Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management Network

Protecting grassland, seasonal wetlands, grassy woodlands & other ecosystems on the Victorian Volcanic Plains

Applications for the 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15 are now open

Hoary Sunray

Hoary Sunray

……..taken from the Landcare website
The 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15 are part of the national stream of the National Landcare Programme and are one way of marking the 25th anniversary of Landcare as a national movement. A total of up to $5 million (GST exclusive) is available in 2014-15 through the 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15. Opened 19 September 2014 and close 20 October 2014.
The funding comprises up to $2.5 million (GST exclusive) for environment focused projects and up to $2.5 million (GST exclusive) for agriculture focused projects.

The 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15 will harness the expertise and enthusiasm of the natural resource management community, including landcare, Indigenous people, farmers, fishers and other land and sea managers.
Grants of between $5000 and $20 000 (GST exclusive) will assist community groups and individuals to undertake projects to conserve and protect their local environment and / or to manage the natural resource base, contributing to outcomes in the national interest. Contact you local landcare facilitator to see what may be on offer.

PlainsTender is now open

SpeargrassRound 6 of PlainsTender is now open and Corangamite CMA is looking for landholders in the Corangamite and North Central Catchments on the Victorian Volcanic Plains Bioregion to improve and enhance native vegetation through activities such as:
• fencing of native vegetation
• strategic grazing
• weed removal
• pest animal control. Continue reading

Native Grass Direct Seeding Forum

Flora Victoria is hosting an industry forum for anyone planning projects utilising native grass direct seeding.
Starting From Scratch – Native Grass Direct Seeding Forum will be held on 10 November 2014 at Keilor. Head for their website to download the invitation

Over the past decade huge advances have been made in the availability of native
grass seed and the technical application of direct seeding, but often people are
reluctant to embrace it for revegetation or turf. This forum will tackle perceptions
about direct seeding by discussing the following topics.
• How much does native grass seeding actually cost?
• How successful is native grass direct seeding?
• Can direct seeding reduce the long term costs of a site?
• Can direct seeding increase the ecological value of a site at the same time?
• Can direct seeding save precious remnant vegetation from the invasion of highly persistent weeds?
• When, why and how would you make the decision to change your current
management practices to include direct seeding?
• Planning for direct seeding.
• When is native grass a viable alternative to exotic turf?
• Creating specifications for native grass seeding.


Help with the Conservation Action Plan for the VVP

spider on a showy podolepis

spider on a showy podolepis

Greening Australia are developing a collaborative Conservation Action Plan (CAP) for the Victorian Volcanic Plain.  Rod White, Grassland Restoration Officer, Greening Australia is interested in your feedback and hearing from any interested parties who may like to be involved in the process. Contact him on email at or by mobile 0447 585 574. Here are the relevant documents  Developing a Conservation Action Plan for the Victorian Volcanic Plains (4)    and           strategic_plan_conservation_without_borders


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