Native Vegetation

Around 40% of the Port Phillip and Western Port region retains native vegetation. Although around almost half of this is located in parks or reserves managed for conservation purposes, much of the remainder is in small patches, fragmented and at risk of incremental clearing, weed invasion and other threats.

Improvement in the extent, diversity, quality and connectedness of the native vegetation is important to ensure it is resilient when threatened or affected by fire, disease, climate change, pest invasion or other issues.

Although some vegetation clearing is permitted and inevitable, the PPWCMA and it’s partners’ overall aim is for a net gain in the extent of native vegetation and its biodiversity values across the region. In the long-term, a series of major nature links are sought to be created, forming large vegetation corridors, enabling species transit and improving ecosystem resilience to climate change and habitat fragmentation.

The PPWCMA leads and/or supports projects that enhance the extent, quality, security and connectedness of native vegetation in this region. Most of these funded by the Victorian Government and Australian Government.

Our vision

There will be extensive and diverse areas of native vegetation across the region’s landscapes that are permanently protected, in good quality and managed primarily for conservation and environmental purposes.

Our objectives

OutcomeBy 2024-25
Revegetation undertaken within PPWCMA projects to increase the amount of native habitat in the region and contribute to development of new nature links to enhance ecosystem resilience for the future.300+ hectares per year
A network of major nature links established
Protection or enhancement of existing/remnant native vegetation undertaken within PPWCMA projects to increase the quality of native habitat in the region and enhance ecosystem resilience for the future.500+ hectares per year

Our projects

Grow West

Grow West is a long-term, collaborative program that is working to rejuvenate the Upper Werribee Catchment by creating vegetation connections between Brisbane Ranges National Park, Werribee Gorge State Park and Lerderderg State Park. The PPWCMA coordinates Grow West on behalf of its partners, which include government agencies, landholders and community groups.

Living Links

Living Links is a long-term, collaborative program working to create a web of green spaces across Melbourne’s south-east by enhancing biodiversity and to improving opportunities for urban residents to connect with nature. The PPWCMA coordinates Living Links on behalf of its partners, which include local government, government agencies and community groups.

Transforming the Dandenong Creek Corridor

Transforming the Dandenong Creek Corridor is a four year project supported by the Victorian Government aims to improve environmental values at 38 priority sites along the Dandenong Creek corridor, while engaging local communities to better understand and appreciate the natural values of this important biolink.

Greening the Maribyrnong

Greening the Maribyrnong is a long-term, collaborative environmental program that focuses on revitalising the degraded escarpments of the Maribyrnong Valley through pest plant and animal control and revegetation with indigenous shrubs and trees. Its long-term ambition is to establish a naturelink stretching from the Macedon Ranges to inner Melbourne.

Restoring the Jacksons Creek Corridor

Restoring the Jacksons Creek Corridor is a 3.5 year project supported by the Victorian Government and Melbourne Water that is working to establish a substantial corridor of native vegetation along 10.5 kilometres of the creek (between the Emu Bottom Wetlands Reserve and Salesian College) to build resilience into the remnant native vegetation in the face of impending urban development.

Deepening Connections

Deepening Connections is a 3.5 year project supported by the Victorian Government that aims to
protect remnant biodiversity along creek lines in an area covering 6,700 hectares south of Darraweit Guim. The waterway of Deep Creek provides habitat for several significant species including Platypus, Growling Grass Frog, Southern Brown Toadlet and Swift Parrot.

Peaks to Plains

Peaks to Plains is three-year project supported by the Victorian Government that aims to protect threatened flora and fauna species in the You Yangs and across the Werribee Plains to Little River through the control of invasive weeds, rabbits and goats.

Growing Carbon

The Growing Carbon in the Port Phillip and Western Port Region project is exploring the potential to utilise local revegetation projects to generate carbon offsets that also provide environmental and social benefits. This project aims to support Victoria’s water industry to take actions on climate change and achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible.

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