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|
|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|
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
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.|
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:
The table below explains the priority actions to guide project development within each landscape.
Exclude large grazers (including horses and deer) from targeted alpine bogs by fencing.
Upper Snowy, Wulgulmerang, Willis, Suggan Buggan
Fox baiting plus targeted actions for rock wallaby.
Cape Conran, Yeerung
Feral cat control.
Private land between Lake Tyers and Bemm River
Managing threats on private land to complement public land work for foxes and weeds.
Lake Tyers, Nowa Nowa, Wierewa
Management of deer in a matrix of public and private land including the development and trial of new techniques to protect littoral rainforest.
Control of foxes and weeds plus potential for targeted threatened species actions.
Coast from Lake Tyers to Cape Howe
Control of high threat transformative weed species.
Remove Brown Rats and control high threat transformative weed species on Gabo Island.
Cobberas to Coopracambra
Control of pigs.
Streams supporting threatened fish
Control of trout and other targeted actions for threatened galaxids (fish).
Upper Yarra National Park
Deer control work in the Upper Yarra National Park.
Riparian zone on targeted private land along Red Hill Creek / Shady Creek
Control of key transformative weeds, fencing and revegetation on private land.
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:
- West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (CMA)
- East Gippsland CMA
- Parks Victoria
- DELWP forest fire regions
- Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLAWAC)
- Moogji Aboriginal Council East Gippsland
- Landcare network facilitators (2-5)
- Trust for Nature
- Conservation management networks
- Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) - strategic pest and weed management