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Gippsland Lakes Priorities Plan 2021-2024

Slaughterhouse Creek - Gippsland Lakes

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:

  • Gippsland Lakes Ramsar Site Management Plan (GLRSMP) (East Gippsland CMA 2015)
  • East and West Gippsland Waterway Strategies (East Gippsland CMA 2014; West Gippsland CMA 2014)
  • Parks Victoria/Traditional Owners Management Board Joint Management Plan (Gunaikurnai Traditional Owner Land Management Board 2018)
  • Gunaikurnai Whole of County Plan (Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation 2015)
  • Biodiversity Response Planning for the Gippsland Lakes Landscape (DELWP 2021).

 

Delivering the priorities in the plan will contribute to the objectives of the Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee which are to:

  • Maintain or improve the health of the Gippsland Lakes now and for the future.
  • Foster cooperation and coordination between agencies and organisations with an interest in the health of the Gippsland Lakes.
  • Promote awareness of and participation by communities in the management of the Gippsland Lakes.
  • Maximise outcomes for the Gippsland Lakes through leveraging investments.
  • Empower Traditional Owners through joint management and self-determination, supporting capacity building and involvement capacity building and involvement in management of the Gippsland Lakes.

 

Download Gippsland Lakes Priorities Plan

Download Priority Program Area Maps

 

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.