This consultation is closed. Council adopted the the new Red Gum Reserve Management Plan at its April Ordinary Meeting of Council on Tuesday 28 April 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.
- 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.
Feedback regarding the plan can be provided via email to [email protected] . Feedback will be accepted until Friday 6 March 2020.
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the Management Plan. Council adopted the the new Red Gum Reserve Management Plan at its April Ordinary Meeting of Council on Tuesday 28 April 2020. Click the below button to read the approved document.
7 February 2020: Consultation commences
Four weeks for feedback on the Plan
6 March 2020: Consultation concludes
April 2020: Final Plan presented to Council for adoption