The Molonglo Valley appears to be a sea of green, but has been carved in regions with quite different futures: it is important to look at the bigger picture of Denman North, the new section of the Denman Prospect estate and the surrounds.
Denman North is south of Namarag. The estate development application was released a few months ago. The pine forest has been stripped away, and the area fenced off, ready for construction. The area beside the John Gorton Drive Bridge is likely to remain dormant until the bridge is completed.
What and where
In the area surrounding Denman Prospect are a number of reserves.
- Lower Molonglo River Nature Reserve
- Upper Molonglo River Nature Reserve
Both are discussed at more length here. Lower Molonglo River Nature Reserve reaches to the Murrumbidgee River.
To the north of the Lower Molonglo River Nature Reserve on the Murrumbidgee River lies Woodstock Nature Reserve beside the suburb of Strathnairn.
Adjacent to Denman North is a private lease Stromlo Block 402 & 404.
Behind Molonglo Valley is the district of Stromlo, which is being considered for further development.
The district Molonglo Valley is a large area that includes the National Arboretum but not the Lower Molonglo River Nature Reserve.