Protecting plants and ecology

Native gardening

Native Splendour is a gardening guide to Manningham's local plants. It is designed to help you find plants that will enhance your garden and are perfectly suited to local climate and soils. It includes tips for planning and planting your garden.

Native Splendour
Native Splendour
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Land management

The Manningham Land Management Guide aims to help small property owners improve management of their land to the benefit of the local environment. 

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Land Management Guide p1-37
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Tree Management

An Urban Forest is essential for maintaining the health and wellbeing of the community and environment, and is critical in mitigating future climate extremes through innate cooling and the provision of canopy shade.

Our Tree Management Plan guides the management of public trees within Council managed lands throughout the municipality, with the objectives of maintaining and improving the health and structure of public trees and increasing canopy coverage and interconnectedness.

Manningham Tree Management Plan
Manningham Tree Management Plan
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Electric Line Clearance Management Plan
Electric Line Clearance Management Plan
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Tree Amenity Value Policy
Tree Amenity Value Policy
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Help for native wildlife

Should you have concerns about the health and safety of native wildlife, please contact Wildlife Victoria emergency response by phone on 8400 7300 or visit the Wildlife Victoria website.

 

Citizen Science - frogs, birds, water and flora

We offer a range of involved citizen science activities such as Waterwatch, the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, City Nature Challenge and the Melbourne Water Frog Census.

Get involved in Citizen Science activities.

 

Managing horses - discount online equiculture course

Equiculture, short for equine permaculture is a holistic online horse property management program.

It encompasses sustainable farm and pasture management techniques designed with equine welfare and natural behaviour in mind. The program is delivered digitally, with participants able to learn at their own pace. Fifteen modules teach participants all about healthy soil and pasture, managing weeds, mud and erosion, property design and layouts as well as managing for optimal equine health.

The program is internationally renowned and is already used by many properties throughout Nillumbik. Completion of the Equiculture course can also be incorporated into the Pony Club Australia K or C* certificates.

To learn more, visit the Equiculture Course website.

 

Manningham Resident Offer

Course price reduced from $389 now $50 with special residential code.

This promotion is only open to Manningham residents and we have a limit of ten places.

To receive your discount code email our Environment Education Officer at nigel.philpot@manningham.vic.gov.au.

 

Biodiversity Incentive Program - LEAF

The LEAF program provides applicants with a site visit to educate the landowner about their property’s assets and how to manage threats. Education about bushland management techniques and ways to manage pastures for soil conservation and horticulture are among the many things taught.

LEAF grants provide financial assistance and education to control pest plants and animals, including weeds and rabbits, who pose significant threats to the productivity of a property's production zone, such as grazing, and to the integrity and conservation of bushland ecology.

To apply for assistance, or for more information about Land Management Grants, please view the Apply for assistance to preserve your bushland page.

The RELEAF grant is a more generous grant for properties with high ecological values. Receiving this grant requires a commitment to a three year land management plan.

 

Sites of biological significance

Sites of biological significance are areas of remnant indigenous habitat which can be local, regional, state and national areas. 

Manningham Sites of (Biological) Significance Review 2004
Manningham Sites of (Biological) Significance Review 2004
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Mosses, liverworts, fungi and lichens

This brochure, produced by the Manningham, Whitehorse, Banyule and Nillumbik Councils, illustrates some of the mosses, liverworts, hornworts, fungi and lichens within Melbourne's Middle Yarra region and surrounds.

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Mosses, liverworts, fungi and lichens
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Environmental Weeds and Pest Plants

Weeds are plants that invade and thrive in environments in which they do not naturally occur.

Environmental Weeds threaten natural ecosystems, can invade native plant communities and compete with them for space, nutrients and sunlight, resulting in a reduction of plant diversity and loss of habitat for native animals.

The Arthur Rylah Institute Advisory list of environmental weeds in Victoria can provide advice on environmental weeds on your property and throughout Manningham.

Declared Noxious Weeds

By law, landholders are required to control or eradicate noxious weeds, as proclaimed under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994.

Agriculture Victoria's website contains more detailed information on noxious weeds and how you can protect your property.

Ongoing weed control

Our Land Management Guide can help you develop your ongoing weed control plan. We also have a Manningham Weed Identification Booklet to help you better identify environmental weeds and understand the various methods of control.

For advice on controlling pest plants on your property, please contact us.

Manningham Weeds Identification Booklet
Manningham Weeds Identification Booklet
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Priority Precinct Program (PPP)

The PPP aims to reduce introduced weeds in Manningham to protect natural assets on both public and private land. This will result in enhanced biodiversity and better habitat values for threatened species such as the Brush-tailed Phascogale, known to breed in the area. An equally important aim is to engage and educate land owners about the natural values of their properties and provide advice and skills to care for the land.

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Household fruit netting

New provisions have been introduced to ensure our native wildlife do not get entangled in fruit tree netting.

From 1 September 2021, these provisions will mean that any netting used to protect household fruit trees, vegetable gardens or other fruiting plants must have a mesh size no greater than 5mm x 5mm or less at full stretch. Any existing household fruit netting that does not meet this specification must be replaced with appropriate netting.

It is also recommended that white netting is used to make it easier for nocturnal animals to see and avoid at night.

An alternative to netting is placing fruit bags over individual branches. This reduces the risk of wildlife entanglement and leaves excess fruit available for hungry birds and flying foxes.

For more information visit Agriculture Victoria's website.

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