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.

Map of priority areas

Within these areas, the priority actions to guide project development include:

  • Reinvigorate traditional land stewardship methods for example, use of cultural fire, forest gardening (e.g. Murnong and Kangaroo Grass) and reintroduction of common species, that naturally benefit the landscape.
  • Address the threat of weeds that have the potential to significantly change native habitat if left unmanaged (for example Veldt Grass).
  • Control pest herbivores such as rabbits and deer and/or predators such as foxes, feral cats and wild dogs, beyond duty of care, across public and/or freehold land.
  • Revegetate corridors between existing patches of natural habitat or along waterways.
  • Permanently protect land with a voluntary Trust for Nature covenant or Indigenous Protection Area.

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
  • Parks Victoria
  • Trust for nature
  • DELWP Forest Fire Operations
  • DEDJTR Biosecurity
  • Conservation Volunteers Australia
  • Barengi Gadjin Land Council
  • Wimmera Catchment Management Authority
  • Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation
  • Hindmarsh Landcare Network

The group is scheduled to meet on:

  • Tuesday, 6 March 2018
  • Monday, 9 April 2018
  • 14-18 May 2018

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.