Western Grasslands Reserve Program

Creating a major new reserve featuring endangered vegetation types

The Western Grasslands Reserve Program is sponsored by DEECA and is based on land acquisition of Western Plains grassland sites to create a Western Grasslands Reserve managed by Parks Victoria.

A significant effort is required to control invasive species and undertake other management actions to improve the condition of the acquired sites.

Themes and Local Areas

Primary Theme:Native vegetation
Other Themes:Native animals
Primary Local Area:Moorabool, Melton, Wyndham & Greater Geelong
Other Local Areas:
Project location:Western Melbourne basalt plains
Scale of the project:Landscape
New or continuing work:Building on previous work

Project partners

Lead organisation:Parks Victoria
Key partners:Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA)
Registered Aboriginal Party/s relevant to the project or its area:Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation

Investment opportunities

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

Contribution toward targets

Primary Regional Catchment Strategy target:At least 15,000 hectares of a new Western Grassland Reserve established in this region

Threatened vegetation – All threatened native vegetation species in the region are retained and 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:Ecological communities – Grassy Eucalypt Woodland and Natural Temperate Grassland of the Victorian Volcanic Plain

More information

Parks Victoria project manager – Mike Forsyth, mike.forsyth@parks.vic.gov.au