Update: Public submissions closed at 5pm on Friday 29 April 2023.

Recognising the importance of the Western Port Woodlands

Recently an important draft policy on the future vision for the Bass Coast was released. Not only did the policy entirely overlook this special stretch of remnant vegetation, but it also identified the entire area for sand mining.

To be blunt, it was a draft fail.

The Gippsland Plains is one of the most cleared areas in the state. Every remaining piece of bushland should be protected and respected.

The Western Port Woodlands are home to rare and threatened native wildlife, like Southern Brown Bandicoots, Powerful Owls, rare orchids, reptiles and fungi.

But the policy is just a draft. That means we have a chance to show them what real vision looks like.

A community of passionate nature-lovers – Save Western Port Woodlands – are fighting to protect this surviving remnant bushland habitat.

They’ve put together a package to help you write an effective and impactful submission about this beloved wildlife corridor to the Distinctive Areas and Landscapes Program.

Let’s show the state government what the vision for a distinctive landscape should look like.

Public submissions closed at 5pm on Friday 29 April.

Use the Save Western Port Woodlands submission form

Keen to do more research before you make a submission?

Review Engage Victoria’s information page

About the Western Port Woodlands

While inconspicuous, the much-loved Western Port Woodlands are the largest remnant of native bushland in the region, consisting of five small reserves and private land stretching from Lang Lang to Grantville on the eastern shore of Western Port Bay.

The woodlands were the subject of our recent report, Western Port Woodlands – wildlife corridor or sand pit?

The report proved the corridor is home to a wide range of threatened native animals and plants, including rare orchids, reptiles and fungi. The report also highlights the conservation value of the former Holden Proving Ground, and the threat posed by continued sand mining throughout the woodlands.

Caption: Southern Brown Bandicoot are among the threatened wildlife that make their home in the Western Port Woodlands. Photo: Ricardo Simao