Restoration & Revegetation Guide for the North East catchment

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The restoration and revegetation guide provides practical information about native vegetation in the North East catchment of Victoria. The purpose of the guide is primarily to assist with the selection of locally native trees, shrubs and ground cover plants that may suit particular parts of the landscape, for a given area or ‘zone’.

This can be used for selecting plants for revegetation or enhancement of existing remnant vegetation. e.g. If you have a bare paddock, you can choose the range of plants to create the varied structure of the vegetation. If you have existing trees you can select the shrubs or ground layer plants.

There is a lot of information available to assist you with planing for property use and native vegetation management. The practical ‘how-to’ prepare, plant and maintain information is also available from many different sources. Please see the links on the front page of the Native Plant List brochures, or under ‘Other links’ below.


The original Revegetation Guide for North-eastern Victoria (Stelling 1994), which has served us well, is out of print. Landholders, Landcare members, Government officers and plant Nursery Owners were seeking more detailed information and greatly supported the development of a new guide. DEPI resources and Natural Heritage Trust funding, through the North East CMA Regional Catchment Investment Plan, has assisted the update and development of Part 1 of the new guide. Part 1 includes Local Plant Species Lists for 20 zones or subregions across the North East catchment area.

Stelling, F. 1994, Revegetation guide for "various areas". Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources, Victoria.

About the guide

The restoration and revegetation guide for the north east catchment area will ultimately be composed of three parts. Part 1 is now complete.

The Revegetation Planting Standards document describes those minimum standards and will assist decison-makers with establishing revegetation to inform investment or planning decisions as set out under Victoria’s Native Vegetation Management Framework: A Framework for Action (NRE 2002). This document also outlines the approach for determining the required area for replanting to offset the loss of scattered trees in circumstances where replanting is required as part of permitted clearing.

Photo: Front page example

Part 1: Native plant lists

Part 2: Native plant species information - to be completed

Part 3: - Practical Information Notes

  • Practical Information Notes on topics which are not currently covered by other sources (ie. guide to planting densities).
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Other links


We are indebted to the many landholders, Landcare members and Coordinators, plant nursery growers, agency and others who were requesting new and more detailed information. The Land Advisory Committee of the North East Catchment Management Authority (North East CMA) thus supported the Natural Heritage Trust co-funding for this critical information resource. With such community support and enthusiasm and the DEPI funded Native Vegetation Management Program this project was initiated to create a new and improved guide.

The development of the guide was assisted by a Steering Group comprising the following members: Greta Quinlivan and Kerrie Jones, North East CMA; Kylie Macreadie, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI); Karen Jones, Rural City of Wangaratta and Shay Simpson, Indigo Shire. Alison Oates, Native Vegetation Information Officer DEPI, provided the important ‘quality control’, ensuring the accuracy of the information including current Ecological Vegetation Class names and benchmarks.

The original Revegetation Guide for North Eastern Victoria, developed by Fleur Stelling (1994), provided the basis to build on. Some of the information contained in the new guide was drawn from the Revegetation Guide for the Goulburn Broken Catchment (Earl, Conway, Stelling, Berwick 2001) and the South West Slopes Revegetation Guide edited by Fleur Stelling (1998). Improvements made in this guide are also based on feedback from a wide range of users of the Revegetation Guide for the Goulburn Broken Catchment. Vincent Drane of Spring Creek Studios was the artistic creator of the vegetation profile drawings featured in the zone brochures, as adapted from the Revegetation Guide for the Goulburn Broken Catchment.

We have had much technical help. Geoff Holloway (DPI) ably created (and revised) the various maps. We have used an innovative database, developed by Ian Lunt and students at Charles Sturt University Thurgoona campus, to manage the plant list information. Fiona MacCallum improved the database and streamlined many aspects through her great programming skills. Heather Anderson, Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services, DEPI, created the web page and ensured it was set up for ease of use. Mark Fry, Publishing Officer DEPI, helped set up the format for the brochures and oversaw the publication and printing;

We thank the many people for their comments on drafts, constructive criticism, plant species locations and encouragement including: Rhonda and Peter Serpell, Eileen Collins, Glen Johnson, Fleur Stelling, Sue Leavold, Helen and Peter Curtis, John Palmer, Lyn Coulston, Ro and Tim Lavers, Ray Purchass, Simon Feillafe, Neil Padbury Christine Watson, Ian Davidson, Jill Dawson, Sue Agnew, John Commins and Alison Burston. We also thank the following nurseries who supplied us with information on what species they grow; Jayfields Nursery, Park Lane Nursery, Sandy Creek Trees, Wandoo Aboriginal Corporation, Mountain Creek Native Plant Nursery and Upper Murray GRO.

About the AuthorsSue Berwick is the Team Leader for Biodiversity in the North East catchment and Mary Titcumb is a Native Vegetation Management Officer for the North East Region; both are with the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI), based at Wodonga. Sue and Mary have jointly been involved in developing a range of tools for landholders including the ‘Revegetation Guide for the Goulburn Broken Catchment’, ‘Managing your Patch of Bush Kit' and ‘Ecological Vegetation Class’ brochures.

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