Gippsland’s joint management partners GLaWAC, Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning have been working collaboratively with a range of other agencies to deliver projects that will help to improve water quality in the Gippsland Lakes.
The projects, funded under the Victorian Government’s $10 million Gippsland Lakes initiative announced in 2016 aim to protect wildlife, maintain and restore habitats, manage nutrients and sediments and manage water regimes in the lakes system.
Recent activities completed as part of the initiative include:
- Working with Trust For Nature, East Gippsland Landcare Network, East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, DELWP and Field and Game to reduce fox numbers and protect waterbirds (with around 125 foxes removed so far)
- The ‘Water Quality Hotspots’ project which aims to reduce and minimise erosion and protect vegetation such as seagrass and wetland plants (including revegetation works, fencing off rivers to protect river banks, revegetation and willow removal)
- The ‘Gippsland Lakes Wetlands project’ led by the Greening Australia and Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, which includes the development of a wetland spatial prioritisation plan to help protect fringing wetlands of the lakes both now and in the future, along with physical works like restoring freshwater conditions to some wetlands, fencing and revegetation to protect threatened frog species
Further information about the Gippsland Lakes initiative can be found at http://www.loveourlakes.net.au