Grow West Projects

Biodiversity Onground Action: Protecting and connecting species and communities in Melbourne’s west

The Victorian Government is supporting biodiversity and threatened species through a range of on-ground initiatives and funding.

This four-year project covered an area of 30,000 hectares across four park reserves in the Upper Werribee Catchment: Brisbane Ranges National Park, Werribee Gorge State Park, Lerderderg State Park and Long Forest Conservation Nature Reserve. In addition, the project engaged with landholders, adjoining the Brisbane Ranges National Park who assisted with identification of pest plant and animals, and the Traditional Owners, Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung, undertook essential weed control in the Werribee Gorge and Long Forest reserves.

The large-scale pest plant and animal threat mitigation activities undertaken in the four reserves provided a large boost to the works that had previously been carried out by groups and landholders to protect and enhance threatened species and communities.

The project targeted goats, deer, rabbits, pigs, and cats along with pest weed species; Sallow Wattle, Gorse, African Weed Orchid and Serrated Tussock.

The project has achieved great onground environmental outcomes through a collaborative multi-stakeholder approach. By working together, both private and public land managers can have a positive and lasting impact on the landscape with the support of organisations such as; the catchment management authorities (PPWCMA), government agencies (DELWP) and non-for-profits (Trust for Nature).