Environmentally significant and economically important, Corner Inlet is valued as:

  • the most southerly population of White Mangrove in the world
  • a feeding, nesting and breeding area for thousands of waterbirds
  • one of the most important areas in Victoria for shorebirds such as the migratory Eastern Curlew and resident Pied and Sooty Oystercatchers
  • a unique system of barrier islands and tidal mudflats
  • the largest area of broad-leafed seagrass in Victoria
  • home to more than 390 native plant and 160 native animal species plus a diversity of marine invertebrates
  • an area of outstanding fish habitat including seagrass meadows and large stands of White Mangrove and saltmarsh
  • culturally significant to the Traditional Land Owners, the Gunaikurnai, Bunurong and Boon Wurrung people
  • the third largest commercial bay and inlet fishery in Victoria
  • having highly productive floodplain areas used for farming
  • an important destination for recreational activities including boating, fishing, camping, bird watching and bushwalking.

The estuaries and wetlands that fringe Corner Inlet are fed by fresh water from the Franklin and Agnes rivers and many small creeks.

THREATS

In recent years, local fishers, recreational users and local communities have expressed concern about the future of Corner Inlet. Extensive research has confirmed that these values are under threat from:

  • sediment and nutrients entering waterways from the surrounding catchment
  • weed infestations (including Spartina and blackberry)
  • pests like foxes and rabbits, and
  • erosion and land use change in culturally significant areas.

Land uses in the catchment contributing to sediment and nutrient loads entering waterways include farming, forestry and urban development. Because the waterways at the western end of Corner Inlet are smaller, steeper, have erodible soils and are in a high rainfall area they are more susceptible to the impacts of these land uses. Seagrass meadows and the unique sand flats are most at risk.

Weeds and pests such as Spartina (also known as rice grass), blackberry, foxes and rabbits compete with native plant and animal populations.When one species is impacted on, there are flow on effects to all the other species in the ecosystem.

Indigenous Australians have a strong cultural connection to country and so the preservation of cultural heritage is extremely important. All sites found on public or private land need to be protected. The same land uses impacting on catchment and inlet health also threaten cultural heritage.

PROJECT GOALS

The outcomes of the Corner Inlet Connections Project will be:

  • maintained health and extent of seagrass communities through improved water quality
  • protection of critical wetland habitats – saltmarsh, mangrove and intertidal mudflats
  • protection of waterbirds
  • increased community awareness and participation in the protection of Corner Inlet and
  • enhanced capacity of indigenous communities to protect natural resources.

2017 AGNES RIVER CANOE TOUR

From the Autumn/ Winter edition of South Gippy Landcare News page 4. Click on thumbnail to read

 

 

 

 

 

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Stockyard and Bennison Creeks                      Franklin River                                       Agnes River

 

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South Gippsland Landcare Network

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work and meet. The South Gippsland Landcare Network stretches from Mt Best to Mt Lyal, and along the prom coast. It’s made up of 16 local groups working to preserve and protect the natural environment, while also enhancing the long-term sustainability of farming in this part of Victoria. We’re proud to work across both Bunurong and Gunaikurnai country, and to recognise the rich history embedded in this land we now share. As a network, we’re a diverse group – made up of primary producers, hobby farmers, tree changers, backyard gardeners and environmentalists of all sorts. This page is part of our community, so we welcome feedback and input from anyone who’s interested in having a voice here.
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Confused about Acknowledgement of Country?

A Welcome to Country or an Acknowledgement of Traditional Owners recognises the continuing connection of Aboriginal Traditional Owners to their Country.

This map (https://achris.vic.gov.au/weave/wca.html) allows you to find out who the formally recognised Traditional Owners are for an area.

1. Search for a location
Enter a location (such as a street address or the name of a town) into the search window located on the toolbar above the map.

2. Hover and click on the map
When the map has navigated to that location, hover your mouse cursor, and left click, over the location where your event or function will be held. It will display the name of the formally recognised Traditional Owners of the area.

This name can be referred to for Acknowledgements.

Click on the map to bring up information about the formally recognised Traditional Owner corporation and the Traditional Owners represented for Acknowledgements.

3. Click on the links provided to contact the formally recognised Traditional Owners corporation
Links are provided (where available) which take you to the corporation’s website to arrange a Welcome to Country ceremony.

4. Show formally recognised Traditional Owners boundaries (if desired)
Click this button on the toolbar to toggle on/off map layers that show the formally recognised Traditional Owners boundaries.
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This SGLN publication is relevant to all areas lucky enough to have koalas. It's an easy read with some great photos and tips for living compatibly with these much-loved marsupials.
https://www.sgln.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/SGLN_Koala_Brochure.pdf
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Working bee at Hamann's Bush Reserve

Members of the Arawata and Nerrena Tarwin Valley Landcare Groups combined forces last month at a twilight working bee at Hamann's Bush Reserve in Leongatha North.

The main purpose of the working bee was to tackle the problem of sweet pittosporum (Pittosporum undulatum). Although native to Australia, sweet pittosporum is a serious problem when it extends outside its natural range. As well as creating a dense canopy, it releases chemical inhibitors (saponins) which prevent indigenous plants from growing beneath. It is also highly flammable.

There was a lot of discussion at the working bee about the best way(s) to kill sweet pittosporum. The following methods were used:

Remove by hand
Hand removal is only recommended for very small plants, ensure the root system is removed and the disturbed area is covered over with mulch to reduce spread of other weeds.

Cut and paint
Cut plants off at ground level and immediately paint the stump with an undiluted glyphosate based product. This is useful for larger seedlings that are too hard to hand pull but should not be attempted on trees with trunks greater than 50mm as they are likely to resprout.

Drill and fill
Drill holes 2-3 cm deep and about 5 cm apart, at the base of the trunk. Fill the hole immediately with an undiluted glyphosate-based product. This technique should be used for plants greater than 50mm in diameter and is best done in active growth stage which is late spring and mid-autumn.

Please send in photos of your get-togethers to admin@sgln.net.au - we'd love to publish them.

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