CREATING a Wildlife CATHEDRAL In the CENTRAL HIGHLANDs of Victoria

About 380 Cathedral Lane, Taggerty

Pioneering plan for a new wildlife corridor

In Victoria’s Central Highlands, the small town of Taggerty lies within the scenic Acheron Valley at the confluence of the 
Acheron and Little Rivers.

Framed by the Black Range to the west and the Blue Range to the east, the dominant feature of the landscape are the dramatic volcanic peaks of the Cathedral Range, which rise steeply to the south. 

Behind Cathedral and beneath the Blue Range lies the pristine Little River Valley where, in 2022 a 100-acre property was offered for sale

The property’s strategic location, and potential to strengthen bio-links to the Cathedral Range and Blue Range State Parks, brought together a group of concerned locals and environmental philanthropists to secure it for conservation.

Context

For decades, 380 Cathedral Range was owned and lovingly cared for by a Czech family who found refuge here as survivors of the Holocaust. While the family is commitment the environment, they needed to sell, putting 380 Cathedral Lane on the market with a relatively short deadline for sale.

Recognising the pressures the Little River Valley faces from logging and land-clearing, a group associated with the Rendere Trust and BioDiversity Legacy borrowed funds to secure the property within a not-for-profit organisation called Cathedral Wildlife Ltd.

The team are now inviting other interested parties to help pay down loans so that they can move to the next step (see below).

Towards a greater vision

Now that the 100-acre Cathedral Lane property has been secured for wildlife, the founding members have set in motion a process to do the same with five adjoining properties spanning 756 acres (see maps below).

Two properties equalling 526 acres have already been covenanted through Trust for Nature and there is strong community interest in bringing them, as well as other neighbouring properties, into the not-for-profit structure. This means investors in 380 Cathedral Lane will be playing a pioneering role in establishing an expansive wildlife corridor.

Flora and fauna

The Little River Valley is home to diverse range of ecological communities, including important riparian vegetation along the banks of the river, wallaby and kangaroo grasslands, rare wildflowers, orchids and fungi.

The valley also provides critical habitat for threatened fauna including Platypus, Golden sun moths, the Greater glider, Sooty owl, Powerful owl, Brush-tailed phascogale and critically-endangered Leadbeater’s possum.

Little River photo with thanks to Michael via Flickr.
Leadbeather Possum: John Englart.

Social and economic contribution

Beyond the spatial footprint of the initial 100-acre property, Cathedral Wildlife Ltd aims to empower individuals and communities to participate in private land conservation.

The management team, who have expertise in sustainable land management and community engagement, will partner with various organisations, including Traditional Owners, to provide information and education to local communities about the importance of restoration, protection and conservation of land. 

The team are considering productive uses for the land and considering the establishment of a social enterprise.

Cathedral Wildlife Ltd is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

Cathedral Wildlife Ltd recognise the Taungurung as the first people of the rivers, valleys and mountains of the Acheron Valley and beyond. We respectfully acknowledges the Taungurung people and pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. 

ABN: 20 657 811 802

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