An initial task of the Working Group was to identify priority landscapes or themes within the area, which will form the basis of BRP projects.  This process utilised the 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 has been engaging stakeholders within these priority landscapes/themes to develop projects that most cost-effectively deliver improved biodiversity outcomes within those landscapes or themes. Those priority areas 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.

Priorities

The working group is chaired by its Area Lead - DELWP.

The group is supported by its Partnership Facilitator - DELWP.

The working group members are:

  • 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 is supported by two planning teams.

The western sub-area planning team consists 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 consists 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)

The group is scheduled to meet on:

  • Monday 26 March 2018 (Sub Area Planning Team (SAPT) West)
  • Thursday 5 April 2018 (Working group Area 10)
  • Tuesday 24 April 2018 (SAPT West)
  • Tuesday 1 May 2018 (Working group Area 10)
  • 28 May - 1 June 2018 (SAPT West)

Opportunities for participation

Many organisations and community groups involved in on-ground biodiversity projects or planning have been able to participate in collaborative project development or will contribute to project delivery. The specific processes for engagement and project development are different within each area and are guided by the BRP working group.

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.