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The recent expansion of Melbourne's Urban Growth Boundary threatens to surround the crucial Southern Brown Bandicoot population at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Cranbourne and cut connectivity with other populations nearby. 

As part of the approval process, the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries has developed the 'Sub-Regional Species Strategy for the Southern Brown Bandicoot' to deliver the following stated key conservation outcomes:

1. functioning sustainable populations within and adjacent to the growth areas, with connectivity between populations

2. protection and enhancement of all populations, including the population at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne

While the 2011 draft recognised habitat corridors as the best possible solution for achieving these outcomes, the corridors have been removed from the final document. Without corridors, connectivity between bandicoot sub-populations will be severed by an impenetrable barrier of urban development and the chance of local extinctions of this endangered native mammal become much higher. This is our one and only opportunity to provide corridors; once development has occurred, there will be no going back.

Please let Minister Hunt know you want the corridors to be put back into the strategy!

Letter to
The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Federal Minister for the Environment
Don't strand the bandicoot - put the corridors back!

We ask you to reject the current form of the ‘Sub-Regional Species Strategy for the Southern Brown Bandicoot’ (Victorian Government DEPI, January 2014) as part of the Melbourne Strategic Assessment. While the 2011 draft recognised habitat corridors as the best possible solution for maintaining connectivity between the crucial bandicoot population at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Cranbourne (RBGC) and other populations nearby, these corridors have been removed from the final document. Without corridors, connectivity between bandicoot sub-populations will be severed by an impenetrable barrier of urban development and the chance of local extinctions of this endangered native mammal become much higher. This is our one and only opportunity to provide corridors; once development has occurred, there will be no going back. We ask that you please recognise the grave implications of your decision and that you unequivocally demand the inclusion of corridors in the final strategy. We also request a formal public consultation period regarding the final strategy.