Newly established environmental group the Prom Coast Ecolink has been awarded a grant by the Victorian Government through the Volunteering Innovation Fund to kick-start a vital survey of local Flora and Fauna.
Prom Coast Ecolink is a volunteer-run group working to connect and extend the patches of remnant and regenerated native vegetation on private and public land in South Gippsland.
The funds will be used for a number of initiatives focusing on Flora and Fauna surveys of the magnificent Hoddle Range.
Prom Coast Ecolink Chair Anda Banikos said she was delighted with the news that the organisation had been awarded funding.
“This is a very exciting and important project. The Prom Coast Ecolink volunteers will be working with Parks Victoria in the Hoddle Range Flora Reserve. This area not usually open to the public, so it will be a great opportunity to be guided through this hidden gem,” Ms Banikos said.
“Environmental Consultants will do a general flora and habitat survey and then guide citizen scientists in fauna monitoring. The consultants will provide community education days to train volunteers in the use of new technology for species monitoring. The citizen scientist observations will then feed into the consultants’ reports. “A significant number of conservation-listed species are known to exist in and around the Hoddle Range Flora Reserve. Our project will also support scientific research by Federation Uni into Burrowing Crayfish and give an indication of the current status of all species within the Reserve,” Ms Banikos said.