The third and final set of community projects funded through the Weeds and Rabbits Project will be delivered over 2019 and 2020.
Nine projects have been funded, to support community participation, capability and capacity development in weed and rabbit management. The projects are being delivered by Victoria’s four Community Pest Management Groups for blackberry, serrated tussock, gorse and rabbits.
Victorian Blackberry Taskforce
Integration, coordination and value-adding to deliver community-based projects in blackberry management
Building on tools and communications initiatives developed in rounds 1 and 2, this project will increase the VBT’s online engagement, expand the online calculator, and • host a conference on new and emerging tools for invasive species control.
Engaging with Rubus growers and their local communities
This work will engage with berry growers, their local councils, neighbours and the berry industry to improve control of wild blackberry on and around rubus farms.
Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party
Case studies for targeted management of serrated tussock
A series of case studies will address the costs and benefits of managing serrated tussock for four different landowners and land uses.
Increase capacity for passive surveillance and collaborative mapping
In collaboration with the VGT, a series of ‘train the trainer’ sessions and local training for community groups will build capacity in weed mapping using the Atlas of Living Australia.
Increase capacity to manage serrated tussock hygiene
This work will support public land managers and contractors to improve weed hygiene measures for the control of serrated tussock.
Targeted extension outside of the core
Extension services will be delivered outside of the VSTWP traditional extension region for the first time, with Stratford in West Gippsland to be the pilot region.
Victorian Gorse Taskforce
Strengthening community capacity and raising awareness of gorse in Victoria
A Communications, Community Engagement and Extension Officer will be engaged to continue the communications and engagement work undertaken during 2016-19.
Virtual Extension Officer – online management tool
In collaboration with VRAN and VSTWP, this project will develop an online, virtual, interactive property map to improve landholders’ understanding of how to manage gorse, serrated tussock and rabbits across different land types and in challenging landscapes.
Victorian Rabbit Action Network
Extending the reach of VRAN
A suite of activities will strengthen relationships between agencies, industry groups and communities, and to support communities affected by rabbits, including:
- cultural awareness training on how to undertake rabbit control in Aboriginal culturally sensitive landscapes
- a review workshop, to consider problems, opportunities and potential collaborations in invasive species management
- communications and engagement planning.