Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management Network

Raising awareness about the value and use of native grasslands, seasonal wetlands, grassy woodlands & other ecosystems on the Victorian Volcanic Plains


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Where are the volcanoes?

Here is a link to a website that shows all the Victorian volcanic plain volcanoes.

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Season’s greeting and thank you

I would like to take this opportunity as the year draws to a close to thank you all for taking an interest in grassy ecosystems by following the VVPCMN via the blog, Facebook or twitter.

There have been some fantastic achievements. All the work that takes place wouldn’t happen without the positive support of a whole range of individuals, groups and organisations and some additional funding.

We hope everyone can build on this work next year and get even more people involved. Here are a few random photos from the least 12 months.

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End of year thank you

Fragrant Leek Orchid

Fragrant Leek Orchid

As another busy year draws to a close the Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management Network would like to thank you for following us via the blog, Facebook and Twitter throughout the year. The number of followers continues to grow which helps to spread the word about what is happening on the VVP.

We acknowledge the continued work of a wide range of individuals, groups, facilitators, networks and organisations and especially the funding bodies and people who financially support the various projects on private and public land. There are some really great and positive things happening for our threatened species and communities.

We welcome your ideas, articles and photos to so we can continue to spread the word about activities on the VVP, through social media.

All the best for the holiday season.

Elspeth & the VVPCMN Steering Committee


Launch of Conservation Action Plan for the VVP

Here is a media release from Greening Australia about the launch of the Conservation Action Plan for the Victorian Volcanic Plains which took place on 30 November.

Participants at the launch in front of an iconic Red Gum at Inverleigh, Victoria. L –R: Rod White (Greening Australia), Donna Smithyman (CCMA), Aggie Stephenson (GHCMA), Paul Koch (Greening Australia), Alistair Phillips (Greening Australia), Nathan Wong (TfN), Gavan Mathieson (CCMA), Adam Merrick (TfN), John Riddiford (Acting CEO CCMA), Stuart McCallum (VVP Biosphere), Tim Hill (land manager – Tiverton), Rani Hunt (DELWP), Kate Hill (Flora Victoria) and Anna Carrucan (Greening Australia).

Participants at the launch in front of an iconic Red Gum at Inverleigh, Victoria.
L –R: Rod White (Greening Australia), Donna Smithyman (CCMA), Aggie Stephenson (GHCMA), Paul Koch (Greening Australia), Alistair Phillips (Greening Australia), Nathan Wong (TfN), Gavan Mathieson (CCMA), Adam Merrick (TfN), John Riddiford (Acting CEO CCMA), Stuart McCallum (VVP Biosphere), Tim Hill (land manager – Tiverton), Rani Hunt (DELWP), Kate Hill (Flora Victoria) and Anna Carrucan (Greening Australia).

Greening Australia together with Trust for Nature were joined by the acting CEO of the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) John Riddiford as well as representatives from the Glenelg Hopkins CMA, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning together with various stakeholders to launch a Conservation Action Plan for the Victorian Volcanic Plains (VVP), at a property in Inverleigh, Victoria.

The VVP covers an area of approximately 22,000 square km’s, and stretches’ from Melbourne right across to the South Australian border. The area is home to a number of nationally threatened ecological communities including Natural Temperate Grasslands, Grassy Eucalypt Woodlands and Seasonally Herbaceous Wetlands, as well as a number of Ramsar listed wetlands. This area has been and continues to be heavily impacted by housing developments and agriculture with less than 5% of intact vegetation remaining.

This plan aims to consolidate and coordinate all the great work that is being carried out by various Government agencies and statuary bodies, including DELWP, local councils, Corangamite CMA, Glenelg Hopkins CMA, Parks Victoria, Vic Roads, Trust for Nature, Water Authorities, Friends Groups, Land Care as well as non-government organisations such as Greening Australia and private land owners.

“The development of this plan has already achieved a great deal by way of consolidating support for more effective and coordinated conservation and management activities across the VVP and will further drive the development of partnerships between Government agencies, NGO’s, landholders and all interested stakeholders that share our passion for a healthier and more productive VVP”, said Alistair Phillips – Director of Conservation Greening Australia.

For further enquiries or to find out how you can contribute to the process please contact Rod White from Greening Australia – rwhite@greeningaustralia.org.au

Here is a link to the projects that Greening Australia are undertaking on the VVP.


Native Grassland Flowers

It is not all weeds and gloom in Victorian Volcanic Plains native grasslands. They are beginning to flower and there are lots of sites to visit and events and workshops to attend. So get out there and see the sights. Here are some photos taken yesterday at the Rokewood Cemetery Grassland. I note from the wonderful new resource Flora Victoria, that Pimelea curviflora is a high variable species that has been divided into 6 varieties. I am sticking with a name a know for the photo below as I don’t have the patience of a botanist to get down and examine the plant.


Autumn in a grassland

Not many people venture out into grasslands in the autumn unless they are passionate about grasslands. I like to check them out whenever I get a chance and this time of year it is to see if they have been burnt, or to look at when the next burn should be organised. About a 1km section of Cattle Station Hill Road in Hepburn Shire has a good patch of grassland on both sides. The roadsides are wide and regularly burnt. At this time of year the kangaroo grass is obvious with an orange hue. Patches of common everlasting are also prominent with the silver foliage.

 


Farewell to 2015

As this year draws to an end the VVPCMN would like to say thank you. A big thank you to all who have followed  the blog, Facebook or twitter and are passionate about grassy ecosystems. We have some great remnants remaining on the Victorian Volcanic Plain (VVP), so take the opportunity to see a few new sites next year. Most of the flowers have faded but even now you can get out and brush up on your grass identification skills.

You are welcome to contribute items and/or photos about what is happening on the VVP. One mostly office bound person, can’t do it all even though I made a good attempt to get around during my holidays, send them through to vvpcmn@gmail.com