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
Parks Victoria
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
HVP Plantations
Local Landholders
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
Mollyulah/Tatong Landcare
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
Parks Victoria
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.

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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

High country (Mt Hotham and Dinner Plain)

Control infestation of Alpine Oxeye Daisy.

2

Mt Samaria and surround

Implement pig control.

3

Alpine Resorts (Hotham and Falls Creek)

Manage threats including feral cats and weeds (including in remote areas e.g. Willows).

4

Lurg Hills

Voluntary permanent protection on private land

5

National Parks boundaries and edges

Management of weeds (e.g. Broom), focus on areas identified by SMP to bolster existing action.

6

Harrietville

Control and/or eradicate Red Deer population.  

7

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

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.