Linking the Mornington Peninsula Landscape

Connecting fragmented remnants of indigenous vegetation to create biolinks across the Mornington Peninsula

Linking the Mornington Peninsula Landscape (LMPL) is an initiative . LMPL biolink planning is based on an analysis of vegetation quality of the peninsula produced by the Arthur Rylah Institute, with input from local natural resource management professionals and ecologists. To date, biolink plans have been developed for eight out of ten catchment areas on the Mornington Peninsula. Next steps are the creation of plans for the two remaining catchment areas. Beyond this, planning will include extensions to completed biolink areas and strengthening connections within existing biolinks. The long-term vision is to collaborate with neighbouring municipalities to create regional corridors.

Fragmentation of the landscape over time has led to the decline of many native birds and mammals. As native trees, shrubs, and grasslands have been cleared to make way for farms, residences, and infrastructure, the unique fauna of the Mornington Peninsula has become particularly vulnerable to a lack of suitable habitat for foraging and breeding and predation by introduced pest animals such as foxes and cats. Isolated populations are particularly vulnerable to disease or disturbances such as high-intensity bushfires caused by a warming climate.

LMPL is the flagship project of the Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network which seeks to address the key threatening process of landscape fragmentation. Contributions to this project may go to biolink planning or funding for on ground works for LMPL developed plans.

Themes and Local Areas

Primary Theme:Native vegetation
Other Themes:Native animals, Soil Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Waterways, Wetlands, Coasts, Communities, Climate Change
Primary Local Area:Mornington Peninsula
Other Local Areas:Urban Melbourne, Casey, Cardinia & Baw Baw, Western Port, Port Phillip Bay
Project location:Mornington Peninsula-wide, covering all ten sub-catchment areas with a view to expand to neighbouring municipalities.
Scale of the project:Landscape
New or continuing work:Continuing/building on previous work

Project partners

Lead organisation:Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network
Key partners:Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority, Melbourne Water, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, in addition to partnerships with local schools, tertiary institutions and community groups
Registered Aboriginal Party/s relevant to the project or its area:Bunurong Land Council 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:10+ years

Contribution toward targets

Primary Regional Catchment Strategy targets and contribution to its achievement:Major new biolinks – Significant, sustained revegetation programs have been undertaken from 2021 to 2050 and have created numerous major biolinks in priority locations across the region

Waterways – Vegetation extent along waterways, Vegetation quality along waterways,

Revegetation (significant contribution to overall RCS revegetation target)

Native animals – Diversity of native animals, Threatened Animals (including listed species such as White-footed Dunnart, Australasian Bittern & Swamp Skink)

Communities (Community Volunteering, Community Participation)

Climate Change (leading to significant contributions to carbon sequestration)
Relevant Biodiversity 2037 goal:Revegetation of priority areas for connectivity between habitats
Relevant National Landcare Program priority:Soil, biodiversity and vegetation – Projects that will protect and enhance on-farm remnant native vegetation

More information

Website: https://lmpl.org.au/

Contact the Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network, particularly the LMPL Project Coordinator Michele Sabto (email: linkingmplandscapes@gmail.com) and the Landcare Facilitator Chantal Morton (email: facilitator@mpln.org.au)