On Tuesday 3 April, East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority hosted 190 experts and members of the community to discuss the health of the Gippsland Lakes.

Held in the beautiful bush settings of Forestec, the event was a chance for the Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) and Government representatives to meet the local community. The group heard from researcher and lecturer Dr Perran Cook, climate change activist and documentary film maker Liz Courtney, founder of the Marine Mammal Foundation Dr Kate Charlton-Robb, as well as presentations from the Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation and Greening Australia.

Community gathering outside under marquees, love our lakes sign in the foregroundFamily in a boat , towing a knneboarder on Gippsland Lakes

The group also saw the Gippsland Lakes through the eyes of experts - and spotted some local wildlife up close – with a boat trip in the afternoon.

The Gippsland Lakes are one of the 36 waterways identified for large-scale restoration projects in Water for Victoria Action 3.4 as part of our $222 million investment in waterway and catchment health. See what’s happening in some of our other priority waterways.