Since February 2018, a diverse array of community groups, Traditional Owners, government and non-government partners from across the Wimmera 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.
Six projects worth $1.732 million over three years have been announced for on-ground in the Wimmera 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|
|BRP034||Building biolinks along the Lawloit Range||$118,000||Hindmarsh Landcare Network||Re-establishment, restoration and de-stocking of 100 hectares of semi-arid woodland, incorporating listed threatened Grey Box–Buloke Grassy Woodland Community and habitat for species within the listed threatened Victorian Temperate Woodland Bird Community.|
|BRP056||Iconic Estates - permanent protection in Wimmera||$161,974||Trust for Nature||Ongoing protection across 250 hectares of Victoria's most important habitat on private land the Wimmera region, in partnership with local and regional networks and individual landholders.|
|BRP097||Little Desert landscape-scale ecosystem enhancement initiative: Project - fox, weed and rabbit control||$516,500||Conservation Volunteers Australia|
Hindmarsh Landcare Group
Trust For Nature
Kaniva Landcare Group
|Conservation Volunteers Australia and local Landcare groups will engage landholders to implement integrate fox control on private land bordering the Little Desert National Park. Parks Victoria will expand pest control programs on public estate.|
|BRP105||Wimmera River biolink & PP&A control project||$316,360||Parks Victoria|
Hindmarsh Landcare Network
|Undertake remnant woodland re-establishment, restoration & protection works in 200 hectares of private land, and undertake rabbit control works across 16,200 hectares of the Wimmera River - Lake Hindmarsh - Lake Albacutya corridor, including threatened Grey Box – Buloke Grassy Woodlands and habitat for the threatened Victorian Temperate Woodland Bird Community.|
|BRP111||Western Victorian Woodlands - phase 4||$500,000||Wimmera Catchment Management Authority||Large-scale threat abatement project aimed at improving the biodiversity conservation outcomes for a number of key flora and fauna species on private property that are strategic and provide multi species benefits that are valued by the community.|
|BRP122||Increasing critical food supply for the endangered South-Eastern Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoo (SE-RTBC).||$120,067||Greening Australia||Establish 30,000 Stringybark trees across 500 hectares, determined through spatial prioritisation, to increase critical food supply for the SE-RTBC.|
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:
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 was chaired by its Area Lead - DELWP
The group was supported by its Partnership Facilitator - DELWP
The working group members were:
- 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
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 Biodiversity Response Planning.
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