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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VVP Seed Production Area

Did you know that there is an indigenous seed production area in the Geelong Botanic Gardens? The aim is to have a supply of VVP native grassland seed for restoration projects. It is funded by the Australian Government’ National Landcare Program, Geelong Botanic Gardens, Corangamite CMA and the Sunshine Foundation and supported by Greening Australia.

A few years ago there was a seed production area in the nursery section of the gardens and plants were grown in polystyrene containers. It was very successful and produced a lot of seed. This time the plants are in the ground in weed mat. The aim is to produce a greater quantity of seed than can be gained from collection in the field, with less stress put on local populations.

It is hard to judge how much seed is currently being collected but the bulbine lilies still have plenty of seed and the kangaroo grass is unharvested. Other plants growing are Myrnong, Button Wrinklewort, Blue Devil, Pussy Tails, Hoary Sunray and Salt-lake Tussock-grass. There is also Euphorbia drummondii, Caustic Creeper, but it probably made its own way there.

Caustic Creeper

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Land for Wildlife

Are you a member of the Victorian Land for Wildlife program or do you know someone who is? The latest newsletter has arrived. It is only available online so sign up for it if you haven’t done so already. If you have signed up then may just need to check your emails as apparently there are some people who don’t open the link and miss out on some valuable info. LFW_Newsletter

This voluntary program  promotes wildlife conservation on private land. According to the DELWP website if you wish to create or protect wildlife habitats on your property, then the Land for Wildlife scheme can offer you advice and assistance no matter whether you manage a farm, a bush block, a council park or school ground. link


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Photo-point monitoring training reminder for Western District Lakes

Re publishing this in case you are interested in attending and forgot to RSVP. Corangamite CMA are looking for volunteers passionate about photography and the Western District Lakes to assist in the long term photo-point monitoring of water levels in the lakes. Those interested in becoming a volunteer are invited to participate in a FREE two day environmental photography workshop with internationally recognized photographer and ecologist Alison Pouliot. Both days of the workshop will feature half a day of theory and half a day exploring and photographing the Western District Lakes.

WHEN: 10:00am – 4:00pm Thursday February 1 and Friday February 2

WHERE: Corangamite CMA, 64 Dennis Street Colac, VIC 3250

RSVP: There are limited spaces so get in early  – RSVP by Friday January 26 to (03) 52329100 or rose.herben@ccma.vic.gov.au


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Western District Lakes photo-point monitoring training opportunity

Corangamite CMA are looking for volunteers passionate about photography and the Western District Lakes to assist in the long term photo-point monitoring of water levels in the lakes.

Those interested in becoming a volunteer are invited to participate in a FREE two day environmental photography workshop with internationally recognized photographer and ecologist Alison Pouliot. Both days of the workshop will feature half a day of theory and half a day exploring and photographing the Western District Lakes.

WHEN: 10:00am – 4:00pm Thursday February 1 and Friday February 2

WHERE: Corangamite CMA, 64 Dennis Street Colac, VIC 3250

RSVP: There are limited spaces so get in early  – RSVP by Friday January 26 to (03) 52329100 or rose.herben@ccma.vic.gov.au


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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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