Franklin Grasslands has been given the Ngunnawal name of ‘budjan galindji’ which translates in English to ‘water bird’.

The name recognises the migratory water bird, Latham’s Snipe, which visits the ephemeral wetlands within the reserve.

Project status: In progress

How you had YourSay:

Draft landscape plan and survey

The Franklin Grasslands draft landscape plan identifies appropriate access and use of the area, while protecting the conservation values and engaging the local community in this unique natural environment.

You had your say on the Franklin Grasslands Draft Landscape Plan by completing the survey and telling us your thoughts.

Public comment on the draft landscape plan is now closed.

Open day

An open day was held on Sunday 6 September. The open day provided the opportunity for the community to speak to a ranger and learn about the values of the site, chat with our Parks and Conservation officers face to face and comment on the proposed plans.

We are looking at:

As Franklin Grasslands is located in a highly urban environment, it provides a unique opportunity for the community to engage with and learn about the significance of our native grasslands.

We want to hear from community members and stakeholders on potential future uses of this special space. In particular, please tell us about:

  • how you currently use the site
  • how you would like to use the site
  • your views on the draft Landscape Plan
  • how we can tell you more about our grassland environments

As with other Canberra Nature Park reserves, we are limited in the facilities that can be provided. To protect the ecological values, please note that we will not be providing BBQs, picnic tables, shelters, toilets and rubbish bins.

Franklin Grasslands was established as an environmental offset site in 2019 and formally declared a Canberra Nature Park reserve in early 2020. The primary objective of the Franklin Grasslands is to protect and conserve natural and cultural values whilst meeting environmental offset commitments.

The grasslands protect and support many wildflowers and animals. Threatened species such as the Golden Sun Moth, Striped Legless Lizard, Perunga Grasshopper and Superb Parrot all live or forage in the reserve. It is also the richest area in the world for the Ginninderra Peppercress, which is only found in the ACT.

We want the community to help us deliver a landscape plan that manages the challenges around conserving the natural environment while providing visitors the chance to engage with and learn about the values of the site.

We will use your views to:

Your views will help us develop a Landscape Plan that will allow us to conserve and enhance the existing natural ecological systems of the site while providing a space for the local community to engage and build connections with grasslands and our wider ACT environment.