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 - North-east

Map of priority areas - North-west

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

Area

Landscape

Priority Actions

1

Murray Scroll Belt

Lindsay-Wallpolla public land: managing threats including weeds, goats, pigs, rabbits, foxes, managing grazing pressure, feral cat control and re-vegetation.

East area focus on private land including permanent protection, managing weeds and rabbits, fencing to manage grazing.

2

Robinvale to Nyah

Public and private land focus on managing threats including rabbits, goats, pigs, weeds, permanent protection

3

Gunbower Island

Compliment work done by Gunbower Enhancement Project, rabbit control in culturally sensitive areas, manage terrestrial weeds inundating the forest and park. Control and potentially eradicate large introduced herbivores on public land.

4

Linking Lower Goulburn and Barmah Sand Hills

Enhance private property linking public land (between Barmah and Goulburn) including revegetation, rabbit management, remnant protection. Manage large introduced herbivores (pigs, goats and deer), weeds and potentially foxes.

5

Lower Kiewa

Public land management including weed removal.

6

Lower Ovens Herbivore Control

Controlling large introduced herbivores (pigs) in linkages on public land.

The working group is chaired by its Area Lead - DELWP

The group is supported by its Partnership Facilitator - DELWP

The working group members are:

  • Parks Victoria (x3)
  • DELWP (x4)
  • Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA) (x3)
  • Community Representative
  • Trust for Nature
  • Barapa Land & Water Landcare Group
  • Mallee Catchment Management Authority (MCMA)
  • North Central Catchment Management Authority (NCCMA)
  • Tati Tati Wadi Wadi
  • Water & Catchment
  • People & Parks Foundation

The group is scheduled to meet on:

  • Thursday 29 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.