Newham & District Landcare Group

The Newham & District Landcare  Group is a partner in the development of the  ‘Campaspe-Maribyrnong Headwaters Biolink’  project which aims to establish: ” a continuous network of native vegetation, linking Macedon Regional Park with Cobaw State Forest via Hanging Rock Reserve.” 

See the overlay of the proposed Campaspe – Maribyrnong Headwaters Bio-link .  Note participation is voluntary.

See Newham Landcare’s latest newsletter Hanging Rock in the spotlight and under threat Spring 2013

As well as providing significant habitat for Brush-tailed Phascogales, Greater gliders and Powerful Owls  Hanging Rock forms a major habitat stepping stone in the strategic conservation corridor being established between the Cobaw State Forest and Macedon Regional Park, called the ‘Campaspe-Maribyrnong Headwaters Biolink’. Reconnecting the landscape between areas of native vegetation is vital to creating the best conditions to preserve, restore and build resilience in our environment. This approach is central to providing the best available opportunities for species to survive as the climate changes.

Brush-tailed_Phascogale_Eileen_Collins300                                    Powerful Owls

Brush-tailed Phascogale – Hanging Rock                                                    Powerful Owls – Hanging Rock

Both species are listed as threatened on the Victorian Flora & Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and Action Statement (No. 79) Brush-tailed Phascogale and  Action Statement (No. 92) Powerful Owl have been prepared by the State Government to protect both species and their habitats in Victoria

The ‘Campaspe-Maribyrnong Headwaters Biolink’ significance to conservation goes beyond the local scale. It is contributing to restoring larger-scale ecological processes supporting Australian biodiversity. Hanging Rock is part of the Great Eastern Ranges – or the Great Dividing Range, Australia’s longest and least fragmented north-south mountainous landscapes and habitats. This area in its diversity offers the widest possible range of refuge for plants and animals to adapt or move as the climate changes. The Great Eastern Ranges are one of Australia’s 5 key large-scale conservation corridors. The area is a flagship region in the ‘Melbourne Ark’ connectivity conservation project focusing on the Victorian component of the northern slopes of the Great Dividing Range.

Update on the project so far by the Newham & District Landcare  Group – Cobaw Biolink N&DLG background