The WGCMA Region has a unique landscape consisting of rolling hills, extensive networks of rivers, streams and creeks, wetlands, red gum plains, mountain ranges, vast floodplains and coastal areas.
With a wide variety of issues to address, the WGCMA has developed regional programs that set the direction and priorities for the region. These then feed into geographic programs that are based on areas known as Catchment Ecosystems. These are areas based on catchment boundaries and contain publicly identifiable sub-regions that have iconic status.
The WGCMA’s Catchment Ecosystems and various programs are listed below.
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The WGCMA has a number of programs that cover the entire West Gippsland region - these can be found here.
A number of WGCMA programs and projects cover multiple Catchment Ecosystems – these can be found in this section.
The WGCMA often works together with different organisations and agencies on partnership projects.
The Bunurong Coast Catchment Ecosystem is one of two high-rainfall southern Catchment Ecosystems in the WGCMA region.
The Corner Inlet Catchment Ecosystem contains a diverse base of natural resources and is significant in terms of its environmental, economic and social values.
The Lake Wellington Catchment Ecosystem extends from Victorian Alps in the north to the Gippsland Lakes Ramsar site in the south east.
The Latrobe Catchment Ecosystem is the largest catchment ecosystem in the WGCMA region and is the largest of the four catchment ecosystems that drain into the Gippsland Lakes.
The Macalister is one of four catchment ecosystems draining to the Gippsland Lakes Ramsar site.
Ninety Mile Beach
The Ninety Mile Beach Catchment Ecosystem is characterised by a mix of farming enterprises, forestry and a generous component of bushland that support a broad range of environmental, social and economic activities.
The Thomson Catchment Ecosystem transcends from the southern slopes of the Great Dividing Range on the Baw Baw Plateau to Lake Wellington, the westernmost of the interconnecting Gippsland Lakes. .