Linking the Mornington Peninsula Landscape (LMPL)
Linking the Mornington Peninsula Landscape (LMPL) reconnects fragmented remnants of indigenous vegetation to create wildlife corridors (biolinks) on the Mornington Peninsula. LMPL assists Mornington Peninsula Landcare groups and landholders to develop collaborative local biolink plans for catchments across the Peninsula. These plans focus on works required to achieve the biolink on private properties, but also consider public land in the biolink area. The landcare groups and landholders then use the plans to apply for funding to engage contractors to undertake the works, and to undertake works themselves with voluntary landholder and landcare member labour.
At April 2023, over $823,000 from 17 grants had been awarded to undertake works on 69 biolink properties covering 256ha of funded works.
Designed as a 5-year project, LMPL has been undertaken in 13 different regions on the southern Mornington Peninsula.
- In 2022-23 (Year 5) biolink plans were developed for the Balcombe-Moorooduc Landcare area and the Devilbend-Hastings Landcare area
- In 2021 (Year 4) biolink plans were produced for the Merricks Coolart Landcare area and the Manton & Stony Creeks Landcare area.
- In 2017 (Year 3) biolink plans were produced for the Red Hill South Landcare area and Dunns Creek Landcare area.
- In 2014-15 (Year 2) biolink plans were developed for Watson Creek Landcare area (northern Peninsula – Baxter, Somerville, Frankston South), and Sheepwash Creek Landcare area (Red Hill, Dromana South).
- In 2015-2016 (Year 1) biolink plans were developed for Main Creek Landcare area and Southwest Mornington Peninsula Landcare area.
- In 2014, a pilot biolink was developed for the Tuerong-Mooroduc area, near Devilbend Reserve.
As at May 2023, with 11 biolink plans for the southern peninsula finalised and works on many either complete or underway, the Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network is hoping to extend the project to the northern peninsula. Watch this space for further updates.