Following the successful Cooperative Land management Forum held by the North East Blackberry Action Group in the Upper Murray last year, the VBT partnered with the Corner-inlet Blackberry Action Group (CIBAG) on the 17th March in Gippsland to provide information on future options for invasive species management.
40 people listened to topics from a range of presenters including Dr Robin Adair who outlined the current bio controls for blackberry and options for future research. Dr Greg Baxter from the University of Queensland presented research into Red Deer populations and what can be concluded from this in relation to other deer species. CIBAG committee member Russell Bond and Project Officer, Matt Stephenson reported on program achievements, and Chris Rankin South Gippsland Shire Biodiversity Supervisor provided data on the progress of the Council’s current roadside pest management plan.
Mick Dortmans from the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning explained the Good Neighbour Program for managing pests on public land adjoining private and how it works and Gerard Delaney from Parks Victoria (PV) gave a comprehensive outline of the integrated management of invasive species and working with landholders for better control on private property and PV boundaries. HVP Plantations representative David Smith reminded the gathering that HVP is always willing to work with adjoining landholders to minimise invasive species impacts on both sides of the fence and are responsive to landholder enquires.
Attendees then gathered in small groups to talk about what they heard and document their thoughts on what is working, what can be done better and the opportunities to get better outcomes. These discussions will be collated with feedback from previous and future forums and made public to contribute to future policy decisions.
View a selection of forum presentations on our Resources page.