Protecting and enhancing
West Gippsland’s natural environment


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Thomson River Fishway

Thomson River

The high priority Thomson River Fishway project is undertaking final requirements in the lead up to implementation. Read more

National Landcare grants

National Landcare grants group shot at Clive Disher Scout Camp

Thirteen land managers will share in grants to protect 231 hectares of Gippslands highly threatened red gum and grassy woodland areas. Read more

Avon flood mapping meetings

Avon River floods 2012

Gippslanders are being encouraged to attend the second round of Avon River flood mapping community meetings. Read more


We are responsible for floodplain management in the West Gippsland region. Our role is to give advice that encourages appropriate development and reduces the impacts of flooding on life, property and infrastructure.

Traralgon, Rosedale and Seaspray flood studies

Aerial image of 2012 flood

We are currently developing flood studies for Traralgon, Rosedale and Seaspray. Completion of these studies is expected by the end of 2015. More


  • Wilsons Promontory
  • Bunurong Coastal
  • Strzelecki Ranges
  • Victorian Alps
  • Gippsland Lakes and Hinterland
  • Mullungdung
  • Corner Inlet Nooramunga
Wilsons Promontory

Wilsons Promontory

The Wilsons Promontory area is defined by Wilsons Promontory National Park and the surrounding marine waters out to three nautical miles. Tidal River, Darby River, Sealers Creek and the Wilsons Promontory wetlands are included.

For more information on this Landscape Priority Area visit our Regional Catchment Strategy page

Bunurong Coastal

The Bunurong Coastal area stretches from San Remo in the west to Sandy Point in the east. It includes the Lower Powlett and Lower Tarwin rivers, Anderson Inlet and Shallow Inlet.

Strzelecki Ranges

Strzelecki Ranges

The Strzelecki Ranges area extends from Warragul in the north through to Foster and the Hoddle Range in the south. It includes rich red soils, Tarra Bulga National Park and the Upper Tarra River.

Victorian Alps

Victorian Alps

The Victorian Alps area includes Noojee, Erica, Walhalla, Aberfeldy, Licola, and the upper reaches of the Avon, Thomson, Macalister and Latrobe rivers. Including the Baw Baw Plateau, Lake Tali Karng and parts of the Avon Wilderness and Alpine National Parks.

View projects in this area including the Alpine Peatlands and the Thomson River Fishway which will link the Alpine Region to the Gippsland Lakes.

Gippsland Lakes and Hinterland

Gippsland Lakes

The Gippsland Lakes and Hinterland area extends from Cowwarr Weir in the west, around the Macalister Irrigation District boundary to Lake Wellington and Loch Sport in the south. It includes the Red Gum Plains, part of the Gippsland Lakes, and the lower reaches of the Thomson, Latrobe, Avon and Perry rivers.

View projects in this area including Heart Morass, the Red Gum Grassy Woodlands and see how the Thomson River Fishway will benefit the Gippsland Lakes.



The Mullungdung area includes the Giffard Plains, Jack Smith Lake, Seaspray, Merriman Creek, part of the 90 Mile Beach and the Gippsland Coastal Plains.

Corner Inlet Nooramunga

Corner Inlet Nooramunga

The Corner Inlet Nooramunga area is the coastal area stretching south of Yanakie around to McLoughlins Beach and Bruthen Creek in the east. It includes the Corner Inlet Ramsar site, Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park, Gippsland Coastal Plains the Agnes and Franklin Rivers.

View projects in this area including Corner Inlet Connections and Silcocks Hill.


The Latrobe, Macalister and Thomson river systems all receive environmental water entitlements. You can:


We complete projects within and across Landscape Priority Areas. Work is also done outside LPAs as these areas have a flow on effect to the priority areas and contribute the health of our region.

You can view details of these projects:


Many landholders are working in challenging economic and environmental conditions. Rising costs, climate change, carbon trading, less water available for irrigation and new technology are all impacting how farms are run. We sometimes have funding for landholders available to protect waterways which can also help improve farm productivity.

There are many ways you can improve your property including working with Landcare, improving your soil, fencing and revegetating waterways, and improving drainage. We currently have limited funding available for approved works in priority areas.

Landholder Programs

Our landholder programs engage landholders within our region to achieve the outcomes of the Waterway Strategy through on-ground works on their properties.
Landholder Programs

Before works on a local waterway

It's rewarding to see the difference we can make when we work with landholders.

- Matt, WGCMA


Working in partnership with others is something we strive to do well. You will find many examples of collaboration and ways to get involved in protecting and enhancing our catchments throughout this website, but especially here in our getting involved section. We hope you are inspired.
The video provides a landholder’s perspective of revegetation and river management, with Gavin Egan.


Our organisation was established by the state government in 1997 to manage land and water resources in the West Gippsland region. We take this role seriously and our aim as a leader in natural resource management is to inspire partnerships and action to achieve improved catchment health.
The video shows flood recovery work on the Macalister River.

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West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority


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Traralgon Office:
16 Hotham Street TRARALGON
Postal Address: PO Box 1374 TRARALGON Victoria 3844 Australia
Open: Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm
Phone: 1300 094 262

Leongatha Office:
Corner Young and Bair Streets LEONGATHA