Building the Bass Coast Biolinks
This project will work on 1660 ha over 12 sites identified in the Bass Coast Shire Councils Biolinks Plan, selected by the project partners, based on the most cost-effective actions in the SMP 20%. The key objective is to protect the best of Bass Coast’s remaining biodiversity, providing habitat for threatened species, by directly managing the key threats such as loss of habitat, weeds and pest animals and inappropriate fire regimes.
The project sites include 5 public land sites. Parks Victoria managed sites Mouth of the Bass River and Reef island 195ha, Mouth of the Powlett River 161ha and the Western Port Inter-tidal reserve 34ha. Bass Coast Shire sites include; The Gurdies 52ha and Wonthaggi rail-trail 5ha. Private Land sites include Holden Proving Ground 875ha, Boral-Grantville 121ha, Lang-Lang Golf course 17ha, Sibelco-Grantville 74ha, Clive Hollins Kilcunda 2ha and Bell-Park Nyora 42ha .
The works proposed in this project are designed to improve the habitat and reduce predator threats to threatened species including; Southern Brown Bandicoot, Growling Grass Frog, Swamp Skink, Swift Parrot, Orange Bellied Parrot, Powerful Owl and Swamp Antechinus. The threats to these sites include predation from foxes, competition for food and habitat-displacement by rabbits and deer and weed-invasion (blackberry, boxthorn, cedar wattle, sweet pittosporum, gorse). We will work on approximately 14 EVCs of which 9 are listed as Endangered, 4 vulnerable and 1 rare. Habitat creation through revegetation in the Lower-Powlett River area and the Holden Proving Ground to improve connectivity will provide opportunities to connect the community with nature. The Bunurong Land Council will be engaged to deliver cross cultural training, cultural heritage inspections, as well as providing expert knowledge and advise on cultural burning within the Holden Proving Ground.
A Biodiversity-showcase event in year 3 of the project will provide information on threatened species protection and monitoring.
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