Since February 2018, a diverse array of community groups, Traditional Owners, government and non-government partners from across the North-eastern Forests and Alps 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.
Nine projects worth $1.934 million over three years have been announced for on-ground action across the North-eastern Forests and Alps 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|
|BRP032||Feral pig control - Tatong||$320,000||DELWP|
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
North East Water
|Feral Pig control to decrease habitat destruction for a range of threatened flora and fauna species.|
|BRP055||Lurg Hills to North East Foothills connections||$372,000||Trust for Nature|
Regent Honeyeater Project Inc
Trust for Nature
|Strengthening connectivity conservation from the biodiversity, re-vegetation and recovery stronghold of the Lurg Hills, through to the North East Foothills; adding to a landscape scale conservation network linking the Warby Ranges, Winton Wetlands and Lurg Hills to the North East foothills and Alps.|
|BRP076||Mitigating the threat of Ox-Eye Daisy on North East Forests and Alps||$300,000||Parks Victoria||Surveying, mapping and controlling the highly invasive Ox-eye Daisy in the Alpine National Park to protect alpine grasslands, sub-alpine woodlands and other threatened habitats.|
|BRP086||Managing feral cats in the Victorian Alps||$275,000||Parks Victoria|
Falls Creek Alpine Resort Management Board
Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board
|Feral cat control works in priority areas associated with threatened Mountain Pygmy-Possum habitat in the Victorian Alps|
|BRP094||Iconic estates - North East Forests & Alps||$75,196||Trust for Nature||Ongoing protection of 60 hectares of Victoria's most important habitat on private land in the North east Foothills and Alps, in partnership with local and regional networks and individual landholders.|
|BRP106||Fox control - Mt Disappointment||$165,000||DELWP|
King Parrot Creek Fox Control Project Steering Committee
Phillip Island Nature Conservation Park
|Control fox numbers to minimise predation on a number of threatened fauna species in the area such as Growling Grass Frog and the Greater Glider.|
|BRP110||Protecting biodiversity in Victoria’s alpine resorts, pest plants and predator control||$159,000||Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board|
Falls Creek Alpine Resort Management Board
|Protect biodiversity within Victoria’s Alpine Resorts improving habitat for threatened alpine species and vegetation communities by building the existing capacity of the Resort Management Boards in delivering best practice predator and weed control across 3,550 hectares of public land at Falls Creek and Mount Hotham Alpine Resorts.|
|BRP120||Aquatic predator control and translocation for biodiversity gain in headwater streams – south of Great Dividing Range||$104,804||Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (DELWP)||Management of aquatic predation, the landscape-wide threat to the majority of native headwater fish species in Victoria, by removing predators, and locating translocation/undertaking translocation 'top up' for three species of upland native galaxiids in the NE Forests & Alps area, south of the Great Dividing Range.|
|BRP121||Aquatic predator control and translocation for biodiversity gain in headwater streams – north of the Great Dividing Range||$163,450||Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (DELWP)||Management of aquatic predation, the landscape-wide threat to the majority of native headwater fish species in Victoria, by removing predators, and undertaking translocation 'top up' for one species of upland native galaxiid in the North East Forests & Alps area, north of the Great Dividing Range.|
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:
The table below explains the priority actions to guide project development within each landscape.
High country (Mt Hotham and Dinner Plain)
Control infestation of Alpine Oxeye Daisy.
Mt Samaria and surround
Implement pig control.
Alpine Resorts (Hotham and Falls Creek)
Manage threats including feral cats and weeds (including in remote areas e.g. Willows).
Voluntary permanent protection on private land
National Parks boundaries and edges
Management of weeds (e.g. Broom), focus on areas identified by SMP to bolster existing action.
Control and/or eradicate Red Deer population.
Bogong High Plains / New species gully
Manage deer through re-fencing to prevent access around alpine herbland and peatland
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:
- DELWP - Murrindindi FFO district manager
- Parks Victoria (x4)
- DELWP Hume Natural Environments Regional Manager
- Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) – Biosecurity (x1)
- Trust for Nature
- Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA) (x3)
- DELWP - invasive species
- North Central Catchment Management Authority (NECMA) (x1)
- DELWP - Hume Regional Manager Forest and Fire Planning
- DELWP - Hume Aboriginal Inclusion Officer
- Game Management Authority