New outdoor recreational hub for Canberra’s south

Released 26/06/2019

More than half a million trees will be planted at Ingledene Forest south of Tharwa, turning the 500-hectare site into a new outdoor recreation hub for the ACT.

Ingledene was formerly a pine plantation that was destroyed in the 2003 Canberra bushfires.

It will now be transformed with 500,000 pine trees and thousands of native yellow box, red gum and apple box trees being planted to create an outdoor recreation area similar to Kowen Forest.

The ACT’s valuable forested areas offer outdoor activities such as trail walking, mountain bike riding and orienteering. We will work with the Canberra community over the coming years to help shape recreational uses for the area.

The plantation will accumulate an estimated 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent over the next 25 years, helping the achieve our target of zero carbon emission by 2045.

Preparations will begin at Ingledene at the end of the year with planting to begin in the western sector in 2020 – 2021, and the eastern sector in 2021 - 2022. We have committed $1.734 million to the project over four years.

The replanting will create an estimated 20 new jobs for the region and will complement the ACT’s softwood plantation estate by providing around 280,000 tonnes of renewable timber.

Ingledene Forest is located south of Tharwa, on the outskirts of Namadgi National Park and is flanked by the Gudgenby and Murrumbidgee rivers.

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