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Waterway guardians stay on course
Southern ACT Catchment Group Waterwatch co-ordinator Martin Lind with a dead rakali, commonly known as
a water rat, caught in an Opera House net in Lake Tuggeranong.
Photo: Emma Kelly
They have caught vandals, cleared
polluted lakes and helped save rivers
from irrevocable damage.
Now a 160-strong army of volun-
teers will be able to continue their
commitment to monitoring the health
of the territory s waterways thanks to
an extra splash of funding.
The ACT government has commit-
ted $270,000 for the ACT s Water-
watch initiative to fill a void left by the
closure of the Commonwealth govern-
ment s Caring for our Country
Southern ACT Catchment Group
Waterwatch co-ordinator Martin Lind
said sustained funding was essential
for the continued monitoring of catch-
ments across the ACT.
An engine, a coconut, two algae-
covered turtles and a boot were just
some of the things Mr Lind and a team
of six volunteers removed from Lake
Tuggeraning during a Waterwatch-
lead scan for carp and rubbish near the
South Quay development site last
Wednesday, July 2.
The water level of a section of the
lake was drained by about three metres
last week to allow for the installation
of a board walk along a section of the
lake near Bunnings.
The carp removal activity was just
one example of the work carried out
"It s Neighbourhood Watch for our
waterways," Mr Lind said.
"[Volunteers] test the water quality
but they also report on things like
[Oprah House] traps, dumping, van-
dalism -- water-watchers have often
been the first people to catch vandals."
Mr Lind said volunteers could cover
a larger area than parks and conserva-
tion rangers with 200 waterway sites
monitored across the region.
Without government funding the
program would dry up and the con-
tinuation of decades of data would
cease, he said.
"You would lose the eyes and ears
on the ground keeping an eye on things
like dumping and algal outbreaks. If it
gets to a point where the general public
is noticing it, by that stage it s often
HIS OWN MARK
Marks left on classroom desks by
students are part of the inspiration
behind Aaron Garlick s first solo
exhibition, Proving My Existence.
The exhibition opens at Canberra
Contemporary Art Space, Manuka,
on Thursday, July 10, at 6pm.
AFTER-DARK TOURS AT
Take the kids on a night-time journey
through the Australian National
Botanic Gardens with their own
handmade lantern these school
holidays. Discover the gardens night
life and secret plant stories. The tours
on Friday, July 11, and 18 are for
children over five years. Gates open
6pm and close at 6.30pm.
MARINE SCIENTISTS TO
MEET IN CANBERRA
Marine Scientists from across
Australia are descending on
Canberra to discuss how to harness
new technologies and research
discoveries to ensure our nation s
well-being and future economic
Australia has a marine jurisdiction
larger than its land mass, majority
coastal populations and economic
hubs and vast stretches of unexplored
ocean on our borders.
Professor Sabine Dittmann,
president of the Australian Marine
Sciences Association, said the four-
day conference would address
sustainable fishing, modelling
oceans to combat climate change and
next generation underwater robots.
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