Thanks to the inspiring generosity of all those who support Trust for Nature's work and donated to the Yellingbo fundraising appeal that we ran over Summer, we are pleased to provide an update on how we are progressing with property purchases in Yellingbo.
Over the Summer we called for donations to enable the purchase of properties in Yellingbo, in Melbourne's east, to increase the size of Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve. By purchasing these properties we will provide additional habitat for Victoria's faunal emblems; the Helmeted Honeyeater and Leadbeater's Possum - both of which are endangered. We've had a terrific response from supporters, who likewise want to see these special species survive into the future – and we thank all those who helped.
This generous support - along with funds provided by the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA through the State Government's Threatened Species Protection Initiative - has meant that we are now able to purchase an additional 3 hectares, which is adjacent to the Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve and has the Woori Yallock Creek running through it.
The property sits between the existing Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve and an additional 3.2 hectares that was added to the Reserve in 2010, which was revegetated in 2010 by the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater and now provides important "HeHo" habitat. The birds are foraging and, importantly, nesting in this revegetated area.
The 3 ha property that we now are purchasing will likewise be revegetated, and it is expected to respond equally as well.
But the good news doesn't end there. You may be aware that at the end of April the State Government announced that funds will be made available from its Budget to fund further property purchases. Together with our friends at Zoos Victoria and the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater, we are working with the government to acquire further properties in the area, and protect others in perpetuity with Conservation Covenants.
None of this would be possible without the generosity of our donors and the encouragement of our supporters - thank you once again for making this happen!
Many thanks to Shellie Drysdale for sharing this gorgeous Helmeted Honeyeater photo, taken at Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve.