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

 

 

 

 

 

CATCHMENT MAPS

Click on map to open PDF in a new window

                      

Stockyard and Bennison Creeks                      Franklin River                                       Agnes River

 

WGCMA project page (WGCMA website) 

 

SGLN Facebook

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.
South Gippsland Landcare Network
South Gippsland Landcare Network
Update from SGLN Chair, Jillian Staton.

March was incredibly busy for SGN, in particular the grant-writing team.

Three grants were submitted. The first was an application to the South Gippsland Shire Council's Community Grant Program to assist with a weed identification and control program we plan to run next financial year. The others were made to the State Government's Community and Volunteer Action Grants program and focus on the Bunurong Coast which is a Biodiversity Response Planning Focus Landscape.

One Action Grant involves a remote camera project to monitor wildlife and feral pests on public and private land, while the other carries on from our successful fox and rabbit control project which closes in June this year. We would like to support landholders to continue the work done by contractors, and to further help biodiversity through long term weed control.

Our Presidents Pizza Night was well attended and covered a lot of ground. Almost all our Landcare Groups were represented, and the discussion could have gone far longer than the allocated 1.5 hours. I was very appreciative of everyone's contribution, and would particularly like to thank Andrea for organising the catering.

Despite the terrible weather, our Corner Inlet Cluster Group Meeting (which had been rescheduled because of COVID) finally went ahead. Representatives from Agnes River and Franklin River Landcare Groups and Friends of Stockyard Creek all attended. This area is so important for the health of Corner Inlet, so it's great to see the enthusiasm for Landcare-based activities. One item that was discussed was the possibility of forming a larger group that combines these groups, and would also welcome people from the Foster area. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in joining this proposed group, please contact Alex Daraio (alex@board.sgln.net.au).

Bad weather also threatened our Dung Beetle Field Day which was held in Toora on 23 March. We weren't able to venture out into the paddock as planned, but the presentation by Russ Barrow from Charles Sturt University was very well received. Contact Cassie if you would like to hear the discussion, or are interested in dung beetles generally (we will be establishing a dung beetle nursery in Fish Creek in the near future).

Please keep in touch. Our staff are here to support you: their hours and links to their email addresses are below:

Andrea Clifford: Landcare Facilitator works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. Email: andrea@sgln.net.au

Cassie Wright: Projects and Education works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. Email: cassie@sgln.net.au

Susan Koci: Bunurong Project Officer, works Thursday, Friday. Email: pestanimals@sgln.net.au

Vicky Pedlow: Administrative Assistant, works Tuesday. Email: admin@sgln.net.au

You can also contact me at jillian@board.sgln.net.au.

Thank you.
South Gippsland Landcare Network
South Gippsland Landcare Network
Such an awesome collaboration between West Gippsland Catchment Management Authorityand Agnes River Landcare Group

https://fb.watch/4HEyswddsB/
South Gippsland Landcare Network
West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority
To work 'whole of catchment' it pays to think both big AND small. Big, because catchments often are big, and small because working on many smaller projects within the catchments can bring big changes...both environmentally and socially, for a whole community.

Through Regional Riparian Action Plan funding from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning we've worked with Landcare groups and networks - right across the region.

Learn more about one of these projects here or visit our website https://bit.ly/3ohAG7H

South Gippsland Landcare Network Agnes River Landcare Group Bass Coast Landcare Network Maffra & Districts Landcare Network Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network Yarram Yarram Landcare Network Lisa Neville MP Harriet Shing MP
South Gippsland Landcare Network
South Gippsland Landcare Network
Landcare webinars

There have been 6 webinars to date in the National Landcare Conference webinar series. All can now be viewed through the webpage if you missed them. The webinars include:

- How Landcare organisations and projects have been
responding to various challenges
- Recruiting and engaging volunteers
- Getting involved in the Landcare Farming Program
- Landcare as a business
- Landcare Youth Summit
- Five interventions to improve Soil Health

https://landcareaustralia.org.au/national-landcare-conference-webinar?utm_source=Landcare+in+Focus&utm_campaign=02b90ec82e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_06_26_01_44_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_22f00dd5e4-02b90ec82e-285512698

Find out more about our

Current Projects