Revegetation Support Program
In March 2017, Minister Neville announced a revegetation support program to run over three years to assist fire-affected properties in Wye River and Separation Creek. The program is funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and will be delivered by the Southern Otway Landcare Network (SOLN). It is supported by the Flora, Fauna and Beachscape work-group, which is a working group of the Community Resilience Committee.
The process for providing this support to the ongoing revegetation efforts of the Wye River and Separation Creek communities has now been determined and Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now being sought. The first EOI process closes on Friday, 4 August.
The online Expression of Interest form is at the bottom of the page.
Am I eligible?
All fire-affected properties in Wye River and Separation Creek are eligible to receive plants through the revegetation support program.
What will be delivered as part of the revegetation support program?
In total, the revegetation support program will provide approximately 7,500 native plants over three years. It is estimated that this will work out to be approximately 40 plants per fire-affected property, depending on individual needs and environmental conditions.
The plants will be from locally sourced seed at SOLN’s nursery in the Otway region. Propagating the plants locally ensures that the best possible stock is offered for the program in the most cost effective manner.
When can I get plants?
The majority of plants will be provided in winter from 2018-2020. If your home is rebuilt or repaired, and you wish to receive plants now, please indicate this in your EOI and we will make every effort to source plants from available stock. However, this supply is limited so unless you really need to plant immediately we suggest planting in Winter 2018 when a larger range of locally propagated plants will be available.
How do I get my plants?
To obtain plants the first step is to complete the EOI form. The information provided will help SOLN to determine the specific needs of each property. The key steps in the process are outlined below:
Autumn 2017: Expressions of Interest are now open and will close on Friday, 4 August 2017.
Note: The expression of interest process will open again next year, but it would assist our planning if you submit an EOI now even if you won’t be ready to landscape for a few years.
Spring 2017: SOLN will be available to conduct onsite visits.
Winter 2018: First of year of locally propagated plants ready for winter planting. Winter planting is important in coastal environments to support healthy establishment and growth.
While it’s best to begin landscaping once the rebuilding process is complete, we understand that not everyone has decided if or when they will rebuild. Regardless of your exact situation we suggest that you complete an EOI form and then SOLN will contact you to determine the best revegetation program for your block.
It is important to note that the EOI process will be open in autumn each year until the conclusion of the revegetation support program. If you wish to submit an EOI this year but you do not want to receive your plants until later in the program, you can specify this in your form.
What plants will be available?
The species of plants available through the revegetation support program will be selected from the Landscaping Your Coastal Garden for Bushfire booklet, which you can download here(PDF, 5MB) . There will also be native canopy species available. Once you have completed the EOI, SOLN will make contact and discuss your needs in greater detail and answer any questions you have about the plants available.
Where can I get further information?
If you are unsure about your eligibility or would like to discuss any concerns about the revegetation support program, please contact Tegan Brown, Program Coordinator – Fire Recovery at Tegan.firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like more information in relation to the EOI process, availability of plants and timing or what is appropriate for you property, please contact Libby Riches, Manager or the Southern Otway Landcare Network at email@example.com.
Please note, you can select to have a copy of your completed form emailed to you for your records.
If you would prefer, however, to fill out a hardcopy of the Expression of Interest form, you can download it here(PDF, 102KB).