One of Council’s five objectives from the Council Plan 2017-2021 is a ‘Sustainable Environment’.
A key activity of the Council to achieve this objective is to, ‘Take proactive steps to protect, maintain and enhance biodiversity, including rare/endangered species and wildlife corridors, and reduction of weeds on Council land while minimising herbicide use. Partner with other stakeholders to achieve greater weed management outcomes shire-wide’.
Supporting Actions to achieve this are;
- Implement the Hepburn Shire Biodiversity Strategy Action plan
- Implement actions to increase Council’s control and management of noxious weeds on reserves and roadsides under council management.
Hepburn Shire Biodiversity Strategy 2018-21
The Hepburn Shire Biodiversity Strategy 2018-2021 outlines the commitment of the Council to protect, enhance and restore biodiversity across the Shire. The strategy was adopted in November 2018.
The strategy has three broad aims,
- To protect and enhance biodiversity,
- To increase Hepburn Shire Council’s capacity to protect and enhance biodiversity
- To support community action and awareness
The strategy includes a four-year action plan with 13 strategic focus areas and 31 actions intended to provide on-ground protection and enhancement of biodiversity, support well informed decision making, increase community awareness and support partnerships to improve biodiversity for future generations.
Hepburn Shire Landcare Grants
This grant provides a one-off payment of $1000 annually to eligible groups, to be used toward group sustainability or upkeep of areas within Hepburn Shire.
This grant is open in May.
Community Biodiversity grants
Council offers Biodiversity grants to community groups annually. Grants range up to $5,000 and are available for projects aligned with the objectives of the Hepburn Biodiversity strategy.
Further details will be available on this website at the opening of the next grant round in late April.
Spray Minimisation Report
The Spray Minimisation Report was received at the November Council meeting. Council agreed to make the report public via its website and it is available below.
Council acknowledges the key recommendations in the Spray Minimisation Project report and agrees to consider how these might be implemented as part of Council operations. The report looks at exploring options to minimise the use of glysophate-based herbicides and using alternatives such as goat grazing and large scale hand weeding.
Click here to view the report – Spray Minimisation Project Report – August 2019