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


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.