Native Plants and Animals
Golden Plains Shire is home to a variety of native animals ranging from mammals, birds, frogs, fish and reptiles. Contact Council's Natural Resources Officer to find out what native animals are found in your area.
Some of our native animals are listed as rare and threatened due to habitat loss by land clearing and predation and displacement by pest plants and animals.
All native animals in Victoria are protected under State legislation The Wildlife Act 1975, rare and threatened species are further protected under State legislation The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and Federal legislation The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Heavy penalties apply to people that deliberately injure or destroy native wildlife.
Native Vegetation and Regulations
What is native vegetation?
Native vegetation means plants that are indigenous to Victoria, including trees, shrubs, herbs and grasses. This includes areas of bushland with trees, scattered paddock trees, and treeless areas of scrub or grassland. In fact, some of the most rare or threatened vegetation types such as native grasslands, many wetlands and alpine communities do not include trees at all.
It can be difficult for people who are not trained botanists, horticulturalists or natural resource managers to identify areas of native vegetation that does not include trees. A person would be required to be skilled at identifying indigenous plant species, particularly when they are not flowering and also understand that some plants are only visible during certain times of the year.
In Victoria, native vegetation removal is regulated through the planning system. If you want to remove native vegetation a planning permit is generally required, unless the proposal is exempt. To find out if you need a planning permit contact Council.
Council Officers can assist if you are unsure whether you have native vegetation on your property and/or require a planning permit for its removal. Do not damage, destroy or remove native vegetation dead or alive on you property before contacting Council as penalties and costly remediation works can apply.
For further information on permits to remove native vegetation visit GPS Planning
Some of our native plants are listed as rare and threatened due to habitat loss by land clearing, grazing by stock and competition by pest plants.
Rare and threatened plant species are protected under State legislation The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and Federal legislation The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Heavy penalties apply to people that deliberately damage or destroy rare and threatened plant species and their floristic communities.
Indigenous Planting Guides
Council encourages landholders to plant native vegetation on their properties in preference to introduced species. Native plant species are better suited to the localised weather and climatic conditions, soil types and require less watering and maintenance once established
Contact Councils Natural Resources Officer before planting native vegetation on your roadside as there are guidelines for road user safety.