Protecting Properties, Connecting People is a great example of protecting biodiversity, reducing bushfire risk and strengthening community.
In partnership with the Wurundjeri Tribe, the Traditional Owners of the Dandenongs, we have been working with private landowners in the Dandenong Ranges to improve the biodiversity of their properties. Together, we’ve been controlling woody weeds which helps reduce bushfire risk in areas where native plants and animals don’t naturally rely on fire to thrive.
In 2016, Trust for Nature obtained funding under Round 2 of the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA Dandenong Ranges Environmental and Bushfire Reduction Community Grants program. The Protecting Properties, Connecting People project, for which the funding was granted, aimed to assist at least 10 covenanted property owners in the Dandenong Ranges improve their biodiversity values and reduce bushfire risk by controlling high-threat weed species. The Traditional Owners of the Dandenongs, the Wurundjeri Tribe, and their Our Country or ‘Narrap’ team, were engaged to carry out the works.
The project is now complete, with results well exceeding original targets.
“Seventeen private properties covering more than 100 hectares have now been treated in Yellingbo, Monbulk, Emerald, Olinda, Belgrave South, Selby and Lysterfield.”
The team also had the opportunity to work on the Trust for Nature-owned property ‘Kopelis’ and Yarra Ranges Council’s Butterfield Reserve. The project has facilitated knowledge sharing between the Wurundjeri, TFN and private land holders whilst protecting some of the highest quality remnants of native vegetation and habitat on private land within the Dandenongs.