Reserve Management Plans
A Management Plan is used to guide Council’s management of reserves with natural environment, heritage or passive recreation values. Here you can find plans for the Old Batesford Cementery, Bruce’s Creek Open Space, Teesdale Grassy Woodland and the Red Gum Reserve (Batesford).
Old Batesford Cemetery Management Plan
The Old Batesford Cemetery comprises two parcels of land on Hills Road in Batesford. The parcels; which are freehold land held by Council, contain an old unmarked cemetery, a mobile phone tower and an area of native vegetation.
The Reserve has historic and native vegetation values that require preservation and enhancement. The Reserve has been rabbit free since 2016.
Red Gum Reserve Management Plan
Red Gum Reserve in Batesford contains remnant elements of endangered Plains Grassy Woodland within the largely cleared Batesford area.
A 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.
Some key points are:
- 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 - ongoing control of declared and environmental weeds will continue
- Revegetation - revegetation efforts will be focused on local indigenous species.
Bruce's Creek Open Space Reserve Management Plan
Bruce's Creek Open Space Reserve is situated along Bruce's Creek, Bannockburn. It contains remnants of endangered Plains Grassy Woodland and Creekline Grassy Woodland and supports significant ecological, recreational, and aesthetic values.
The Management Plan was developed by Council’s Natural Resources Officer and is broad and general in scope providing a basis upon which decisions can be made regarding the future management of the Reserve by promoting its natural values and encouraging recreation.
Some of the key points are:
- Fire – Risk of grassfire from the Reserve from high fuel load introduced grasses poses a hazard to neighbouring properties. A program including pre-summer slashing and fuel reduction burning in consultation with the local CFA to reduce grass fuel loads will aim to reduce introduced grass burden and encourage lower fuel load of native grasses.
- Revegetation – Council planted over 200 indigenous trees along Moreillon Boulevard and Rosemond Way to provide amenity. Further revegetation will be undertaken using local indigenous species.
- Pest Plants – A variety of woody and non-woody weeds threaten the environmental values of the Reserve. Council annually controls these weeds through spot spraying and manual removal.
- Pest Animals – Rabbits continue to be problematic in the Reserve. Council continues to control rabbits on an annual basis through fumigation and blasting programs.
- Native Grasslands – The Reserve supports significant areas of native grasslands which require particularly careful management. Annual weed control and ecological burning will encourage the establishment of native grassland species and increase biodiversity.
Teesdale Grassy Woodland Management Plan
The Teesdale Grassy Woodlands Reserve is part of the area known as the Don Wallace Reserve in Teesdale and contains high quality remnant native vegetation. In 2016 the Friends of the Teesdale Grassy Woodlands was formed from the old Committe of Management. The groups assists with management of the Reserve for its conservation and passive recreation values.
A Management Plan was developed by Council's Natural Resources Officer in consultation with the Committee of Management. This 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.
Some key points are:
- Fire - a Fire Management Plan has been developed in consultation with DSE, CFA, Parks Victoria and the local community. Sections of the Reserve will be burned as per the plan as weather and resources permit.
Motorbikes - these are not permitted in the Reserve as they disturb other users and damage tracks.
- Horse riding - horse riding is permitted in the Reserve and riders are encouraged to ride on existing tracks.
- Revegetation/Woody weed removal - perimeter plantings of non-indigenous shrubs and trees which are now becoming weedy and spreading into the Reserve will be progressively removed and replaced with local indigenous species.