The Grassy Plains Network

 

We are land management professionals, academics, ecologists and community concerned about the ongoing decline of grassy ecosystems across Melbourne and its surrounds. We advocate for improved grassland protection and management.

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We advocate for grasslands

GPN grew from the public conference Respect, Protect and Re-connect Melbourne’s Grassy Plains held in Melbourne in 2018.

The conference brought together key community groups and grassland campaigners from across the breadth of stakeholders to establish a base from which strong, positive action could arise.

We include land management professionals, bush crew, planners, ecologists, researchers, academics and community concerned about the decline of critically endangered grasslands in and around Melbourne.

We aim to influence government and related agencies at all levels, as well as private land holders, to better protect critically endangered grasslands.

We work with conservation organisations, Traditional Owners, and other stakeholders to find the best way forward. We engage with the diverse communities of Melbourne’s north and west to help people learn about and love and protect these unique ecosystems.

Some of the things we are doing

  • Campaigning to save Solomon Heights Grassland in Sunshine North
  • Working to protect Hobsons Bay’s Grasslands by getting Environmental Significance Overlays in place
  • Keeping Airport Rail Link on track to minimise construction impacts to native grasslands
  • Making submissions to government inquiries like the Inquiry into Ecosystem Decline
  • working with the Victorian Planning Authority to ensure the precinct planning for new growth areas respects the environment
  • Opposing inappropriate removal of native vegetation for industrial subdivision
  • Holding community days for families and residents to learn about their local grasslands
  • Lobbying government agencies to improve the management of the priceless assets in their care
  • Pushing for the promises made about the Western Grasslands Reserves to be honoured.

Why grasslands?

The grasslands around Melbourne are some of the best remaining examples of one of Australia’s most endangered ecosystems.

Less than 2% remain of the almost endless sea of grass that swept from the Yarra all the way to South Australia, flower-rich meadows bursting with life that is now, sadly, on the brink of extinction. And the destruction hasn’t stopped, with urbanisation a major threat to the little that remains.

We welcome new members and supporters! Please get in touch if you want to join in our work.

Button Wrinkleworts (Rutidosis leptorrhynchoides) are so rare many have been numbered as part of the statewide assessment process.

News

Development Victoria pushes for grassland clearing at Cairnlea

Development Victoria pushes for grassland clearing at Cairnlea

A significant 1.2 hectares of grassland is set to be cleared under Development Victoria's current proposal for "Section G" of Cairnlea in Brimbank. The three patches of grassland have good stands of Kangaroo Grass and include known populations of the critically...

Geelong Strategic Assessment risks fast-tracking environmental loss

Geelong Strategic Assessment risks fast-tracking environmental loss

The stakes are high. The Geelong Strategic Assessment is going to fast-track the development of 6000 hectares that includes endangered grassland, grassy woodland and the Moorabool River. Developers stand to make windfall profits at the cost of the environment. The...

A new list of Victorian grassland flora

A new list of Victorian grassland flora

The Grassy Plains Network has put together a new list of the flora of Victoria's grasslands. The list contains 615 species from across the Victorian Volcanic Plain and Riverina. We hope it will be useful and of interest. This is a work-in-progress, aiming to expand...

Significant grasslands under threat across Melbourne

Significant grasslands under threat across Melbourne

The Grassy Plains Network has identified a set of eleven high-quality grasslands across Melbourne that are under threat. There are more – of course – but these are the most important, and they are in need of urgent action. These eleven are primarily in Hobsons Bay and...