Sheep on the side of a mountainThe Bunanyung Landscape Alliance has been formed to look after the Ramsar-listed Western District Lakes in the Corangamite region and develop an integrated landscape plan. The unique alliance is made up of 15 community natural resource management groups, supported by the Corangamite CMA.

The alliance demonstrates significant community support and commitment to protecting the landscape. The collaborative planning approach has resulted in strong partnerships that include leveraged contributions from project partners in an area that has not attracted funding to date.

The process for managing the Western District Lakes is called ‘Adaptation Pathways’, which takes into account the challenges and uncertainties of climate change. This approach will allow future management of the lakes and wetlands to adapt to the complexities of our changing climate.

The beautiful Western District Lakes in the western volcanic plains region of Victoria were nominated as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance in 1982. The site covers 33,000 hectares and has nine separate lakes. Over 20 species of shorebirds frequent the area, and it is home to some nationally threatened species of plants.

The view from the top of a mountain in the Connected Landscapes project area

The Connected Landscapes project area. Photo credit: DELWP.

Top: Western District Lakes. Photo credit: Corangamite CMA.

Partners

Corangamite CMA, Bunanyung Landscape Alliance, Central Highlands Water, DELWP, Parks Victoria, Moorabool Council, Golden Plains Shire, City of Greater Ballarat, Corangamite Shire, Colac-Otway Shire, Central Otways Landcare Network, Lismore Land Protection Group, Stony Rises Land Management Group, Federation University, RMIT University, Eastern Maar, Natural Resources Conservation League, Trust for Nature, private landholders.

Page last updated: 28/06/19