Biodiversity Response Planning Projects

Eighty-five projects for on-ground biodiversity action worth $33.67 million, and four projects for Marine Environment Targeted Action worth $1.1 million were announced in mid-2018 for funding. Funded projects are being delivered over three years, commencing in 2018-2019 through to 2021.

These projects are part of the $86.3 million investment to implement Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037 over the first four years of the plan.

The package of projects were assessed on their ability to maximise net outcomes for biodiversity and make progress towards state-wide targets associated with the Biodiversity 2037 goal of ‘Victoria’s natural environment is healthy’.

See the full list of Biodiversity Response Planning projects grouped by geographic area.

Since February 2018, a diverse array of community groups, Traditional Owners, government and non-government partners from across the Murray River geographic area have participated in Biodiversity Response Planning. Their key task was to recommend a package of projects to DELWP for funding and refer additional recommended projects to an Independent Assessment Panel for state-wide consideration.  This was completed in June 2018.

Five projects worth a total of $2.587 million over three years have been announced for on-ground action along the significant Murray River to secure Victoria’s biodiversity. These projects will be delivered over three years by various government and non-government stakeholders and will directly contribute to the targets of Biodiversity 2037, under the goal ‘Victoria's natural environment is healthy’.

Projects announced for funding in this region are identified on the maps and list below:

App ID Project Funding Project Lead / Delivery Partners Project summary
BRP048 Robinvale to Nyah - conserving Robinvale Plain and Murray Fan bioregions $708,300 Mallee Catchment Management Authority
Swan Hill Rural City Council
Delivery of an integrated invasive species control program will address key threats across 17,005 hectares of priority habitat within the Robinvale Plain and Murray Fan bioregions; ultimately supporting enhanced connectivity and condition outcomes.
BRP051 Protecting and enhancing the biodiversity of the Murray Scroll Belt in far north-western Victoria $763,700 Parks Victoria
Trust for Nature
Mildura Rural City Council
First Peoples of the Millewa-Mallee
Aboriginal Victoria
Sporting Shooters Association Australia
VicRoads 
Protect and enhance semi-arid woodlands, riverine and wetland communities, and threatened flora and fauna species across 50,000 hectares of public and 30,000 hectares of private (Neds Corner Station) land in the Murray Scroll Belt of far-north-western Victoria, by controlling priority invasive species and revegetating 1,000 hectares of semi-arid woodlands.
BRP059 Linking Lower Goulburn to Barmah private land works $343,200 Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority
Trust for Nature
Goulburn Murray Landcare Network
Broken Boosey Conservation Management Network
Linking Lower Goulburn and Barmah will improve vegetation connectivity between the Lower Goulburn and Barmah National Parks by revegetating, fencing, and controlling weeds, foxes and rabbits over 40 hectares of private land. This will improve habitat for threatened species, including Bush -stone curlew, Grey-crown babbler, Squirrel glider and Tree goanna.
BRP074 Protecting and enhancing the Barmah and Lower Goulburn red gum forests, wetlands and floodplains $370,755 Parks Victoria
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority
Sporting Shooters Association Australia
Yorta Yorta, Nation Aboriginal Corporation
Protection of the Barmah Ramsar site, red gum forests, wetlands, floodplains, Moira-grass plains, colonially-nesting waterbirds, ground-dwelling mammals, frogs and reptiles (including many threatened species) across 31,000 hectares of public land in the Lower Goulburn and Barmah National Parks by controlling pigs, goats, and woody weeds.
BRP100 Iconic estates - Murray River $401,474 Trust for Nature  Ongoing protection for 300 hectares of Victoria's most important habitat on private land around the Murray River, in partnership with local and regional networks and individual landholders, including the use of voluntary conservation convenants.

Since February 2018, a diverse array of community groups, Traditional Owners, government and non-government partners from across the Mallee geographic area have participated in Biodiversity Response Planning. Their key task was to recommend a package of projects to DELWP for funding and refer additional recommended projects to an Independent Assessment Panel for state-wide consideration.  This was completed in June 2018.

Eleven projects worth $5.174 million over three years have been announced for on-ground action in the Mallee area to secure Victoria’s biodiversity. These projects will be delivered over three years by various government and non-government stakeholders and will directly contribute to the targets of Biodiversity 2037, under the goal ‘Victoria's natural environment is healthy’.

Projects announced for funding in this region are identified on the maps and list below:

