Newsletter – Nov 21

Newsletter – Nov 21

A very tree-themed newsletter, and three ways for you to get involved in your local nature-hood. You can nominate a tree for the ACT tree register, suggest an area where you’d like more trees planted, or help us plant some new trees in North Lyneham!

Register your Favourite Tree!

One of the features of Lyneham that makes it a special place to live are all the trees along our streets, in our neighbourhood parks, and around houses. The ACT Tree Protection Act regulates the removal of mature trees in Canberra and also maintains an ACT Tree Register for the most significant trees. We looked at the map of Registered Trees recently and noticed there were only 5 trees registered in our area, as well as some trees along Northbourne Avenue. Surely we have more significant trees than this! Residents can nominate trees to be placed on the Register – details are on the ACT Tree Register website.

Where needs more trees?

If you think there are public places in the suburb where more trees could be planted then you can tell the ACT Government the spot through its YourSay website.

Successful Nature in the City grant application

Mulching and Low Maintenance Gardening | Gardener's Path

We are delighted with the success of our Nature in the City grant application, announced recently. The grant, of over $4,300 is for our ‘North Lyneham Revegetation Project’, which aims, through tree planting, weeding, and mulching, to enhance the green infrastructure of three of the public parks in North Lyneham: Montford Cr Park, Tommy Rowe Park, and Goodchild St Park.

We need lots of volunteers to help with the project, so if you’d like to be involved (as much or as llittle as suits you), please drop an email to

The Territory Plan - Woden Valley Community Council Woden Valley Community Council

Draft Territory Plan Variation 369 – Living Infrastructure in Residential Zones

The ACT Government is proposing to increase the green space and tree canopy coverage in all residential areas to help the city cope with climate change and be more liveable and comfortable. A proposed change to the Territory Plan (Draft Variation 369/DV369) will require new residential developments to have more trees, planting areas and soft landscaping than is currently required. Here is a factsheet explaining the changes.

ACT Play Space Strategy

How to Set Up Natural Play Spaces in Your Back Yard - Modern Parents Messy KidsThe ACT government has released for public consultation a draft ACT Play Space Strategy to set the direction for the future of play spaces in the ACT. It is also currently seeking feedback on a proposed new destination playspace on the old Watson High School land.

If you have kids you know that having accessible, interesting and safe outdoor play spaces in the local area is really important. Lyneham has a few play spaces but they could definitely be improved. If you want to have a say in this then please go to the consultation webpage. Consultation closes on 14 December.

A warm thank you to Mee Sing for their generous support of our membership drive last August, with their donation of a gift voucher. The winner of the voucher, Rachael, was announced in an earlier newsletter.

Please support this local business that supports the local community.

Working Bees: Keeping Your Volunteers Safe on the Day | Churches of Christ Insurance

        Working Bees        

Join the Lyneham Commons group at their working bee on the first Sunday of each month. See their Facebook page for details.

For other working bee opportunities, check the Banksia St Wetlands group Facebook page.

Gazebo and table for loan     

If you’re holding a social or community event and need an 3mx3m portable gazebo or 2m long folding table, LCA now have them for short-term loan to members.

Just contact us with your dates. To avoid disappointment it’s probably best to arrange a week or two in advance. There is no charge but a refundable bond will be required.

New Members

We love new members, and want even more!

So we’re asking you to encourage your friends and neighbours to join.

The more members we have, the more support we can provide each other and the more attention we can get from our local politicians.

Joining is free and open to everyone over 16 years of age, living in Lyneham or north O’Connor. Join online at

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