A range of teacher professional learning programs will be developed to accompany the Biodiversity of the Western Volcanic Plains online outreach...
The Western Grassland Reserves will cover two large areas; around Mount Cottrell, south east of Melton, and north of Little River, west of Werribee. Several smaller areas closer to Melbourne will also be protected.
The Victorian Government will reserve 15,000 ha of land to protect native grasslands in Melbourne’s west. The reserves will offset the loss of native grassland in areas designated by the state government for urban growth in Melbourne’s north and west. The government plans to purchase all of the designated land required by 2020.
The reserves will contain native grassland, open grassy woodland, rocky knolls, waterways and ephemeral wetlands. These grassland reserves will provide habitat for species including the Golden Sun Moth, Striped Legless Lizard, Growling Grass Frog, Button Wrinklewort and Spiny Rice-flower.