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Red Gum Reserve Management Plan Consultation

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Red Gum Reserve is a 5.8 hectare conservation reserve managed by Council with the assistance of the Batesford, Fyansford, Stonehaven Landcare Group on Blackall Road in Batesford. The Reserve's Management Plan; which was originally developed in 2009, guides the long term and day to day management of the Reserve. The Management Plan has been extensively revised to reflect the past management and identify current management and community aspirations for the Reserve.

Red Gum Reserve Management Plan 2019-2029

Feedback regarding the plan can be provided via email to . Feedback will be accepted until Friday 6 March 2020.



Red Gum Reserve in Batesford contains remnant elements of endangered Plains Grassy Woodland within the largely cleared Batesford area. It has been extensively revegetated by the Batesford, Fyansford, Stonehaven Landcare group; a dedicated band of volunteers who have put many thousands of hours into improving the Reserve.

The Management Plan was developed by Council's Natural Resources Officer in consultation with the adjacent landholders and the Batesford, Fyansford and Stonehaven Landcare group. The Management Plan is broad and general in scope and provides a basis upon which decisions can be made regarding the future management of the Reserve. Broadly speaking, the Reserve will be managed to protect and enhance the natural assets of the area while recognising and facilitating suitable public use in keeping with the conservation aim.

Key points:

  • Fire - invasion of the Reserve by high fuel load introduced grasses and weeds poses a fire hazard to neighbouring properties. A program of burning in grassland areas will aim to reduce the introduced grass burden.
  • Pest animals - rabbits continue to be problematic in the Reserve and annual fumigation and destruction of warrens will continue.
  • Pest plants - control of declared and environmental weeds is ongoing.
  • Revegetation - ongoing revegetation efforts will be focused on local indigenous species.

A copy of the Management Plan can be accessed here. 

Red Gum Reserve Management Plan 2019-2029

Feedback regarding the plan can be provided via email to . Feedback will be accepted until Friday 6 March 2020.


7 Februray 2020: Consultation commences

Four weeks for feedback on the Plan

6 March 2020: Consultation concludes

April 2020: Final Plan presented to Council for adoption

Contact Information

Dale Smithyman
Natural Resources Officer
Project Category: 
Last Updated: 
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Project Status: 
Updated Project
Council is seeking feedback on the revised Red Gum Reserve Management Plan

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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.