, and the protected areas of the Gibraltar Rangers and Tidbinbilla Mountain. Tidbilnbilla is home to the Birrigai Rock Shelter, the oldest Aboriginal site within the ACT.

Murrumbidgee River Corridor From Angle Crossing in the south to Uriarra Crossing in the north, around 66 km of the Murrumbidgee River and a narrow strip of land either side of it has been identified as a single entity, the Murrumbidgee River Corridor (MRC). The MRC is a collection of nature reserves, recreation reserves, a European heritage conservation zone and rural leases. The Murrumbidgee is home to the Murray Crayfish which is now protected due to dwindling numbers from over fishing.

Canberra Nature Park Reserves range from bushland hills to some of the best examples of lowland native grassland in south-east Australia. The reserves contain some of the best examples of Yellow Box-Red Gum Grassy Woodland left in Australia. This type of woodland is an endangered ecological community. It is home to a number of rare or threatened species such as the Hooded Robin, Striped Legless Lizard and the Button Wrinklewort.



Chair: Glenys Patulny

Deputy Chair: Kerry Olsson

Secretary and Public Officer: Miranda Gardner

Treasurer: Philip Prentice

General Committee: Kathy Eyles

Our Staff

Executive Officer
Martine Franco
Phone: (02) 6296 6400
Mobile: 0447223396
Email: info@sactcg.org.au

Waterwatch Coordinator
Martin Lind
Phone: (02) 6296 6400
Mobile: 0447 870 448
Email: waterwatch@sactcg.org.au

Project Officer
Fiona Spier
Phone: (02) 6296 6400
Email: projects@sactcg.org.au

Urban Water Education Officer
Hannah Edwards
Phone: (02) 6296 6400
Email: urbanwater@sactcg.org.au

Communications Officer
Correa Driscoll
Phone: (02) 6296 6400
Email: communications@sactcg.org.au

Current Newsletter

Download (PDF, 2.18MB)

Past Newsletters

SACTCG Strategic Plan on a Page 2019

Download (PDF, 1.1MB)


SACTCG Strategic Plan 2011-2013

Cooleman Ridge Recovery Walk
Download the SACTCG Strategic Plan 2011-2013

Catchment Management Strategy 2007-2010

Purpose Sub-Catchment Planning is a method for community groups to participate in Integrated Catchment Management (ICM) for the ACT.  ICM aims to foster cooperation between landholders, community groups and the ACT Government in the integrated management of our shared resources. The Southern ACT Catchment Group has undergone a review of its plans to bring them up to date with existing management strategies for the region and to develop new projects for implementation in the future.
The Southern ACT Catchment Group Catchment Management Strategy can be downloaded in pdf format below. If you would like to obtain a hard copy, please contact SACTCG.


  1. Forward & Layout of the Strategy
  2. Catchment Management Strategy
  3. Catchment Management in the Southern ACT
  4. About our Catchment – Part 1
  5. About our Catchment – Part 2
  6. About our Catchment – JPEG of SACTCG Boundary Map
  7. About our Catchment – Part 3
  8. State of our Catchment
  9. Planning and Legislation Framework
  10. Interpreting the Strategy
  11. Management Categories – Part 1
  12. Management Categories – Part 2
  13. Evaluation of the CMS
  14. References

Existing Management Strategies

Further ICM Related Links

The ACT Catchment Groups Value Proposition details the value of three Catchment Groups: Ginninderra Catchment Group, Southern ACT Catchment Group and Molongolo Conservation Group.