Local to Landscape – creating Biolinks Plans in Heathcote region

Biolinks Alliance is co-developing evidence-based Local Area Plan (LAPs) for biolinks in the Heathcote region with environment groups and community, the City of Greater Bendigo, and research and conservation organisations, including BirdLife Australia.

The Heathcote region is an area with much significant bush but with little formalised landcare presence. A Heathcote couple have undertaken substantive tree planting works on their property to establish a wildlife corridor and is liaising with 8 neighbours near the Argyle Forest to extend it.  They have identified they need scientific know how and a collaborative approach to make them more effective and contacted Biolinks Alliance to help.

Bringing together the various stakeholders in the region this project aims to develop a shared vision for the protection and restoration of the Heathcote regions natural values. It will increase local awareness of the value of the bush and provide ways for the local community to participate in its stewardship.  It will increase local knowledge around how deliver effective conservation actions in their area that also contribute to restoring the regional ecology. It will provide a practical tools to promote more targeted and wider community conservation action. The process will provide the community ownership over the outcomes: the vision, their roles, their activities and timetable. It will provide them with a scientifically robust agenda for more conservation action that uniquely integrates science with their local knowledge.

This project is being made possible with funding from the City of Greater Bendigo Council.

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