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.

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Melbourne’s grasslands: a presentation by GPN

GPN Facilitator Adrian Marshall recently gave a talk to Friends of Steele Creek. Tickets went fast and the discussion following his presentation was brisk. The talk ranged across the Western Grassland Reserves, the urban growth corridors as well as grasslands in the...

Save Solomon Heights

From high on the escarpment down to the Maribyrnong River, Solomon Heights Grassland (Baldwin Avenue Grassland) in Sunshine North is packed with biodiversity but remains unprotected and under threat from development. It's big, with over 30 ha of native vegetation, and...

Ajax Road Grassland veg removal voted down

Ajax Road Grassland veg removal voted down

GPN and residents helped secure some ongoing protection of Ajax Road Grassland at Hobsons Bay Tuesday 22 June with councillors rejecting a subdivision on grounds it asked for needless removal of 35 hectares of native vegetation. Councillors Matt Tyler, Peter Hemphill and Pamela Sutton-Legaud stood up for the environment, local values and sustainable development when they unanimously voted down the planning application.

“Pimelea” posters for Hobsons Bay!

“Pimelea” posters for Hobsons Bay!

GPN have worked with fab designer Liz Dalgleish to come up with four posters calling out the perilous position of the critically endangered Spiny Rice-flower (Pimelea spinescens) in Hobsons Bay. We love HB's grasslands, but half of them are completely unprotected,...

Solomon Heights in the news

The Star has run a good article focussing on the potential impacts of the Airport Rail Link here:

Airport rail link an additional threat to Solomon Heights

The proposed airport rail link will bridge the Maribyrnong River and run adjacent to Solomon Heights Grassland. The grassland is a biodiversity hotspot home to critically endangered Spiny Rice-flower, Golden Sun Moth, Striped Legless Lizard and Growling Grass Frog....