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


Celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme this year is Biodiversity and Tourism and it would be great to get more tourism on the volcanic plains.

A well-managed tourist sector can contribute significantly to reducing threats to, and maintain or increase, key wildlife populations and biodiversity values through tourism revenue. It is a bit hard to get enthused about looking at  grasslands in May but there are still birds, vistas and volcanoes.

 

 

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End of year thank you

Fragrant Leek Orchid

Fragrant Leek Orchid

As another busy year draws to a close the Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management Network would like to thank you for following us via the blog, Facebook and Twitter throughout the year. The number of followers continues to grow which helps to spread the word about what is happening on the VVP.

We acknowledge the continued work of a wide range of individuals, groups, facilitators, networks and organisations and especially the funding bodies and people who financially support the various projects on private and public land. There are some really great and positive things happening for our threatened species and communities.

We welcome your ideas, articles and photos to so we can continue to spread the word about activities on the VVP, through social media.

All the best for the holiday season.

Elspeth & the VVPCMN Steering Committee


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.