Update (August 2021): Thank you to the community members and stakeholders who provided feedback on the draft Phillip Island (Millowl) Wildlife Plan.

The Community Consultation Report, including a summary, is available below.

We are now in the final stages of the process and look forward to sharing the final plan soon.

Thank you for having your say

We opened the Draft Phillip Island (Millowl) Wildlife Plan for public feedback between 10 November 2020 and 17 January 2021.

The community consultation period on the draft Phillip Island (Millowl) Wildlife Plan has now closed.

Thank you to all those who generously shared their time, research, values and ideas through this consultation process.

The Community Consultation Report, including a summary, is available below.

Further information contact swp@delwp.vic.gov.au or phone DELWP 136 186.

Why a wildlife plan for Phillip Island?

The successful eradication of foxes on Phillip Island in conjunction with increased habitat, through revegetation, and improved pastures has contributed to the strong recovery of high profile species such as Little Penguins and more common wildlife species such as Cape Barren Geese, Swamp Wallabies and Common Brushtail Possums. However, these common species pose challenges to conservation areas and biodiversity, buildings and assets and on the agricultural practices of the community on Phillip Island. These issues have been widely publicised and acknowledged.

In addressing these challenges, a unique approach has been taken in developing the draft Phillip Island (Millowl) Wildlife Plan. Unlike other wildlife plans, this draft takes a place-based approach to wildlife management and looks at multiple species to achieve a balance between the needs of the community and the Island’s wildlife.

Specifically, the Draft Phillip Island (Millowl) Wildlife Plan aims to:

  • Improve animal welfare.
  • Reduce negative impacts of wildlife on environmental, public health, safety, social and economic assets and values.
  • Involve the community in the conservation and management of wildlife.
  • Identify partnerships to deliver effective wildlife management.
  • Support a viable agricultural and tourism industry.

A collaborative approach

The draft Phillip Island (Millowl) Wildlife Plan (the Plan) was developed collaboratively, involving key agencies, groups and the community. This has guided the practical and place-based actions to better understand and manage the impacts of wildlife.

The development of the draft Plan has been overseen by a Steering Committee that includes representatives from Phillip Island Nature Parks, Bass Coast Shire Council, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the community. The Steering Committee is committed to using best available data, information and local knowledge to make decisions and support this process.

Working with the community

Many people on the Island have an interest and role in wildlife management including the community, industries and government. Working together will achieve better results for our wildlife and the environment, public health, safety, amenity and agriculture.

The project team has been working with stakeholders and the community to understand the wildlife management issues on the Island in the development of the draft Phillip Island (Millowl) Wildlife Plan.

Community support and contributions are critical to ensure a place-based and effective Plan.

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The development of the draft Phillip Island (Millowl) Wildlife Plan is a collaborative project, however the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) co-ordinating the public consultation process and is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws.

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