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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Learn about VVP grassland geology, ecology and management

This 3 day course has a great line up of presenters and provides an opportunity to learn about Victorian Volcanic Plains grasslands, grassy wetlands, Aboriginal cultural heritage and geology and soils. Numbers are limited. Registration form GA VVP Grassland Event 2017


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.