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Greens propose $26m worth of new ACT wetlands

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Lisa Cox

Waterways promise ... the Greens said they would build more wetlands in the ACT.

Waterways promise ... the Greens said they would build more wetlands in the ACT. Photo: Elesa Lee

The ACT Greens have announced a multi-million dollar election promise for Canberra's lakes and wetlands.

The Greens have promised $26 million to build wetlands in the Tuggeranong, Yarralumla Creek and Ginnenderra Creek catchments, using Commonwealth funding designated for environmental projects in the ACT.

The Greens would establish a $2 million water care fund to clean up the territory's water ways and educate Canberrans about water protection.

Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury.

Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury. Photo: Karleen Minney

The party would also spend $1.1 million over four years on willow management for Lake Burely Griffin and $185,000 over four years to reduce carp populations in the territory's lakes.

Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury said the party would also develop a management plan for the Molonglo catchment.

“The Greens are committed to restoring the health of Canberra's lakes and waterways and protecting this valuable community resource,” he said.

18 comments so far

  • Just one more good idea to support community and environment from the Greens. Keep up the good work.

    Commenter
    Riddley Walker
    Location
    Inland
    Date and time
    July 30, 2012, 1:44PM
    • I see Mr Rattenbury has been stung by the criticism of this poly and that “Meanwhile the health of our lakes is in decline.”

      Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/greens-defend-wetlands-election-pledge-20120731-23c3l.html#ixzz22Aoy4HyH

      One might hazard that that health of our lakes are only in decline because of Grrens policies on reshaping the eco-systems without having a full plan.

      Commenter
      Outraged of Palmerston
      Date and time
      July 31, 2012, 3:06PM
  • Whats this i read? The Greens have promised $26 million to better our schools and childcare centres and improve our health system... WHOOPS!! My bad, seems they want to waste $26m on some wetland projects.

    For a minute there i thought they actually had some sensible to contribute.

    Commenter
    Nothing better to do...
    Date and time
    July 30, 2012, 1:48PM
    • Before remarking that the greens have nothing sensible to contribute. You may have noted that this is Federal funding earmarked for the environment. As schools and hospitals etc are not classified as part of the 'environment' this money cannot be spent on them.

      If the money is to be spent on the environment, the projects mentioned, appear to be pretty sensible.

      The needs of health / education are endless and the Government will never be able to meet its needs completely. Allocating of money needs to be sensible and balanced.

      Perhaps you need to read the article properly.

      Commenter
      Hutch
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      July 30, 2012, 5:04PM
    • Waste?

      The tragic waste has been the devastation of Australia's natural habitats.

      I don't know how you people think you're going to survive without an ecosystem. Just moronic.

      Commenter
      sarajane
      Location
      melbourne
      Date and time
      July 30, 2012, 9:11PM
    • Don't expect the greens to actually understand or care what mainstream Canberran's want and need. They can't make themselves feel righteous that way.

      Commenter
      Reality
      Date and time
      July 31, 2012, 10:08AM
    • You mean, the Greens have taken Commonwealth funding marked for ACT environmental programs and, well, said they will spend it on ACT environmental programs.

      I guess they could have spent it on planting trees around schools and hospitals and childcare centres.

      Commenter
      adsf
      Date and time
      July 31, 2012, 11:00AM
    • Sarajane, im yet to see how the ecosystem has helped people pay their mortage, give their kids a better education, have access to better health care. A stupid pond or waterway isnt going to change that. And before you continue to carry on, do the environment a favour and stop using electricity, and driving the family car... No? i didnt think so...

      Hutch, perhaps the Fed Gov could renig that decesion and filter those funds somwehere better spent. People whinge the Fed Gov wastes money yet support such a stupid initiative.

      Dusty, right on the money!!!

      Commenter
      Nothing better to do...
      Date and time
      August 06, 2012, 8:23AM
  • I would love to see a wetland built on the Yarralumla canal just north of Southlands shopping centre in Mawson. It would serve as a lovely counterpoint to the new developments happening further up.

    Commenter
    woden wombat
    Date and time
    July 30, 2012, 2:49PM
    • Yes, the development/s in Woden is/are horrible... poor architecture and planning (again)...And Woden sorely needs to be beautified in some way.

      But if I had to choose (which I suspect we will) I would prefer shorter waiting times at Canberra hospital myself.

      Commenter
      Fair Point
      Date and time
      July 31, 2012, 10:13AM

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