The North East CMA has been working with the community and other partners to improve in-stream and riparian habitat along the Mitta Mitta River. The improvements will support the population of the threatened Trout Cod and other iconic species as part of the Mitta Mitta Rehabilitation project.

The Mitta to Murray Blackberry Action Group is an example of an enthusiastic and dedicated community network, working with local partners, scientists and the government to improve catchments. Through education and on-ground works, the group is making a real difference to the health of the Mitta Mitta River.

The project will deliver:
  • Improved waterway health through the introduction of sustainable land and water management practices and incentives.
  • A collaborative approach to planning with multiple project partners (private, community and government) to develop an environmental action plan for the area.
  • Activities that will focus on works to enhance the ecological function of priority waterways and wetlands, while engaging community interest groups to participate in natural resource management.

So we need to work together, collectively, the communities, the scientists, with the new techniques to be able to develop up these new tools that we desperately need for blackberry control.
Dr Raelene Kwong, Senior Research Scientist, Agriculture Victoria

Willow trees along the bank of Livingston Creek

Willow trees at Livingston Creek in Omeo. Photo credit: DELWP.

The Steering Committee has received a broad range of interest from partners and community groups in the Upper Mitta. The initial meeting included DELWP, CFA, Omeo Regional Business and Tourism, Omeo Golf Club, Benambra Dinner Plains Omeo Landcare, East Gippsland Shire Council, Agriculture Victoria, Parks Victoria and Mittagundi Environmental Education Centre.

The Big River and Upper Mitta Mitta River (from Glen Valley to the tail waters of Dartmouth Dam) has been declared a heritage river and a nationally important wetland. Threats to the area include the impacts from climate change, inappropriate management of agricultural land and invasive pest plant and animal species. This project will improve waterway health and protect the area in the future for recreational users and the local community.

Watch video about the Murray Blackberry Action Group.

Partners

North East CMA, East Gippsland Shire, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria, Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation, Bairnsdale Fly Fishing Club, Friends of Mitta Mitta, Benambra Dinner Plain Omeo Landcare Group, Trust for Nature and a group of farming producers.

The critical thing now is to continue the partnership between the community and the scientists. We need obviously a significant amount of funding to resource a strategic approach to solving this problem.
Doris Razeng, Mitta to Murray Blackberry Action Group

Page last updated: 28/06/19