The final draft of the Molonglo River Reserve - Reserve Management Plan is now complete.

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage referred the final draft plan to the Legislative Assembly's Standing Committee for Environment and Transport and City Services in accordance with the statutory process outlined in the Nature Conservation Act 2014.

On 23 May 2019 the Standing Committee recommended that the Minister approve the final draft plan. The next step is for the plan to be tabled as a disallowable instrument in the Legislative Assembly.

Extensive consultation with a wide range of groups and individuals was undertaken during various stages of development of the Reserve Management Plan. This included a public consultation period during February and March 2018. The consultation report is now available.

Set among the growing suburbs of Coombs and Wright, the existing site of the proposed reserve comprises 1280 hectares and extends 23 kilometres along the Molonglo River from Scrivener Dam to the Murrumbidgee River Corridor Reserve. This area contains some of Canberra’s best river landscapes and is home to a wide range of native plants and animals, including the endangered Pink-tailed Worm-lizard, Superb Parrot and Box-gum Grassy Woodland habitat.


The draft plan was released for public comment from 8 February 2018 to 23 March 2018. A Listening Report summarising feedback and the final consultation report are now available.

Thank you to all who submitted feedback on the draft plan. This feedback informed the development of the final draft of the Molonglo River Reserve Management Plan.

Contact Us

Have questions or want to learn more about a project, contact us below:

Name Sarah Treble, Senior Planner
Phone 13 22 81
In writing

PO Box 158, Canberra ACT 2601

About the plan

The plan will:

Protect the significant features of the reserve such as the river itself, diverse habitats, wildlife corridors, heritage sites and recreation areas.

Define the boundaries of the reserve, including space for recreation activities, fire management zones and wildlife corridors.

Protect a diverse range of native animals and more than 200 species of native plants.

Conserve the site’s unique landscapes and scenery from land degradation and erosion.

Manage for bushfire by reducing the risk of wildfire for people, homes and ecological communities.

Care for cultural heritage by protecting and interpreting Aboriginal heritage and evidence of early European settlement.

Provide a range of appropriate recreation opportunities, from low-impact activities to more high-impact activities, with some activities also being prohibited.

Encourage community involvement and knowledge in the care of the reserve.