Partnership flourishes on South Gippsland tour

As part of the partnership between WGCMA and the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC), the GLaWAC Cultural Water team recently visited Corner Inlet. The purpose of the visit was to learn more about the CMA projects in the area and the renowned Corner Inlet Connections project.

WGCMA’s Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Officer, Mandy Leggett, said it was a beautiful sunny day when the team, including Uncle Lloyd Hood, Tim Paton, Warren Atkinson, Kevin Dow and Jo Wandin, toured Corner Inlet with Matt Bowler, WGCMA’s Project Delivery team leader.

“Our first stop was actually Matt’s property near Meeniyan,” said Mandy. “We visited a wetland on his property that he’s worked on with Landcare since 2007.

“It was fascinating to see Matt’s early photos of a bare paddock that were taken in 2007, before the project kicked off.

“Matt explained that the first stage of the project was to block an existing drain that had traditionally kept the paddock dry for farming use, this was a major step in allowing the wetland to re-establish,” continued Mandy.

The group was very interested to see the transformation of the wetland and surrounding farm, listening to the frogs and seeing all the water plants and trees.

Uncle Lloyd said it was amazing to see the change in the property. “It just looks so different now, it is really great to see.”

The tour then visited Foster Beach hearing about the work reducing the runoff into Corner Inlet as part of the successful Corner Inlet Connections Project.

“We then visited Agnes Falls which were really flowing due to the high rainfall during the previous week,” continued Mandy. “When we were here, Matt explained the willow reduction works planned for the gorge.

“We also visited several sites where the GLaWAC NRM works crew have carried out weed reduction and tree planting works.

“It was such a great opportunity for us to go out together at Corner Inlet and share what each of us knows about this area and the projects currently underway.”

This project is supported by West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Matt showing GLaWAC property