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The Tyrrell Project: Ancient Landscapes, New Connections

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The Tyrrell Project: Ancient Landscapes, New Connections, is a community-driven landscape-scale project that celebrates the unique social, cultural and environmental values of this iconic landscape by developing strong working partnerships to deliver lasting outcomes.  

This project is part of a $22 million initiative funded by the Victorian Governments, Our Catchments, Our Communities Program.

What will The Tyrrell Project deliver?

The Tyrrell Project will be delivered over four years. Planning commenced in late 2016, with the project being rolled out until 2020.

Under this project, key activities to be delivered include:

  • Improving biodiversity by increasing areas of native vegetation and/or supplement existing areas;
  • Tackling invasive species such as priority weeds, rabbits, foxes and feral cats to restore degraded habitat, enhance regeneration opportunities and reduce predation on native animals;
  • Installation and maintenance of fences and bollards to protect high-value areas;
  • Installation of habitat structures to assist the recovery of threatened species;
  • Improving visitor facilities to increase amenity/accessibility at priority sites;
  • Establishing management agreements to secure long term outcomes; and,
  • Delivering exciting new education and awareness programs aimed at providing opportunities for people to learn more about the region they love.

The Tyrrell Project compliments significant community interest in the tourism and associated economic benefits of Lake Tyrrell, while providing the opportunity to further support existing community activities and priorities across a wider project area; including, the protection and enhancement of the regions natural and cultural values.

Do you live near Lake Tyrrell, Tyrrell Creek or Lalbert Creek?  Would you like to have a say on how the region’s local natural assets could be enhanced? Then please contact Rian Caccianiga, Project Manager Land and Biodiversity on 0427 540 468 or 5051 4364 to be a part of this community-driven project.

Further information and engagement activities

Tyrrell Project Fact Sheet

For further information regarding this project.


Creek Community Reference Group Meeting - 29 August 2017

The Creek Community Reference Group met to discuss project works that will benefit the natural and cultural values for both the Tyrrell and Lalbert Creeks, whilst also enhancing recreational opportunities for local communities and to increase tourism in the area.

Wetland Community Reference Group Meeting - 19 July 2017

The Wetland Community Reference Group met to discuss the benefits of using remote cameras to record native species (in particular threatened species) that frequent their wetlands and to monitor pest animal activity to help inform on-farm pest animal control.  In addition, the Group commenced planning of works at  Towma (Lake Marlbed) Flora & Fauna Reserve to improve and promote the natural and cultural values of this site, whilst also improving visitor accessibility and recreational opportunities for the local community.

Wetland Care Stewardship Program

A total of 217 Ha of significant riparian habitat will be covered by management agreements with private landholders to further protect and enhance the natural values of these sites.  Works include pest plant and animal control, revegetation activities and the installation and repair of stock exclusion fencing over the next three years. 


Landmark Tourism Boost to Lake Tyrrell - 29 June 2017

The $2.58 million Lake Tyrrell Tourism Infrastructure Development Project, funded through the Victorian Government's Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund, has just been announced.  'The Tyrrell Project' will support and value-add to this latest project, whilst also providing a range of opportunities for tourism within the broader project area, focusing on the protection and promotion of natural and cultural values.


Inland Carpet Python Survey - 24 March 2017
This community workshop included a talk from a local ecologist about the ecological values of Tyrrell and Lalbert creeks followed by a one hour spotlighting survey along Tyrrell Creek.


Nullawil Primary School Visit - 21 April 2017

Mallee CMA had the opportunity to learn 'What's in your Backyard?' with Nullawil Primary School, introducing the concept of citizen science and creating awareness of threatened species found in their area.

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