New ponds for Gungahlin offer space to celebrate cultural history
I sent a community statement out today on the launch of the Gungahlin Valley Ponds project. Have a read of it below:
Member for Molonglo, Meegan Fitzharris, today joined members of the local school and Indigenous communities and the Gungahlin community Council to officially launch the Gungahlin Valley Ponds.
“The ponds were made possible through $6.5 million in funding from the ACT Government, and I am pleased to be able to open these officially today,” Ms Fitzharris said.
“This site has a rich cultural history and I am pleased to see this recognised through interpretative learning signs throughout the ponds.
“The ponds will improve the water quality in the Ginninderra Catchment and will create habitat for local urban biodiversity, including fish, frogs and water bugs.
The construction of water quality pollution control ponds removes nutrients and other pollutants from waterways, protecting receiving water bodies and rivers.
The Valley Ponds captures polluted water draining the Gungahlin Town Centre and removing pollutants before the water flows into Gungahlin Pond, water which then flows into Lake Ginninderra and then into the Murrumbidgee River.
Ms Fitzharris was joined by students and staff from the BurgmannSchool and Gungahlin College, who will all benefit from the outdoor learning space within the ponds.
With the recent construction of the Gungahlin Leisure Centre and sports ground, the ponds provide a complementary naturalised environment within an urban environment for use by the public.
“This is a great facility for the local Gungahlin community, and I hope to see many families and community members down here enjoying the wonderful recreational space it provides,” Ms Fitzharris concluded.
The Valley Ponds are located on The Valley Avenue, Gungahlin – across from Burgmann School. For more information visit www.environment.act.gov.au