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

Far north-west

Manage threats to semi-arid woodlands and other priority habitats. Actions include controlling rabbits, weeds, pest predators, goats and grazing management on private land.

2

Cardross Koorlong

Manage threats to semi-arid woodlands and other priority habitats. Actions include controlling rabbits and weeds.

3

Hattah

Manage threats to semi-arid woodlands, saline lake systems, Hattah Lakes, Mallee and other priority habitats. Actions include controlling goats, pigs, rabbits, weeds and pest predators.

4

Annuello

Connect public land and enhance private land values by controlling goats, rabbits, weeds and pest predators.

5

Lake Tyrrell

Manage threats to saline lakes, creek line systems and other priority habitats by controlling rabbits, weeds and stock control fencing

6

Wyperfeld

Manage threats to semi-arid woodlands, Mallee and other priority habitats. Actions include controlling goats, rabbits, weeds, pest predators. Targeted actions for threatened species such as pink cockatoo .

7

Cowangie Connection

Connecting Murray Sunset with Big Desert public land and enhance private land values. Actions include controlling predators, goats, rabbits, weeds, revegetation and stock control fencing

Some additional areas of revegetation and permanent protection will be considered according to priority locations.

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

The group is supported by its Partnership Facilitator - Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA).

The working group members are:

  • Barengi Gadjin Land Council
  • DELWP Natural Environment Programs
  • DELWP BRP Area Lead (Murray River Area)
  • DELWP State Forest
  • Mildura Rural City Council
  • Mallee Catchment Management Authority Landcare Facilitator
  • Mallee Catchment Management Authority Monitoring, Evaluation Reporting
  • Parks Victoria Conservation Action Planning
  • Parks Victoria District
  • Parks Victoria Planning
  • People and Parks Foundation
  • Tati Tati Aboriginal Corporation
  • Trust for Nature

The group is scheduled to meet on:

  • Wednesday, 14 March 2018
  • Thursday, 15 March 2018
  • Monday, 26 March 2018
  • Tuesday, 1 May 2018
  • Wednesday, 23 May 2018

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.