App ID Project Funding Project Lead / Delivery Partners Project summary
BRP028 Mallee Parks: the Cowangie connection $900,000 Mallee Catchment Management Authority
DELWP
Parks Victoria
Mildura Rural City Council
Targeted and integrated invasive species control program will address key threats across 159,974 hectares of priority habitat within Murray Sunset National Park, Big Desert Wilderness Park, and the largely agricultural landscape separating them.
Ultimately supporting enhanced condition and connectivity outcomes within a landscape recognised nationally for its ecological refugia importance.
BRP040 Annuello and Wandown: enhancing Mallee to Murray biolinks $400,000 Mallee Catchment Management Authority
Parks Victoria
Mildura Rural City Council
Swan Hill Rural City Council
Targeted and integrated invasive species control program will address key threats across 49,567 hectares of priority habitat within and adjacent to the Annuello FFR, Wandown FR, Menzies NCR and O’Brees Reserve - ultimately supporting enhanced condition and connectivity outcomes for the Murray River Scroll Belt region.
BRP041 Safeguarding the Hattah Ramsar Lakes and Raak Plain catchment areas $220,000 Mallee Catchment Management Authority
Mildura Rural City Council
Integrated invasive species control program will address key threats across 2,500 hectares of priority habitat within the agricultural landscape of the Raak Plain and Hattah Lakes catchment areas. Ultimately supporting enhanced condition and connectivity outcomes within a landscape recognised nationally for its saline and fresh wetlands.
BRP045 Yarrara Ridge - conserving Victoria's semi-arid environments $300,000 Mallee Catchment Management Authority
Mildura Rural City Council
Targeted and integrated invasive species control program will address key threats across 9,020 hectares of priority habitat within the Yarrara Ridge complex. 
Adjacent to the Murray-Sunset National Park, this agricultural landscape supports the largest remnants of Belah woodlands in Victoria.  Mitigation of key threats will ensure long-lasting biodiversity outcomes.
BRP046 Improving conservation of the southern Mallee Dunefields $200,000 Mallee Catchment Management Authority
Yarriambiack Shire
Mildura Rural City Council
Integrated invasive species control program will address key threats across 12,000 hectares of priority habitat, targeting remnants within the agricultural landscape of the Wathe and Bronzewing Dunefields adjacent to Wyperfeld NP. 
Delivery will ultimately support enhanced condition and connectivity outcomes within a landscape recognised for its ecological uniqueness.
BRP047 Controlling feral cats in the Mallee for improved management outcomes $735,900 Mallee Catchment Management Authority
Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (DELWP)
Cat control across 10,000 hectares to reduce predation impacts within Hattah-Kulkyne NP and Big Desert State Forest. 
Delivery will also support the assessment of available Cat control strategies and tools to support continuous improvement processes and improve management outcomes.
BRP049 Tyrrell - preserving an ancient salina landscape $450,000 Mallee Catchment Management Authority
DELWP
Swan Hill Rural City Council
Buloke Shire
Delivery of a targeted and integrated invasive species control program will address key threats to 30,559 hectares of priority habitat including the Lakes: Tyrrell, Wahpool and Timboram and associated creek lines; ultimately supporting enhanced condition and connectivity outcomes within a landscape recognised nationally for its geological significance as an ancient salina system.
BRP050 Cardross - conserving biodiversity within a peri-urban landscape $200,000 Mallee Catchment Management Authority
DELWP
Lower Murray Water
Mildura Rural City Council
Delivery of targeted rabbit and weed control programs will address key threats across 8,527 hectares of priority habitat within the Cardross Lakes system.  Supplementary planting will also be delivered to improve habitat structure and function of the 15% (1,265 hectares) of the project area which has previously been under grazing licence.
BRP052 Restoration and protection of high value habitat of Wyperfeld National Park and Patchewollock State Forest $550,000 Parks Victoria
DELWP
Sporting Shooters Association Australia
Protection and enhancement of semi-arid woodlands, and a diverse range of threatened flora and fauna species, across 152,000 hectares in Wyperfeld National Park and adjacent State forests and conservation reserves, by controlling rabbits, feral goats, foxes and weeds and improving breeding conditions for the vulnerable Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo.
BRP054 Protecting and enhancing the biodiversity of Hattah and the eastern Murray Sunset Country $869,000 Parks Victoria
DELWP
Sporting Shooters Association Australia
Protect the Hattah Ramsar wetlands and saline wetlands, semi-arid woodlands, waterbirds, ground-dwelling mammals, frogs and reptiles (including numerous threatened species), across 260,000 hectares of Hattah-Kulkyne, Murray-Kulkyne and eastern sections of Murray Sunset National Parks and Raak Plain State forest by controlling feral pigs, goats, rabbits, foxes and weeds.
BRP091 Protecting and enhancing the semi-arid woodlands of Taparoo in north-west Murray Sunset National Park $350,000 Parks Victoria
Sporting Shooters Association Australia
Protect and enhance threatened semi-arid woodlands, and numerous threatened flora and fauna species, across 180,000 hectares of the Taparoo region of Murray Sunset National Park in the far north-west of Victoria, through intensive control of rabbits, goats and transformer weeds.

Since February 2018, a diverse array of community groups, Traditional Owners, government and non-government partners from across the Wimmera geographic area have participated in Biodiversity Response Planning. Their key task was to recommend a package of projects to DELWP for funding and refer additional recommended projects to an Independent Assessment Panel for state-wide consideration.  This was completed in June 2018.

Six projects worth $1.732 million over three years have been announced for on-ground in the Wimmera region to secure Victoria’s biodiversity. These projects will be delivered over three years by various government and non-government stakeholders and will directly contribute to the targets of Biodiversity 2037, under the goal ‘Victoria's natural environment is healthy’.

Projects announced for funding in this region are identified on the maps and list below:

App ID Project Funding Project Lead / Delivery Partners Project summary
BRP034 Building biolinks along the Lawloit Range $118,000 Hindmarsh Landcare Network Re-establishment, restoration and de-stocking of 100 hectares of semi-arid woodland, incorporating listed threatened Grey Box–Buloke Grassy Woodland Community and habitat for species within the listed threatened Victorian Temperate Woodland Bird Community.
BRP056 Iconic Estates - permanent protection in Wimmera $161,974 Trust for Nature  Ongoing protection across 250 hectares of Victoria's most important habitat on private land the Wimmera region, in partnership with local and regional networks and individual landholders.
BRP097 Little Desert landscape-scale ecosystem enhancement initiative: Project - fox, weed and rabbit control $516,500 Conservation Volunteers Australia
Hindmarsh Landcare Group
Parks Victoria
Trust For Nature
Kaniva Landcare Group 
Conservation Volunteers Australia and local Landcare groups will engage landholders to implement integrate fox control on private land bordering the Little Desert National Park.  Parks Victoria will expand pest control programs on public estate.
BRP105 Wimmera River biolink & PP&A control project $316,360 Parks Victoria
Hindmarsh Landcare Network
DELWP
Undertake remnant woodland re-establishment, restoration & protection works in 200 hectares of private land, and undertake rabbit control works across 16,200 hectares of the Wimmera River - Lake Hindmarsh - Lake Albacutya corridor, including threatened Grey Box – Buloke Grassy Woodlands and habitat for the threatened Victorian Temperate Woodland Bird Community.
BRP111 Western Victorian Woodlands - phase 4 $500,000 Wimmera Catchment Management Authority Large-scale threat abatement project aimed at improving the biodiversity conservation outcomes for a number of key flora and fauna species on private property that are strategic and provide multi species benefits that are valued by the community.
BRP122 Increasing critical food supply for the endangered South-Eastern Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoo (SE-RTBC). $120,067 Greening Australia Establish 30,000 Stringybark trees across 500 hectares, determined through spatial prioritisation, to increase critical food supply for the SE-RTBC.

