The Otway Community Conservation Network (OCCN) is a new network made up of members from community organisations, management bodies and government agencies. It aims to protect and enhance ecological values in the Otway Plain and Ranges coastal regions through coordinated cross tenure action. Through this process it is hoped to increase community awareness of ecological values, issues and the impact of significant weeds species.
The network covers an area from Anglesea to Port Campbell and up to Colac in southern Victoria.
Managing the threatened vegetation that remains in agricultural landscapes has been described as one of Australia’s greatest environmental challenges. Vegetation often occurs as small, isolated patches and can be owned and managed by various agencies. Managing those remnants for the best biodiversity outcome is difficult for one agency. The CMN facilitates best management across land tenures.Click here for more information on management networks and other networks in Victoria.
The Otway Community Conservation Network was established in 2011 to assist with coordination of Boneseed and Bridal Creeper control across the Otways. See the video below or download the scoping paper for more information on the network and how it came about.