Glenelg Hopkins

Improving Ramsar Site Management

“This endorsement from Minister Frydenberg is the result of a large commitment of work with our partners and the community to acknowledge the significance of this stunning site in our region” Antony Ford, Chair, Glenelg Hopkins CMA

Output 2017/18

10 engagement events
320 engagement event participants
3 technical expert workshops
5 publications meeting Australian Ramsar guidelines

Delivery Partners

Parks Victoria,
Nelson Coastcare Landcare Group Glenelg Shire Council
Southern Rural Water
Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation

About the Project

Ramsar sites are wetlands of international importance listed by Australia under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

The area listed includes more than 22,000ha of public land and includes part of the Lower Glenelg National Park, Discovery Bay Coastal Park and the Nelson Streamside Reserve. The area is known for its rare dune slack wetlands and a variety of threatened species including plants, waterbirds and fish.

The site meets five of the 11 Ramsar criteria by supporting unique wetlands and providing habitat for 95 birds – with 24 species migrating from Russia and China.

Glenelg Hopkins CMA conducted extensive consultation that included local landholders, government agencies, Nelson Coastcare, industry groups and Traditional Owners.

Parks Victoria as the land manager was supportive of the Ramsar listing and the international recognition and tourism opportunities it will bring to the region. The Gunditjmara people are one of the primary guardians, keepers and knowledge holders of Aboriginal cultural heritage of the area and support the nomination through sharing information on cultural values.

Glenelg River estuary mouth looking east towards Long Swamp and Discovery Bay. Marcel Hoog Antink.

More information

Read more about this project in the Victorian CMAs Actions and Achievements Report 2017/2018 (PDF)

To find out more aboutGlenelg Hopkins CMA , visit their website