Southern ACT Catchment Group has several projects which span throughout the catchment.
Current Catchment-wide Projects include:
Landcare for our Future is a landcare program run for young people, by young people from 2020-2021.
We aim to develop a roaming team of young volunteers (age 18-35) to get involved in landcare activities such as planting, pest control, erosion control, track maintenance, litter removal and ecosystem monitoring. The program aims to link young people with existing groups and projects to build the Landcare movement into the future, develop skills and knowledge in environmental management and also facilitate devolving of knowledge and expertise held by local volunteers through mentoring activities.
If you’re a young person who’s keen to get involved, find out more and sign up here
SACTCG has established an innovative program to safely treat invading weeds in urban reserves and open space in the ACT. The Environmental Steam Weeding Program provides a solution to the risks and growing fears of chemical spraying impacts on the health of environmental volunteers, waterways and native environments, with the availability of a trailer mounted Satusteam™ machine. As this is the first of these machines to be available for community use in the region, community interest is extremely high. The program allows weeding to be extended to all year long compared to chemical treatments which occur only when plants are in full growth ie. mostly spring. SACTCG have extensive experience in delivering similar machinery lending programs for community weed control.
The new steam weeder was trialled at Cuppacumbalong Homestead near Tharwa on Staurday 26th October . A number of landholders and volunteers attended the trial event where they learnt how to operate the steam weeder and saw the impact it had on weeds in the area. Further trials are underway at several different sites.
Southern ACT Catchment Group has partnered with ACT Government’s Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Department to develop a survey to record data on tree health, in response to community concern about the health of some of their local trees- particularly Yellow Box E. Melliodora and Blakely’s Red Gum E. Blakelyi. This monitoring follows on from a previous ACT Government survey of tree health across the ACT. The aim of this new citizen science monitoring program is to re-collect data on tree health to monitor for improvement or decline in the condition of these previously monitored trees. Ultimately this will contribute to an increased understanding of the patterns and causes of dieback in the ACT and inform future management actions in our parks and reserves.
Some amazing Landcare and Parkcare volunteers have been learning how to use the survey tool, and will be heading out in their local parks and reserves to collect data on tree health.
If you are interested in helping out with the tree health survey, please email Correa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Southern ACT Catchment Group Inc. has available a QuikSpray unit to assist landholders and managers undertake weed control. The unit has 2 hand held spray guns each with 100 metres of push-button retractable hose and a small selection of spray nozzles.
A hire fee of $200 per day is requested to be paid to the Southern ACT Catchment Group to assist with unit maintenance, registration and insurance. Loans are for a maximum of 7 days. If required for longer it can be rebooked.
To find out more or book the spray unit email Martin at email@example.com or phone 6296 6400.