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 landscapes are shown below.

Map of priority areas

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

Area

Landscape

Action

1

From Venus Bay to Yanakie

Control of foxes, key transformative weeds and rabbits.

2

Dutson Downs and Jack Smith Lake area

Control of foxes and rabbits.

3

Holey Plains park & Mullungdung State Forest

Fox control on public land and surrounding private land buffer.

4

Wilson's Promontory National Park

Eradication of Sambar (and Hog) deer, including trial and use of new methods for deer control.

5

Wilson's Promontory National Park and Yanakie Isthmus

Control of foxes (and possibly cats).

6

West Gippsland

Targeted actions for threatened species on public and private land (e.g. Giant Gippsland Earthworm, freshwater Crayfish species).

7

Morwell River upper tributaries

Control of trout and other targeted actions for threatened galaxids (fish).

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

The group is supported by its Partnership Facilitator - DELWP.

The working group members are:

  • 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

The group is scheduled to meet on:

  • Thursday, 1 March 2018
  • Wednesday, 28 March 2018
  • 14-18 May 2018 (date TBC)

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.