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The Australian Government’s Wild Otways Initiative is a three-year $6M commitment to achieving on-ground outcomes that will improve the protection and management of threatened species in the Otways, Victoria.

As part of this Initiative, the Conservation Ecology Centre is:

  • Critically assessing populations of pigs and deer across the Otways and identifying regions where management can be most effective for preserving EPBC-listed threatened species and protecting vital assets such as water catchments and cultural heritage; and
  • Working to better reduce the impact of foxes and cats on threatened species in post-fire landscapes by testing whether controlling foxes and cats, or changing the way some planned burns are conducted, can help threatened species survive in a post-fire landscape.

You can find all the latest project updates in our newsfeed here.

Much of this work is done in tandem or partnership with our other research projects including:

  • Otways Ecological Research Forum – funded by The Ian Potter Foundation. Results from the Wild Otways Initiative projects will be presented at this forum each year.
  • Potoroo Collaring Project – funded by the Hermon Slade Foundation since 2020, this Wild Otways project is being undertaken by Mark le Pla as a part of his PhD with the University of Melbourne.
  • Potoroo Spatial Distribution Model – funded by The Ian Potter Foundation
  • Carlisle Fuel Hazard Model – funded by The Ian Potter Foundation

The Wild Otways Initiative is being delivered by the Corangamite CMA in partnership with public and private land managers to deliver cross-tenure, threatened species management research and on-ground programs targeting priority species and their supporting habitat in the Otways. You can read more about the other projects on the CCMA website.