Orange-bellied Parrots mainland release

August 23, 2017 // Colleen Hughson // No Comments // Posted in Blog, Environment

The migratory Orange bellied Parrot is critically endangered and very close to extinction in the wild.

Less than 50 are left in the wild and the OBP National Recovery Team are doing all they can to save this beautiful little parrot.

One of the actions they are trialling is a mainland release.

DELWP, Zoos Victoria, Melbourne Water, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Parks Victoria and the Tasmanian Government are partnering to deliver a Mainland Release Trial Program in Victoria for the Orange-bellied Parrot.

These Orange-bellied Parrots have been released at the Western Treatment Plant in Werribee as part of an innovative program to try to prevent extinction in the wild. With less than 50 Orange-bellied Parrots thought to exist in the wild, these management actions have never been more important for the future of this species.


Drought Crew helping farmers

August 1, 2017 // Colleen Hughson // No Comments // Posted in Blog, Community, Environment

A series of videos created for the Glenelg Hopkins CMA that highlight the great work of the Glenelg Hopkins CMA Drought Crew. Funded through the Victorian Government, the Drought Employment Program provided financial support to those affected by drought. The Drought Crew provided hands-on support to farmers to improve the quality of waterways on their properties.

The Drought Crew program

From drought to flood

Fencing waterways

Drought Crew Partnerships

Glenelg Hopkins CMA Drought Crew: Partnerships from First Ladies – Colleen Hughson on Vimeo.


Surfers partner with conservation

July 14, 2017 // Colleen Hughson // No Comments // Posted in Blog, Community, Environment, Indigenous

In 2016, Corangamite CMA formed a new partnership with Surfing Victoria with the aim of encouraging surfers involvement in conservation. They established a number of new initiatives to encourage the involvement of the surfing community in environmental projects.
 By working together Surfing Victoria and Corangamite CMA can reach their common goals and values of increasing local participation in both surfing and natural resource management.

One of the projects implemented is the CCMA’s direct sponsorship of the Junior Category of the 2017 Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles. Thereby, improving Indigenous youth connection and recognition.

Corangamite CMA presents the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles from First Ladies – Colleen Hughson on Vimeo.

The CCMA support a number of community environmental groups along the coast. If you’re involved in conservation then check with the CCMA what funding opportunities might be available to you. If you’re not involved in conservation but realise after watching this that you should be, then it might be a good idea to join your Landcare or Coastcare action group.