Peri-urban Deer Program

Addressing the growing issue of deer control

The Peri-urban Deer Program is sponsored by DELWP.

It establishes partnerships between Parks Victoria, Local Government, Melbourne Water and other agency and non-Government partners to prioritise deer control across Melbourne’s peri-urban landscape.

A regional “Peri-urban Deer Plan” is being developed under the provisions of Victoria’s Deer Control Strategy. The regional plan will prioritise deer control actions.

Themes and Local Areas

Primary Theme:Native vegetation
Other Themes:Waterways, Wetlands, Native animals
Primary Local Area:All Local Areas
Other Local Areas:
Project location:Mainly in Melbourne’s eastern peri-urban area
Scale of the project:Landscape
New or continuing work:Building on previous work

Project partners

Lead organisation:Parks Victoria
Key partners:DELWP, Melbourne Water, Local Government, non-Government and community organisations
Registered Aboriginal Party/s relevant to the project or its area:Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation

Investment opportunities

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

Contribution toward targets

Primary Regional Catchment Strategy target:At least 316,800 hectares of pest herbivore control and 105,600 hectares of weed control undertaken in priority areas in this region between 2017 and 2050 (an average of at least 9,600 and 3,200 hectares per year respectively).
Relevant Biodiversity 2037 goal:Undertake weed or pest herbivore control to maintain and enhance vegetation quality in priority areas
Relevant National Landcare Program priority:

More information

https://www.environment.vic.gov.au/invasive-plants-and-animals/deer-control-strategy