Media release: Protecting Manningham's biodiversity by reducing wild deer populations

16 Apr 2024
Resilient Environment

In great news for local biodiversity and wildlife habitat, Manningham Council has received a second round of funding to monitor and control the wild deer population.

Manningham Council’s deer monitoring and control project was launched in 2017 and has expanded over this time to support deer control on 45 properties across our green wedge.

Manningham Mayor, Councillor Carli Lange, welcomed the Victorian Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action grant funding, saying wild deer continued to pose a major environmental threat in Manningham by destroying native vegetation, ring barking native trees and eroding waterways through their grazing behaviours.

“The funding we have received from the state government to fund the program has resulted in the removal of 227 deer from Manningham, with a visible reduction in the damage to native trees, our waterways, and biodiversity.”

The funding means Council will continue to support fully funded deer control on eligible green wedge properties until June 2025 through its Local Environment Assistance Fund (LEAF) grant program.

“This is a great outcome for landowners, I’d encourage anyone who is interested in joining the program to visit our website,” Cr Lange said.

For more information about our land management grants visit:
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