This project is protecting and improving the Red Gum Plains and its wetlands, highlighting the history of the Indigenous people in East Gippsland and building greater awareness of Aboriginal cultural values and connections to the land. The cultural heritage storytelling of the Walpa region continues with the collaboration of Aboriginal Victoria, Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative, Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation and the Local Aboriginal Network.

The community is learning about the places where Aboriginal people may have moved or camped in the area, and the significance of newly registered cultural sites. Knowledge from Traditional Owners is being shared with local schools through events such as the day held at the Keeping Place at Bairnsdale during National Reconciliation Week, which was enjoyed by over 40 students from the Lindenow Primary School. Local students have also been involved in on-ground activities, such as a tree-planting day at Skull Creek.

Deteriorated riparian land at Skull Creek

Area of Skull Creek in need of assistance. Photo credit: East Gippsland CMA.

Eighteen hectares of native indigenous plants have been established through various revegetation works and 15 hectares of land have been cleared of weeds.

Landholders have worked with the East Gippsland CMA to identify animal habitats on their properties. Permanent bird monitoring plots on private land has been established by Birdlife Australia, working in partnership with DELWP and Greening Australia. Landholder engagement has included baseline fauna assessments and signing landholder agreements.

The Gippsland Red Gum Plains contain significant environmental, cultural, agricultural and recreational values. It is home to the nationally endangered Plains Grassy Woodland, an ecological community once more widespread and impacted by 100 years of land clearing.

Partners

East Gippsland CMA, Greening Australia, Aboriginal Victoria, Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative, Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation, Local Aboriginal Network, Birdlife Australia, Landholders, DELWP, Alluvium Consulting Australia, Wildlife Unlimited and Turtles Australia.

Students from Lindenow Primary School, Gunaikurnai Land and Water Aboriginal Corporation and Greening Australia show off their dirty hands after planting trees at Skull Creek
It was a magical excursion. The kids were all excited and it’s just opened up a new chapter of biological sciences at the school.
Michael Walker, Lindenow South Primary School Principal

Page last updated: 28/06/19