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|
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|
|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
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.|
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.
From Venus Bay to Yanakie
Control of foxes, key transformative weeds and rabbits.
Dutson Downs and Jack Smith Lake area
Control of foxes and rabbits.
Holey Plains park & Mullungdung State Forest
Fox control on public land and surrounding private land buffer.
Wilson's Promontory National Park
Eradication of Sambar (and Hog) deer, including trial and use of new methods for deer control.
Wilson's Promontory National Park and Yanakie Isthmus
Control of foxes (and possibly cats).
Targeted actions for threatened species on public and private land (e.g. Giant Gippsland Earthworm, freshwater Crayfish species).
Morwell River upper tributaries
Control of trout and other targeted actions for threatened galaxids (fish).
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
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.
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