Biodiversity

The Biodiversity Strategy for the Goulburn Broken Catchment 2016-2021 is an extension of the Biodiversity Strategy for the Goulburn Broken Catchment 2010 – 2015 which followed implementation of Goulburn Broken CMA’s 'Native Vegetation Management Strategy' and 'From the Fringe to Mainstream – a Strategic Plan for Integrating Native Biodiversity' (developed in 2004).

Biodiversity Strategy

Biodiversity underpins the health of our intimately connected natural and managed systems, especially agriculture. Biodiversity is under increased pressure from climate variability and change, and rapid changes in land and water use. After thirteen years of drought, the driest period on record, the message is clear: leadership is required to equip people, enterprises and environments adapt to these change.

This Biodiversity Strategy for the Goulburn Broken Catchment 2016 -2021 is the next step of the journey in improving the resilience of ecosystems so that they continue to provide habitat for flora and fauna and to provide the ecosystem services for more immediate human needs such as the filtering of water, the pollinating of crops and the provision of aesthetically pleasing places to live and play.

This Biodiversity Strategy is the next step of the journey in improving the resilience of ecosystems so that they continue to provide habitat for flora and fauna and to provide the ecosystem services for more immediate human needs such as the filtering of water, the pollinating of crops and the provision of aesthetically pleasing places to live, work and play.
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Roadsides provide immensely important refuge for biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. This report provides clear guidelines and simple measures to improve the capacity of local government to manage roadside management activities so as to reduce the risk of inadvertent damage to biodiversity values.
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For many years Goulburn Broken catchment communities have recognised the importance of native biodiversity and the need to include it as a key component of decision-making. The production of this strategic plan follows through on the GB CMA-s commitment listed in Goulburn Broken Regional Catchment Strategy (1997), building on other strategic plans such as the Goulburn Broken Native Vegetation Management Strategy (2000).
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A research report by ecologists at the Australian Centre for Biodiversity (Monash University) examining the availability of tree hollows in Barmah Forest as habitat for hollow-dependent fauna.
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This report scopes the issues relating to the expansion of a sustainable timber industry in the catchments of northern Victoria. The report has been prepared primarily for the floodplain areas in the Goulburn Broken Catchment, situated in northern Victoria and part of the Murray Darling Basin.
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This booklet provides an insight into some of the wildlife species and habitat types that occur in the upper regions of the Goulburn Broken Catchment, including information about each species' needs, threats and ways we can help them survive.
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This booklet provides details on some of the species of wildlife found in the plains and box-ironbark regions, a summary of the major threats facing many of our wildlife species and some of the general management actions that can help.
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Native Vegetation in the Shepparton Irrigation Region

This document was developed to provide detailed information on native flora in the SIR and allow easy identification of the varied vegetation covering the region from magnificent River Red Gums, through to sweet-smelling Bursaria, petite Tiny Stars and elusive Blue Caladenia's.

Threatened Native Vegetation Communities of the Goulburn Broken Region

An information package has been compiled by the DSE and the GBCMA to provide information on the identification, management and conservation of threatened grassy vegetation communities in the Goulburn Broken Catchment.

The vegetation communities highlighted in particular include:

  1. Grey Box-Buloke Grassy Woodlands,
  2. Northern Plains Grassland and
  3. Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands and derived grasslands.

In addition there are two documentaries 'Treasures of Our Grassy Woodlands' and 'Native Grasslands of the Victorian Riverina' which are a good introduction to the subject matter.

Native Vegetation

Volume 1: Native Vegetation Management Strategy

 

This is the Draft Native Vegetation Management Strategy.
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Discusses the issues surrounding the scientific, government policy and community attitudes that have driven changes in natural resource management over the past couple of decades.
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Volume 2: Native Vegetation Retention Controls - Regional Guidelines

This addendum provides additional information to Appendix 4, Table 4 in Volume 2 of the Goulburn Broken Native Vegetation Plan 2003 (Regional Guidelines for Native Vegetation Retention Controls), in response to changes to the Victorian Native Vegetation Management Framework. The information provided therein was used in conjunction with the guidelines to determine and provide offsets for -small / slow growing- trees and very large old trees (prior to the updated Victorian government’s native vegetation regulations in December 2013). The ‘native vegetation retention controls – regional guidelines’ are now inactive but remain on this website for historic reference.
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Revegetation Guide

Ecological Vegetation Class (EVC) Information Sheets

The following information sheets provide an overview of the key components of each EVC and outline threats, management tips and key flora and fauna species. They also contain a description of the EVC, images of the EVC in different parts of the Catchment, a distribution map and, in most cases, comparative images of the EVC in good and degraded condition.

Ecological Vegetation Class (EVC) information sheets have been developed to help increase the knowledge and understanding of extension officers, Landcare members, local government, landholders and individuals interested in managing native vegetation in the Goulburn Broken Catchment.
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Landscape Change