The Alpine Peatlands project aims to improve the health of the ecological community found in the Alpine region including Baw Baw National Park and Mount Howitt to Mount Wellington. Alpine peatlands only occur in small pockets across Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. The Australian Government has funded this project from 2013 to 2018.
The Yarram Yarram Landcare Network Coastal Saltmarsh Protection Project has protected 700ha of saltmarsh since 2009. Working with landowners to protect and enhance high priority areas of coastal vegetation, adjoining the Ramsar listed wetlands of Corner Inlet and Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park.
Corner Inlet is one of the most unique natural wonderlands in Australia supporting outstanding environmental values. It is listed as a wetland of international significance under the Ramsar Convention. Corner Inlet is home to the amazing marine and coastal parks of Corner Inlet and Nooramunga, as well as the unique intertidal mudflats and barrier islands west of 90 Mile Beach.
The last major flood in our region was in June 2012, the area was subjected to solid rainfall over a 48 hour period, with many areas receiving totals between 100-200mm. Major flooding occurred in the Thomson, Latrobe, Upper Macalister and Lower Avon river systems and in areas of South Gippsland.
Heart Morass is a large wetland wedged between two Ramsar sites, at the confluence of the Thomson and Latrobe rivers near Sale. The wetland area was previously used for heavy grazing and it suffered from acid sulphate soils and salinity. Active engagement of the local community has been fundamental to the success of the project; today the entire Heart Morass complex covers around 1,800 hectares.
The Macalister Irrigation District (MID) is the largest irrigation area south of the Great Dividing Range. Located in Central Gippsland it covers an area of 53,000 hectares of which approximately 33,500 hectares is currently used for irrigation. The MID is dominated by dairy cattle but also supports a growing horticulture sector as well as beef cattle and some cropping.
The Gippsland Red Gum Grassy Woodland and Associated Native Grassland is a nationally-listed critically endangered ecological community. This project focuses on the Red Gum Grassy Woodlands in the Briagolong/Stratford areas and is funded by the Australian Government from 2013-2018. The Red Gum Grassy Woodlands are important because of their unique biodiversity and they have a distinctive place within the Australian landscape.
Just outside of Toora is Silcocks Hill this was once a piece of degraded farm land. Runoff from this land was affecting waterways flowing into Corner Inlet. We are working with the landholders to reduce nutrient loads entering the Ramsar listed Corner Inlet marine and coastal park.
We are planning to build the Thomson River Fishway to improve the health of the river system and protect the future of the Australian Grayling. The project is to install a low impact, environmentally sensitive designed fishway near the heritage listed Horseshoe Bend Tunnel.