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East Gippsland Case Study

From little things big things grow 

Location

Snowy River Catchment and Far East Gippsland 

Outputs

  • 9,000 plants 
  • 2.5ha revegetation 
  • 3 partnerships 
  • 2 written publications 

Investment

Victorian Government, Environmental Contribution 5

Partners

Moogji Aboriginal Council, DELWP, Landholders, Marlo Angling Club, Parks Victoria

Regional strategies

Snowy River Rehabilitation Program, Aboriginal Self Determination Plan, Regional Catchment Strategy, East Gippsland Regional Waterway Strategy

East Gippsland is part of the tapestry of interwoven cultural landscapes that are the product of Aboriginal land managers’ skills, knowledge and activities over thousands of generations. The East Gippsland CMA’s partnership with Moogji Aboriginal Council is about working and learning together for the benefit of East Gippsland’s rivers – now and into the future. 

Moogji has worked on the Snowy River rehabilitation program since it began in 2002. In 2006 Moogji established a natural resource management (NRM) crew to work on local waterways. 

The NRM crew completed weed control, revegetation, fencing, clean up and maintenance along the Snowy and Buchan Rivers. 

Moogji diversified their business with a small greenhouse on their Orbost property used for raising seedlings to plant along the banks of the Snowy River as part of the rehabilitation project. 

They recently expanded the greenhouse giving them the ability to grow multiple species, including endangered species and supply hundreds of seedlings to the East Gippsland CMA and other agencies. The seedlings are grown from locally sourced seeds collected by Moogji’s NRM crew. 

“Growing plants is good for your soul” said Bianca from Moogji. “If we can provide on the job experience knowing that it’s going to have a direct impact on the river we live near, then everyone benefits”. 

The East Gippsland CMA’s revegetation projects created a demand for over 9,000 plants in 2021-22 as well as maintenance work for the NRM crew. The CMA has increased plant orders for the 2022-23 revegetation program, supporting Moogji to plan for future NRM operations. 

The benefits of the partnership have been more than employing Aboriginal people to undertake natural resource management works. Moogji are an established local contractor providing an excellent standard of service through the NRM crew and supplying local indigenous plants. The knowledge and expertise of their employees is relied on across the region. 

Moogji and EGCMA staff at the Moogji’s Orbost Nursery. Image East Gippsland CMA.

Moogji and EGCMA staff at the Moogji’s Orbost Nursery. Image East Gippsland CMA.