Since February 2018, a diverse array of community groups, Traditional Owners, government and non-government partners from across the Mallee 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.

Eleven projects worth $5.174 million over three years have been announced for on-ground action in the Mallee 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
BRP028 Mallee Parks: the Cowangie connection $900,000 Mallee Catchment Management Authority
DELWP
Parks Victoria
Mildura Rural City Council
Targeted and integrated invasive species control program will address key threats across 159,974 hectares of priority habitat within Murray Sunset National Park, Big Desert Wilderness Park, and the largely agricultural landscape separating them.
Ultimately supporting enhanced condition and connectivity outcomes within a landscape recognised nationally for its ecological refugia importance.
BRP040 Annuello and Wandown: enhancing Mallee to Murray biolinks $400,000 Mallee Catchment Management Authority
Parks Victoria
Mildura Rural City Council
Swan Hill Rural City Council
Targeted and integrated invasive species control program will address key threats across 49,567 hectares of priority habitat within and adjacent to the Annuello FFR, Wandown FR, Menzies NCR and O’Brees Reserve - ultimately supporting enhanced condition and connectivity outcomes for the Murray River Scroll Belt region.
BRP041 Safeguarding the Hattah Ramsar Lakes and Raak Plain catchment areas $220,000 Mallee Catchment Management Authority
Mildura Rural City Council
Integrated invasive species control program will address key threats across 2,500 hectares of priority habitat within the agricultural landscape of the Raak Plain and Hattah Lakes catchment areas. Ultimately supporting enhanced condition and connectivity outcomes within a landscape recognised nationally for its saline and fresh wetlands.
BRP045 Yarrara Ridge - conserving Victoria's semi-arid environments $300,000 Mallee Catchment Management Authority
Mildura Rural City Council
Targeted and integrated invasive species control program will address key threats across 9,020 hectares of priority habitat within the Yarrara Ridge complex. 
Adjacent to the Murray-Sunset National Park, this agricultural landscape supports the largest remnants of Belah woodlands in Victoria.  Mitigation of key threats will ensure long-lasting biodiversity outcomes.
BRP046 Improving conservation of the southern Mallee Dunefields $200,000 Mallee Catchment Management Authority
Yarriambiack Shire
Mildura Rural City Council
Integrated invasive species control program will address key threats across 12,000 hectares of priority habitat, targeting remnants within the agricultural landscape of the Wathe and Bronzewing Dunefields adjacent to Wyperfeld NP. 
Delivery will ultimately support enhanced condition and connectivity outcomes within a landscape recognised for its ecological uniqueness.
BRP047 Controlling feral cats in the Mallee for improved management outcomes $735,900 Mallee Catchment Management Authority
Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (DELWP)
Cat control across 10,000 hectares to reduce predation impacts within Hattah-Kulkyne NP and Big Desert State Forest. 
Delivery will also support the assessment of available Cat control strategies and tools to support continuous improvement processes and improve management outcomes.
BRP049 Tyrrell - preserving an ancient salina landscape $450,000 Mallee Catchment Management Authority
DELWP
Swan Hill Rural City Council
Buloke Shire
Delivery of a targeted and integrated invasive species control program will address key threats to 30,559 hectares of priority habitat including the Lakes: Tyrrell, Wahpool and Timboram and associated creek lines; ultimately supporting enhanced condition and connectivity outcomes within a landscape recognised nationally for its geological significance as an ancient salina system.
BRP050 Cardross - conserving biodiversity within a peri-urban landscape $200,000 Mallee Catchment Management Authority
DELWP
Lower Murray Water
Mildura Rural City Council
Delivery of targeted rabbit and weed control programs will address key threats across 8,527 hectares of priority habitat within the Cardross Lakes system.  Supplementary planting will also be delivered to improve habitat structure and function of the 15% (1,265 hectares) of the project area which has previously been under grazing licence.
BRP052 Restoration and protection of high value habitat of Wyperfeld National Park and Patchewollock State Forest $550,000 Parks Victoria
DELWP
Sporting Shooters Association Australia
Protection and enhancement of semi-arid woodlands, and a diverse range of threatened flora and fauna species, across 152,000 hectares in Wyperfeld National Park and adjacent State forests and conservation reserves, by controlling rabbits, feral goats, foxes and weeds and improving breeding conditions for the vulnerable Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo.
BRP054 Protecting and enhancing the biodiversity of Hattah and the eastern Murray Sunset Country $869,000 Parks Victoria
DELWP
Sporting Shooters Association Australia
Protect the Hattah Ramsar wetlands and saline wetlands, semi-arid woodlands, waterbirds, ground-dwelling mammals, frogs and reptiles (including numerous threatened species), across 260,000 hectares of Hattah-Kulkyne, Murray-Kulkyne and eastern sections of Murray Sunset National Parks and Raak Plain State forest by controlling feral pigs, goats, rabbits, foxes and weeds.
BRP091 Protecting and enhancing the semi-arid woodlands of Taparoo in north-west Murray Sunset National Park $350,000 Parks Victoria
Sporting Shooters Association Australia
Protect and enhance threatened semi-arid woodlands, and numerous threatened flora and fauna species, across 180,000 hectares of the Taparoo region of Murray Sunset National Park in the far north-west of Victoria, through intensive control of rabbits, goats and transformer weeds.

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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:

Mallee priority landscapes

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

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 its Area Lead - DELWP.

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

The working group members were:

  • 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

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