The Spit saltmarsh restoration

Protecting one of Victoria’s most significant saltmarsh communities

The Spit Nature Conservation Reserve and the adjoining Big Marsh are some of the most significant areas of saltmarsh in Victoria due to the diversity of the site’s flora and vegetation. The majority of the Big Marsh area falls within the Port Phillip Bay (Western Shoreline) and Bellarine Peninsula Ramsar Site, a wetland of international importance. In the 1980s, the area was an important feeding area for the now critically endangered Orange-bellied Parrot (Neophema chrysogaster), at times being a reliable overwintering site for half the population. However, the diversity and general condition of saltmarsh vegetation, particularly in the upper saltmarsh, is understood to have declined since and Orange-bellied parrots are no longer observed.

Working in partnership with Parks Victoria and Melbourne Water, this project proposed to undertake hyrdological improvements and habitat restoration works to restore this significant saltmarsh community and hydrological regimes.

Themes and Local Areas

Primary Theme:Wetlands
Other Themes:Native vegetation, Native animals
Primary Local Area:Moorabool, Melton, Wyndham & Greater Geelong
Other Local Areas:Port Phillip Bay
Project location:This project is located within The Spit Nature Conservation Reserve and adjoining Big Marsh which are part of the Port Phillip Bay (western shoreline) and Bellarine Peninsula Rasmar site
Scale of the project:Local
New or continuing work:Continuing/building on previous work

Project partners

Lead organisation:Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority
Key partners:Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning, Nature Glenelg Trust
Registered Aboriginal Party/s relevant to the project or its area:Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation

Investment opportunities

Opportunities for investors within this project start from:$$$ (Hundreds of thousands of dollars)
Estimated scale of investment for full project implementation:$$$ (Hundreds of thousands of dollars)
Estimated timeframe for full project implementation:1-2 years

Contribution toward targets

Primary Regional Catchment Strategy target:Ramsar wetlands – The ecological condition of the Port Phillip Bay (western shoreline) Ramsar wetland is maintained or improved from 2021 to 2050
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:Ramsar wetlands – Port Phillip Bay (western shoreline)

More information

Contact the Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority’s Ramsar Program Coordinator Andrew.Morrison@ppwcma.vic.gov.au