Draft Cardinia Biolink plan

The draft Biolink Plan uses the latest technology in wildlife species computer modelling and aerial vegetation mapping to identify key wildlife areas and potential ‘biolinks’ (wildlife corridors) across Cardinia Shire.

Feedback closes Friday 30 April 2021

Biolinks connect pockets of native vegetation so wildlife can move more easily between areas.

  • Council’s draft Biolink Plan seeks to connect fragmented vegetation across the shire and encourage the movement of wildlife.
  • The draft plan identifies where biodiversity exists and sets out how to best protect our flora and fauna by identifying core areas, nodes, corridors and future habitat linkages.
  • The plan identifies that native plants and animals can best be protected by incorporating the biolink assets and into strategic conservation planning.
  • The plan will inform conservation actions including pest plant and animal control, fencing to protect vegetation, revegetation and other conservation works.
  • The plan outlines conservation priorities at both an individual property and wider landscape level. Individual patches of vegetation have been assigned a biodiversity conservation value to identify the importance of vegetation at the property level.
  • Community safety is a key consideration in the draft plan. The plan refers to CFA setback standards to ensure landscapes are safe to people and property. The municipal fire management planning committee will also be a collaborative partner in the design of all landscape scale biolink corridors. The plan identifies that bushfire safety and conservation management objectives can be achieved using a range of strategies in each corridor.
  • Have your say

    You can help shape the Biolink Plan below in these ways

    ♦ Add a marker to the Community Consultation Map

    • Share how you can support the biolink plan by looking after the native plants and animals on your property with measures such as weed control, fencing to protect native vegetation and waterways, revegetation using native (indigenous) plants, artificial habitat creation (i.e. frog ponds, nest boxes, habitat logs) or pest animal control (using legislated approved control methods)
    • Give feedback on suggested node and corridor priorities
    • Tell us about an area of interest to you

    ♦ Attend the community workshop

    ♦ Give us feedback about the above documents and maps

    Interactive map

    Biolink map activity

    The map shows the draft biolink nodes, corridors and linkages in Cardinia Shire.

    Place colour-coded markers on the interactive map to show:

    • where and how you can help nurture biodiversity in our shire and support the Biolink Plan
    • any biodiversity areas that you think should be considered, reconsidered or reprioritised in the draft Biolink Plan.

    For a more detailed version of the interactive map, please view the technical map.

    Circle = node

    A node is a cluster of important plant and animal habitats. They are crucial for biodiversity and maintaining landscape connectivity for a broad range of animal types.

    Purple circle = priority node

    Yellow circle = future node

    To be prioritised after works in priority nodes have been actioned.


    Line = biolink (wildlife corridor)

    A biolink is a link through the landscape that joins 2 core habitat nodes. A corridor is considered to be very important for maintaining landscape connectivity for a range of animal types.

    Purple line = priority biolink

    Yellow line = future biolink

    To be prioritised after works in priority corridors have been actioned.

    Pink line = linkage

    A biolink that connects habitats at the individual property level (zoom in on map to view).

    1. Start typing a street address in the search bar at the top of the map. Select the address when it appears in the drop-down menu.

    The address can be your property address, or the address of another location you want to tell us about. The map will then go to this general location.

    2. Click the yellow ‘Add Marker’ button displayed in the bottom right corner of the map.

    3. Move around the map and zoom in/out to find the exact location you want to drop the marker. Click to drop the marker.

    4. A drop-down menu will appear, featuring the 7 categories below. Choose the one that applies to how you can support biodiversity in the location you’re marking.

    5. Add your name, a comment and press the yellow ‘Submit’ button.

    Land management and priority categories

    Weed control - How can you or your organisation support native plants and animals on your property?
    Fencing - Can you put up fencing that protects native vegetation and waterways?
    Revegetation – In what ways can you revegetate using native (indigenous) plants?
    Habitat creation – In what ways could you create artificial habitat for our wildlife, for example, with frog ponds, nest boxes and habitat logs?
    Pest animal control – How could you control pest animals using legislated and approved control methods

    Change priority - Are there any biolinks that have been classed as ‘future’ corridors that should be a 'priority'?
    Additional area - Tell us about other biodiversity areas that you feel should be reconsidered.

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    Rob Jones

    Natural Resource Planner - Cardinia Shire Council

    Rob works with the community to develop strategic long term environmental projects and also provides environmental information to landholders and community groups to protect our native flora and fauna.

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