Views all Canberrans will recognise (5)

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From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2009 14:54:09 +1000

The breach in the wall of the Big Dam at Mulligans Flat.  In the early days of Mulligans as a nature reserve, this, the largest of the old stock dams, would back up to create an extensive body of tree-studded water and a larger area of boggy marsh where snipe, sea-eagles, and a family of White-necked Herons could be found.  Some years ago, with the rupture of the wall, the retained puddle became a mere vestige of the former lakelet.  More recently the suburb of Harrison has appeared in the gap, itself to be eclipsed by the advancing suburb of Throsby.  As Mulligans looks more and more like an island (or even a zoo, some might think), we can appreciate the great work by COG committees in the late 1980s/early 1990s, in particular Jenny Bounds and Bruce Lindenmayer, in campaigning for the preservation of this area, the development of which was then barely contemplated.


the big dam.jpg

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