Since February 2018, a diverse array of community groups, Traditional Owners, government and non-government partners from across the Glenelg-Grampians geographic area have participated in Biodiversity Response Planning. Their key task was to recommend a package of projects to DELWP for funding and refer additional recommended projects to an Independent Assessment Panel for state-wide consideration.  This was completed in June 2018.

Eleven projects worth $4.327 million over three years have been announced for on-ground action in the Glenelg-Grampians area to secure Victoria’s biodiversity. These projects will be delivered over three years by various government and non-government stakeholders and will directly contribute to the targets of Biodiversity 2037, under the goal ‘Victoria's natural environment is healthy’.

Projects announced for funding in this region are identified on the maps and list below:

App ID Project Funding Project Lead / Delivery Partners Project summary
BRP005 Permanent restoration of Long Swamp, Discovery Bay Coastal Park $195,000 Nature Glenelg Trust
Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owner Corporation
Parks Victoria
Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority
Permanent restoration of internationally important (Ramsar convention listed) wetland habitat in Long Swamp.
Current restoration trial structure to be replaced with a re-created sand dune.
Permanent closure of  artificial outlet, securing future sustainable water management across up to 1,057 hectares of public land.
BRP007 Grampians/Glenelg landscape wetland restoration program - restoring the hydrology of drained wetlands, especially on private land $390,000 Nature Glenelg Trust
Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority
Parks Victoria
DELWP
Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owner Corporation
Hydrological restoration and rehabilitation of wetland habitat  for brolga, growling grass frogs (Litoria raniformis), western swamp crayfish (Gramastacus insolitus), little Galaxias (Galaxiella toourtkoourt) and Australasian bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus) across 220 hectares of private and public land.
BRP010 Glenelg pine project - scaled and integrated restoration of stringybark woodlands.  $600,000 DELWP  Scaled and integrated restoration of stringybark woodlands by mechanically and manually removing pine wildlings (pinus spp.). Targets for this project are 690 hectares of mechanical and 3,091 hectares of manual treatments over the three years.
BRP013 Grampians Sallow Wattle control $647,445 Parks Victoria  Contain Sallow Wattle to its current extent and density to protect herb-rich woodlands and species impacted by Sallow Wattle invasion (e.g. Grampians Duck Orchid) and work in partnership with Barengi Gadjin  Land Council to develop a native food enterprise using sallow wattle seed.
BRP014 Grampians herbivores - goats and rabbits $309,000 Parks Victoria  Integrated approach to reduce the distribution and abundance of herbivores (goats and rabbits) to improve the floristic diversity and structure of ground layer vegetation of herb-rich woodlands and Grampians endemic montane shrublands in high conservation areas in the Grampians National Park.
BRP015 Grampians herbivores - deer  $624,000 Parks Victoria  Integrated approach to reduce the abundance of deer to improve ground layer vegetation in priority herb-rich woodlands. Project will be supported centrally to also build capability state-wide in delivery of deer management techniques using the Grampians National Park as one of the control locations.
BRP016 Grampians introduced predators - feral cats  $275,000 Parks Victoria  It is anticipated Victorian legislative changes will enable broad-scale management of feral cats in priority sites across the Grampians. This project complements over 22 years investment in landscape-scale fox 1080 poison baiting in the Grampians. Monitoring suggests feral cats are now as prevalent as foxes with large-scale feral cat control urgently needed.
BRP024 Glenelg ark project - next phase $420,000 DELWP  Facilitate the recovery of native mammal populations at risk from predation by foxes and feral cats in far south-west Victoria. To be achieved by broad scale fox baiting across an extra 17,000 hectares. and trial several feral cat management options within the project areas (7,400 hectares.).
BRP031 Increasing critical food supply for the endangered South-Eastern Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoo (SE-RTBC). $260,000 Greening Australia  Establish 70,000 Stringybark trees across 700 hectares determined through spatial prioritisation to increase critical food supply for the SE-RTBC.
BRP061 Iconic estates - Glenelg / Grampians $292,770 Trust for Nature  Ongoing protection across 300 hectares of Victoria's most important habitat on private land, in partnership with local and regional networks and individual landholders.
BRP092 Pine wildling control in brown stringy bark woodlands $314,000 Glenelg Hopkin Catchment Management Authority This collaborative project supports removal of pine wildlings from brown stringy bark woodlands; a critical feeding habitat for South-Eastern Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoo (SE-RTBC). In addition to enhancing SE-RTBC habitat, the activities will benefit a range of other native flora and fauna species.

Since February 2018, a diverse array of community groups, Traditional Owners, government and non-government partners from across the Victorian Volcanic Plains and Otways geographic area have participated in Biodiversity Response Planning. Their key task was to recommend a package of projects to DELWP for funding and refer additional recommended projects to an Independent Assessment Panel for state-wide consideration.  This was completed in June 2018.

Ten projects worth $2.885 million over three years have been announced for on-ground action across the Volcanic Plains and Otways area to secure Victoria’s biodiversity. These projects will be delivered over three years by various government and non-government stakeholders and will directly contribute to the targets of Biodiversity 2037, under the goal ‘Victoria's natural environment is healthy’.

