This project combines research, predator control and conservation to improve the resilience of threatened fauna to fire in the Otways.
The project will determine population density of cats and foxes in three regions intensively managed for fire risk, and generate insight into the movement of feral cats and how they respond to planned burning.
Lethal control of cats and foxes will be conducted pre- and post-fire in areas undergoing planned burning in coordination with land managers, along with trials of alternative burning to produce ‘patchy’ fire scars and retain more unburnt habitat post-fire.
The project will trial different designs of artificial refuge to identify which designs are cost-effective. The delivery team will work closely with partners at Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation (EMAC) to explore and incorporate their cultural values into the burns program within Gadabunud and Keeray Whurrong country – a core area for fuel reduction burns – and strengthen the communication networks between land managers, researchers, Traditional Owners and the community.
Fox and feral cat control in planned-burn landscapes to protect threatened species in the Otway Ranges
Deer & Pig Eradication
Small Mammal Conservation
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the Australian Government’s Wild Otways Initiative?
The Australian Government’s Wild Otway initiative is a three-year $6m commitment towards threatened species management and pest animal control in the greater Otway’s region. The Initiative includes the delivery of a broad and inclusive environmental community grants program and five commissioned sub-projects, which include pig and deer eradication, fox and cat management, Phytophthora (a plant pathogen) management, small mammal conservation and rewilding in the Otways.
How do I find out more?
Where is the Initiative being delivered?
The project area for the initiative covers the area from Jan Juc/Bells Beach to Peterborough, and the Great Otway National Park and hinterlands (Otways Region) in South West Victoria.
How long does the Initiative go for?
The initiative will be delivered in the Greater Otways region of Victoria over the next three years to June 2023.
This project is support by the Corangamite CMA, through funding from the Australian Government’s Environment Restoration Fund. This project will run until 2023.