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Volunteers lend a hand to the Striped Legless Lizard

Monday 17 July, 2017

Volunteers working with Parks Victoria have carried out work to conserve the largest indigenous northern plains grassland area in Victoria.

The Northern Plains Grasslands have significant conservation value and provide habitat to endangered and native animals including the Striped Legless Lizard, Plains-wanderer, Black Wallaby, Fat-tailed Dunnart, Hooded Scaly-foot and Tree Goanna.

The grasslands also contain numerous endangered flora and fauna, including the Annual Buttons, Pepper Grass, Bottle Bluebush, Fragrant Leek-orchid and Murray Swainson-pea.

Across five weeks, 37 volunteers from Conservation Volunteers Australia worked with Parks Victoria staff in the Terrick Terrick National Park and Bael Bael Nature Conservation Reserve. Over a combined 1,000 hours, they removed 16-hectares of invasive weeds, including Wheel Cactus, Boxthorn and Peppercorn.

The group also cleared walking tracks, repaired fences, completed weed mapping and stock management activities, and performed maintenance at the historic Davies Homestead, Kotta Shearing Shed and the Mt Terrick day visitor area.

The hard-working volunteers included high-school, TAFE and technical college students, and retirees that shared a broad range of experiences and skills.

Both Parks Victoria and Conservation Volunteers Australia welcome enquiries from volunteers interested in conservation activities. For information and opportunities, visit and

Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria Environmental Project Coordinator, Suzie Deason:

“This partnership gave a range of skilled volunteers the opportunity to experience our beautiful parks, share the story of the Northern Plains Grasslands, and contribute to the management of these very special places.”

“We thank the volunteers and staff from Parks Victoria and Conservation Volunteers Australia for making this program a success.”

Quotes attributable to Conservation Volunteers Australia, Regional Manager, Adam Smolak:

“This recent project was a great way of integrating on-ground management tasks while educating people about important and endangered grassland species.”

“We would like to thank Parks Victoria for the opportunity for our volunteers and staff to acquaint ourselves with the Terrick Terricks. We look forward to playing a big part in the continuing conservation of the area.”

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