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Wildlife monitoring continues on French Island

Monitoring works as part of the 'Feral Cat Free French Island' project have been taking place over the last few months and they've already yielded positive results.

60 remote cameras have been deployed across the island to help determine feral cat distribution and plan for island-wide eradication over the next few years. The cameras have already collected over 500,000 images and are also providing insights into some of the native wildlife that is found on French Island.

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Grow West project protects 30,000 hectares

A  large-scale pest plant and animal control project being led by Grow West, Parks Victoria and Trust for Nature is working to protect and enhance threatened plants and animals in Melbourne’s west.

The region is home to a number of significant species, including the Swift Parrot, Brush-tailed Phascogale, Bacchus March Varnish Wattle, Velvet Daisy Bush and more

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New staff and a new strategy

As many you would know, Ian Morgans retired in August 2018 and Stuart Hall took over his role as the Regional Catchment Strategy Coordinator position.

Stuart’s first task is to review the current Regional Catchment Strategy (RCS) and develop a new RCS for the Port Phillip and Western Port region for implementation in 2020.

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Traditional Owners graduate from conservation course

Six Indigenous Victorians received their Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management this week as part of a training program aimed at supporting Traditional Owners to strengthen their cultural knowledge and increase their work in natural resource management.

The program was developed by the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority and Trust for Nature in response to feedback from Traditional Owners.

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Kids Teaching Kids

Living Links was delighted to sponsor Lyndale Greens Primary School to take part in the Kids Teaching Kids (KTK) program, which culminated in Melbourne Water’s KTK Conference at Melbourne University.

Five Grade 6 Science Captains from the Dandenong North school presented their workshop Foaming Mad, which highlighted the disturbing ‘foaming’ events that have been occurring in the Dandenong Creek over the past year. 

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A thriving Melbourne foodbowl

The recent Foodprint Melbourne Report found that protecting farmland is not enough for farms to thrive on the city fringe. Strengthening links between cities and farms is key to improving farmer livelihoods and the viability of farming on the fringe.

The University of Melbourne and Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation have created a great infographic which showcases the mutually beneficial relationships that can be developed between cities and the farmers on their fringes.

View the inforgraphic and report

Happy snaps

PPWCMA staff took to the streets of Frankston during the Wild Pollinator Count and were excited to find a bevvy of critters.
This ladybird was spotted hanging out at our native insectary trial site at Strawberry Springs Strawberry Farm. 
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