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The Murrumbidgee ACT Chapter has certainly been worth the wait for rec fishers in the ACT keen to get hands-on with habitat restoration.

Set-up in partnership with the Ginninderry Conservation Trust, its primary focus is the Murrumbidgee River – particularly a stretch from below Shepherds Lookout west of Belconnen to the inflow of Ginninderra Creek, across the border in New South Wales. 

Fishing in the River

The area covers a number of hard to access fishing spots that have been popular with die-hard fishos for years. Those persistent enough to do the walk-in though have been rewarded with native fish including Murray cod and golden perch. 

Goals for the Chapter

With a significant amount of new housing planned for the surrounding area, the Chapter aims to develop a good fishing culture and understanding of responsible river stewardship among the growing number of people moving to the region. 

Issues to tackle

The stretch of the Murrumbidgee River in question faces a number of challenges, including: invasive species, weeds and a fragmented riparian zone, silting, erosion, and pollution. Chapter members will engage in a range of restoration activities to return healthy habitat and raise awareness of its importance within the local community. 

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