Throsby and Kenny Broadacre
Where are the Throsby and Kenny Broadacre offset areas?
The offset areas include Throsby North (172 hectares), Throsby East (104 hectares) and Kenny Broadacre (23 hectares). They extend both the Mulligans Flat and Goorooyarroo Nature Reserves in the northern part of the ACT. The offset areas adjoin the Throsby residential development area and are adjacent to the future Kenny residential development and Kenny offset area.
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What’s so special about the Throsby and Kenny Broadacre offset areas?
The offset areas adjoin to Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve, and Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve, which has an additional 24 hectares managed by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service across the border. Combined with other woodlands within the ACT and NSW, the offset areas are part of one of the largest, best connected and most diverse patches of box gum grassy woodland remaining in south-eastern Australia. They are also located in an area that is part of the Molonglo River to Barton Highway Woodland corridor, which has been nominated for provisional registration on the ACT Heritage List for its natural heritage values.
The source of Sullivan’s Creek is within the Throsby East offset area. The creek flows from within the reserve through to the Kenny offset area and is a tributary of the Lake Burley Griffin and the Molonglo River.
Natural values significant under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act:
- White box-yellow box-Blakely’s red gum grassy woodland and derived native grassland (box gum grassy woodland)
- Golden sun moth (Synemon plana)
- Superb parrot (Polytelis swainsonii)
- Striped legless lizard (Delma impar)
The Throsby North and Throsby East offset areas contain over half of the superb parrot nesting sites in the ACT. They also support approximately 166 hectares of golden sun moth habitat and about 163 hectares of box gum grassy woodland, which is important breeding habitat for threatened and declining woodland birds.
Kenny Broadacre supports a further nine hectares of box gum grassy woodland and approximately seven hectares of striped legless lizard habitat.
Threatened fauna includes:
- Brown treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus)
- Diamond firetail (Stagonopleura guttata)
- Glossy black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami)
- Hooded robin (Melanodryas cucullata)
- Lathams’ snipe (Gallinago hardwickii)
- Little eagle (Hieraaetus morphnoides)
- Painted honeyeater (Grantiella picta)
- Perunga grasshopper (Perunga ochracea)
- Regent honeyeater (Anthochaera Phrygia)
- Scarlet robin (Petroica boodang)
- Speckled warbler (Chthonicola sagittata)
- Swift parrot (Lathamus discolor)
- Varied sittella (Daphoenositta chrysoptera)
- White-winged triller (Lalage sueurii)
Threatened flora includes:
- Blue grass lily (Caesia calliantha)
- Hairy centrolepis (Centrolepis strigosa)
- Narrow plantain (Plantago gaudichaudii)
The offset areas support cultural heritage sites including sites of aboriginal cultural and archaeological significance; remnant huts/homesteads, woolsheds, trees indicating old roads and an abandoned horse ploughed field. The Old Coach Road and Mulligans Flat Ploughlands are listed on the ACT Heritage Register. If artefacts are found they must not be disturbed to prevent a breach of the ACT Government Heritage Act 2004. Read more information about heritage.
The long term management aim is to conserve and improve the extent and understorey condition of box gum grassy woodland, the extent and condition of golden sun moth habitat, the extent and condition of striped legless lizard habitat; and to protect superb parrot breeding sites. Management will be in accordance with the offset management plan.
What can I do in this reserve?
Mulligans Flat and Goorooyarroo Nature Reserves are used for walking, running and cycling. Bird watching is also very popular. Ranger guided activities are organised within the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary.
Access for recreation may be reduced at times when stock is present within the offset areas.
Dogs and horses are not permitted within the reserves.
Get involved and volunteer with Friends of Mulligans Flat
Who do I contact with questions about this offset?
Call Access Canberra: 13 22 81