Would you like to increase and/or enhance native vegetation and wildlife habitat on your property?
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.
Our projects are funded from a variety of sources, and generally supply eligible landholders with valuable understorey plants that will enhance existing native vegetation, and provide habitat for many small birds such as Diamond Firetails, Superb Fairy-wrens, Scarlet Robins and Brown Thornbills. Prickly plant species include Bushy Needlewood (Hakea decurrens), Tree Violet (Melicytus dentatus), Sweet Bursaria (Bursaria spinosa), and acacias such as Hedge Wattle (Acacia paradoxa) and Spreading Wattle (Acacia genistifolia).
Eligibility will be determined according to the following factors:
- Size of your remnant vegetation patch
- Property location
- Presence of threatened woodland birds
Eligible landholders will receive a site visit, and a subsequent plant list and property habitat management plan.Having said that, all interested landholders are welcome to fill in the EOI form. If your proposed project does not fit with our requirements, then we will keep you on file for future opportunities.
Please send in the form to email@example.com or post it to PO Box 437 Castlemaine 3450. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Connecting Country office on 5472 1594.
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. 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 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.