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Native grasslands

The native grasslands of Victoria's Volcanic Plain are listed as critically endangered under the Federal Government's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

The listing, reserved for species and ecosystems one step away from extinction, is a recognition of just how close Victoria's grasslands are to being lost forever, and yet clearing of our precious native grasslands continues.

The proposed large-scale expansion of Melbourne's urban growth boundary could destroy significant areas of endangered native grasslands.


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Start with the Grasslands

The Start with the Grasslands guide is a resource for anyone interested in conserving and managing grasslands but should be particularly useful for those planning new urban areas, including state and local government planners, planning consultants and landscape architects.

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Help save Melbourne's grasslands and give threatened species a chance

Victoria's native grasslands once stretched from Melbourne to Portland, but scientists now believe as little as 1% remains, leaving species like the Growling Grass Frog struggling for survival.

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Get to know Melbourne's neighbours

The Golden Sun Moth, Southern Brown Bandicoot, Growling Grass Frog and Striped Legless Lizard are just some of the many special creatures that live on Melbourne's doorstep. But tragically, the survival of these special creatures is being put at risk by plans to expand Melbourne's Urban Growth Boundary

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Opportunity to protect Melbourne grassland habitat

Native grasslands are among the most heavily cleared and endangered ecosystems in Victoria. However, new studies suggest that up to 30,000ha of native grasslands survive on Melbourne's western fringe.

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Grassland clearing continues

One of Victoria's most endangered ecosystems, plains native grassland, is being destroyed despite apparently tougher state and federal controls. There have been two recent cases of apparently illegal clearing of native grassland.

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