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 areas are shown below.
The table below explains the priority actions to guide project development within each landscape.
Weed control focused on high threat weeds identified in key strategic management documents (e.g. Blackberry, Boneseed, Bridal Creeper and Sweet Pittosporum). Manage threats including foxes, feral cats, goats, pig and deer.
Victorian Volcanic Plain
Manage high threat weeds, undertake grassland biomass control, rabbit control and revegetation (i.e. stony rise woodlands and shrublands)
Western District Lakes
Manage high threat weeds (i.e. salt tolerant exotics) and revegetate. Manage threats include foxes and rabbits.
Manage woody weeds (e.g. Pine Wildlings, Coast Wattle, Sweet Pittosporum). Manage threats including foxes, feral cats, goats and pig.
The working group is chaired by its Area Lead - DELWP
The group is supported by its Partnership Facilitator - DELWP
The working group members are:
- Greening Australia
- Conservation Ecology Centre
- Geelong Field Naturalists Club
- Corangamite CMA (Biodiversity)
- Corangamite CMA (Landcare)
- Parks Victoria
- Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources - Biosecurity
- DELWP Pest Plants and Animals
- Golden Plains Shire
- Colac Otway Shire
- Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation
- Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owner Aboriginal Corporation
- Vicotiran, Volcanic Plains Biosphere Committee
- Federation University
The group is scheduled to meet on:
- Wednesday, 28 February 2018
- Tuesday, 10 April 2018
- 21-25 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 email@example.com.
A formal Expression of Interest process was run in the Victorian Volcanic Plains and Otways area. That process closed on Friday, 6 April 2018.