Improving the health of the Gippsland Lakes involves work at the Lakes, but it also involves work away from the Lakes, in the catchment.
The Gippsland Lakes catchment is an area that impacts upon the Lakes, such as rivers and creeks flowing into, as well as public and private land, with rain, create sediment and nutrient runoff that impacts the Lakes further downstream.
A group who is dedicated to tackling these impacts is the Eastwood Landcare Group.
The group works tirelessly and solely on public land in Eastwood, Bairnsdale along Tulaba’s Track and in Goose Gully.
In partnership with East Gippsland Shire Council, the group has reduced sediment and nutrients entering the Gippsland Lakes with funding from the Victorian Government for the Gippsland Lakes.
They have enhanced a habitat corridor along the eastern fringe of the Eastwood development area, managed and reduced weeds and established important wetland areas that will help improve water quality in the future.
With 17 financial members, Eastwood Landcare Group is a fantastic example of a small community group getting big things done.
If you’re keen to get involved Eastwood Landcare Group would love to have you. Join in on one of their fortnightly working bees or check out their fantastic website for more information www.eastwoodlandcare.org.au