The funding focuses on protecting and managing a range of native plants and animals, threatened species and habitats through collaborative planning, increased engagement and alignment of natural resources, scientific, educational and community sectors.
It is also supporting partnerships between agencies, organisations, the community, landholders and Traditional Owners.
Regional Landscapes and Targeted Action
$4.7 million is funding 67 projects that include coordinated large-scale projects. targeted management activities at significant sites to protect threatened species, and research applied to better understand and conserve native flora and fauna.
The projects include restoration works, environmental ecological burning by Traditional Owners, targeted threatened species recovery, and coordinated pest, animal and weed control.
2018 Biodiversity Response Planning
In 2017-18, Biodiversity Response Planning will focus on collaborative project planning, organised around 11 geographic areas. This will commit approximately $35.6 million for on-ground biodiversity actions and $2.5 million for marine-targeted actions that will be delivered across three years, commencing in the 2018-19 financial year.
Projects will be developed by interested stakeholders, including community members, within priority landscapes or themes determined by working groups. Projects will be assessed on how well they contribute to the targets of Biodiversity 2037 under the goal "Victoria's natural environment is healthy".
Each working group will have slightly different timelines for project development but all are required to submit a final package of projects for approval in late-May.
2018 Community and Volunteer Action Grants
Submissions closed on 3 April for the Biodiversity On-ground Action - 2018 Community and Volunteer Action Grants.
$2 million is available for grants between $5,000 and $50,000. The grants aim to support a wide range of on-ground activities to help protect, improve and expand habitats for our native plants and animals. Funding will also support activities that help communities better understand and manage local native species and natural environments.
Successful applicants will be announced in the coming months.
The Victorian Government has committed $116,000 to crowdfunding projects in 2018 to support threatened species and biodiversity conservation campaigns. Crowdfunding enables the community to directly invest in causes and projects that they value, and are particularly passionate about. The government will offer community groups and organisations a unique opportunity to raise funds for threatened species and biodiversity action, while having their fundraising efforts matched by government.
Expressions of interest are now closed. Successful applicants will be announced in the coming months.
Regional Biodiversity Hubs
Announced in May 2017, $7.7 million was granted to 26 large-scale regional projects.
Regional hubs involve agencies and organisations working together in large-scale projects to address threats to a range of important native species in priority areas across the state.
Projects include removal of woody weeds and other pest plants; rabbit, fox and feral animal control; implementation of protection measures such as fencing from overgrazing; and selective fire management and habitat restoration.
Over $1 million has also been allocated to deliver urgent activities. Eight projects were announced in 2016 and ten projects in 2017.
An additional $2 million is supporting intensive management actions being delivered in collaboration with species’ recovery teams for iconic species including the Baw Baw Frog, Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby, Eastern Barred Bandicoot (mainland subspecies), Helmeted Honeyeater, Leadbeater’s Possum (lowland population), Mountain Pygmy Possum, Orange-bellied Parrot, Hooded Plover, Regent Honeyeater and Plains-wanderer.
The department is expanding opportunities for community members and scientists to come together to increase knowledge and capacity to manage and respond to risks to biodiversity. Seminars, regional events, forums and tools will complement on-ground activities.