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.

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An initial task of the Working Group was to identify priority landscapes or themes within the area, which formed the basis of BRP projects. This process utilised the top 20% and 40% Cost Effective Actions Maps within the Strategic Management Prospects tool, together with other strategic plans (e.g. Conservation Action Plans), knowledge of existing project footprints and activity (e.g. Biodiversity On-Ground Action, Landcare, Weeds and Pests on Public Land) along with the collective expertise of the Working Group members.

The Working Group engaged with stakeholders within these priority landscapes/themes to develop projects that most cost-effectively deliver improved biodiversity outcomes within those landscapes or themes. Those priority landscapes are shown below:

Area 10 map

The table below explains the priority actions to guide project development within each landscape.

Area

Landscape

Action

1

Pyrete to Mt Macedon to the Cobaws

Control deer, goats, pigs, rabbits, foxes and weeds (woody and herbaceous).

2

Huntly, Kamarooka, Drummartin, Wellsford

Control goats, rabbits, foxes, feral cats and weeds (woody and herbaceous). Forest Gardening (Cultural revegetation of food and fibre plants).

3

Maryborough, Dunolly, Pyrenees

Control rabbits, foxes, deer and weeds (woody and herbaceous).

4

Mount Alexander Shire Region

Control rabbits and weeds (woody and herbaceous). Implement revegetation, fencing and voluntary permanent protection on private land. Manage firewood collection and removal of fallen timber.

5

Woolshed Swamp, Leaghur, Reedy Lakes, Bael Bael Grasslands and Wanderers Plain

Control rabbits, foxes, feral cats and weeds (woody and herbaceous). Forest Gardening (Cultural revegetation of food and fibre plants).

6

Tang Tang, Thunder Swamp, Terrick Terrick , Flannerys

Control rabbits, foxes, feral cats and weeds (woody and herbaceous). Forest Gardening (Cultural revegetation of food and fibre plants).

7

Stawell Area (Grampians to Pyrenees Ranges)

Control deer, goats, pigs, rabbits, foxes, feral cats and weeds (woody and herbaceous). Implement voluntary permanent protection on private land.

8

Wychitella, Wedderburn, Mt Egbert, Mt Korong

Control foxes, feral cats and weeds (woody and herbaceous). Forest Gardening (Cultural revegetation of food and fibre plants).

9

Pine Grove and Patho Plains

Control rabbits, foxes and weeds (woody and herbaceous). Implement revegetation and grazing control.

10

Box Ironbark Landscape

Control rabbits and weeds (woody and herbaceous). Implement revegetation and grazing management on private land.

11

Lower Kiewa area

Implement voluntary permanent protection on private land, revegetation and vegetation enhancement.

The Working Group then assessed project proposals and recommended an area-based package for funding, working within indicative area-based funding allocations. Working Groups also recommended additional projects for funding from a competitive pool, which were subsequently assessed by an independent panel. All projects to be funded from these processes are listed above.

The working group was chaired by the Area Lead - DELWP

The group was supported by a Partnership Facilitator - DELWP

The working group members were:

  • Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA) (x3)
  • North East Catchment Management Authority (NECMA) (x2)
  • Parks Victoria (x2)
  • Trust for Nature
  • Dja Dja Warrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation

The working group was supported by two planning teams.

The western sub-area planning team consisted of:

  • DELWP
  • Parks Victoria
  • Trust for Nature
  • Bararpa Land and Water
  • Connecting Country
  • Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR)
  • Macedon Shire Ranges Council
  • Connecting Country
  • Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation
  • North Central Catchment Management Authority (NCCMA) (x2)
  • Central Victorian Biolinks
  • City of Greater Bendigo

The eastern sub-area planning team consisted of:

  • DELWP, Forest Fire Operations, Murrindindi
  • Parks Victoria North (x2)
  • DELWP (x3)
  • DEDTJR (x2)
  • Trust for Nature
  • Indigenous NRM Program
  • GBCMA (x2)
  • Parks Victoria East (x2)
  • Biodiversity Program, GBCMA
  • NECMA (x2)

An evaluation of this first phase of Biodiversity Response Planning has commenced, led by an independent evaluation expert. The evaluation will be an opportunity for participants to have their say on what has worked well and what has not. Outcomes from the evaluation will be used to make improvements to delivery of Biodiversity Response Planning in 2019 and beyond.  Further information about the evaluation is available at Biodiversity Response Planning.

For further information, contact the DELWP Customer Service Centre on 136 186 to be directed to your area lead, or email  biodiversity.plan@delwp.vic.gov.au.