Bandicoot Corner is a 3.6 ha parcel of land containing significant natural assets and offering opportunities for nature conservation and education. Situated within the otherwise heavily disturbed landscape of the former Koo Wee Rup Swamp, Bandicoot Corner contains native vegetation of the endangered Swampy Riparian Woodland and Swamp Scrub classes. This important vegetation in turn provides habitat for threatened species such as the nationally endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot.
By protecting current natural assets and excluding threats (e.g. predation by foxes, cats and dogs), Bandicoot Corner is being managed with the vision to provide a ‘safe haven’ for native wildlife such as bandicoots moving along the adjacent drains. It is also intended to act as a ‘core area’ in larger scale conservation efforts to establish connectivity between significant vegetation remnants across the landscape.
In addition to its direct role in conservation, Bandicoot Corner provides excellent opportunities for community education and engagement by showcasing best practice environmental management techniques and raising awareness of local conservation issues. The site also lends itself to education about the rich cultural history of the region, both Aboriginal and European.
The management plan provides the Committee of Management, the Cardinia Environment Coalition Inc., with a list of recommended actions to achieve the key management directions.
This management plan was developed in consultation with:
- Cardinia Environment Coalition member groups
- Westernport Swamp Landcare Group
- Bayles Fauna Reserve
- Royal Botanic Gardens – Cranbourne
- Southern Brown Bandicoot Technical Reference Group
- Mornington Peninsula & Western Port Biosphere Reserve Foundation
- Cardinia Shire
- Melbourne Water
- Port Philip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority
- Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE)
- Bunurong Land Council
The most important issues that have been identified are to:
- Establish ongoing funding
- Develop masterplan to identify different management zones
- Control weeds and pests
- Enhance native vegetation
- Develop facilities and infrastructure
- Develop monitoring procedures and improve knowledge
- Build public perceptions and collaboration
- Build stakeholder relations
- In the surrounding landscape, reduce threats and increase connectivity