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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SWIFFT – Local Government Conservation Management

The next SWIFFT video conference is at 9.45am on 27 July, at various State Government venues around the state. Here is the agenda which has been revised slightly from what was previously advertised.

Introductions  (9.45 am sharp) with speakers at 10am. (Allow time to complete the visitor sign process.)

  1. Pest Plant Local Law Education & Compliance Program –  Katherine Whittaker , Whittlesea City Council
  2. Conserving our Rural Environment grant program – Hannah Nicholas, Hume City  Council
  3. Burrowing Cray on a bed of clay, with crushed Amphipod and Slender Tree Fern” –  Marty White, Yarra Ranges Shire
  4. Biodiversity Response Planning  – Adam Muir DELWP

Anyone with an interest in this topic is welcome to attend, check the website for the closest venue. Details are on the website.

VVP Biodiversity Grants for CCMA

In case you missed this opportunity for funding. Corangamite CMA is calling for expressions of interest for its Victorian Volcanic Plains Biodiversity Grants. The objective of the program is to support community/landholder involvement in protecting, enhancing or promoting Victorian Volcanic Plains and Western District Lakes biodiversity assets with a focus on on-ground outcomes and community awareness/engagement. This round closes on 31 October 2017. Link

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Brolgas near Mortlake

Here is a  video of some brolgas, a chance sighting by Lisette from the Basalt to Bay Landcare Network. She was coming back from “near Mortlake today and looking for gorse and spotted this trio using a paddock. The three farms to the south of this have participated in Landcare with us over a number of years, and there are more in either direction who do Landcare under their own steam – hence the credits directed at them. By the time I closed my window my hands matched the colour of my blue jacket, but watching this bird jumping and calling reminded me that spring is coming.”

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VVP Conservation Action Project and Prospectus workshop

Over the last 2 years, stakeholders have been working on the Victorian Volcanic Plain Conservation Action Planning Project. This has been facilitated by Greening Australia and Trust for Nature. The plan was launched in December 2016. The next step is to develop the project and investment prospectus.

If you have some ideas to put forward into this process or would like to attend the next workshop, contact Rod White, Manager Environmental Services Unit, Greening Australia  on 0447 585 574. Here is a draft agenda for the 2 day workshop on 6-7 September at Dunkeld.


Volcano Dreaming Exhibition in Geelong

The Geelong Library and Heritage Centre is hosting the Volcano Dreaming exhibition from Tuesday July 4 until Friday July 28 in conjunction with the Corangamite CMA.

The exhibition captures an original perspective of the Victorian Volcanic Plains which spread from Melbourne across most of southern Victoria towards the border of South Australia. The exhibition draws attention to the precarious existence of one of the worlds more endangered ecosystems, the wildflower grasslands of the volcanic plains. It shows you something of the original world of the western plains, what has happened to it and what is being done to help preserve what remains of it.

Together with the exhibition there will also be a display of related books from the library’s collection, and a range of colourful information guides and resources to take home and learn more about the amazing Victorian Volcanic Plains.