About Biolinks Alliance


The Biolinks Alliance was formed in 2010 by community conservation groups in Central Victoria in recognition that in order to halt environmental and species decline in Victoria, large-scale landscape restoration was necessary. This scale of work would require coordination of effort, knowledge as well as new and innovative approaches.

The Alliance is currently comprised of 18 member landcare networks, conservation management networks and environment groups extending from the Grampians across to the Australian Alps and from the Dividing Ranges to the Murray River.

Biolinks Alliance has identified a unique role for itself as a capacity and partnership building organisation that will ensure that the significant momentum there is for community-driven conservation on public and private land in Central Victoria is supported, coordinated and amplified.

 
 
It’s great work the group is doing – good on you!
— Professor Andrew Bennett, La Trobe University And Arthur Rylah Institute.
 
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Our Vision

People working together to maintain and restore a healthy natural environment from the Grampians to the Victorian Alps and from the Murray River to the Macedon Ranges.

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Our Goals

To improve the connectivity, condition and resilience of landscapes and halt the further decline of species.

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Our Focus

Increasing the capacity of landcare another environmental community groups and networks to use evidence based decision making to address key conservation management issues in their area.

 
 
 

Who we are

Biolinks Alliance is the only organisation in Victoria dedicated to inclusive, large-scale conservation – designed to foster coalitions to align and coordinate efforts, to bring in the planning and know-how to ensure we work smartly and succeed.

Biolinks Alliance has identified a unique role for itself as a partnership and capacity building organisation that will ensure that the significant momentum there is for community-driven conservation on public and private land in central Victoria is supported, coordinated and amplified


Structure and Management

In August 2015 the organisation become an independently incorporated body with new operating Rules and expanded Board of Management.

The Alliance is a partnership of 18 member landcare networks, conservation management networks and ‘umbrella’ environment groups concerned with implementing community-based conservation.

Member networks are represented by up to 5 delegates with one delegate voting at meetings. Associates are networks participating in the organisations activities but without voting responsibilities.  The organisation is guided by an elected and skills-based Board whose role it is to manage the organisation and implement our Plan. Sub-committees will be established as needed to drive particular program areas and activities.

Board of Management

Paul Foreman, Chair
Karen Alexander, Vice Chair
Pat Scanlon, Treasurer
Dr Peter Mitchell, Secretary
James Nelsson
Ann Macgregor
Loki McIntyre
Gayle Osborne

 

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Paul Foreman / Chair

Paul is an ecologist and botanist and with over 28 years of experience in a range of technical, strategic and management roles across Victoria and Australia. Paul has worked in State and Local Government as well as Trust for Nature and Bush Heritage Australia, and established his own consulting business in 2009. He is also currently researching the role of Aboriginal burning in grasslands and was the inaugural chair for Biolinks Alliance.

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Dr Peter Mitchell / Secretary

Peter has a PhD in Zoology and has worked in natural history, ecology, land stewardship and education. Since retirement, he has continued his active involvement with local Landcare and environment groups in Mitchell Shire. In addition to his role as Secretary, he is an active participant in events and activities, and is particularly involved in developing the Knowledge Hub on the Biolinks Alliance website.

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Ann McGregor

Ann spent most of her childhood in rural Victoria, and greatly enjoy being in the bush at her family property at Mt Lonarch, north of Beaufort. She is a keen birder and has always been interested in nature conservation. She worked as an environmental planner and has volunteered with environmental groups for over 40 years. Her long-term volunteering focus has been the protection and ecological restoration of Merri Creek, which flows south from the Dividing Range through northern Melbourne.

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Karen Alexander

Karen has over 40 years experience working for the environment at local, state, national and international levels including Victorian Coordinator for Franklin campaign, Campaigns Manager for Australian Conservation Foundation, President of Bush Heritage, co-founder and President of local landcare group and network, Vice-President of Farm Tree and Landcare Association. She has revegetated most of her 24-acre property (cleared by her grandfather) which is now covenanted.

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James Nelsson

James works as the Loddon Plains Landcare Network Facilitator and GOANNA Project worker. He has many years’ experience in project management, natural resource management and working with communities. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management and a Diploma of Conservation and Land Management. His experience in managing natural resource assets includes Wet-Sclerophyll forests, Box-Ironbark woodlands, Native grasslands, and Terrestrial and Wetland restorations.

 
 
 
 

Member Organisations

The Alliance is currently comprised of 18 member landcare networks, conservation management networks and environment groups extending from the Grampians across to the Australian Alps and from the Dividing Ranges to the Murray River.

  • Strathbogie Conservation Management Network

  • Wedderburn Conservation Management Network

  • Kara Kara Conservation Management Network

  • Whroo Goldfields Conservation Management Network

  • Project Platypus

  • Connecting Country

  • Upper Goulburn Landcare Network

  • South West Goulburn Landcare Network

  • Loddon Plains Landcare Network

  • Mid Loddon Landcare Network

  • Upper Campaspe Landcare Network

  • Upper Deep Creek Landcare Network

  • Moorabool Landcare Network

  • Friends of Wombat Forest

  • Ballarat Environment Network

  • Bendigo and Districts Environment Council

  • Federation of Environment and Horticulture Macedon Ranges

  • Jackson’s Creek EcoNetwork