Since February 2018, a diverse array of community groups, Traditional Owners, government and non-government partners from across the Port Phillip / Westernport 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.
Eight projects worth $3.198 million over three years have been announced for on-ground action in the Port Phillip region 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|
|BRP018||Whittlesea integrated pest animal management and monitoring program (WIPAMMP)||$450,000||City of Whittlesea|
|WIPAMMP will build on existing pest control programs implemented by partners in Kinglake National Park, Yan Yean Reservoir & Mt Disappointment State Forest. Implemented across 20,000 hectares of high Strategic Biodiversity Value areas on both public & private land, supporting Brush-tailed Phascogale and endangered Ecological Vegetation Class Wet Verge Sedgeland.|
|BRP020||Building the Bass Coast biolinks.||$413,320||Bass Coast Landcare Network|
Bunurong Land Council
|Improve habitat and reduce predator threats to Southern Brown Bandicoot, Growling Grass Frog, Swamp Skink, Swift Parrot, Orange Bellied Parrot, Powerful Owl and Swamp Antechinus across 1,212 hectares of private land and 448 hectares of public land.|
|BRP053||Sugarloaf Link - improving animal populations and habitat connectivity between Watsons Creek and the Yarra River||$450,000||Nillumbik Shire Council|
Christmas Hills Landcare Group
Bend of Islands Conservation Association
|Enhance connected habitat for threatened plants and animals from Watsons Creek to the Yarra River. This project will complement existing programs by controlling deer, foxes and weeds on private and public land. This will benefit Phascogales, Dunnarts and a range of threated orchids.|
|BRP058||Cannibal Creek catchment biodiversity project||$320,000||Cannibal Creek Landcare |
Cardinia Shire Council
Cardinia Environment Coalition
Friends of Mt Cannibal Reserve
Cannibal Creek Reserve Committee of Management
|This project will reduce the impact of weeds, deer and fox in remnant vegetation in the Cannibal Creek Catchment, south of Bunyip State Park, working across both private and public land.|
|BRP077||Peaks to plains: enhancing and connecting the You Yang Ranges and Werribee Plains||$454,182||Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority|
Greater Geelong Council
|Enhance 7,000 hectares of habitat for threatened species and ecological communities by undertaking a coordinated rabbit, goat and weed control program.The granitic peaks of the You Yang Ranges and the surrounding Werribee Plains grasslands are some of Victoria’s most ecologically significant landscapes.|
|BRP093||Iconic estates - Port Phillip / Westernport||$209,346||Trust for Nature||Ongoing protection of 100 hectares of Victoria's most important habitat on private land in Port Phillip/Westernport, in partnership with local and regional networks and individual landholders.|
|BRP096||Deepening connections – engaging communities and enhancing habitat of the Deep Creek||$452,710||Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority||Engage private landowners across 6,700 hectares to control rabbits and weeds, to protect incised escarpments of the Deep Creek and surrounding plains south of Darraweit Guim. This area provides vital habitat for a range of threatened species and communities including Platypus, Growling Grass Frog, and Plains Grassy Woodland.|
|BRP099||Birds to butterfields - habitat corridor improvements||$449,000||Yarra Ranges Council||Undertake on-ground works to improve habitat for the critically endangered Helmeted Honeyeaters and connectivity in the surrounding landscape. Works will include fencing remnant vegetation, weed and deer control to bolster conservation efforts in a tenure blind approach.|
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.
Bass Coast Region
Controlling weeds, improving vegetation and revegetating
Butterfield to Yellingbo Corridor
Improve connectivity from Butterfield Reserve to Yellingbo through pest animal control, weed control, fencing, revegetation and voluntary permanent protection on private land.
Deep Creek, Upper Maribyrnong Catchment
Reduce impact of rabbits and weed on riparian vegetation and cultural sites, revegetation to improve connectivity
Kinglake to Yarra
Protect remnant vegetation from rabbits and large herbivores, and fauna from predators – especially post burning
Reduction of impact of weeds, rabbits, foxes and cats in remnant vegetation
Mt Cannibal to Lysterfield
Reduce impact of weeds and deer in remnant vegetation
Mt Disappointment to Yan Yean Catchment
Reduce impact of weeds, predators and large herbivores, and improve connectivity to enhance habitat for threatened fauna
Brisbane Ranges to Little River and tributaries
Reduce impacts of weeds and pest animals on remnant grasslands, riparian zones and cultural heritage sites
Westernport North Ramsar Site and Cardinia Creek Inlet
Reduce impact of weeds, rabbits and foxes to improve habitat and breeding success for Southern Brown Bandicoot, waders and wetland birds
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 Facilitators - DELWP, and Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA).
The working group members were:
- Bunurong Land Council
- Wurundjeri Land Council
- LGPro Biodiversity Planners Network (East) (x2)
- Trust for Nature
- Landcare - Nature West
- Landcare - Bass Coast
- PPWCMA (x3)
- Victorian Environment Friends Network (VEFN)
- Melbourne Water (x2)
- Parks Vic
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 the Biodiversity Response Planning.
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