The Lyneham Wetland was established in 2012 as part of several new and naturalised wetlands developed in the Sullivan’s Creek catchment in Canberra’s inner north. The others are at David St and Banksia Street in O’Connor, and Hawdon Street in Dickson. The water collected here is pumped back up to the Flemington Road pond in Mitchell and is then used to irrigate school grounds and playing fields throughout north Canberra. The wetland filters stormwater of nutrients and sediment and provides habitat for many birds and aquatic species of plants and animals (see Images 1-7).
Aboriginal people used creeks and rivers to navigate across the landscape. Sullivans Creek showed the way to the Molonglo River which then led to the much larger Murrumbidgee River, rich in resources. It was also used as a pathway that led to important cultural sites on Black Mountain and Acton and surrounds (see Image 8).
Sullivan’s Creek was formerly known as Canberry Creek, as it ran alongside the Canberry property. Its name was later changed to Sullivan’s Creek, after William Sullivan, an early pastoralist of Springbank Station, located on the west bank of the creek, between Canberry station and Black Mountain (see Image 9).