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

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 / Maisie’s Plot

Manage deer through re-fencing to prevent access around alpine herbland and peatland

The working group is chaired by its Area Lead - DELWP

The group is supported by its Partnership Facilitator - DELWP

The working group members are:

  • 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

The group is scheduled to meet on:

  • Wednesday, 7 March 2018
  • Tuesday, 27 March 2018
  • Tuesday, 24 April 2018
  • 14-18 May 2018 (date TBC)

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.