Manna Gum Reserve – FAQs
Where is the proposed purchase?
This map illustrates the existing Conservation Ecology Centre property along with the proposed purchase and its position in relation to the Great Otway National Park and the Parker River.
What is the significance of the piece of land?
The property is quite small – only 21 acres – but holds great significance in that it provides a vital link between the Conservation Ecology Centre and the Great Otway National Park. Currently, the environmental assets of the property are quite degraded and in need of critical restoration. Most of the property is cleared and there are some areas of erosion. However, the property also includes a tributary to the pristine Parker River – the only tributary outside the National Park and the CEC property. Securing ownership of the property will mean that the entire catchment of the Parker River is within the boundaries of land managed for conservation.
Where has funding come from so far?
The R E Ross Trust has very generously supported this project with a grant of $100,000. The purchase price of the property is $145,000 so we still need to raise $45,000 to finalise the purchase of the property and ensure its future.
What will the Conservation Ecology Centre do with the property?
Once ownership is secured it will be revegetated and restored for conservation of flora and fauna. The land will provide an important model for habitat restoration and will be used to engage the community in conservation land management techniques to improve habitat connectivity and build resilience across the landscape.
How can you get involved?
Once the property is secured, we would love you to help us with restoring it. However, right now the help we really need is financial. To join us in this important project, you can make a secure online donation. Donations of over $1000 will be acknowledged in a special Sponsors’ Path onsite and all donations of $2 or more are tax deductible in Australia.