The Andrews Labor Government is helping landholders protect and restore creeks and rivers in the Corangamite catchment thanks to more than $1 million in funding.
Minister for Water Lisa Neville today announced 37 landholders would receive $1.4 million from the Corangamite CMA to push ahead with projects on more than 470 hectares of land.
The funding will go towards key restoration and enhancement works – including fencing of riparian areas, pest plant and animal management and revegetation using indigenous plant species.
Priority waterways will be targeted as part of the Corangamite Waterway Strategy. Funding will also help protect rivers and wetlands in the Woady, Lismore, Stony Rises and Murdeduke landscape zone.
More than 100 landholders have expressed interest in projects on 132 sites. One successful landholder will complete restoration works on approximately 13 kilometres of waterways with the support of the Corangamite CMA.
This will secure the upper catchment of a priority waterway in the Barwon Basin and is located immediately upstream of an important population of the nationally-threatened Dwarf Galaxias – safeguarding the long term survival of this species in the region.
Water for Victoria – the state water plan – encourages water authorities to work with local communities on improving riparian environments and maximise the shared benefits of our waterways.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville
“This is about helping local landholders protect rivers, threatened fish habitat, wetlands, native vegetation and water supply in the Corangamite catchment.”
“It’s a partnership between landholders, Landcare groups, the local CMA and the Government to keep our local communities thriving and our waterways healthy.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020