WORLD Water Day formed the perfect backdrop for four commissioners from the Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH) to visit West Gippsland.
The visit, hosted by West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) in partnership with Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) was a wonderful opportunity to learn, share knowledge and talk about future water allocations and the intrinsic connection that Aboriginal people have had to land and waterways for millennia.
The Commissioners spent two days in the region focussing primarily on the role of water for the environment in the Latrobe River system from the upper reaches to the lower lying wetlands.
A key focus was to visit the Latrobe coal mines to discuss rehabilitation options and their implications for the environment, Traditional Owners and the broader community.
In the lower reaches of the Latrobe, the Commissioners toured a private property to learn about the recent achievements of WGCMA in partnering with landholders to maximise the benefits of water for the environment.
Sale Common and Heart Morass in the Lower Latrobe Wetlands were the site for discussions about what a healthy wetland should look like, and the opportunities for Gunaikurnai Traditional Owners to be more actively involved in environmental water on Country.
Planned flows and updates for West Gippsland along with information about Water for the Environment are shared on the WGCMA’s website: wgcma.vic.gov.au.