Designing biolinks

Biolinks Alliance board member Amanda Gauci, Newham and District Landcare's Penny Roberts, local member Mary-Anne Thomas, and Biolinks Alliance executive director Sophie Bickford at the Roberts' property in Newham.

Biolinks Alliance board member Amanda Gauci, Newham and District Landcare's Penny Roberts, local member Mary-Anne Thomas, and Biolinks Alliance executive director Sophie Bickford at the Roberts' property in Newham.

Landcare groups in the Macedon Ranges will have the chance develop skills and knowledge to better protect the region's biodiversity.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas last week announced the Central Victorian Biolinks Alliance was awarded $22,750 from the Community Skills Development Grants.

This funding will allow the alliance to provide $4500 for project planning and development skills workshops and $18,250 for habitat connectivity planning skills workshops and network capacity building planning.

Biolinks Alliance executive director Sophie Bickford said the grant would provide expert advice to landcare groups, like Newham and District Landcare, on how to best design biolinks that work for local species - and to help develop their own plans for reconnecting their local landscapes.

"Our landscape has been heavily cleared leaving fragments of habitat many are just small patches. For species to survive climate change they must be able to move," Ms Bickford said.