Native Animals

The diversity and health of the native animal species will ensure they are resilient when threatened or affected by natural disasters, climate change, pests or other issues. This will contribute to the overall health of the region’s environment and enabling future generations to benefit from the native wildlife of the region.

The Port Phillip & Westernport CMA plays a role in supporting native animal species in the region, including the protection and improvement of some threatened species, by leading projects when funded by the Victorian Government, Australian Government or other sources.

Our vision

The region’s populations of native animal species will be diverse and healthy. The number of native fish, mammal, amphibian, reptile and bird species that inhabit the region now will be retained, and populations of many threatened species will have stabilised or significantly improved.

Our objectives

OutcomeBy 2024-25
New habitat areas established to sustain new wild populations of Helmeted Honeyeaters, thereby significantly reducing the risk of extinction of this species50+ hectares of new habitat established at 1-2 new sites.
Wild population doubled from ~200 to 400+.
Habitat established or improved for Swift Parrot, Legless Lizard, Southern Brown Bandicoot, Growling Grass Frog and other threatened species, thereby reducing the risk of extinction of these species2,000+ hectares of threatened species habitat established or improved.

Our projects


Yarra4Life is a collaborative environmental program that aims to improve the quality of land, water and natural habitat in the Yarra Valley and to help protect and enhance the survival of native species in the region. This includes the protection and enhancement of priority native vegetation which will also assist the preservation of the Helmeted Honeyeater and the Leadbeater’s Possum.

For more information visit the Yarra4Life website