WEST GIPPSLAND CATCHMENT MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY
Protecting and enhancing
West Gippsland’s natural environment
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.
- Wilsons Promontory
- Bunurong Coastal
- Strzelecki Ranges
- Victorian Alps
- Gippsland Lakes and Hinterland
- Corner Inlet Nooramunga
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
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.
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.
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.
Gippsland Lakes and Hinterland
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.
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
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.
The Latrobe, Macalister and Thomson river systems all receive environmental water entitlements. There are no current releases in place today. 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.
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.