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

EPBC Act change to definition of small business


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Environmental assessments and some strategic assessments under the EPBC Act have incurred a cost recovery arrangement since 1 October 2014.

As of 19 May 2017 there is a change to the  definition of a ‘small business’ for the purpose of exemption from cost recovery fees for environmental assessments. link


Time Extension for Review of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

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Extension to submission period for consultation paper!

Minister for Environment, Lily D’Ambrosio, recently announced a two-week extension to the current community consultation phase on the review of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. Please note that submissions about the consultation paper can now be made until 5:00pm on 28 March 2017.

Please visit the Engage Victoria project webpage for more information or to make a submission, or contact the team directly at

Reminder: Review of the native vegetation clearing regulations

Review of the native vegetation clearing regulations Only one week until submissions close! Please note that the closing date for submissions on the proposed changes to the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP) is 5:00pm on 8 March 2017. Information on how to make a submission and all review publications are available on EngageVictoria.


Lava flow flattened

Native nettle flwOver the last couple of weeks actions by a landholder on the Victorian Volcanic Plains on what is considered a geologically significant site, has generated a fair bit of angst. It highlights again how difficult it is to manage and protect some areas and that we really need to consider how we can assist landholders to understand the value of what they have and reward them properly to manage such areas on behalf of all Victorians.

Here are some links to the recent articles in The Warrnambool Standard 14/7/16 & 15/7/16,  and   The Age.

…..and links to areas of cultural heritage sensitivity mapping and to the biodiversity interactive map for areas of Victoria’s biodiversity, native vegetation, flora and fauna interest.

A brief journey through the FFG Act

This presentation is another one from the recent VVP Linear Reserves Workshop held for contractors and others who need to know about this values of grasslands and aspects of the relevant legislation. It also includes information about the guidelines on translocation of threatened species. Here is the link cma-ffg-training_slide-notes_May-2015.pdf

The threatened vegetation communities listed under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (1988), have been matched to one or more Ecological Vegetation Classes (EVCs), and the bioregions in which they occur see the Biodiversity Interactive Mapping System. Remember that the mapping only provides an indication of what may be seen on the ground and decisions should not be made without a site visit and preferably at different times of the year. Here is the link to the protected flora controls.



Why linear reserves are special places

Linear reserves is a term used to refer to the vegetated sections of road, rail, drainage lines and waterways. Some of these reserves on the Victorian Volcanic Plain are the focus of a project that is being run by the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning(DELWP), Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CMA) and Glenelg CMA with Commonwealth funding. One of the activities to raise awareness of these reserves, has been 2 recent workshops highlighting the biological values of the endangered grasslands. Vanessa Craigie (DELWP) gave a very interesting presentation pointing out the importance of linear reserves in providing habitat for native flora and fauna especially the endangered ones.

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