Projects announced for funding in this region are identified on the maps and list below:

App ID Project Funding Project Lead / Delivery Partners Project summary
BRP009 Victorian Volcanic Plain (VVP) landscape wetland restoration program - restoring the hydrology of drained wetlands, especially on private land $140,000 Nature Glenelg Trust
Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority
Corangamite Catchment Management Authority
DELWP
Hydrological restoration of 100 hectares of Seasonal Herbaceous Wetlands of the Temperate Lowland Plains and other key wetland habitat for brolga, growling grass frogs, Corangamite water skink, Australasian bittern and migratory bird species such as Latham's snipe.
BRP011 Expanding and strengthening the Otway Ark $486,060 Conservation Ecology Centre
Parks Victoria
Southern Otway Landcare Network 
Maintain and expand the Otway Ark, a small mammal recovery program which incorporates best practice monitoring with ongoing fox control.
Impacts will be extended through assessing pig populations within the Otways and developing a program with the aim of restricting their spread and eradicating isolated pig populations.
BRP019 Building blocks for biodiversity in the Bannockburn region. $149,500 Ballarat Environment Network Inc
Chinaman's Lagoon Committee of Management
Parks Victoria
Geelong Landcare Network
Teesdale Grassy Woodlands Committee of Management 
Improve the condition and diversity of 500 hectares of endangered, diverse natural Temperate Grasslands, Plains Grassy Woodland & Creekline Tussock Grassland in the Bannockburn region of the Victorian Volcanic Plains bioregion.
To be achieved through transformer weed control, fox control and rabbit-proof fence installation/ extension (1 hectare) to protect exceptional conservation values for the long-term.
BRP022 Addressing key threats to native grassland linear reserves on the Victorian Volcanic Plains $374,500 DELWP
Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority
Golden Plains Shire
Improve quality and connectedness of natural temperate grasslands on the Victorian Volcanic Plains by reducing critical threats from priority, and new and emerging, weeds.
Strategic management activities will include weed mapping, targeted weed control and ecological/cultural burning across 1,420 hectares.
BRP023 Iconic estates - Volcanic Plains / Otways $385,365 Trust for Nature  Permanent protection of over 200 hectares of the Victorian Volcanic Plains / Otways most important habitat on private land , in partnership with local and regional networks and individual landowners.
BRP026 Connected landscapes - connecting landholders to biodiversity on the Victorian Volcanic Plain $462,000 Corangamite Catchment Management Authority
City of Greater Geelong
Moorabool Council
Golden Plains Shire
Colac-Otway Shire
Corangamite Shire
Trust for Nature
DELWP
Parks Victoria
Greening Australia
Lismore Land Protection Group
Leigh Catchment Group
Geelong Landcare Network
Geelong Field Naturalist Club
Private landowners
Protection, enhancement and restoration of over 1,000 hectares of threatened native grassland, grassy woodland and related habitats across the Victorian Volcanic Plain, with a focus on private land.
BRP027 Increasing biodiversity benefits across the Ramsar Western District Lakes $160,000 Greening Australia  Enhance landscape scale native vegetation within the Victorian Volcanic Plains Western District Ramsar Lakes, consisting of significant ecological communities and threatened flora and fauna species. Partnering with public and private landholders coordination of weed and predator activities will be undertaken across 1,000 hectare over 3 years.
BRP036 Otway landscape pest plant management $495,000 Parks Victoria  Protection of the significant biodiversity values of the Otway landscape through containment and control across 41,000 hectare of highly invasive pest plant species, such as Boneseed, Sweet Pittosporum, Sallow/Coast Wattle and Broom, that have the ability to alter ecosystem functioning and reduce habitat suitability.
BRP057 Enhancing and protecting biodiversity values in the Otway Plains $135,000 Upper Barwon Landcare Network
Surf Coast and Inland Plains Landcare Network
Central Otways Landcare Network
Protection and promotion of biodiversity in high value areas of the Otway Plains by using best practice approaches to remove exotic  invasive weeds in partnership with local landholders and land managers.
BRP062 Glenelg - Mt Napier goat control $98,000 Parks Victoria  Local eradication of goats (Capra hircus) from Mt Napier in collaboration with adjoining landholders, community volunteers and Traditional Owners.

Since February 2018, a diverse array of community groups, Traditional Owners, government and non-government partners from across the Port Phillip / Westernport geographic area have participated in Biodiversity Response Planning. Their key task was to recommend a package of projects to DELWP for funding and refer additional recommended projects to an Independent Assessment Panel for state-wide consideration.  This was completed in June 2018.

Eight projects worth $3.198 million over three years have been announced for on-ground action in the Port Phillip region to secure Victoria’s biodiversity. These projects will be delivered over three years by various government and non-government stakeholders and will directly contribute to the targets of Biodiversity 2037, under the goal ‘Victoria's natural environment is healthy’.

Projects announced for funding in this region are identified on the maps and list below:

App ID Project Funding Project Lead / Delivery Partners Project summary
BRP018 Whittlesea integrated pest animal management and monitoring program (WIPAMMP) $450,000 City of Whittlesea
Parks Victoria
Melbourne Water
DELWP
WIPAMMP will build on existing pest control programs implemented by partners in Kinglake National Park, Yan Yean Reservoir & Mt Disappointment State Forest. Implemented across  20,000 hectares of high Strategic Biodiversity Value areas on both public & private land, supporting Brush-tailed Phascogale and endangered Ecological Vegetation Class Wet Verge Sedgeland.
BRP020 Building the Bass Coast biolinks. $413,320 Bass Coast Landcare Network
Bunurong Land Council
Improve habitat and reduce predator threats to Southern Brown Bandicoot, Growling Grass Frog, Swamp Skink,  Swift Parrot, Orange Bellied Parrot, Powerful Owl and Swamp Antechinus across 1,212 hectares of private land and 448 hectares of public land.
BRP053 Sugarloaf Link - improving animal populations and habitat connectivity between Watsons Creek and the Yarra River $450,000 Nillumbik Shire Council
Parks Victoria 
Christmas Hills Landcare Group
Melbourne Water
Bend of Islands Conservation Association
Enhance connected habitat for threatened plants and animals from Watsons Creek to the Yarra River. This project will complement existing programs by controlling deer, foxes and weeds on private and public land. This will benefit Phascogales, Dunnarts and a range of threated orchids.
BRP058 Cannibal Creek catchment biodiversity project $320,000 Cannibal Creek Landcare 
Cardinia Shire Council
Cardinia Environment Coalition 
Friends of Mt Cannibal Reserve
Cannibal Creek Reserve Committee of Management
Bunyip Landcare
This project will reduce the impact of weeds, deer and fox in remnant vegetation in the Cannibal Creek Catchment, south of Bunyip State Park, working across both private and public land.
BRP077 Peaks to plains: enhancing and connecting the You Yang Ranges and Werribee Plains $454,182 Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority
Parks Victoria
Greater Geelong Council
Enhance 7,000 hectares of habitat for threatened species and ecological communities by undertaking a coordinated rabbit, goat and weed control program.The granitic peaks of the You Yang Ranges and the surrounding Werribee Plains grasslands are some of Victoria’s most ecologically significant landscapes.
BRP093 Iconic estates - Port Phillip / Westernport $209,346 Trust for Nature  Ongoing protection of 100 hectares of Victoria's most important habitat on private land in Port Phillip/Westernport, in partnership with local and regional networks and individual landholders.
BRP096 Deepening connections – engaging communities and enhancing habitat of the Deep Creek $452,710 Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority Engage private landowners across 6,700 hectares to control rabbits and weeds, to protect incised escarpments of the Deep Creek and surrounding plains south of Darraweit Guim. This area provides vital habitat for a range of threatened species and communities including Platypus, Growling Grass Frog, and Plains Grassy Woodland.
BRP099 Birds to butterfields - habitat corridor improvements $449,000 Yarra Ranges Council  Undertake on-ground works to improve habitat for the critically endangered Helmeted Honeyeaters and connectivity in the surrounding landscape. Works will include fencing remnant vegetation, weed and deer control to bolster conservation efforts in a tenure blind approach.

