31 October 2016
Collaboration between Nillumbik Shire Council, Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and VicRoads has achieved more effective and efficient weed control on public land over the past 4 years.
Through the Urban Fringe Weed Management Initaitve, the Victorian Government granted $500,000 to restore rare habitats, animals and plants between the Yarra River Valley and Kinglake Ranges in Nillumbik Shire (a RCS Leader).
Key outcomes from this initiative include:
- A reduction in weed threats to biodiversity on public land.
- Increased coordination between government agencies and private landholders.
- Application of asset based, biosecurity, risk management and MERI approaches.
- Directly treated over 69 different weed species in 15 reserves covering more than 1500 hectares.
- Eliminated most new and emerging weeds in targeted reserves.
- Eliminated most weeds in our best quality areas.
- Reduced weed cover and reduced seedbanks in lower quality areas.
The major legacy of this project is a structure for government and community to work together on biodiversity projects for the protection of the natural environment and the enrichment of all involved.
Although the Urban Fringe Weed Management initiative Funding has finished the Warrandyte to Kinglake Habitat Corridor project will continue.