The Australian Government’s Wild Otways Initiative is a $6 million investment from the Australian Government’s Environment Restoration Fund to improve conservation outcomes in the Otways region.
The Initiative comprises of six projects, with funds being distributed to support the following areas:
- Community Environment Grants Program (Investment Stream 1)
- Five Commissioned Sub-Projects (Investment Stream 2)
The Wild Otways Initiative focuses on projects being undertaken in the areas from Jan Juc/Bells Beach to Peterborough, the Great Otway National Park, and hinterlands, and will be delivered through to June 2023.
The Australian Government’s Wild Otways Initiative is a three-year $6M commitment to achieving on ground outcomes that will improve the protection and management of threatened species in the Otways, Victoria.
In partnership with public and private land managers the Corangamite CMA is delivering cross-tenure, threatened species management research and on-ground programs targeting priority species and their supporting habitat in the Otways.
The Conservation Ecology Centre is leading two of the new projects. A Pig and Deer Program that is focusing on feral pig and deer control to protect native species in the Otway Ranges, Bells Beach (Ironbark Basin) and Great Ocean Road hinterland; and a Fox and Cat Management Program focused on reducing the impacts of fox and cats in planned-burn landscapes to protect threatened species in the Otway Ranges.
Barbara Wilson Pty Ltd, is leading the Phytophthora Management Program, focused on protecting plant and animal biodiversity in the Otway Ranges, Bells Beach (Ironbark Basin) and Great Ocean Road hinterland from ‘dieback caused by the plant pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi ‘; and the Small Mammal Conservation project that is focused on conserving threatened small mammals in the Otway Ranges, Bells Beach (Ironbark Basin) and Great Ocean Road hinterland.
The fifth project is the development of a Rewilding Program for threatened species in the Otway Ranges. It will be implemented with relevant technical specialists (e.g. Universities, Zoos Victoria, NGOs, consultancies, land management agencies).
In addition to these five projects, the Australian Government’s Wild Otways Initiative includes a $1M Community Environment Grants Program, supporting community driven investment in project to protect and restore native plants, wildlife and coastal environments in the Otways. Read more about the Community Environment Grants Program below.
Five Comissioned Sub Projects:
Deer & Pig Eradication
Fox & Cat 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.