Since February 2018, a diverse array of community groups, Traditional Owners, government and non-government partners from across the Gippsland and Inlets / Islands geographic area have participated in Biodiversity Response Planning. Their key task was to recommend a package of projects to DELWP for funding and refer additional recommended projects to an Independent Assessment Panel for state-wide consideration.  This was completed in June 2018.

Seven projects worth $2.587 million over three years have been announced for on-ground action across the Gippsland and Inlets / Islands area to secure Victoria’s biodiversity. These projects will be delivered over three years by various government and non-government stakeholders and will directly contribute to the targets of Biodiversity 2037, under the goal ‘Victoria's natural environment is healthy’.

Projects announced for funding in this region are identified on the maps and list below:

App ID Project Funding Project Lead / Delivery Partners Project summary
BRP073 Extirpation of Sambar Deer from Wilsons Prom $230,000 Parks Victoria  Detect and extirpate a small population of Sambar Deer detected at Wilsons Prom before it establishes. Sambar Deer are highly invasive introduced herbivores which impact on natural ecosystems by wallowing in waterways, destroying vegetation, disturbing soil creating erosion.
BRP081 Landscape-scale conservation of threatened invertebrates of the Western Strzeleckis $417,058 DELWP
Federation University
Gippsland Water
South Gippsland and Latrobe Landcare Networks
Protect and restore habitat of 30 colonies of Giant Gippsland Earthworm and three threatened species of burrowing crayfish, through development of a cost-effective and non-destructive method for surveying for burrowing crayfish and detailed species lists for revegetation of   Giant Gippsland Earthworm habitat.
BRP082 Managing the immigration of foxes into Wilsons Promontory National Park $180,000 Parks Victoria  Managing the immigration of foxes into Wilsons Promontory National Park, and protecting small mammal species of the Yanakie Isthmus by undertaking intensive fox control.
BRP083 Developing control options for feral cats at Wilsons Prom to improve on-ground management capability $500,000 Parks Victoria
Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (DELWP)
Develop and test strategies and control tools (trapping, shooting, baiting) to improve management capabilities and provide standards for the control of feral cats at Wilsons Promontory National Park.
BRP104 Enhancing biodiversity at Dutson Downs $165,000 West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority
Gippsland Water
Control predators (foxes) and pest herbivores (rabbits) across 6,000 hectares to assist the prevalence of numerous species including the New Holland Mouse (Pseudomys novaehollandiae), Green and Golden Bell Frog (Litoria aurea), Wellington Mint-bush (Prostanthera galbraithiae), Dwarf Kerrawang (Rulingia prostrata) and the Trailing Hop–bush (Dodonaea procumbens).
BRP109 Enhancing biodiversity at the Bunurong coastal landscape $1,062,000 West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority
South Gippsland Landcare Network
Parks Victoria
Trust for Nature
Control predators (foxes) and pest herbivores (rabbits) across 16,000 hectares to assist the prevalence of approximately 30 threatened fauna species, 17 migratory bird species and 10 threatened flora species.
BRP118 Aquatic predator control for biodiversity gain in headwater streams - Upper Morwell River $33,700 Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (DELWP) Management of the landscape-wide threat to the majority of native headwater fish species by removing aquatic predators and increasing suitable predator-free habitat for the Morwell Galaxias in the headwaters of the Morwell River, re-linking two nearby but currently isolated sub-populations.

Since February 2018, a diverse array of community groups, Traditional Owners, government and non-government partners from across the Eastern Forests geographic area have participated in Biodiversity Response Planning. Their key task was to recommend a package of projects to DELWP for funding and refer additional recommended projects to an Independent Assessment Panel for state-wide consideration.  This was completed in June 2018.

Ten projects worth $4.212 million over three years have been announced for on-ground action across the Eastern Forests area to secure Victoria’s biodiversity. These projects will be delivered over three years by various government and non-government stakeholders and will directly contribute to the targets of Biodiversity 2037, under the goal ‘Victoria's natural environment is healthy’.

