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Bunyip Complex bushfires - recovery of the environment

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The SES have offered assistance with chain sawing related to: 

  • uprooted trees with branches with foliage still attached 
  • trees hooked up in another tree 
  • trees felled and on the ground with branches attached 
  • logs on the ground in good condition. – No old or rotting trees. 

This program is designed to teach SES volunteers chainsaw courses while helping residents with property clean up. 

To register your interest: Email your address details, contact number and a photo of trees/logs to the SES at RON.FITCH@members.ses.vic.gov.au

  • For more info visit Cardinia Shire weed grants
  • Cardinia Environment Coalition (CEC) can also assist fire-affected residents with funding for the revegetation of indigenous tube stock . Contact Lindsay McNaught for more information and to see if you are eligible at mcnaughtlindsay@gmail.com 


Biodiversity grants  

Funding to support revegetation using tube stock and local seed for direct seeding, protection and enhancement of remnant vegetation, and weed control on private land. 

Nectar Feeders in the Western Port Catchment  

Funding to support landholders with planting a variety of indigenous nectar-producing plants throughout the catchment in urban and rural gardens and within existing wildlife corridors.  

River and Creek Grants 

This program is designed to improve waterway health, increase biodiversity and improve farm productivity through fencing off waterways, planting indigenous vegetation & providing watering troughs in paddocks for stock.  

For more info or to arrange a site visit: Contact Geoff Lockwood at glockwood@southernfauna.com.au or 0428 352 203, or visit the Western Port Catchment Landcare Network website

  • Cardinia Shire Council, in partnership with Bunyip Landcare, Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority and Westernport Catchment Landcare Network has engaged Eco Logical Australia to undertake research into shelterbelt design and the impact of climate change.
  • 10 local landholders were involved in the study.
  • A report and guide will be produced by June 2021. The report will inform landholders on best practice shelterbelt design for whole-farm planning.  

The Nest Box Project organised by the Community Recovery Committee (CRC) and Friends of Mt Cannibal (FOMC) has been completed with homes now installed for native fauna. 

  • 540 next boxes were designed and created by the community
  • The project was funded by grants from Gippsland Bendigo Community Banks and donations from the Maserati Owners Club of Australia 
  • The next boxes are designed for kookaburras, pardalotes, owlet nightjars, crimson rosellas, eastern rosellas, sugar gliders and ringtail possums 
  • The nest boxes were installed at Mt Cannibal Reserve and on private property 
  • Data on how the nest boxes are used will be collected once a year for 3 to 4 years and a report will be made available to the public.

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