Our Environmental Responsibility
Parklands and Common
We are committed to ensuring that the final plan for Googong delivers a high-quality design that respects the ecological and environmental values of the area.
The new township has been planned to enhance the immediate and surrounding regions of Googong, which includes the Googong Dam and Foreshores. Immediately adjacent to the township, the Foreshores are a significant refuge for native plants and animals. The Foreshores are not part of the Googong township and will continued to be maintained by the ACT Parks and Conservation Service for public recreation. If you’re keen on fishing, bushwalking or mountain biking, this is a great natural resource to have on your doorstep.
Respect for ecological and environmental values is a key component of Googong Common, a large parkland meandering through the township which will be the “green lungs” of Googong.
23% of Googong will be dedicated to parklands and open space, including Googong Common. This totals 196 hectares - which is just 6 hectares less than Centennial Park in Sydney. A key element of Googong Common will be an ecologically restored chain of ponds. Native bushland within the Montgomery Creek area will be regenerated using planting propagated from local species.
In developing the parklands, we will be revegetating degraded areas with native species. Native grassland will be protected, along with habitats for other threatened species.
The parklands at Googong will provide spaces for sport and active recreation as well as quiet places for simply enjoying nature. There’s already a special place for our four-legged friends, with a dog park adjacent to the sports oval in our first neighbourhood.
Parklands will be accessible from all the neighbourhoods and will combine recreational, environmental and cultural uses including sports grounds, adventure play space, pedestrian and cycle trails. There will ultimately be seven sports fields with provision for cricket, soccer, tennis and netball courts.