The fertile floodplains of Cann River in East Gippsland have supported dairy and beef farming since they were first cleared for agricultural use in the 1870’s.

In more recent times, the 1998 flood caused extensive damage to the river and erosion put roads, bridges, telephone cables and farms at risk.

Over the past two decades, significant restoration works have been undertaken to improve the river and its floodplain.  As a result, 80% of priority river frontage is now fenced to protect against damage by stock and 82% of vegetation on the frontage is now in good condition.

Cann River before restoration

Cann River before restoration

Cann River after restoration

Cann River after restoration

Images courtesy East Gippsland CMA

Current investment is focused on taking the Cann River through a ‘recovery and growth’ phase, consolidating the intensive on-ground effort of previous years. Partnerships with landholders and Landcare groups ensure weeds are being kept at bay and fences maintained; helping native plants and animals to thrive and providing scenic places for locals and visitors to enjoy.

Waterway managers: East Gippsland CMA.