In 2009, Connecting Country was awarded funding for three years through the North Central Catchment Management Authority from the Victorian and Commonwealth Government (Caring for our Country). The project has a specific focus on the threatened species – the Brush-tailed Phascogale (Tuan).
The Brush-tailed Phascogale
The Brush-tailed Phascogale (Phascogale tapoatafa), or Tuan, is a small, nocturnal,
arboreal, carnivorous marsupial of the Family Dasyuridae. The Brush-tailed Phascogale has been listed as a threatened taxon in Schedule 2 of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and is regarded as near threatened at a Commonwealth level. Key threats to the Tuan are habitat fragmentation, loss of hollow-bearing trees, reduction of habitat quality from overgrazing and predation by cats and foxes.
Goal of the project
The goal of the project is to increase populations of the Brush-tailed Phascogale (Tuan) across Mount Alexander Shire by improving the condition of existing habitat and by increasing connectivity between core habitat areas. The priority vegetation for the 2010-2011 funding is Yellow-Box (Eucalyptus melliodora) Woodlands.
The Connecting Country project is undertaking a range of activities including:
- Community engagement
- A long-term monitoring program
- On ground projects to protect and enhance remnant woodland
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2009-2010 Final Report
For an organisation only just laying its founding roots, Connecting Country is very proud of its achievements in 2009-2010. Thanks to funding received through the North Central CMA from the Federal and State Government, we can report that our 09/10 outputs for the project have been completed. This reports celebrates some of these achievements. Click here to read full report.
2009-2011 Project Report
Connecting Country has produced a report on its achievements for the first two years of funding for the Yellow Box Woodland project. It can be downloaded here.
The report describes the Connecting Country Project and gives a summary of achievements in the three project areas: On-Ground Works, the Monitoring Program and Community Engagement. It covers the period from October 2009 to September 2011.