HREP Stage 3 2016 onwards

The Honeysuckle Recreation Environment Project (HREP)

Stage 3 of the Honeysuckle Recreation Environment Project (HREP) began in

mid 2016 when the group completed its four year Victorian Government

funded Communities for Nature Grant program.

We had to seek out alternative funding.

As mentioned in the HREP Stage 2 description we had been successful in

receiving a 1 year Threatened Species Protection Initiative – Community

Volunteer Action Grant in late 2015.

This enabled us to not only continue our revegetation, fauna surveying and

Community education program to the end of 2016, but to also analyse the 3

years of data that had been gathered in our fauna surveys from February 2013

- December 2015.

A second round of the Community Volunteer Action Grant was made available

in 2016 and we were very happy to be informed that we had again been

successful in our application.

This grant means that in Stage 3 for 2017 at least, HREP can

 continue with our program of revegetation of the Honeysuckle Creek

environment and the grassy woodlands within the Violet Town

Recreation Reserve. Our target threatened species needing protection

and habitat restoration are the Squirrel Glider and the Grey Crowned

Babbler.

 Continue with the fauna surveys but now add identical surveys of an

adjacent area of the creek not revegetated. This will enable us to

compare the impact of our revegetation program with an area of the

creek not revegetated.

 Hold a field day about the threatened species present along the

Honeysuckle Creek (the Squirrel Gliders and Grey Crowned Babblers)

 Produce written information about the issues of threatened species and

their habitat needs

Stage 3 has also been notable for its high rainfall so far.

Over the spring and summer of 2016 – 2017, our area experienced several high

rainfall events and consequent high water levels along the Honeysuckle Creek.

These dumped quite a bit of flood debris and silt on top of the revegetation

plants along the Honeysuckle creek verges in the HREP project area. They also

caused a burgeoning of weeds and wash outs of parts of the Honeysuckle

Creek Walking track.

There is never a dull moment for the HREP Group and we often call on the

wider community to give us a helping hand.

If you are interested in doing something positive to increase the survival

chances of our native flora and fauna or the health of our local waterways then

please join us at our working bees or join our group.

Everyone is welcome!