David Coutts, Jason Cummings & Jessica Stewart ‘Ginninderry Conservation Park’

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Thursday, 22 April 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

The talk will cover the background to the Park and the plans that are currently being put into place by the Trust to preserve and restore the natural environment and cultural values as far as possible in the context of major nearby urban development.

Abstract   The Ginninderry Conservation Trust is responsible for putting in place the Ginninderry Conservation Park and Corridor. The aim is to preserve and restore the natural environment and cultural values as far as possible in the context of major nearby urban development. This Park runs along the Murrumbidgee from Shepherds lookout to the confluence with Ginninderra creek and up the Creek past Ginninderra Falls. It is a major and somewhat new approach where the developer of the Ginninderry housing estate is working with the ACT Government and Yass valley Council to put in place this important cross border park, which will be a major regional attraction when completed. The developer (West Belconnen Joint Venture) has taken the initiative here and all involved see it as a model for future developments in the area, where the environment and community are given proper consideration. The Joint Venture is contributing major funding along with the ACT Government and Yass Valley Council.

Much work is being done on understanding the area and the needs for environmental action as well as cultural matters and visitor access.


David Coutts is Chair of the Ginninderry Conservation Trust and a past President of the Friends of ANBG. He is an agricultural economist who has worked with Australian Government on natural resource policies and programs and in Europe at FAO and OECD.

Jason Cummings is the CEO of the Ginninderry Conservation Trust and the General Manager of the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust at Mulligans Flat. He has more than 10 years’ experience as CEO in not-for -profit organizations in Canberra. In 2017 he completed a Churchill fellowship in the UK where he explored leading practices in nature interpretation and visitor facilities.

Jessica Stewart is Sustainability Manager for Riverview Projects. Jessica is currently working on the Ginninderry development – a 30 to 40 year project which will ultimately become home for approximately 30,000 residents. Ginninderry is Australia’s only cross-border master-planned community – extending across the ACT border into NSW. Jess holds tertiary qualifications in Engineering and Science from the ANU and was awarded the NAWIC ACT Emerging Leader Award and PCA Future Leader in 2017.

This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette.

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