10 May 2023
Habitat restoration to improve the ACT’s biodiversity and conservation
The ACT Government is calling on community groups to nominate public open space areas across urban Canberra for targeted
habitat restoration to improve biodiversity, the conservation of threatened species, and better connect people with nature.
Minister for the Environment Rebecca Vassarotti said the community was being invited to nominate areas for targeted habitat
restoration as part of the ACT Government’s Connecting Nature Connecting People initiative,
“Restoring and enhancing the ACT’s open space areas will benefit biodiversity and help connect habitats that are essential
to wildlife and the survival of Canberra’s threatened species,” Minister Vassarotti said.
“The ACT is in a race against time to protect various local plant and animal species that continue on their path towards
extinction. Government, business, and the community must work even harder together to stop and reverse this decline. This project is just one example of where collaborative efforts will benefit the environment and the community.”
“The government has also released the
ACT Ecological Network Dashboard,
an on-line resource to help community groups identify areas likely to provide maximum outcomes for the environment,” Minister Vassarotti said.
The Connecting Nature Connecting People initiative was a $2.95 million investment in the ACT Budget 2022-23 to protect and
restore the ACT environment, while further strengthening Canberrans connection to nature.
The initiative extends conservation efforts beyond established parks and reserves which are critical to improving the resilience
of ecosystems and native species in a changing climate and a growing city.
“Habitat loss and fragmentation are two of the key threatening processes that are causing a decline in the ACT’s biodiversity
across Canberra’s urban area.
“The Connecting Nature Connecting People initiative supports a partnership between the government and the community to restore 20 high value conservation across the ACT to create new habitats and strengthen the community’s connection with the areas,” Minister
“The government is seeking nominations for up to 18 areas beyond the trial areas that are already underway in Hughes and
Nominations will be assessed and prioritised on their potential to improve fragmented wildlife habitat, the unique and diverse
native environment that will be enhanced and community support for the area.
“Canberra is blessed with a large and dedicated movement of volunteers who provide invaluable time and effort to look after
our local environment. I’m ready for Canberra’s community groups to get behind the Connecting Nature Connecting People initiative. Together we can build new and better-connected wildlife habitats across and City whilst at the same time building new and
better-connecting between people and their beloved local patches of nature.”
For more information and to get involved in area selection and view the
ACT Ecological Network Dashboard, visit the ACT Government’s
Connecting Nature Connecting People webpage.
Jordan Maloney M 0481 035 764