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The Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country program has recently funded Corner Inlet Connections for a further five years. This project will continue to protect the Corner Inlet Ramsar site by addressing critical threats including reducing sediment and nutrient loads from the catchment as well as threats within the site.

Over the next five years the program will implement the Corner Inlet Water Quality Improvement Plan to maintain seagrass health and the extent of it in the Inlet. We will continue a program working with landholders in the catchment of fencing waterways and restoring eroded areas like landslips and gullies. In the Ramsar Site we will work with Parks Victoria to implement works such as containing weed infestation and pests like foxes and rabbits which will help protect bird populations and vegetation communities. Activities in the Ramsar Site will be defined through a planning and prioritisation process that will occur alongside the development of the Regional Waterway Strategy.

Although this project is delivered by WGCMA, it simply would not be possible without the support of partnering agencies, community groups and industry bodies. We work together and promote our projects under the Corner Inlet Connections brand to improve community participation skills and knowledge to protect Corner Inlet.

How does Corner Inlet Connections Work?

Corner Inlet Connections is a partnership between government agencies, landowners and the community. The partnership is committed to maintaining and improving the environmental, agricultural and economic sustainability of the inlet and its surrounds.

The Corner Inlet Steering Committee is made up of representatives from natural resource management agencies, local industry and community groups such as Landcare. The partnership marks an important step in the region’s history of stewardship and reinforces a commitment to a productive and healthy Corner Inlet.

Strategic Directions Statement

Science based planning for water quality improvement

Research and Development

  • Understanding Corner Inlet (use existing content)
  • Geomorphology of Corner Inlet
  • Corner Inlet Models and DSS
  • Ecological Character Description
  • Ecological Modelling Program
  • Habitat Mapping
  • Waterbird Surveys

Water Quality Improvement Plan

To help to protect the ecological character of this internationally significant wetland, the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, with funding provided by the Australian Government, is developing a Water Quality Improvement Plan for Corner Inlet.

This plan will guide future investment in on-ground actions to address water quality issues in Corner Inlet and its surrounding catchment. The plan and will have an emphasis on working with local communities to achieve the priorities within the plan.

Click here to download a fact sheet about the plan.

On-ground works to improve catchment water quality

Restoring waterways and wetlands

The WGCMA works in partnership with landholders, agencies and the community to improve the health of the waterways and wetlands throughout the catchment, contributing to the health of the Corner Inlet Ramsar site.

Projects

 The Jack and Albert Rivers Restoration (JARR) Project is a community run initiative within the Jack and Albert Rivers Catchment, supported by the Yarram Yarram Landcare Network and the Norman Wettenhall Foundation. It is about communities caring for the land, helping farmers become more environmentally senstitive and productive, getting rid of weeds, protecting the remaining bush and generally helping to make this special part remain beautiful and productive into the future.

Improving farm practices

Farmers across the catchment have been working in partnership with agencies to keep nutrients and sediment on-farm and out of the waterways to protect the health of Corner Inlet.

Actions include:

  • Developing and implementing whole farm plans and effluent and nutrient management plans
  • Maintaining or upgrading effluent systems
  • Reducing run-off into waterways through fencing and revegetation
  • Excluding stock from waterways

Key partners

Gipps Dairy

South Gippsland Landcare Network

The Department of Primary Industries

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA)

Addressing key threats to the local environment

Spartina control

Spartina control is one of the key projects undertaken to help improve the health of Corner Inlet as part of the Corner Inlet Connections program. Parks Victoria works with the WGCMA and local landholders to control the spread of Spartina, also known as rice grass, throughout Corner Inlet. Large-scale spraying activities have taken place using a number of methods including helicopter, boat, hovercraft, quad-bike as well as on targeted spraying on foot. 

The program has been in operation for several years now due to a strong and effective collaborative partnership which ensures land, estuary and coastal public lands in the targeted geographic areas are treated for Spartina. As Spartina is biologically well-equipped for rapid spread, an effective control program requires community involvement and collaboration.

