This project aims to prevent the introduction or minimise the spread of Phytophthora into uninfected areas; and to reduce the impact of Phytophthora at infected sites in the Otways applying the objectives of the National threat abatement plan as follows: ‘Threat abatement plan for disease in natural ecosystems caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi’, Commonwealth of Australia, 2014
Vegetation dieback caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi is listed in the EPBC Act as a Key Threatening Process, causing significant degradation to Australia’s biodiversity. Infestation into a pristine site requires translocation of infected soil or plants, with people the most significant vector. This project will build on three decades of work in Western Australia and Victoria, including the Otways.
A Structured Decision-Making process will be used to identify Priority Protection Areas. This process will be informed by a combination of field-based survey results, agency data and spatial mapping. To minimise pathogen spread, Standard Operating Procedures will be developed with land managers, and aerial and hand sprayed Phosphite treatments will be applied in the Carlisle Heath and Anglesea Heath. Hygiene training will be conducted for land managers and community groups in the region.
Protecting Plant and Animal biodiversity in the Otway Ranges, Bells Beach (Ironbark Basin) and Great Ocean Road hinterland from Phytophthora dieback
Deer & Pig Eradication
Fox & Cat Management
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.