Wildlife corridor or sandpit?
In one of the most cleared regions of the most cleared state in Australia, the forest corridor from Nyora to Grantville is an oasis of native vegetation that is home to threatened species including southern brown bandicoots and powerful owls.
It’s also under imminent threat, with around 40 per cent of the area designated as an 'Extractive Industry Interest Area'.
This important report, published by the Victorian National Parks Association in association with Save Western Port Woodlands, reveals the threat to one of the last coastal forests in Victoria.
Download the report or email Save Western Port Woodlands for a hard copy.
Rare opportunity: Holden Proving Ground
Right now an exciting opportunity presents itself with the future of the Holden Proving Ground up in the air following the decision by car maker VinFast to cease its Australian operation.
We are calling on the Victorian Government to acquire the former Holden Proving Ground and protect this significant patch of the Western Port Woodlands for all Victorians and visitors to enjoy as a ‘Gateway to the Bass Coast’, while also helping secure the future of the unique and iconic wildlife that call them home.
Please add your voice to the call to the Government to buy the Holden Proving Ground at https://vnpa.org.au/action/holden-opportunity/.
We also call on the Government to cease granting Work Authorities in areas with remnant native vegetation between Lang Lang and Grantville to maintain the integrity of the wildlife corridor.
Analysis by the Victorian National Parks Association and community group Save Western Port Woodlands in its report Western Port Woodlands: Sand Pit or Wildlife Corridor? (2021) found the site is habitat for a raft of threatened and endangered species and Ecological Vegetation Classes.
The former Holden Proving Ground site represents the largest and most intact block of remnant bushland in the corridor, with four connecting land parcels totalling 869 hectares.
Situated centrally within a string of small conservation reserves, the property provides crucial connectivity of native vegetation and supports suitable habitat for threatened species such as the Powerful Owl and Southern Brown Bandicoots.
Maintaining this wildlife corridor is critical for their existence in this region.
The corridor is on the Gippsland Plain, which is one of Victoria’s most cleared bioregions (VEAC 2011), with less than 1% of the area’s native vegetation intact.
How can I help?
The more members and supporters we have, the more powerful our voice.
Come for a walk!
Join one of our woodland walks to find out more about this beautiful area. Email savewesternport
Buy the HPG!
Please add your voice to the call to the Victorian Government to buy the Holden Proving Ground.
Buy the calendar!
The 2022 Western Port Woodlands calendar depicts the extraordinary flora of the woodlands. Calendars are $20 plus $5 postage, with proceeds going to support our campaign.
Watch and share!
Terry Melvin and Laura Brearley’s short film about the impact of sand mining on Bass Coast’s remnant coastal forest has been selected for the international Wildlife Conservation Film Festival.
Watch and share!
Share the Save Western Port Woodlands video link. It’s only 5 minutes long and includes graphic footage of the sand mines.
The yellow shows the existing work authorities, being current and inactive sand mines. The red indicates the Extractive Industry Interest Area earmarked by the Victorian Government for future mining activity in the coastal forest area. The proposed legislation would stop councils, farmers and communities from objecting to mining activity in this area.