The farm sits on 59 hectares of land, located in an area of Victoria between the Don River and the Yarra River. This location makes it the perfect place to deliver and restore prime habitat to benefit the wetland-loving, but critically endangered, Lowland Leadbeater’s Possum and Helmeted Honeyeater.
The Haining Farm project aims to restore and create habitat for these animals, whilst providing an opportunity for visitors to engage with nature and experience native wildlife in their natural habitat. This combination of community engagement and habitat restoration is a world first, meaning this project could path the way for Australian landscapes, where both people and threatened species can go wild. We believe the best nature-focused education is achieved by being immersed in it.
In addition to creation of new habitat, the safety and well-being of local residents is a priority for the project. Therefore, considerable effort has been applied to bushfire prevention with the collaboration of key agencies like Country Fire Authority (CFA) and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). Together we are working to ensure all concerns from residents and partners around the risk of bushfire are addressed.
One of the major threats to Victoria’s critically endangered faunal emblems is the loss of precious habitat, leading to fragmented populations. The historical dairy farm, Haining Farm is one of the few places in Victoria that provides suitable habitat requirements for both species.
By transforming the site into a public area with conservation areas and educational opportunities, the work will allow us the rare opportunity to create new habitat in a bid to protect the Lowland Leadbeater’s Possum and the Helmeted Honeyeater.
Restoring the farm will offer visitors the prospect of viewing native wildlife in its natural habitat and the chance to engage with nature through fun outdoor experiences such as walking, cycling, bird spotting and more.
Bushfire mitigation measures are being implemented at Haining Farm include a 20-metre fuel break around the site, water access points and an open woodland buffer.
For more information on the project visit: www.engage.vic.gov.au/haining-farm
Andrew began working for Greening Australia in 2017 in the education and training sector of the organisation. Andrew is an experienced educator and relationships manager with a demonstrated history of working in the education management, environmental conservation and reconciliation fields on various projects. He also works on projects in, and around, the Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve. Andrew has strong community and social services skills with a Masters in Environmental Management from the University of Newcastle and a Diploma of Education from Melbourne University.ARice@greeningaustralia.org.au