29,000 More Fish in Lake Burley Griffin

The National Capital Authority, in collaboration with the Canberra Fisherman's Club, released over 29,000 Murray Cod fingerlings into Lake Burley Griffin today.

Stocking of ACT Government local waterways will also take place today by the Environment and Planning Directorate who will release 39,000 Murray Cod fingerlings into Lake Ginninderra.

NCA Chief Executive, Malcolm Snow said the choice of Murray Cod was made in consultation with Environment and Planning Directorate and local recreation fishing groups.

'Murray Cod were selected as they are native to local rivers, adapt well to our lakes, and are an excellent angling species.

'These 40mm-70mm fingerlings will reach the legal size limit of 60 centimetres in about five years, and have the potential to grow to more than one metre long, and weigh over 20 kilograms,' said Mr Snow.

The NCA stocks Lake Burley Griffin to improve the biodiversity of the lake, and provide a range of fishing opportunities for recreational anglers.

'Stocking Lake Burley Griffin with native predators, such as the Murray Cod, can play an important role in protecting threatened species, and may assist in controlling pests such as European Carp and Redfin.

'The stocking of Murray Cod into Lake Burley Griffin will improve the diversity of the fish population in the lake which can't rely on natural spawning of these species,' said Mr Snow.

The Capital Region Fishing Alliance spokesperson, Shane Jasprizza said the fish restocking will benefit the environment, the local economy and the region's anglers.

'Stocking Lake Burley Griffin can help take angling pressure off the region's fragile rivers and streams to protect vulnerable endangered species such as Trout Cod and Macquarie Perch,' Mr Jasprizza said.

'Recreational fishing is worth millions of dollars to local communities. Enhancing Canberra's angling opportunities will see more people fishing locally instead of spending their money travelling outside the ACT.'

The fish were supplied by Siverwater Native Fish, with the costs being shared between the Canberra Fisherman's Club from funds raised at the Canberra Carp-Out and the National Capital Authority.

The fish release event is the first activity to be delivered as part of the NCA's #LoveLBG strategy. The strategy encourages social media users to share tips on protecting Canberra's waterways using the hashtag #LoveLBG.

Traffic Changes at Bowen Place

Traffic arrangements at Bowen Place in Canberra will change tomorrow to allow for the continued construction of a new pedestrian and cycle crossing.

The off-ramp connecting Kings Avenue to the westbound carriageway of Bowen Drive will remain closed. A partial closure of Bowen Drive located between Kings Avenue and the National Gallery of Australia will also be in place.

During the closure:

  • A two way traffic arrangement will be established in the westbound carriageway of Bowen Drive.
  • Eastbound vehicles on Bowen Drive will be directed to cross into the westbound carriageway for a short distance.
  • Southbound traffic on Kings Avenue exiting into the Parliamentary Zone after crossing Lake Burley Griffin should continue southwards and turn right at King George Terrace.
  • Temporary speed cushions and a median refuge will be installed to maintain safety around the key pedestrian and cyclist crossing point.
  • Pedestrians and cyclists will need to detour locally around the works for the duration of the project.
  • On road cyclists are recommended to detour around the works area and where practicable utilise the off road shared path network.

Traffic in the area will be directed by detour signs.

The partial closures will commence at 3.30pm on Wednesday 17 December 2014 and remain in place until the project is completed in mid 2015.

The changed traffic arrangements are to enable the construction of a new grade-separated pedestrian and cycle crossing at Bowen Place.

When complete, the Bowen Place Crossing will allow motorists, pedestrians and cyclists simultaneous safe passage through the area at all times.

The crossing design includes a 300 metre long path which passes under the existing road at Bowen Place, connecting Kings Avenue to the Lake Burley Griffin foreshore path network.

Path widening and pedestrian lighting works have been undertaken from Bowen Place along the lake foreshore to the north-east of the National Gallery of Australia Sculpture Garden as part of the project.

Attached is an image showing the changed traffic arrangements. Please contact the National Capital Authority if you would like a high resolution version.


National Capital Authority Welcomes New Appointments

Media Release

Hon. Jamie Briggs MP, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development


12 December 2014

The Board of the National Capital Authority has today welcomed two new appointments at the Federal Executive Council meeting.

Mr Terry Weber, formerly a part time non-executive member of the Board, was appointed as the new part-time Chairperson and Mr Glenn Keys as a part-time non-executive member.

Mr Weber was first appointed to the board in June 2014 and is a Senior Consulting Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, specialising in property, infrastructure and facilities management.

Mr Weber will bring invaluable property and land management experience to the Board, as well as experience in working with government.

He also holds a number of other Board positions as a Director of Australia 21, a Board Member of Canberra Raiders and a Board Member of the Ricky Stuart Foundation.

Mr Weber replaces outgoing Chair, Ms Shelley Penn, whose term expires on 31 December 2014, having served in the role since 2011.

I would like to thank Ms Penn for her leadership of the Authority and contribution.

