25 Year achievements
- Established Gippsland Environmental Agencies in 2014 to improve collaboration and implement the Gippsland Catchment Partnership Agreement which was renewed in 2022.
- Worked with landholders, community and partner agencies to help the region recover from the devastating 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires.
- Restored and protected our flagship waterway the Cann River with community groups and continue to work towards the ongoing recovery of the river system.
Snowy River 2022, East Gippsland CMA
The Snowy River has experienced considerable environmental changes over the last 100 years, notably the reduction in flows resulting from the Snowy Mountain scheme and the demise of large stretches of riparian vegetation due to development.
In addition, weeds, loss of pools and reduction of fish habitat, infilling of sand and removal of large wood from the river also had negative impacts.
Recovery of the river through the Snowy Rehabilitation program began in 2002 supported by the Victorian, NSW and Commonwealth governments.
East Gippsland CMA coordinated the program delivery in partnership with the local Aboriginal community, landholders, community, government agencies, local businesses and researchers.
Results have since flowed, and the river’s recovery is well underway with riparian zones improved, grazing stock removed and partnerships with the Aboriginal community, landholders and recreational user groups. Australian Bass are also now well represented in angler catches.
1.0 Structural works
1.1 Water Storage (No.)
- Target = 14
- Actual: State = 12, Federal = 0, Other = 0, Total = 12
1.2 Waterway structure (No.)
- Target = 56
- Actual: State = 6, Federal = 50, Other = 0, Total = 56
1.3 Monitoring structure (No.)
- Target = 10
- Actual: State = 6, Federal = 0, Other = 5, Total = 11
1.4 Fence (Km)
- Target = 15
- Actual: State = 13, Federal = 0, Other = 5, Total = 13
2.0 Environmental works
2.1 Vegetation (Ha)
- Target = 41
- Actual: State = 15, Federal = 2, Other = 0, Total = 17
2.2 Weed control (Ha)
- Target = 998
- Actual: State = 998, Federal = 90, Other = 0, Total = 1,088
2.3 Pest animal control (Ha)
- Target = 4,300
- Actual: State = 0, Federal = 300, Other = 0, Total = 300
3.0 Management services
3.1 Grazing (Ha)
- Target = 79
- Actual: State = 63, Federal = 0, Other = 0, Total = 63
4.0 Planning and regulation
4.1 Approval and advice (No.)
- Target = 241
- Actual: State = 363, Federal = 1, Other = 0, Total = 364
4.2 Management agreement (No.)
- Target = 15
- Actual: State = 12, Federal = 8, Other = 0, Total = 20
4.3 Assessment (No.)
- Target = 406
- Actual: State = 199, Federal = 148, Other = 0, Total = 347
4.4 Engagement event (No. of participants)
- Target = 918
- Actual: State = 201, Federal = 48, Other = 35, Total = 284
4.5 Partnership (No.)
- Target = 141
- Actual: State = 74, Federal = 0, Other = 3, Total = 77
4.6 Plan (No.)
- Target = 19
- Actual: State = 23, Federal = 3, Other = 1, Total = 27
4.7 Publication (No.)
- Target = 148
- Actual: State = 53, Federal = 47, Other = 0, Total = 100
4.8 Information management system (No.)
- Target = 3
- Actual: State = 3, Federal = 0, Other = 0, Total = 3
2021 – 22 Achievements
- Supported landholders through the challenges of floods by stabilising eroded banks, re- constructing fencing and clearing fence lines.
- The renewed Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee allocated funding to partner agencies and community groups to deliver collaborative projects across the catchment.
- Strengthened partnerships with local Angling Clubs and installed 50 fish habitat structures in the Snowy River.
Our Future Vision
We are leaders in integrated catchment management, partnering with our communities to enhance East Gippsland’s landscapes, biodiversity and cultural heritage.
- Work in partnership with Aboriginal People to promote and foster self-determination and healthy Country.
- Implement a strategic and integrated program to control willows along waterways, focussing on high value stream and areas recovering from bushfires.
- Work together to support integrated future fire management planning to provide environmental, social, economic and cultural outcomes and coordinate effort to mitigate against, and assist in climate change adaptation.