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Actions and Effort: To adapt to land-use change

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*Progress rating is an indictaive qualitative assessment, these wil be further refined through data analysis, stakeholder and community consultation.

Strategic priority: Capture opportuntites from land development

Responsibility

      

RCS Actions

Effort 

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Case Studies

Deliver farm planning to integrate ecological and agricultural productivity benefits Educate tree changers on land management practices (WS)    
Plan land-use to minimise loss of biodiversity Assist local government to develop and apply appropriate planning tools for all council plans and strategies (e.g. Municipal Strategic Statement review, policies, & overlays) to increase the protection and reduce risks to biodiversity (e.g., matching land use intensity to land characteristics). (BS 2010)
                                
The Mansfield Shire Environment Advisory Committee’s primary function is to advise Council on matters pertaining to:
• The Mansfield Shire Environment Priority Action Plan implementation and annual review
• Planning initiatives
• Environmental program and policy priorities
• Opportunities to participate in State or Federal Government environment initiatives, programs and grants
• The development of mechanisms to advertise and promote Council's environmental management
• and sustainable development policies, strategies and projects
• The development of educational mediums to raise the awareness of environmental issues and management
• Support and mentor Council’s environment staff, and
• Providing a conduit between Council and Community in environmental maters
 
 
Manage public land to minimise loss of biodiversity Possible interventions: Converting  forests to parks managed for conservation, PPA control (inc deer management), people/recreation management, review codes of practice, better understanding impacts of major fire events, work with Alpine resorts to prevent/reduce vegetation loss and disturbances, preparation of fire ecology plans/fire management plans, crown frontage licencing for conservation. (Priority zones Background Paper to BS 2010)
The Holly removal project in the RCS case study demonstrates a management project at the public- private interface (RCS)
Promote broader community awareness and acceptance of practices to protect and improve the condition of natural assets Local Government needs access to information on high value assets to inturn promote values in their area (WS)  
Promote land-use capability assessments and implementation, including use and management of water Land capability assessments are “mandatory” in the Southern Forests as directed by the EPA code of practice for onsite domestic wastewater (WS)  
 

Strategic priority: Plan for and manage floods

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RCS Actions

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Case Studies

Understand more about the nature of flooding to manage its impact on the natural and built environments Learn from historic events and respect local knowledge (WS)
Updated Flood Overlay for Mansifield.
 

 

With State Government Grant funding, Upper Goulburn Landcare Network recently commissioned a botanic assessment of a significant roadside in Kinglake. Apparently, there is another being prepared for Flowerdale too. Both areas fall within the "Commuting Hills" area of the GBCMA. Research of this type is invaluable to know what it is that we are trying to protect. This Kinglake roadside has already been given Roadside Significance by Murrindindi Shire Council because of its biodiversity and rare or threatened plants. There has been inadequate compilation on the flora or habitat value in this district except for broadbrush roadside assessments by Kinglake Landcare and also MSC some years ago and some post 2009 fire studies mainly based around the National Parks. We must keep learning and recording and spreading the word about protecting and enhancing our indigenous flora and fauna.  

Thankyou for sharing your project.  It is great to see community groups identifying information gaps and initiating a project to fill it.  This information has been shared with the Land and Biodiversity Team at the GBCMA.  Please let us know if you have any events associated with this project, we are happy to promote it though our networks.