UMDR partnership highly commended at ACT Landcare Awards

Published 30 Nov 2017 
about  Scottsdale Reserve  
Me with Daryl Quinlivan (Secretary of Dept of Agriculture & Water Resources & Phil Palmer (Scottsdale Reserve Manager)<br/> Me with Daryl Quinlivan (Secretary of Dept of Agriculture & Water Resources & Phil Palmer (Scottsdale Reserve Manager)
A group shot of the Landcare Award winners.<br/> A group shot of the Landcare Award winners.
On the left are new plantings along the bank of the Murrumbidgee on Scottsdale Reserve.<br/>Photo Annette Ruzicka. On the left are new plantings along the bank of the Murrumbidgee on Scottsdale Reserve.
Photo Annette Ruzicka.

Every second year the ACT Landcare community celebrates the amazing volunteers and organisations working to protect, restore and enhance the environment of the ACT region. The Upper Murrumbidgee Demonstration Reach (UMDR) project received a highly commended in the Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare Award category and it's great that the project received this acknowledgement. The award is a credit and thank you to all UMDR project partners, river managers, landholders and community members that continue to support the UMDR and work to improve the Murrumbidgee River for native fish and community wellbeing.

Bush Heritage Australia has played a big role in the UMDR project story in the last four years.  It helped to reinvigorate the project, which since then, has completed a huge amount of work to restore the Murrumbidgee River via the Rivers of Carbon Upper Bidgee project

Scottsdale Reserve itself is also important riparian restoration site protecting fish habitat in the Bredbo Gorge, where 4,000 native plants have been planted along the Murrumbidgee River in the last two years.  Work to connect the Gungoandra Creek (which runs through Scottsdale) to the River is now also occurring, setting a great example for protecting our catchments to all in the ACT region.

Furthermore, Bush Heritage is currently helping the UMDR project to prioritise program and works into the future via leading the UMDR partners through a conservation planning process. This work will update the UMDR’s management plan and allow better fundraising into the future for much more river restoration work in the upper Murrumbidgee catchment.

Landcare Awards

The UMDR also gratefully acknowledge the support of Australian River Restoration Centre, Act Landcare, ACT Government, University of Canberra, Greening Australia, NSW DPI Fisheries, South East LLS, Conservation Volunteers Australia, NSW Environmental Trust, Murray-Darling Basin Authority, NSW Dpt Industry & Forestry- Lands, Snowy Monaro Regional Council, Capital Region Fishing Alliance, Southern Act Catchment Group and all of our great landholders!

The UMDR partnership was in good company on the night, with a whole lot of other amazing individuals and groups that are working to improve the ACT region. Take a look at the other amazing ACT Landcare Award winners.

A group shot of the Landcare Award winners.<br/> A group shot of the Landcare Award winners.
On the left are new plantings along the bank of the Murrumbidgee on Scottsdale Reserve.<br/>Photo Annette Ruzicka. On the left are new plantings along the bank of the Murrumbidgee on Scottsdale Reserve.
Photo Annette Ruzicka.