Goulburn Broken

Barmah – Keeping One of Victoria’s Ramsar-listed Wetlands Healthy

“Using environmental flows has helped with mitigating the impacts of a blackwater event in the river and barmah forest that had developed from the substantially larger natural flood.” – Marray Chapman, Chair, Goulburn Broken CMA

Output 2016/17

1,507 hectares treated for weeds
41 volunteers participating in activities

Delivery Partners

Woka Walla (Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation work crews)
Greeen Acres Land Management
Water Tech P/L
Arthur Rylah Institute
Ecology Australia
Sporting Shooters Association
Parks Victoria
Benalla Rural City
Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning

About the Project

The Barmah-Millewa Forest is the largest river red gum wetland in the world and is listed under the Ramsar Convention. The forest provides important habitat for more than 200 species of birds, is a popular tourism site and has great cultural significance to the Yorta Yorta people. Two of the biggest threats to the forest are pest animals and the effect of Murray River regulation on the wetlands.

Fortunately we have been able to make significant in-roads on both these fronts.

The wetlands had not received such a good drink since 2013-14 and a bird breeding bonanza soon followed: Eastern Great Egrets (the only know location in Victoria), Nankeen Night Herons, Little Pied Cormorants, Little Black Cormorants, Australian White Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Royal Spoonbills, Pacific Heron, Pacific Black Duck, Grey Teal, Black Swans, Swamphens, Forest Kingfishers and Australasian Bitterns were just some of the species recorded in the wake of the wetland flooding.

Rufous Night-Heron, Barmah

Rufous Night-Heron, Barmah

Woka Walla work crew

Woka Walla work crew

More information

Read more about this project in the Victorian CMAs Actions and Achievements Report 2016/2017 (PDF)

Contact Goulburn Broken CMA