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National Landcare Programme

The EGCMA Land Team administers projects in the East Gippsland region funded by the Australian Government National Landcare Programme (NLP).

A brief description of all projects currently funded by the Australian Government NLP are listed below.

TopSoils - Improving agricultural practices through soil management

Regional Landcare Facilitator - East Gippsland

Regional Community Grants

Protecting the EPBC listed Littoral Rainforest ecological community

Protecting EPBC listed species on the East Gippsland coast through Fox control

Restoring East Gippsland coastal environments through weed control

Protecting Ramsar sites in the Gippsland Lakes

Protecting the EPBC listed Gippsland Red Gum Woodlands ecological community

Protecting the EPBC listed White Box/Yellow Box Woodlands ecological community

Protecting the EPBC listed Alpine Sphagnum Bogs ecological community

Protecting the EPBC listed Limestone Pomaderris Shrubland ecological community

Protecting EPBC listed species in the Upper Snowy through Fox control

Supporting Aboriginal people's engagement and participation in natural resource management

                                              
 



TopSoils - Improving agricultural practices through soil management

The TopSoils project is building a current data set of the chemical and physical properties of East Gippsland’s farming soils, to assist the identification of trends in soil characteristics and key indicators of soil asset decline. Targeted extension programs, including producer demonstration sites, will involve the expertise of five regional delivery partners, to provide farmers with improved skills and knowledge and address barriers to practice change. Project monitoring will involve:

  • workshop impact surveys
  • pre and post program ‘practice benchmarking’, using Australian Bureau of Statistics indicators of farm practice

Partners: Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources; East Gippsland Landcare Network; Far East Victoria Landcare; Greening Australia; Southern Farming Systems

 

TopSoils partners demonstrating plant tissue sampling. Left to right, Doug Crawford (DEDTJR), April WIlkins East Gippsland landcare Network), Wayne Burton (DEDTJR), Leo Hamilton (Agricultural consultant)

 

 

 

 

 

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Regional Landcare Facilitator - East Gippsland

The East Gippsland Regional Landcare Facilitator (RLF) project is providing opportunities for farmers to develop skills and knowledge so they are better able to make sound land and natural resource management decisions and independently source further knowledge and assistance when required. The project aims to stimulate thinking:

  • so that change and experimentation becomes a matter of principle
  • to assist the creation of a sustainable farming community that is resilient and can adapt to change.

Partner: Far East Victoria Landcare (RLF host)

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Regional Community Grants

Regional Community Grants will be offered to local landcare and like community groups in East Gippsland, in FYs 15/16, 16/17 and 17/18. Rounds will be conducted on a similar basis to current Victorian Landcare Grant rounds, Project eligibility criteria will reflect local priorities guided by the Regional Catchment Strategy. It is likely the CMA will run the NLP Regional Community Grants call for project proposals, and subsequent assessment process simultaneously with the Victorian Landcare Grants rounds to streamline the application process for landcare community groups and increased administration efficiency.

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Protecting the EPBC listed Littoral Rainforest ecological community

This project is improving the ecological condition of EPBC listed Littoral Rainforest and Coastal Vine Thicket (LRF) sites located along the shorelines of coastal estuaries in the region between the Nicholson River to the west and Mallacoota Inlet in the east. This ecological community is listed as critically endangered, and provides habitat for a number of threatened plants and animals. The condition of priority LRF sites on both public and private land is being improved by controlling transforming weeds, and reducing the impacts of deer browsing.

Partners: Trust for Nature, East Gippsland Rainforest CMN, Parks Victoria 

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Protecting EPBC listed species on the East Gippsland coast through Fox control

This project is reducing the impact of fox predation across estuarine and coastal habitat for 5 EPBC listed species (Eastern Bristlebird, Long-nosed Potoroo, Southern Brown Bandicoot, Fairy Tern, and Little Tern) between Lake Tyers and Cape Howe through an intensive fox baiting regime.

Partner: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

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Restoring East Gippsland coastal environments through weed control

This project is reducing the extent and impact of priority weeds of the East Gippsland coast including:

  • reducing the density of Boneseed infestation within 4 containment zones between Lake Tyers and Metung
  • controlling Bitou bush on the Mallacoota Foreshore Reserve, and reducing the extent of Mirror Bush Boxthorn on Tullaberga and Gabo islands

Partners: Parks Victoria, East Gippsland Shire Council 

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Protecting Ramsar sites in the Gippsland Lakes

This project is improving the ecological condition of a Gippsland Lakes Ramsar site at Jones Bay Wildlife Reserve, through revegetation using appropriate wetland vegetation communities tolerant to increasing saline levels.

Partners: Parks Victoria, Greening Australia, Trust for Nature 

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Protecting the EPBC listed Gippsland Red Gum Woodlands ecological community

This project is improving the ecological condition of EPBC listed Gippsland Red Gum grassy woodland & associated grasslands sites, by a range of measures including

  • fencing to reduce grazing pressure
  • woody and herbaceous weed control
  • reducing the impacts of pest animals,
  • conducting ecological burning and thinning
  • revegetation and supplementary planting

These works are occurring over a number of private land sites on the Red Gum Plains west of Bairnsdale.

Partners: Trust for Nature, East Gippsland Landcare Network, Greening Australia, Gippsland Plains CMN

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Protecting the EPBC listed White Box/Yellow Box Woodlands ecological community

This project is improving the condition of selected EPBC listed White Box– Yellow Box Woodland ecological community sites on private land in the Swifts Creek/Ensay area of the region. On ground works include woody and herbaceous weed control, reducing the impacts of deer browsing, and revegetation.

Partner: Trust for Nature 

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Protecting the EPBC listed Alpine Sphagnum Bogs ecological community

This project is protecting and enhancing the condition of the East Gippsland portion of the EBPC listed Alpine Sphagnum Bogs and associated Fens ecological community located in the Alpine National Park. Measures include

  • surveillance and treatment of woody and herbaceous weeds considered to pose a threat to the Bogs
  • developing and adopting protocols to reduce the impacts of fire and fire control activities
  • restoring natural hydrology regimes
  • reducing the impacts of deer
  • reducing the pressure from feral horses

This project contributes to a broader Alps wide Alpine Bogs initiative by complementing related projects in neighbouring CMA regions.

Partner: Parks Victoria 

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Protecting the EPBC listed Limestone Pomaderris Shrubland ecological community

This project is improving the condition of the entire extent of the EPBC listed Silurian Limestone Pomaderris Shrubland ecological community in the region, through woody and herbaceous weed control over the site located at Marble Gully in the Upper Tambo River catchment.

Partner: Parks Victoria 

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Protecting EPBC listed species in the Upper Snowy through Fox control

This project is improving the habitat for 4 EPBC listed species (Brush tailed Rock Wallaby, Spotted tailed Quoll, Long footed Potoroo, and Eastern Wallaroo) in the Upper Snowy catchment by implementing an intensive fox control regime on public and private land within and nearby the known range for these species.

Partner: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

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Supporting Aboriginal people's engagement and participation in natural resource management

This project is supporting increased engagement with all East Gippsland Traditional Owner groups including their participation in the planning and delivery of Australian Government NRM investment in the region. In particular, members of the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation NRM crew are contributing to the delivery of on ground works by providing services to a number of our delivery partners.

Partners: Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation, regional Traditional Owners

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Glossary

CMN – Conservation Management Network
EPBC - Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (with reference to EPBC Act of Parliament 1999)
Fen – a low and marshy or frequently flooded area of land
LRF - Littoral Rainforest
NRM – Natural Resource Management