Projects announced for funding in this region are identified on the maps and list below:

App ID Project Funding Project Lead / Delivery Partners Project summary
BRP067 Threat mitigation for the biodiversity of the far eastern Croajingolong National Park, East Gippsland. $320,000 DELWP
Parks Victoria
In Croajingalong National Park, deliver 3,500 hectares of feral predator control, 167 hectares of heathland ecological burning and create a second Victorian population of Eastern Bristlebird through planned translocations within a 875 hectares site preparation area. 
BRP070 Conservation management of private land enclaves in the Far Eastern Forests $747,000 Trust for Nature  Improvement of habitat across 4,000 hectares of private land in the Eastern Forests by controlling  weeds, removing foxes and destocking,  protecting a range of threatened species and vegetation communities including rare Warm Temperate Rainforest and threatened critical weight mammals.
BRP080 Iconic estates - Eastern Forests $297,843 Trust for Nature  Ongoing protection across 200 hectares of Victoria's most important habitat on private land being in the Eastern Forests, in partnership with local and regional networks and individual landholders.
BRP084 Managing feral pigs in the eastern borderlands $900,000 Parks Victoria
Moogji Aboriginal Council
Controlling pigs in the Eastern Forests borderlands to protect a range of environmental, cultural and social assets.
BRP085 Mitigating impacts of invasive herbivores on Alpine wetlands $190,000 Parks Victoria  Fencing areas of priority wetlands and alpine peatlands to mitigate the increasing destructive impacts of feral horses, deer and/or pigs.
BRP087 Managing the impacts of transformative coastal weeds in Far East Gippsland $450,000 Parks Victoria  Control high priority weed infestations and contain transforming weeds at a diverse suite of inlets, rocky headlands and isolated beaches of high ecological value on the Far East Gippsland coastline, including the Cape Howe Wilderness and Sand Patch Wilderness, Croajingolong National Park and Cape Conran Coastal Park.
BRP113 Management to improve habitat for threatened mammal species in the Upper Snowy River $450,000 DELWP
Parks Victoria
Landcare
Continuing successful predator control strategies, trial new predator management techniques, support  Southern Brush-Tailed Rock-Wallaby genetic rescue through supplementation, and deliver targeted threat abatement and threatened species recovery monitoring.
The Upper Snowy River is the stronghold for three of Victoria's most endangered mammals – Southern Brush-Tailed Rock-Wallaby, Spot-tailed Quoll and Eastern Wallaroo.
BRP116 Rodent free Gabo Island $220,000 DELWP Remove introduced rodents (Brown Rats and House Mice) from Gabo Island making the island a haven for breeding seabirds.
BRP117 Lake Tyers deer management $500,000 DELWP
East Gippsland Rainforests Conservation Management Network
Landcare
Trust for Nature
The East Gippsland Rainforest Conservation Management Network plan to connect landowners and public-land managers with accredited shooters in a coordinated response at a landscape scale. Scientific monitoring along with partners will increase knowledge and trial a novel control system.
BRP119 Aquatic predator control and translocations for biodiversity gain in headwaters streams - east Gippsland Forests $137,200 Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (DELWP) Management of aquatic predation, the landscape-wide threat to the majority of native headwater fish species in eastern Victoria, by removing aquatic predators, and locating translocation sites and undertaking translocation 'top up' for six species of upland native galaxiids from west to east Gippsland.

Since February 2018, a diverse array of community groups, Traditional Owners, government and non-government partners from across the North-eastern Forests and Alps geographic area have participated in Biodiversity Response Planning. Their key task was to recommend a package of projects to DELWP for funding and refer additional recommended projects to an Independent Assessment Panel for state-wide consideration.  This was completed in June 2018.

Nine projects worth $1.934 million over three years have been announced for on-ground action across the North-eastern Forests and Alps area to secure Victoria’s biodiversity. These projects will be delivered over three years by various government and non-government stakeholders and will directly contribute to the targets of Biodiversity 2037, under the goal ‘Victoria's natural environment is healthy’.

Projects announced for funding in this region are identified on the maps and list below:

App ID Project Funding Project Lead / Delivery Partners Project summary
BRP032 Feral pig control - Tatong $320,000 DELWP
Parks Victoria
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
HVP Plantations
Local Landholders
North East Water
Feral Pig control to decrease habitat destruction for a range of threatened flora and fauna species. 
BRP055 Lurg Hills to North East Foothills connections $372,000 Trust for Nature
Regent Honeyeater Project Inc
Mollyulah/Tatong Landcare
Trust for Nature 
Strengthening connectivity conservation from the biodiversity, re-vegetation and recovery stronghold of the Lurg Hills, through to the North East Foothills; adding to a landscape scale conservation network linking the Warby Ranges, Winton Wetlands and Lurg Hills to the North East foothills and Alps.
BRP076 Mitigating the threat of Ox-Eye Daisy on North East Forests and Alps $300,000 Parks Victoria  Surveying, mapping and controlling the highly invasive Ox-eye Daisy in the Alpine National Park to protect alpine grasslands, sub-alpine woodlands and other threatened habitats.
BRP086 Managing feral cats in the Victorian Alps $275,000 Parks Victoria
Falls Creek Alpine Resort Management Board
Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board
Feral cat control works in priority areas associated with threatened Mountain Pygmy-Possum habitat in the Victorian Alps
BRP094 Iconic estates - North East Forests & Alps $75,196 Trust for Nature  Ongoing protection of 60 hectares of Victoria's most important habitat on private land in the North east Foothills and Alps, in partnership with local and regional networks and individual landholders.
BRP106 Fox control - Mt Disappointment $165,000 DELWP
King Parrot Creek Fox Control Project Steering Committee
Parks Victoria
Phillip Island Nature Conservation Park
Control fox numbers to minimise predation on a number of threatened fauna species in the area such as Growling Grass Frog and the Greater Glider.
BRP110 Protecting biodiversity in Victoria’s alpine resorts, pest plants and predator control $159,000 Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board
Falls Creek Alpine Resort Management Board 
Protect biodiversity within Victoria’s Alpine Resorts improving habitat for threatened alpine species and vegetation communities by building the existing capacity of the Resort Management Boards in delivering best practice predator and weed control across 3,550 hectares of public land at Falls Creek and Mount Hotham Alpine Resorts.
BRP120 Aquatic predator control and translocation for biodiversity gain in headwater streams – south of Great Dividing Range $104,804 Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (DELWP) Management of aquatic predation, the landscape-wide threat to the majority of native headwater fish species in Victoria, by removing predators, and locating translocation/undertaking translocation 'top up' for three species of upland native galaxiids in the NE  Forests & Alps area, south of the Great Dividing Range.
BRP121 Aquatic predator control and translocation for biodiversity gain in headwater streams – north of the Great Dividing Range $163,450 Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (DELWP) Management of aquatic predation, the landscape-wide threat to the majority of native headwater fish species in Victoria, by removing predators, and undertaking translocation 'top up' for one species of upland native galaxiid in the North East  Forests & Alps area, north of the Great Dividing Range.

