Bank Australia and Landcare Australia have partnered in the inspiring “Conservation Reserve” project since 2008. This long term conservation project sees a range of groups come together to purchase, protect and enhance key properties in Western Victoria.
Landcare Australia works with local community groups, including the Kowree Farm Tree Group, to deliver a range of key actions that include;
- Delivery of land management plans
- On-ground delivery of land management and revegetation outcomes
- Project management including the provision of advice (including carbon assessment), engagement with stakeholders and on-site visits.
- Quarterly reporting on the progress of the project
- The Conservation Reserve now consists of five properties: Booroopki, Minimay (three adjacent properties) and Ozenkadnook (Judith Eardley Wildlife Reserve). The properties are equivalent in size to 126 MCG’s.
The Conservation Reserve is home to Victoria’s most iconic yet endangered bird, the South-eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo. It is estimated that there is only an estimated 1,000 of this species remaining. The properties, with their Buloke and Desert Stringybark woodlands, provide an ideal habitat for this rare creature. The Conservation Reserve is also home to the Golden Sun Moth, Growling Grass-frog and Striped Legless Lizard.