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 20% 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 areas are shown below.

Map of priority areas

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

AreaLandscapeAction
1

Bass Coast Region

Controlling weeds, improving vegetation and revegetating

2

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.

3

Deep Creek, Upper Maribyrnong Catchment

Reduce impact of rabbits and weed on riparian vegetation and cultural sites, revegetation to improve connectivity

4

Kinglake to Yarra

Protect remnant vegetation from rabbits and large herbivores, and fauna from predators – especially post burning

5

Mornington Peninsula

Reduction of impact of weeds, rabbits, foxes and cats in remnant vegetation

6

Mt Cannibal to Lysterfield

Reduce impact of weeds and deer in remnant vegetation

7

Mt Disappointment to Yan Yean Catchment

Reduce impact of weeds, predators and large herbivores, and improve connectivity to enhance habitat for threatened fauna

8

Brisbane Ranges to Little River and tributaries

Reduce impacts of weeds and pest animals on remnant grasslands, riparian zones and cultural heritage sites

9

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 is chaired by its Area Lead - DELWP.

The group is supported by its Partnership Facilitators - DELWP, and Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA).

The working group members are:

  • 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
  • Wadawurrung
  • DELWP

The group is scheduled to meet on:

  • Friday, 9 March 2018
  • Wednesday, 18 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.