Deepening Connections is a three-year project (2018 to 2021) working to protect remnant biodiversity along Deep Creek and Konagaderra Creek, by undertaking weed and rabbit control across 6,700 hectares of private land south of Darraweit Guim.
These waterways provide habitat for several significant species, including Platypus, Growling Grass Frog, Southern Brown Toadlet and Swift Parrot, and the deeply incised gorges and the grassy woodlands that surround them are iconic Victorian landscapes.
The biodiversity within this landscape is impacted by weed invasion, vegetation clearing, urban expansion and pest animals, such as rabbits and foxes. Weeds and rabbits significantly reduce the capacity for native plants and animals to flourish and regenerate. Control of these threats offers the best ‘bang for buck’ in the protection of habitat for native species.
The project focuses on:
- Working with local landholders undertake weed and rabbit control works
- Strengthening landholder stewardship through regular field days and other education programs
The Deepening Connections project is supported by the Victorian Government and being delivered by the following partners:
- Port Phillip & Westernport CMA (project coordinator)
- Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
- Melbourne Water
- Macedon Ranges Shire
- Hume City Council
- Mitchell Shire
- Clarkefield Landcare Group
- Upper Maribyrnong Catchment Group
- Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation
- Private landholders
Landholder expressions of interest
Landholders within the project area (see map below) are invited to submit an expression of interest. The provision of funding will be prioritised based on the degree to which works undertaken will benefit biodiversity.
Landholders will receive a tailored plan for their property, targeted pest plant and animal control to protect and enhance remaining biodiversity assets, and general and specific land management advice including field days and workshops.