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
Federation University
Gippsland Water
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
Gippsland Water
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
Parks Victoria
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.

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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:

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 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.

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.

Page last updated: 07/09/2018