Four community groups will receive a boost for critical projects that will protect and restore the iconic Gippsland Lakes as part of the Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee Community Grants Funding.

Minister for Water Harriet Shing announced the successful applicants on a visit to the Gippsland Lakes today and acknowledged the ongoing dedication and passion of the local community for the Lakes’ environment.

Four projects will share in $126,100 to allow passionate community groups to roll out innovative environmental projects through on-ground management activities and community engagement.

An image of the Gippsland Lakes showing a flat body of water with houses and docks in the background on a sunny day
Houses along the Gippsland Lakes. Credit: Craig Moodie.

The successful projects are:

  • Mullet Bay Restoration Project, East Gippsland Landcare Network - $53,600.
  • Nicholson River Wetlands Restoration Stage 2, Nicholson River Landcare Group - $20,000.
  • Fortifying Forge Creek for the Future, Romawi Landcare Group - $42,500.
  • Protecting the Pygmy Perch of Forge Creek, Romawi Landcare Group - $10,000.

The grants form part of a $248 million investment by the Victorian Government to improve the health of waterways and catchments across regional Victoria. Of this, $7.5 million is dedicated to the health of Gippsland Lakes and for the delivery of on-ground works, monitoring and community engagement.

The Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee was formed in 2015 to prioritise and oversee investment in community and agency projects that focus on improving the environmental health of the Gippsland Lakes.

Page last updated: 08/09/23