Celebrating a year of catchment health
Published: 15 January 2024

Celebrating a year of catchment health

Increasing partnerships, removing the last willow from the Agnes River, and delivering a remarkable flood recovery program were just a few of the highlights of 2023 for West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (CMA). 

We are incredibly proud of all we have achieved together with Traditional Owners, partners, volunteers and community over the past year to protect and enhance West Gippsland’s wonderful natural assets. 

You can read all about it in our 2023 Achievements Brochure (PDF 32MB)

Across the catchment, notable achievements of 2023 include:

  • Completing 178,339 hectares of weed control to protect native vegetation and restore  habitat
  • Revegetating and enhancing 194 hectares of vegetation for wildlife and healthy ecosystems
  • Benefiting 9,744 hectares by creating whole farm, irrigation and soil erosion management plans. 

In June 2021, a major event caused storm damage across Gippsland with flooding in a number of catchments. Over the last two years, we have assessed damage and undertaken repair works via a comprehensive flood recovery program including:

  • Treating 214 hectares of weeds to enhance biodiversity
  • Planting 14,250 trees to stabilise riverbanks
  • Fencing 4.13 kilometres to protect waterways
  • Creating three waterway structures to make the river more resilient
  • Stabilising 7.31 kilometres of riverbanks at eight sites
  • Using rock to strengthen and repair 3.98 kilometres of riverbanks.

You can download and read our 2023 Achievements Brochure (PDF 4MB), for a snapshot of all we’ve achieved over the past year, including case studies of key projects and partnerships.