19 June 2020

Throsby celebrates our diverse and wonderful animals

| My Gungahlin
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Close to New South Wales, and with Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary nearby, Canberra’s new northern suburb of Throsby is aptly named, says ACT Planning Minister Mick Gentleman.

Throsby is named after Ship’s surgeon and explorer Charles Throsby who explored the country around Lake Bathurst, Lake George and the Murrumbidgee River in the 1820s.

“The street names of Throsby celebrate Australian native fauna, something I am sure Charles Throsby would have been very aware of as he explored the area”, Minister Gentleman said.

“A quick look at the newly gazetted roads of the new suburb is a great way to be reminded of how diverse, colourful and peculiar our native animals are.

“Who wouldn’t want to live in Koala Close, Glider Crescent or Yabby Way? But there are other streets in Throsby that celebrate Australia’s less well known but equally fascinating animals.

The suburb’s major thoroughfare, Bettong Avenue, celebrates a small brown-grey nocturnal marsupial that is not so widely known.

The Eastern Bettong became extinct on mainland Australia but in 2012 it was introduced to the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary where it is protected from foxes, cats and dogs.

“It is because so many of our local animals are susceptible to introduced predators that Throsby is a designated cat containment suburb.

“By not permitting cats to roam and hunt at night the new residents of Throsby will contribute to the protection of our native fauna which is appropriate given the nomenclature of the streets “, Minister Gentleman concluded.

Construction work is underway on Throsby’s roads and services. To find out about buying land in Throsby visit the LDA website. To learn more about the streets of Throsby visit the street and suburb name search page.

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