Conservation Futures project

The project

The Conservation Future project was a cross-tenure environmental project in the Northern Yarra Ranges which focused on the conservation of biodiversity and threatened species. The project’s main focus was on protecting and enhancing habitat for nine threatened flora and fauna species.

The Victorian Biodiversity Hubs program funded the project between July 2017 and June 2020 with co-contributions from private and public land managers.  Weed control, exclusion fencing, fox control, enhancement planting and targeted ecological burns were included in actions to improve outcomes for threatened species.


Threatened Species

Focused threatened flora and fauna species for the Conservation Futures project include:

  • Brush-tailed Phascogale (Phascogale tapoatafa)
  • Slender-tailed Dunnart (Sminthopsis murina)
  • Eltham Copper Butterfly (Paralucia pyrodiscus lucida)
  • Round-leaf Pomaderris (Pomaderris vacciniifolia)
  • Matted Flax-lily (Dianella amoena)
  • Clover Glycine (Glycine latrobeana)
  • Rosella Spider-orchid (Caladenia rosella)
  • Charming Spider-orchid (Caladenia amoena)
  • Wine-lipped Spider-orchid (Caladenia oenochila)


Project Area

The Conservation Futures project area encompassed significant habitat within Nillumbik, Whittlesea, Manningham, Murrindindi and Mitchell council areas, and included a range of vegetation types; the southern region dominated by dry forest, buffered by woodlands and grasslands to the west and shifting into wet and damp forest in the north.

Large parcels of public land include Kinglake National Park, Warrandyte – Kinglake Nature Conservation Reserve, Plenty Gorge Parklands, Yarra Valley Parklands and Warrandyte State Park (managed by Parks Victoria) and Yan Yean and Sugarloaf reservoirs (managed by Melbourne Water), plus a range of bushland reserves managed by local councils. 

Private land also made up a significant amount of the overall native vegetation found within the project area.  The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Strategic Biodiversity Value modelling, seen in the map below, highlights the area as contributing significantly to the natural values of Victoria.


Managing the Landscape

Across the project landscape the Conservation Futures project worked with similar landscape scale project like ‘Rivers to Ranges’ to act as a nexus between agencies, organisations and individuals that managed our native bushland.  These on-going partnerships will continue to function and include representatives from:

  • Nillumbik Shire Council
  • Nillumbik Landcare Network
  • City of Whittlesea
  • Manningham City Council
  • Parks Victoria
  • Melbourne Water
  • Trust for Nature
  • Port Phillip & Western Port CMA
  • Nillumbik’s Threatened Orchid Recovery Team

Sharing knowledge and resources across the landscape enables project partners to undertake strategically focussed work at a local level that will have a coordinated benefit on a landscape scale.  

For project information contact:

Dr Meg Cullen
Conservation Project Officer
Nillumbik Shire Council
Phone: 9433 3293