Over the past five years the Australian Government has provided one million dollars to improve our understanding of water quality issues in Corner Inlet enabling us to plan and work with the most up to date research.
Sediment and nutrients
The Corner Inlet Water Quality Improvement Plan (WQIP) was completed in 2013. The plan guides funding and on-ground actions for eight years to significantly improve the quality of water (sediment and nutrients) entering Corner Inlet from the surrounding catchment. The plan emphasises working with local communities to achieve outcomes.
The Regional Waterway Strategy, completed in 2014, plans more specifically for the protection of the ecological character of the Corner Inlet Ramsar site. it covers issues such as protection of migratory and resident shorebirds, along with critical habitats such as seagrass meadows, mudflats, salt marsh and mangroves.
Addressing threats to cultural heritage
The Corner Inlet and Nooramunga region is significant to the Gunaikurnai people, the Bunurong people and the Boon Wurrung people. There are many areas within the Corner Inlet and Nooramunga area that have significant cultural value to the Traditional Land Owners.
In 2010, the Federal Court determined under the Native Title Act 1993 that the Gunaikurnai people hold native title over much of Gippsland, encompassing parts of the Corner Inlet and Nooramunga area. In addition to this, the Gunaikurnai people have entered into an agreement with the Victorian Government under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010, which formally recognises them as the traditional owners over land within that area. The determination and agreement area extends from West Gippsland near Warragul, east to the Snowy River and north to the Great Dividing Range and includes 200m of sea country offshore.
We acknowledge the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of the Corner Inlet catchment and recognise their connection to their ancestral lands and waters. We work very closely with Traditional Owners on all projects and we are developing relationships around Work on Country Projects.