This year will celebrate 20 years of operation with a tour of past works and a celebratory dinner to be held in early October.
This years Plantout will involve four community plantings, four schools plantings and one corporate/group plantings. The community plantings will again be held through the months of July, where local and visiting volunteers will be encouraged to come along and lend a hand. The planting activities will again be themed with the aim of involving a wide range of volunteers in this important work. The first to kick off will be a site near Pomonal on Saturday 5th of July, where volunteers will plant 2,500 plants. With assistance from Jallukar Landcare Group in hosting the planting day, backpackers and other visitors to Halls Gap will be encouraged to come along and help, with a minibus running from the YHA.
The Grampians to Pyrenees Biolink Project continues again this year with funding received from the Australian Government which was announced late last year. The next phase of the project is more targeted with works confined to specific geographical areas between the Grampians and Pyrenees Ranges. This project will again be delivered in partnership with the Wimmera CMA, but this next phase has brought in other partners including Glenelg Hopkins CMA, Parks Victoria, Trust for Nature, Conservation Volunteers Australia and Central Victorian Biolinks Group.
The project will work with private landholders to fence remnant vegetation, including that on waterways, strategically-selected areas of land will undergo revegetation and large areas of public land will have increased rabbit and weed management works to reduce the risk of the improved connectivity contributing to the spread of these species. The Grampians to Pyrenees Biolink is a significant link between two major visionary Bio-links ‘Habitat 141’ which straddles the Victorian/ Southern Australian Border and the ‘Great Eastern Ranges Corridor’ which follows the Great Dividing Range right through to Far North Queensland. It provides habitat through a combination of stepping stones and wildlife corridors enabling ecological function to be maintained through a myriad of farmland and public conservation areas. An exciting component of this project is to develop a 10 year strategic Grampians to Pyrenees Connectivity Plan which will further refine priority works and areas to assist in achieving the aim of “improving the ecological connectivity between the Grampians and Pyrenees Ranges”. It has been well recognised that this plan will need to optimise ecological needs while considering farming and community priorities.
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