What you can do to help:
Many roadside reserves contain the last remaining intact areas of plant communities that provide habitat and wildlife corridors for plants and animals.
The State Government assists Council's through the Roadside Weeds and Pest Program to manage the pest and weeds located alongside the lengths of our rural roads. Council receives $75,000 on an annual basis.
Our program prioritises 'regionally prohibited weeds' which are weeds that Council is legally required to eradicate. After this, 'regionally controlled weeds' and pest animals are prioritised where:
The program is funded by Wellington Shire Council and the Victorian Government. We use the above priorities and consider seasonal conditions when planning our annual program.
For further information, please see the Native Vegetation Removal page.
Cats pose a significant risk to our local wildlife.
To protect your cat and our wildlife we advocate for cat owners to practice responsible cat ownership that includes desexing and confining it to the home, particularly during night time hours. The RSPCA have a useful guide on Keeping your cat Safe and Happy at Home.
Further information on wandering/stray cats is available from our Animals and Pets page.
Council’s Urban Biodiversity Plan was developed to align with Wellington Shire Council’s Public Open Space Plan 2014-2024, the Wellington 2030 Strategic Vision, and the Victorian Government’s Protecting Victoria’s Environment - Biodiversity 2037 Strategy.
The State-wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams (SWIFFT) provide a useful resource of current threatened species across Wellington Shire: