Why is this project necessary?

In order for people to understand the importance of caring for their environment, and become advocates for conservation, it is important for them to build a connection with the landscapes they live and travel on.

What will this project achieve?

This project will deliver environmental works across the Gippsland Lakes region through a well-established not-for-profit care group network to enhance the biodiversity of the Gippsland Lakes through on-ground works and community engagement & education.

Project works will include:

  • Revegetation
  • Protection fencing
  • Site protection (voluntary land management agreements)
  • Community engagement and participation through working bees and workshops

Who are the care groups?

The Care Group Network is a consortium of:

  • Greening Australia
  • East Gippsland Rainforest Conservation Management Group
  • Trust For Nature
  • East Gippsland Landcare Inc.
  • Gippsland Plains Conservation Management Group

How effective is the Care Group Network?

In the period July 2012 to June 2015 the Care groups delivered:

  • Support to 11 community groups to complete environmental works,
  • Held 208 community events to increase awareness, knowledge and skills in relation to environmental management of the Lakes and surrounding lands.
  • Engaged 3,919 individuals in events,
  • Produced 31 publications highlighting the activities of a project or a specific message to protect and enhance the Lakes.
  • Enhanced 1,410 ha of vegetation in coastal, riparian and terrestrial zones, including remnant and new vegetation, through stock exclusion, hand planting indigenous seedlings and direct seeding.
  • Managed 835 ha to protect significant fauna and flora species,
  • Conducted 114 Assessments and surveys to monitor bird and wildlife populations, ecological health, and weed presence, species and distribution.
  • Conducted pest plant and animal control activities over 2,502 ha to assist in the future success of project sites.
  • 1 Indigenous engagement with the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (cultural assessments).
  • Brought 202 ha land brought under perpetually binding management agreements (covenants) to permanently protect significant remnant vegetation sites.
  • Completed management plans over 1,360 ha, detailing roles, responsibilities and future actions to ensure health across remnant vegetation sites under permanent protection.
  • Contributed $328,115 towards the project from both project partners and participants.
  • Contributed 15,438 community hours valued at $463,140.
  • $0.70 contributed for every $1.00 received from the Gippsland Lakes Environment Fund.

How can I help?

  • Join one of the partner organisations
  • Attend project events
  • Advocate for the protection of the natural environment
  • Go out and see the works undertaken and enjoy

 

This project is funded by the Victorian State Government for the Gippsland Lakes.

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