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.

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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:

Glenelg Grampians

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

Area

Landscape

Action

1

Grampians and surrounds

Manage threats including weeds (Sallow Wattle), goats, deer and rabbits. Specific needs actions may include hydrological modification.

2

Glenelg North

Manage threats including weeds (Pine wildings), deer, goats, pigs, feral cats and foxes. Specific needs actions may include hydrological modification.

3

Glenelg South

Manage threats including woody weeds, feral cats, foxes, pigs, goats. Specific needs actions may include stringybark woodland restoration.

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 its Area Lead - DELWP.

The group was supported by its Partnership Facilitator - DELWP.

The working group members were:

  • Nature Glenelg Trust
  • Trust for Nature
  • Red Tailed Black Cockatoo Recovery Team
  • DELWP Forest Fire Operations
  • DELWP Natural Environment programs
  • Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
  • Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority
  • Parks Victoria
  • Glenelg Shire
  • Southern Grampians Shire
  • Gunditj Mirring Aboriginal Corporation
  • Green Triangle

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.