This Gippsland Lakes Priorities Plan 2021-2024 has been developed to highlight key priorities for improving the health of the Gippsland Lakes.
The plan pulls together a review of, and key actions from:
Delivering the priorities in the plan will contribute to the objectives of the Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee which are to:
The Gippsland Lakes Priorities Plan 2021-2024 has been developed through the Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee to help identify where funding should be allocated to help maintain or improve the health of the Gippsland Lakes.
The Priorities Plan identifies actions and strategies within four priority program areas.
1. Improving the wetlands of Jones Bay and Lake King
Improve environmental conditions for native flora and habitat for native fauna in the fringing wetlands and shorelines of Jones Bay and Lake King on both private and public land.
2. Enhancing connectivity and condition around Lake Wellington
Implement actions to improve Lake Wellington and its fringing wetlands through management of water regimes and reducing inputs of nutrients and sediments; and improve habitat for native flora and fauna in those wetlands through works to enhance vegetation communities.
3. Protecting significant Gunaikurnai Country of the Gippsland Lakes outer barrier
Improve and enhancehabitat for native flora and fauna on the Gippsland Lakes outer barrier by reducing pressure from invasive species; and protect cultural values by improving our understanding of the distribution and significance of these places and addressing key risks.
4. Understanding and improving aquatic habitats and ecosystems
Improve the condition and availability of habitat for native fauna and flora dependant on aquatic ecosystems, through actions based on improved understanding of priority species and communities, and habitat protection and enhancement.
The Gippsland Lakes Priorities Plan has been used to allocate funding for the Gippsland Lakes Community Grants Program with nine new projects announced in 2022 building on the 16 projects previously funded by the Victorian State Government.
Explore the Priority Program Areas with our interactive map.
We’ll keep you posted on how these projects are tracking, so check back for regular updates.