The Victorian Government is reserving 15,000 hectares of land to protect critically endangered grasslands, and to offset the ecological impact of urban growth in Melbourne’s north and west. The reserves are an important element of the Australian Government’s approval under the Strategic Assessment for Melbourne’s growth.
The reserves will cover two large areas, around Mt Cottrell, south east of Melton, and north of Little River, west of Werribee.
Together, these grassland reserves will constitute the world’s largest remaining concentration of Volcanic Plains Grasslands and will protect some of Victoria’s most endangered ecosystems.
They will also provide habitat for a number of listed rare or endangered species, including the Golden Sun Moth, Striped Legless lizard, Growling Grass Frog, Spiny Rice-flower, and Button Wrinklewort.