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The three-hectare Highett Grassy Woodland in the south of the former CSIRO site on Graham Road is an important site for conserving and regenerating habitat for rare or threatened flora and fauna species in Bayside.

The Highett Grassy Woodland contains indigenous species and natural habitats, including Yellow Box eucalypts that are considered rare in the Bayside region.

The land was transferred into Council’s ownership in April 2023 and will now be protected and enhanced as a conservation reserve. This transfer was the culmination of two decades' advocacy by Council and a team of dedicated community members, the Friends of Highett Grassy Woodland group.

Conserving the Highett Grassy Woodland reserve will ensure the future protection of an endangered community of trees, shrubs, grasses, and other plants.


Timeline

  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Flora and fauna assessments

    2016

    Prior to demolition of the old CSIRO buildings, Council engaged consultants to undertake flora and fauna values assessments, and arboricultural assessments, and to prepare a management plan for the southern portion of the CSIRO site. An assessment of remaining trees was also undertaken.

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    Highett Grassy Woodland transferred to Council ownership

    April 2023

    The handover was the culmination of two decades' advocacy by Council and a team of dedicated community members, the Friends of Highett Grassy Woodland group.

  • Timeline item 3 - active

    Proposed Planning Scheme zone change

    From October 2023 (ongoing)

    Process commenced to rezone Highett Grassy Woodland from Residential Growth Zone, Schedule 3 (RGZ3) to Public Conservation and Resource Zone (PCRZ). This will help ensure the future protection of the site as a conservation area.

  • Timeline item 4 - active

    Key stakeholder consultation

    Ongoing

    Monthly meetings with Friends of Highett Grassy Woodland community group to inform site management and conservation.

  • Timeline item 5 - active

    Drafting a Conservation Management Plan and Masterplan

    From November 2023

    Specialist ecologists Abzeco (Applied Botany, Zoology and Ecological Consulting) have been appointed to help develop the long-term Conservation Management Plan and Masterplan.

    Site survey work commenced in late 2023.

  • Timeline item 6 - incomplete

    Community consultation

    March/April 2024 (expected)

    We’ll be seeking community and stakeholder feedback to inform the final Conservation Management Plan and Masterplan for the site.

  • Timeline item 7 - incomplete

    Conservation Management Plan and Masterplan adopted

    June 2024 (expected)

    Council will consider community feedback and adopt a Conservation Management Plan and Masterplan to ensure the future protection of this site.

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Amy Weir

Biodiversity & Conservation Planning Officer

Open Space & Recreation

Phone: 9599 4339

Email: aweir@bayside.vic.gov.au

Post: 76 Royal Avenue, Sandringham 3191

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