Creating resilient natural assets in the Greta Valley

Funding Source: Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery Grants Program

Timeline: August 2021 – April 2022

Funding received: $50 000


Project Description

This project will focus on the protection and enhancement of riparian condition on Fifteen Mile Creek and Boggy Creek and protection of remnant vegetation on the Futters Range in the upper catchment of the Greta Valley.

The Futters Range (and its continuation to the north, the Warby Ranges) provides an important linkage from the Australian Alpine Area to the Lower Ovens River and Murray River corridors. Upper reaches of these waterways form important wildlife corridors and refuges in times of drought and fire for our terrestrial and aquatic native fauna species.

This project will protect and improve the condition of existing native vegetation through fencing, weed control (targeting blackberry and willow) and pest animal control (targeting deer and feral pigs). The activities will be completed in a cost share arrangement with landholders to build community capacity and engagement in best practice natural resource management, supporting post-fire recovery in these regions.

 

 

Our project targets:

  • Protection of existing remnant patches of bush along the Futters Range, by fencing to exclude stock to protect sensitive ground species including orchids and smaller shrubs
  • Removal of invasive woody weeds (blackberry and willow) on Fifteen Mile Creek and Boggy Creek to enhance this riparian corridor, protecting a summer drought refuge for terrestrial and aquatic fauna.
  • Control of pest animals, focusing on deer and feral pigs, that are spreading from the alpine areas to our upper catchment.

Landholder involvement

The grant funding received for this project is not large and we are trying to maximise the onground impacts of this funding. To this end, the landholders will be required to assist and work in partnership with the Landcare group to achieve the best onground outcomes. The Committee has defined a cost share arrangement of 30:70 (landholder: grant funding) for any spray work done by contractors on the property.

Project Area

The project area is quite specific for this program and must focus on:
– Fifteen Mile Creek (from the Greta South to Myrrhee)
– Boggy Creek
– Patches of remnant vegetation in the Futters Range (shown in yellow on map right)
– Tributaries of the 15 Mile Creek and Boggy Creek OR other minor waterways in the upper catchment (south of the Moyhu-Hansonville Road).

Outcomes

The outcomes that must be achieved with this project include:

  • Delivery of one workshop on river management to landholders along Boggy Creek and 15 Mile Creek
  • Development of site plans for 12 landholders
  • 1000m of fencing to protect remnant bushland on the Futters Range
  • 40 ha of weed control on 15 Mile Creek and Boggy Creek (20 days for crew of 2 operators)
  • Pest animal control targeting deer and feral pigs (total of 96 hrs available).

Expressions of Interest

Those interested in applying for funding for their property should fill out an Expression of Interest Form at www.tinyurl.com/GVLG2021EoI or call Sally Day on 0437 136 162 for more information.

Round one of the Expression of Interest period closes on the 22nd November 2021.