Inner South local group
Inner South SEE-Change group has members with diverse expertise, which we have put to good use in submissions to the ACT Government about key planning processes as well as in practical information sessions.
We also form the majority of Friends of the Jerrabomberra Wetlands, and are working in collaboration with the several organisations involved with protecting the Wetlands. One group, WaterWatch, meets at 12 noon on the third Saturday of every month, starting in the parking lot at the end of the Jerrabomberra Wetlands. [photo: Yohei carrying kit for testing water quality at Jerrabomberra Wetlands]
With an ACT government environment grant for a project entitled “Living with Jerrabomberra Wetlands“, Inner-South SEE-Change established a community development program in the Wetlands supporting local residents to:
- implement nature conservation strategies;
- address practical management of plant and animal pests;
- learn practical environmental activities in their local area; and
- engage with the local indigenous community.
For further details on how you can get involved with these SEE-Change Inner South activities, contact the Inner South Convener.
The SEE-Change Inner South group emerged following a seminar at Manning Clark House in Forrest in August 2009 on a carbon-neutral Canberra.
Professor Will Steffen, Executive Director of ANU’s Climate Change Institute, talked about ‘Meeting the Climate Change Challenge: A Vision for Canberra and the Region’.
Professor Bob Douglas AO, Chair of SEE-Change, then asked, ‘What will a carbon-neutral Canberra look like and what will it take to bring it about?’
After questions from the audience, Bob led a brainstorming session about how we can assist the government in meeting its climate change and sustainability goals, while at the same time fostering stronger communities.
In response, SEE-Change Inner South has:
- organised viewings of local homes to share information and inspire us about things we can do to reduce our ecological footprint
- made use of equipment to monitor energy use – you can borrow a Home Energy Action Kit through the ACT Public Libraries
- held a briefing on the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit
- prepared submissions to the ACT Government (see attachments below)
- established Friends of Jerrabomberra Wetlands, with assistance from the ACT Government – with ongoing practical support through work such as regular measurements of water quality
- organised information and practical sessions about LED lighting