Restoring landscapes across the Mount Alexander Region

On-Ground Works

Would you like to take part in landscape restoration?

Would you like to increase and/or enhance native vegetation and wildlife habitat on your property?

Connecting Country Community Planting Day

Connecting Country works with landholders and community groups to undertake landscape restoration projects across the Mount Alexander Region, including properties on both public and private land. Typical ‘restoration’ activities that are supported include grazing regime change, revegetation and natural regeneration, protective fencing and the control of pest plants and animals. For eligible projects, Connecting Country may be able to provide technical advice, management plans, biodiversity assessments, work crews and incentive payments.

Connecting Country is currently seeking expressions of interest for on ground works on private land. In particular, we are looking for  landholders with remnant vegetation on their properties who are interested in undertaking actions that improve woodland bird habitat.

Thanks to our recently announced “Woodland bird community habitat protection and enhancement” project, we have a small amount of funding available for the protection and enhancement of 60 ha of remnant vegetation. Building connections between bushland areas through direct seeding  and revegetation with tubestock is very important, but at the same time we need to care for our remnants; the core habitat.  This project will fund actions that protect bird habitat from threats such as stock grazing and weeds.

Eligibility for funding from this project will be determined according to the following factors:Eligible landholders will receive a site visit, and a subsequent plant list and property habitat management plan.  Activities funded will mainly focus on fencing for stock exclusion and weed control within these remnants.

  • Size of your remnant vegetation patch
  • Property location
  • Presence of threatened woodland birds

Having said that, all interested landholders are welcome to fill in the EOI form.  If your proposed project does not fit with the requirements for Remnant Rescue,  then we will keep you on file for future opportunities.

Click here to open the Expression Of Interest Form for Remnant Rescue
Deadline for EOIs: 24th September, 2017

Please send in the form to info@connectingcountry.org.au or post it to PO Box 437 Castlemaine 3450. If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, please do not hesitate to contact Bonnie on 5472 1594.

This project is funded with the support of the Victorian Government’s Regional Biodiversity On-Ground Action Initiative.

Connecting Country’s on-ground works projects are funded in a seven step process:

Step 1. Landholders or community groups contact Connecting Country to express an interest in undertaking a project on their property.

Step 2. After speaking with the landholder/group, Connecting Country conducts a desktop study of the property location to determine its eligibility for being involved in one or more of the current Connecting Country programs.

Step 3. (a) If the property is eligible for direct support, Connecting Country staff visit the property to undertake a site assessment. An inventory of plant species is recorded and any areas of native vegetation are mapped. Threatening processes are identified (e.g. weeds, rabbits). Potential project areas and management options are discussed with the landholder/group.

Step 3. (b) If the property is not eligible for direct support, Connecting Country will assist the landholder/group by providing technical information and contacts for other potential support. The property is also added to our database should new opportunities arise with Connecting Country in future. (No further steps for ineligible properties).

Step 4. Based on the site visit and the discussions with the landholder/group about project options, Connecting Country staff prepare a draft management plan which includes the findings of the site assessment, maps, photos, a description and timeline of management activities, and a project budget. The landholder/group provide feedback on the draft plan. After further reviews, a final version of the plan is then developed, which is acceptable to the landholder/group and also meeting the Connecting Country’s program criteria. (To view a sample management plan click here.) Most plans have a 10-year timeline for implementation. Only plans that are fully embraced and accepted by the landholder/group proceed to the next step.

Step 5. Connecting Country staff submit the final agreed version of the plan for review and endorsement by the Connecting Country Committee of Management.

Step 6. Once approved by the committee, the plan is ready for implementation. Funding documents and stewardship agreements are signed.

Step 7. During the first year of the plan’s implementation, Connecting Country will provide either direct monetary support to undertake some of the more intensive on-ground actions. On-going technical advice and support is offered by Connecting Country for the life of the management plan.