Since February 2018, a diverse array of community groups, Traditional Owners, government and non-government partners from across the Box Ironbark, Northern Plains and Inland Slopes geographic area have participated in Biodiversity Response Planning. Their key task was to recommend a package of projects to DELWP for funding and refer additional recommended projects to an Independent Assessment Panel for state-wide consideration.  This was completed in June 2018.

Seven projects worth $4.444 million over three years have been announced for on-ground action across the Box Ironbark, Northern Plains and Inland Slopes area to secure Victoria’s biodiversity. These projects will be delivered over three years by various government and non-government stakeholders and will directly contribute to the targets of Biodiversity 2037, under the goal ‘Victoria's natural environment is healthy’.

Projects announced for funding in this region are identified on the maps and list below:

App ID Project Funding Project Lead / Delivery Partners Project summary
BRP029 Ribbons of Blue and Sashes of Green: linking Box Woodlands and Ironbark Forests. $1,412,296 Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority
Regent Honeyeater Project
Broken Boosey Conservation Management Network
Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation
Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation
Whroo Goldfields Conservation Management Network
Parks Victoria 
Protection, revegetation and enhancement of habitat for a range of threatened species including Regent Honeyeater, Swift Parrot, Squirrel Glider and Woodland Bird Community.  Threat abatement will occur across 13,600 hectares of private and public land to create long-lasting improvement in habitat quality and connectivity.
BRP063 Iconic Estates - Box Ironbark, Northern Plains & Slopes $164,612 Trust for Nature  Permanent protection of 130 hectares of Victoria's most important habitat on private land being protected forever, in partnership with local and regional networks and individual landholders.
BRP064 Reedy Lakes - mobilising Barapa land and water $554,592 Barapa Land and Water Protection and enhancement of  Grassy Woodlands habitat suitability for fauna (incl. Carpet Python, Fat Tailed Dunnart, Bearded Dragons, Bush Stone Curlew and Sand Goanna) and flora (Buloke, Dianella spp, Acacia oswaldii, , Leucochrysum molle, Eragrostis setifolia, Mairena aphylla) across 200 hectares of private land.
BRP071 Protecting and enhancing the grasslands, woodlands and marshes of the Lower Avoca Plains $870,000 Parks Victoria
Trust for Nature
Protect and enhance parts of the Kerang Lakes Ramsar Site and semi-arid woodlands, northern plains grasslands, riverine and wetland communities, and numerous threatened flora and fauna species across public (5,300 hectares) and private land (2,500 hectares), by controlling invasive species, improving grassland biomass management and undertaking revegetation.
BRP072 Protecting and enhancing the grasslands, woodlands and wetlands of the Patho Plains $780,000 Parks Victoria
Trust for Nature
Enhance and restore Northern Plains Grasslands, Buloke Woodlands, Seasonal Herbaceous Wetlands and a diverse range of threatened flora and fauna species and bird communities across 4,080 hectares of public and 1,070 hectares of private land by controlling invasive species, improving grassland biomass management and undertaking revegetation.
BRP095 Remnant rescue: restoring woodland bird habitat in central Victoria $333,500 Connecting Country
Dja Dja Wurrung
Trust for Nature
Parks Victoria 
Protect and restore priority woodland bird habitat across 60 hectares of private and 40 hectares of public land. A combination of landholder education, property plans, weed and rabbit control, revegetation and property covenants will achieve long-term habitat protection.
BRP114 Enhancing connectivity in the Kiewa catchment $329,300 North East Catchment Management Authority
Kiewa Catchments Landcare Groups
Improved habitat and connectivity for threatened woodland birds and mammals of the Kiewa Valley.  Involves the protection and restoration of 268 hectares of important habitat through stock exclusion, revegetation, woody weed control and the implementation of an integrated rabbit control program.

Since February 2018, a diverse array of community groups, Traditional Owners, government and non-government partners from across the Marine and Coastal geographic area have participated in Biodiversity Response Planning. Their key task was to recommend a package of projects to DELWP for funding and refer additional recommended projects to an Independent Assessment Panel for state-wide consideration.  This was completed in June 2018.

Four projects worth $1.113 million to deliver Marine Environments Targeted Action over three years and one coastal project worth $590,000 over three years have been announced for action across the Marine and Coastal area to secure Victoria’s biodiversity. These projects will be delivered over three years by various government and non-government stakeholders and will directly contribute to the targets of Biodiversity 2037, under the goal ‘Victoria's natural environment is healthy’.

Projects announced for funding in this region are identified in the list below.

