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 and partnerships to undertake all aspects of our work. The ACT Government is currently our major funding partner and this enables us to implement various projects including community education activities, development of community stewardship on public land, capacity building and on-ground works. We also receive substantive funding 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 also accepts donations from the community into the Southern ACT Catchment Environment Fund.
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.
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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.
The SACTCG Committee meets monthly on the last Tuesday of the month. All members and those interested in being involved in the Committee are warmly welcome. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.