Fox control

Fox control in Corner Inlet  undertaken by Parks Victoria using baiting and trapping has helped to protect the catchment’s valuable bird populations.

Corner Inlet Caring for our Country Fox Control Program 2010-11 program involved the following activities:

  • Baiting and trapping completed achieving fox free status on Dream Island, Little Snake Island, Clonmel Island and a 95% reduction of foxes on St Margaret Island.
  •  Fox control commenced on 1st July 2011 and continued through to the 31 December 2011 in 8 week pulses, with the use of Fox Off 1080 baits being established at bait-pad sites within from  McLaughlin’s Beach to Barry’s beach.
  •  Baiting with 1080 poison has been the main component of the program for the high priority Island groups within the Ramsar site of Corner Inlet. This includes Dream Island and Clonmel Island, which are now free of fox activity. St Margaret Island which is now at a low fox population due to ongoing baiting. Little Snake Island is free of fox and a survey camera has been established with attractants to monitor and fox return. The main Snake Island is at a very low population of fox due to the ongoing fox baiting control at 160 bait pads. Trapping also occurred with no fox trapped and fox prints showing at two sites.
  •  Low tide access points for fox to access St Margaret Island have been targeted and baited and or trapped for foxes with a reduction of 95% of fox.
  •  Current input onto Parks Victoria Fox monitoring system, have shown a dramatic drop in fox populations at these key hot spot locations.

Blackberry control

During 2010 the Yarram Yarram Landcare Network undertook over 250Ha of blackberry control on priority reaches and on private land in the JARR Project Catchment as part of the Protecting the Corner Inlet Coastal Hotspot Program.

The aim of the program was to control core infestations of blackberries within high quality and rare warm temperate rainforest communities at the headwaters of the Jack and Albert River catchments.

The program was supported by the WGCMA, through funding from the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country.

Case study:

Corner Inlet Connections part of landscape-scale change

Landcare Networks in Corner Inlet

Landcare plays a key role in a number of projects in the Corner Inlet Catchment, working in partnership with the community to deliver on-ground outcomes to improve the health of the inlet.

South Gippsland Landcare Network

Yarram Yarram Landcare Network

Victorian Landcare Gateway

Events

All events are listed in the news and events tab on this website. For more information please visit our events page

Media

Videos

A closer look at Corner Inlet's commercial fishing industry - Haul seine fishing in Corner Inlet
Produced by OceanWatch Australia Ltd as part of the SeaNet Program.

This short film illustrates the haul seine fishing technique used by commercial fishermen in Corner Inlet, Victoria, Australia. Over the years, fishermen have developed techniques and gear modifications that minimise their environmental impact and deliver top-quality, fresh fish to the market.

Infotorials

PDF_p  Ramsar Mapping in Corner Inlet - August 2011

PDF_p  Corner Inlet's Fishing Industry - July 2011

PDF_p  Corner Inlet Connections Part of Landscape-Scale Change - July 2011

PDF_p  South Gippsland Landcare Network Corner Inlet Catchment Profile - December 2010 

 PDF_p   Make The Connection... Farming, Fishing and Corner Inlet - July 2010

PDF_p   Mudflats, Mangroves and Migratory Birds - June 2010

PDF_p   Make The Connection... Community, Landholders and Agencies - May 2010

PDF_p   Production, People And Corner Inlet - April 2010

PDF_p   Committed To A Healthy Corner Inlet - March 2010

 

Media Releases

Media releases are stored on our website for four months. If you would like an older media release, please contact us on 1300 094 262.

Corner Inlet Steering Committee Membership

Corner Inlet Fisheries Habitat Association

Caring For Our Country - Australian Government

Department of Environment and Primary Industries

EPA Victoria

Gippsland Coastal Board

GippsDairy

Gippsland Ports

HVP Plantations

Parks Victoria

South Gippsland Landcare Network

South Gippsland Shire Council

South Gippsland Water

Wellington Shire Council

West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority

Yarram Yarram Landcare Network

Corner Inlet Publications

Link to publications on this website

Delivery Partners

Trust for Nature

Greening Australia

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:16