Protecting the Mitchell River Silt Jetties

The Mitchell River Silt Jetties have been created by silt deposits over thousands of years. They are located along the last few kilometres of the Mitchell River, where it empties into the Gippsland Lakes. Works to stabilise them are needed to protect their unique geomorphological structure.

About the project

Stabilisation works will involve placing rocks along the shoreline. The works are required because the jetties are very narrow in sections, and therefore susceptible to erosion from wind and wave energy.

We will investigate how feasible it is to place sand along the shoreline from dredging conducted by Gippsland Ports. Trees and shrubs will be planted to stop shoreline erosion.

Significance of the silt jetties

  • The Mitchell River Silt Jetties form the longest digitate delta in the southern hemisphere and are a site of international geomorphological significance.
  • They are located on the Gippsland Lakes, which are listed under the Ramsar convention, with many species listed under JAMBA and CAMBA Many migratory birds, including threatened species such as Little Terns use this area for flying and fishing lessons.

What can I do to help?

While rock placement works are taking place public access will be limited. Visitors to the area are requested to cooperate with work site closures.

 

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

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