Beyond Yellingbo

Community-led private land conservation to restore and increase habitat for the Helmeted Honeyeater and lowland Leadbeater’s Possum

A community-led engagement project, titled Beyond Yellingbo has successfully engaged landholders since 2017. This new phase provides a ‘roadmap’ for the Beyond Yellingbo project for the next 5 years.

Rather than attempting to engage all of the landholders along all of the Creeks at the same time, this Plan creates an order in which Creeks could be targeted for engagement and then identifies priority reaches and properties along each Creek.

The order for targeted engagement is subject to change in response to future HH and LLBP releases and translocations, habitat restoration plans and confirmed sightings of HH and/or LLBP beyond Yellingbo.

Aims for the next 5 years:

  • Increase protection and restoration of current Helmeted Honeyeater (HH) and lowland Leadbeater’s possum (LLBP) habitat within YNCR through engagement with priority neighbours of YNCR
  • Target priority properties where works will benefit Helmeted Honeyeater translocation/release sites
  • Commence engagement with priority landholders along the Creeks that flow in and out of YNCR, to provide future habitat and landscape connectivity
  • Provide strong support to landholders engaged in actions through coordination of funding and implementation of works and at least two project updates per year
  • Increase social cohesion between participating landholders to enable sustainability of action beyond the Project
  • Ensure that landholders, on whose properties works are completed, have the tools and information to continue conservation action
  • Seek funding to support future Project Officer wage and implementation of works at least one year in advance.

Themes and Local Areas

Primary Theme:Native animals
Other Themes:Native vegetation, Wetlands, Waterways, Land use, Sustainable agriculture, Traditional Owners and Aboriginal Victorians, Communities, Climate Change
Primary Local Area:Yarra Ranges & Nillumbik
Other Local Areas:
Project location:Along the creeks that flow into and out of the Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve
Scale of the project:Landscape scale
New or continuing work:Continuing/building on previous work

Project partners

Lead organisation:Nangana Landcare Network
Key partners:Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater, Johns Hill, Macclesfield and Monbulk Landcare Groups, Friends of the Leadbeater’s Possum, Melbourne Water, Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, Zoos Victoria,Yarra Ranges Shire Council,
Registered Aboriginal Party/s relevant to the project or its area:Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation

Investment opportunities

Opportunities for investors within this project start from:$$ (Tens of thousands of dollars)
Estimated scale of investment for full project implementation:$$$ (Hundreds of thousands of dollars)
Estimated timeframe for full project implementation:2-10 years

Contribution toward targets

Primary Regional Catchment Strategy target:Native Animals – Wild populations of all threatened native animal species in the region are retained and their populations are self-sustainable, secure, healthy and resilient
Relevant Biodiversity 2037 goal:Protect or assist one or more critically endangered or endangered species/community of native vegetation or native animal
Relevant National Landcare Program priority:Priority species – Helmeted Honeyeater and Leadbeater’s Possum

More information

Nangana Landcare Network