Supporting the recovery of the Leadbeater's Possum while maintaining a sustainable timber industry.
The Victorian Government is committed to supporting the recovery of the State's faunal emblem – the endangered Leadbeater's Possum.
Victoria is the only state home to Leadbeater's Possum, a species that lives primarily in the ash forests and sub-alpine woodlands of Victoria's central highlands, with a small lowland population to the east of Melbourne.
The Leadbeater's Possum Advisory Group was established in 2013 to provide recommendations that support the recovery of the possum, while maintaining a sustainable timber industry. The Advisory Group was co-convened by Zoos Victoria and the Victorian Association of Forest Industries, with representation from Parks Victoria, VicForests, and the Leadbeater's Possum Recovery Team.
In April 2014, the Victorian Government allocated $11 million over five years to support implementation of all recommendations made by the Advisory Group. he 13 recommendations and 48 resulting actions are now being implemented in pursuit of improved conservation for Leadbeater's Possum whilst preserving the environmental and socio-economic values of our forests.
Supporting the Recovery of the Leadbeater's Possum - Report on Progress
Supporting the Recovery of the Leadbeater's Possum - Report on Progress delivers on the Victorian Government's commitment to periodically report on implementation progress (e.g. every six months). The report captures the first six months of progress in delivering on the agreed actions to support recovery of the possum whilst maintaining a sustainable timber industry.
Leadbeater's Possum Advisory Group
The Advisory Group provided its recommendations on ways to support the recovery of the Leadbeater's Possum while maintaining a sustainable timber industry:
Advisory Group members
- Jenny Gray, CEO of Zoos Victoria (co-convenor)
- Lisa Marty, CEO of VAFI (co-convenor)
- Bill Jackson, CEO of Parks Victoria
- Robert Green, CEO of VicForests
- Bram Mason, Chair of the Leadbeater's Possum Recovery Team
Leadbeater's Possum Action Statement
As part of the government response to the LPAG recommendations, the Victorian Government committed to update the Leadbeater's Possum Action Statement to incorporate relevant recommendations from the LPAG, and to formally reflect the appropriate prescriptions in the regulatory framework for timber harvesting.
In July 2014 the Department Secretary approved an updated action statement for the Leadbeater's Possum. The update ensures that the action statement reflects and documents current scientific knowledge. It also delivers on the Victorian Government commitment to update the Leadbeater's Possum action statement to incorporate relevant Victorian Environmental Assessment Council Yellingbo Investigation recommendations, and the relevant recommendations Leadbeater's Possum Advisory Group.
Due the significant and extensive consultation undertaken through the LPAG process and VEAC Yellingbo investigations, DEPI considered that further public consultation for the update of the action statement was not required. Further public consultation will be undertaken as part of the more comprehensive review planned for 2017.
The Victorian government has accepted all the Advisory Group's recommendations and will implement recommendations over the next 5 years.
The government will invest $11 million to implement the recommendations.
The recommendations strike a balance between supporting the recovery of the possum and maintaining a sustainable timber industry.
Terms of Reference
The Advisory Group will work with a broad range of experts and stakeholders and rely on the most up-to-date science to inform their recommendations:
A New Strategic Approach to Biodiversity Management Research Component Report
The Advisory Group is relying on the latest science to inform the development of its recommendations. This includes the report 'A New Strategic Approach to Biodiversity Management Research Component', which aims to provide extensive new data on the status, distribution and habitat use of 10 priority threatened fauna species in the forests of eastern Victoria. This will be used to inform development of a new approach to managing threatened fauna in timber harvesting areas. Download and read the report on Conserving threatened species and communities page.