Help conserve our ribbons of life

Our rivers and the land alongside them (the riparian area) are crucial to the ongoing survival and wellbeing of wildlife, the environment—and humans.

Our aquatic environments supply water for our consumption, provide habitat for plants and animals, and are sought out as aesthetically beautiful places and for fishing. But they are threatened by climate change, water extraction, overfishing, erosion and sedimentation, pest plants and animals, disease, fire and other threats.

The draft Aquatic and Riparian Conservation Strategy outlines how we can best continue to repair and manage our waterways. It builds on the achievements of the previous 2007 strategy.

We are keen to hear from you about our:

  • proposed conservation management guidelines for the protection and enhancement of aquatic and riparian areas
  • identified threats and guidelines to manage them
  • monitoring and research objectives
  • strategies to increase community awareness and involvement
  • proposed action plans for threatened species.

The consultation includes action plans for the following threatened fish and riparian plants:

  • Two-spined Blackfish
  • Macquarie Perch
  • Murray River Crayfish
  • Silver Perch
  • Trout Cod
  • Murrumbidgee Bossiaea
  • Tuggeranong Lignum


Healthy waterways supporting diverse aquatic and riparian flora and fauna, and providing high quality ecosystem services.

Have your say


All submissions will be considered in the final strategy and action plans. Submissions will be treated as public documents and may be displayed on this or other ACT Government websites and included in any subsequent consultation report. While names of organisations may be included, all individuals will be de-identified unless prior approval is gained.

Submissions close on 11 March 2018

Email to:
Send to: Manager, Conservation Research
Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate
GPO Box 158
Canberra ACT 2601

Drop off at: Dame Pattie Menzies House shopfront, 16 Challis Street, Dickson ACT

For further information, please call Access Canberra on 13 22 81