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Biodiversity grant win

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Biodiversity grant win

Gippsland Water has been awarded three state government grants to protect threatened species.

The shovel-ready projects are focused on practical outcomes at Gippsland Water’s Dutson Downs property, including; deer proof fencing for the existing New Holland Mouse habitat corridor, establishment of a population of the nationally endangered Metallic Sun-orchid, and propagation of Wellington Mint-bush to increase numbers in the wild and establish new populations at Dutson Downs.

Gippsland Water’s General Manager Operations Peter Skeels said that the funding would bolster the organisation’s existing biodiversity and threatened species program.

"Dutson Downs has long been recognised as a haven for rare and threatened flora and fauna.

"We’re pleased to work with DELWP, the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, and the Australasian Native Orchid Society to improve biodiversity in our region," he said.

Biodiversity and conservation work already underway or completed at the property include biodiversity surveys, bushfire management plans, pest management, and the establishment of a wildlife corridor and development of genetic markers for the New Holland Mouse population.

Located east of Sale, Dutson Downs covers over 8500 hectares. Approximately half of the property is comprised of native vegetation with high conservation significance including woodlands, heathlands, scrubs, wetlands and grasslands.

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