A workshop was held in October 2010 to test whether, for local community groups and networks, a central Victorian biolink project was a good idea or not. Would it work for local groups? Or was the scale too big? The coordination too difficult? The region being proposed was from Stawell in the west to Alexandra in the east – through the box ironbark forests, woodlands and grasslands that straddle The Great Divide.
Participants endorsed the idea of a central Victorian biolink but on the condition it be driven from the grass roots and not from top down and that it be done in an atmosphere of learning, cooperation and inclusiveness.
The most common reasons for proceeding was that such vision was;
- suited the scale of the problem,
- can be informed by connectivity conservation science and
- that people and groups working together can attract more resources and learn from each other.
Potential goals of the project included;
- restoration of the health of the environment,
- changing awareness of and engagement with nature at both personal and community levels.
The full report of the first Central Victorian Biolinks workshop, including a list of participants, is available to download here. Report Central Victoria Biolink Workshop Oct 2010