App IDProjectFundingProject Lead / Delivery PartnersProject summary
BRPM001On-Country Marine and Coastal Program: Reducing Threats to Totemic Sea Birds on Gunai Kurnai Country.$249,500Gunai Kurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation
Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations
This project will result in reduction of critical threats to sea birds, to enhance biodiversity over 354 km2 of the RAMSAR listed Gippsland Lakes marine ecosystem. Management actions will particularly improve species resilience for the Pelican and the Musk Duck, totemic species for Gunai Kurnai people.
BRPM002Restoring marine habitat and biodiversity in Eastern Victoria$200,000Victorian Fisheries Authority
Eastern Zone Abalone Industry Assocation (EZAIA)
Project will restore temperate reef habitat and biodiversity by reducing sea urchin encroachment and barrens in Eastern Victoria. Eradication of urchins is needed to help recover the reef kelp canopy and algal understory that provides a protective habitat and source of food for diverse assemblages of fish and crustaceans.
BRPM003Optimal management of overabundant sea urchins in Victoria$620,000National Centre for Coasts and Climate, University Of Melbourne
Deakin University
Parks Victoria
Project will fill key knowledge gaps in our understanding of urchin biology, assist in the revegetation of barren reefs in marine protected areas by the removal of overabundant urchins from 32.5 hectares of reef, and develop an urchin management plan to assist targeting of future on-ground action.
BRPM010Reducing pollution from marine environment users to reduce marine waste and marine mammal entanglements$44,100Phillip Island Nature Parks
South East Trawl Fisheries Association
Marine plastics threaten the socio-economic values of Bass Strait, contribute to the death of marine life, degrade habitat and present a public health hazard via bioaccumulated human ingestion. This project implements practical immediate solutions such as providing bins to
commercial fishing vessels in return for a commitment to disposal practices.
BRP012Victorian coastal wetland restoration$590,000Deakin University
Greening Australia
Coastcare Victoria
Wadawurrung, Wathaurung  Aboriginal Corporation
Parks Victoria
University of New South Wales, Water Research Laboratory
Corangamite Catchment Management Authority
West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority
The Nature Conservancy
Melbourne Water
South Gippsland Conservation Society
HSBC Bank Australia
Earthwatch Institute Australia
Tasman Environmental Markets
NSW Department of Primary Industries -  Fisheries
Guide and undertake restoration of over 600 hectares of critical wetland habitat on private and public land (including RAMSAR sites and places of Aboriginal cultural heritage significance), thereby facilitating recovery of some of Victoria’s most endangered birds, frogs and other threatened plants and animals.

Biodiversity Response Planning 2018-19 Activities and Achievements

Biodiversity Response Planning 2018-19 Activities and Achievements

Projects announced for funding through Biodiversity Response Planning are displayed on the map below. This map allows you to explore all funded projects across Victoria by relevant geographic area. More information on the process used to develop projects is provided under Frequently Asked Questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Biodiversity Response Planning?

Biodiversity Response Planning  (BRP) is an area-based planning approach to biodiversity conservation in Victoria; designed to strengthen alignment, collaboration and participation between government agencies, Traditional Owners, non-government agencies (NGOs) and the community. BRP aims to progressively deliver a collective area-based response to the state-wide targets in Biodiversity 2037 (i.e. what should and could be done to contribute to the targets) commencing with collaborative project planning in the first half of 2018.

How was the Biodiversity Response Planning approach decided?

The implementation of the Biodiversity Response Planning approach was co-designed in late 2017 with over 100 stakeholders involved in on-ground biodiversity.

A series of workshops were held over October and November 2017. The first workshop was for Traditional Owners to provide their perspectives and identify key issues to be carried through the remainder of the co-design workshops. The remainder of the workshops included approximately 50 organisations and community groups/networks from across government and non-government, including some Traditional Owner organisations.

The outcomes of the co-design set the overall approach of BRP. This was documented in the Biodiversity Response Planning Co-design Overview Report .

Co-design overview report
(PDF, 2.1 MB)

Co-design overview report (accessible version)
(DOCX, 4.3 MB)

What was the process used to determine projects in Phase 1 of Biodiversity Response Planning?

Working Groups were established for each of the 11 BRP geographical areas across Victoria.   These each included up to 15 stakeholders experienced with biodiversity knowledge of the relevant area. Further information about Working Groups can be found on the relevant BRP area pages [links to the left].

Each Working Group was provided an indicative allocation of funding and were asked to recommend a package of projects to be funded within that area.

Biodversity Response Planning Areas Map

Working Groups used the latest science embedded in the Strategic Management Prospects (SMP) tool and their own local knowledge, to identify priority landscapes or themes. Projects were then developed by interested stakeholders, including community members, within these priority landscapes or themes. Projects were assessed and ranked by Working Groups. Additional projects were directed to a statewide pool of funding and were assessed by an independent panel.

Because landscape coastal and marine threats and cost-effective actions are not yet incorporated into the SMP tool, the marine and coastal working group prioritised projects based only on the project criteria and their local knowledge.

The Working Group and Independent Panel assessed projects against published criteria and provided their recommendations in June 2018 to DELWP for approval of project funding.

The criteria used for assessing proposed projects can be found below  :

Biodiversity Response Planning - Guidance Note and Project Criteria for Working Groups (PDF, 319.2 KB)

Biodiversity Response Planning - Guidance Note and Project Criteria for Working Groups (accessible version) (DOCX, 369.8 KB)

BRP Frequently Asked Questions - Project development and delivery

Marine Environment Targeted Actions - Supplement to the BRP Guidance Note and Project Criteria for Working Groups

What are the outcomes of the Biodiversity Response Planning Phase 1 Evaluation?

An evaluation of this first Biodiversity Response Planning phase has been completed, led by an independent evaluation expert. The evaluation provided an opportunity for participants to have their say on what worked well and what did not.  The evaluation summary report is available here.

The evaluation highlighted a number of areas to improve in order to achieve the aspirations of stakeholders who co-designed Biodiversity Response Planning or were part of this first phase.

DELWP, in consultation with key environmental agencies and Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, prepared a response to the evaluation that sets out a commitment to act on the findings and work together to ensure the Biodiversity 2037 outcomes and targets are achieved.

Outcomes from the evaluation are being used to inform how BRP is undertaken in future years.

Biodiversity Response Planning Phase 1 Summary Report (PDF, 834.4 KB)

DELWP Response BRP Phase 1 Evaluation (PDF, 204.3 KB)

DELWP Response BRP Phase 1 Evaluation (accessible version)
(DOCX, 102.1 KB)

What are the next steps for Biodiversity Response Planning?

As the investment phase of Biodiversity Response Planning (BRP) is complete, BRP has returned to its longer-term purpose and focus on strategic planning, including defining priority areas for action within different areas of Victoria, and strengthening partnerships and alignment of effort across the biodiversity sector to achieve the aims of Biodiversity 2037. Outcomes from the Phase 1 evaluation are being used to guide this work.

For more information about the current BRP process refer to “Working together for biodiversity”.

Further information

To find out more about Biodiversity Response Planning, contact the DELWP Customer Contact Centre on 136 186 between 8:30am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday or e-mail biodiversity.plan@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Page last updated: 21/01/21