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Kooyoora Connections

Boosting native vegetation across the Kooyoora landscape

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Grassy Woodland

The Kooyoora area in North Central Victoria is rich in biodiversity. 

Improving connections between these areas will improve habitat for threatened species, such as the Mallefowl and Yellow-lip Spider-orchid.

The Kooyoora Connections project is supporting local landholders and community groups to improve the condition and increase the area of native vegetation between Kooyoora State Park, Wychitella and Mount Korong Nature Conservation Reserve.

“The Kooyoora Connections project is a collaborative effort to conserve land on a large scale. ”

The project has a focus on building landscape resilience and connectivity by protecting, improving and extending native vegetation. To achieve this, financial support is available to landowners for revegetation, stock control fencing, and priority weed control work. For its part, Trust for Nature has been working with local landowners providing support and encouraging them to protect significant habitat by agreeing to place conservation covenants on their properties. To date, six privately protected areas have been created, covering more than 550 hectares. Another two properties, adding a further 250 hectares, are in the process of being covenanted. The project also continues to build natural resource management skills, knowledge and cultural awareness, while increasing the capacity of local community groups, such as the Wedderburn Conservation Management Network.

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Hard at work on Kooyoora Connections project

Outcomes

Since 2013, this project has recorded a number of achievements, including:

  • Six Trust for Nature conservation covenants, covering more than 550 hectares
  • Installation of 14 kilometres of fencing, protecting 483 hectares of vegetation from stock grazing
  • 417 foxes killed
  • 275 endangered Yellow-lip Spider Orchids established in the wild
  • 243 hectares of revegetation completed over 6 sites with 1,390 seedlings plants and 170 kilograms of seed sown
  • 1,380 hectares of priority weed control (Wheel Cactus and African Lovegrass)
  • Substantial community engagement, with 627 participants attending 13 events

Protecting native species

  • 550 more hectares

    protected through six Trust for Nature conservation covenants agreed with local landowners

  • 627 participants

    have attended 13 community engagement events

  • 275 Yellow-lip Spider-orchids

    successfully established in the wild

Snapshot

Trust for Nature priority species covered:
Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) Status: Threatened nationally.
Yellow-lip Spider-orchid (Caladenia xanthochila) Status: Endangered nationally and in Victoria. Listed in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) and the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act.

Region:
North Central

Geographic area of project:
Kooyoora, Wedderburn

Trust for Nature project contact:
Deanna Marshall

Project partners:
This project is led by the North Central Catchment Management Authority, with funding through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme. Trust for Nature is one of several partners, including:

  • Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation
  • Parks Victoria
  • Wedderburn Conservation Management Network
  • Bush Heritage Australia
  • Friends of Koorooya
  • Amaryllis Environmental Consulting
  • Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)

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