|Corner Inlet Connections|
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.
Science based planning for water quality improvement
Research and Development
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.
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.
Addressing key threats to the local environment
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 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:
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.
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.
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A closer look at Corner Inlet's commercial fishing industry - Haul seine fishing in Corner Inlet
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.
Ramsar Mapping in Corner Inlet - August 2011
Corner Inlet's Fishing Industry - July 2011
South Gippsland Landcare Network Corner Inlet Catchment Profile - December 2010
Mudflats, Mangroves and Migratory Birds - June 2010
Production, People And Corner Inlet - April 2010
Committed To A Healthy Corner Inlet - March 2010
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