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Minister for Environment and Sustainability, John Hargreaves, today launched the Draft Plan of Management for the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve. The plan outlines future directions for the management of the reserve and is now available for public comment.


“Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve is one of Canberra’s special places. Nestled in the heart of Canberra, this 173 ha reserve provides habitat for over 80 wetland bird species. Each year, during the warmer months, the reserve provides a refuge for migratory birds that fly thousands of kilometres from the northern hemisphere to escape the northern winter,” Mr Hargreaves said.


“The management plan provides guidance for management and for the community. It takes into account the important values of the reserve, public attitudes and expectations, and new and proposed land uses for areas surrounding the reserve.


“An important planning issue – the completion of the Lake Burley Griffin commuter/ lake circuit cycleway – was not provided for in the previous 1994 management plan for the reserve. This draft plan proposes a cycle route through the reserve, separate to the walking tracks, to fill in the ‘missing link’ in the lake cycleway circuit.


“The Kingston Foreshores development which is well underway along with the East Basin planning project, proposes an additional 2000-4000 dwellings adjacent to the reserve. The National Capital Authority, through the Griffin Legacy, has outlined a vision to expand the wetland habitats and to bring the city closer to the lake. These new developments and plans must take into account the long-term viability of the wetlands.


“The challenge of this plan is to care for and protect the biodiversity values of the reserve as Canberra grows around it and more and more people use it for recreational and educational purposes.


“The ACT Government is working to ensure that Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve continues to be valued for its wildlife, habitats and landscapes, and as a place for the community to enjoy,” Mr Hargreaves said


Community comment on the Draft Plan of Management for the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve is open until 2 April 2007. A final draft plan and a report on public consultation will then be prepared for the Government’s consideration.


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