Mr Keys is the CEO, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Aspen Medical and is an Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra.

Mr Keys will bring a wealth of knowledge in business, customer service and detailed project management.

He serves on a number of Boards, including the National Disability Insurance Agency, the Remote Area Health Corps, the Nursing & Allied Health Rural Locum Scheme and the ACT Canberra Business Council.

I congratulate Mr Weber and Mr Keys on their appointments and welcome their commitment to the work of the National Capital Authority.

The National Capital Authority manages the national estate on behalf of the Australian Government, and administers the Government's interest and role in the strategic planning, promotion, development and enhancement of Canberra as the national capital.


Ten Year Celebration Of Old Parliament House Gardens

The Old Parliament House Gardens in Canberra this week celebrates ten years since the gardens were officially opened to the public. It also marks the conclusion of the Rose Patronage Program.

In November 2002, Mrs Tamie Fraser AO launched a campaign seeking public support for the reconstruction of the gardens through rose patronage. This included replanting the four rose gardens that were originally established by Mr Robert Broinowski in the 1930s.

A $100 donation covered the cost of a rose, planting, ten years maintenance and recognition as a patron in the gardens. Over $400,000 was raised through sponsorship and 4200 roses were planted as a result.

National Capital Authority (NCA) Chief Executive, Malcolm Snow today unveiled new interpretive signage in the gardens to recognise the patrons who contributed to the restoration.

‘Every rose in the gardens was sponsored by people from all walks of life, from former Prime Ministers and Members of Parliament, to schools and their students. Roses were often sponsored to mark special events such as Mother’s Day, births and anniversaries,’ he said.

‘The new interpretive signs explain the reconstruction project and the importance of the amazing support that has been provided by patrons.

‘Over the last ten years, Australians have formed a strong connection to the Old Parliament House Gardens. Many people come to the gardens to enjoy the plants and learn about the history of the area.

‘It is one of the most popular venues for weddings on National Land, and is also enjoyed by thousands of school children every year,’ he said.

Earlier this year, the NCA advised patrons that the program was due to conclude.

The NCA commissioned a book written by Dr John Gray OAM titled, ‘Roses, Tennis & Democracy’ to acknowledge the contribution of patrons. This is being delivered to the patrons now and will arrive before Christmas. An electronic copy of Dr Gray’s book is also available on the NCA website.

Click here for further information about the Old Parliament House Gardens and the patronage program.





Lake Burley Griffin ambassadors today launched an education strategy to explain the simple ways the community can help improve water quality in Canberra’s streams, wetlands and lakes.

The strategy, developed by the National Capital Authority (NCA), encourages social media users to share tips on protecting Canberra’s waterways using the hashtag #LoveLBG. Posters, flyers and stickers have been developed with the message, ‘Canberra’s Drains are Just for the Rain’.

Chair of Water Science, Institute of Applied Ecology Professor Ross Thompson said all Canberrans can help improve water quality.

‘Canberra’s stormwater drains carry water to an extensive network of streams, wetlands, ponds and lakes. These provide habitat for fish, frogs and birds while improving the liveability of the city,’ he said.

‘Polluting our stormwater contributes to water quality issues in our lakes. We all need to take responsibility for looking after our waterways. Thinking about what goes down our drains is a critical first step.’

Some of the tips to improve water quality include:

  • Wash your car on the grass. Do not let the soap enter the drains, or use a water-recycling car wash facility. Phosphates from detergents encourage algal growth.
  • Do not flush chemicals or paint into stormwater drains. This means fresher water for fish, birds, frogs and for everyone else.
  • Prevent leaves and grass clippings from washing down the drain. Use smaller amounts of fertilisers and garden chemicals.
  • Put rubbish in bins, paper and plastics in the recycling and do not throw cigarette butts in the gutter. This helps to keep streams and beaches clean.
  • Clean up after your dog. Animal waste promotes harmful bacteria in the water.
  • Compost garden waste and use it to improve garden soil. Green waste when released into the waterways results in algal blooms.
  • Clearing gutters and raking up garden waste to prevent them being washed down the drains

NCA Chief Executive, Malcolm Snow said these small but effective measures will help reduce the levels of nutrients in catchment areas and help improve the water quality of Lake Burley Griffin.

‘Lake Burley Griffin is the centerpiece of Canberra and a much loved recreational space for the community and visitors. We can all prevent pollutants and organic debris entering the storm water system to make the lake even more enjoyable,’ he said.

‘The NCA continues to research options for improving water quality in Lake Burley Griffin. Following a successful trial in 2012, the NCA has planted over 8700 aquatic macrophytes.

‘Macrophytes act as filters and can help trap sediments, pollutants and organic material and prevent these from entering the water. They improve oxygen levels and reduce the levels of phosphorus and nitrogen in the water, which helps to decrease blue green algae blooms.

Information packs containing a poster, flyers and stickers were distributed to Lake User Group members today.