Our native wildlife care plan
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What we're doing to protect and conserve our coast's unique indigenous fauna.
GORCC is committed to protecting and enhancing our coast's natural environment for the benefit of the community and future generations. Our efforts to tackle invasive weeds and protect native vegetation as a means of conserving the critical native habitat that many coastal animals call home is an integral part of our work.
We work to protect native wildlife against threats such as:
- Loss of habitat due to invasive weeds.
- Climate change impacts
- Impacts of people and their pets using the coast.
- Impact of feral animals such as foxes and rabbits.
Our Environment and Land Management Plan has been in place since 2006 and provides a framework for managing the coast in response to multiple threats to natural values. The plan identifies invasive weeds as the greatest threat to the coast's natural values and outlines actions to address this and other threats.
The plan also highlights the importance of working cooperatively with other coastal land managers and engaging local communities in helping to look after the coast. GORCC works in partnership with the Surf Coast Shire and other agencies and a network of coastal volunteer groups to implement priority actions.
The plan also provided the foundation for developing and implementing a five-year Native Vegetation and Weed Action Plan in 2009, which sets out a comprehensive program for tackling weeds and protecting native vegetation along our coast, thereby conserving habitat for indigenous fauna.
We also partner with Birds Australia to help to protect the vulnerable Hooded Plover, which is one of more than 60 fauna species identified in our region as having state or national significance.