The Gippsland Lakes are one of Victoria's major environmental and tourism destinations.
Spanning an area of 340km², the Lakes form the largest navigable network of inland waterways in Australia.
The Lakes are of great environmental importance, and contain a number of internationally significant RAMSAR wetlands.
As a major tourism and recreation destination, the Lakes provide enormous economic benefits to the Gippsland region.
- Our Water - Our Future web site
- View a map of the Gippsland Lakes catchment (PDF 334 Kb)
- Fact Sheets
- Learn About the Lakes
Gippsland Lakes Algae Weekly Update
THE HEALTH OF THE LAKES
The Gippsland Lakes Future Directions and Actions Plan
In 2002 the State Government implemented the Gippsland Lakes Future Directions and Actions Plan.
The Plan aims to reduce nutrient levels entering the Lakes by 40 percent by 2022.
The Plan address five key areas:
1. reducing nutrient levels entering the Lakes;
2. balancing freshwater and salt water flows;
3. maintaining wetlands biodiversity;
4. increasing community awareness and participation, and
5. continued planning and evaluation of the program's effectiveness.
Between 2002 - 2006, the State Government allocated $12.8 million to projects and a further $6M from June 2006 - June 2009.
A copy of the projects for 2008-09 can be viewed here: Projects for 2008-09 (XLS 34 kb)
· Read the Gippsland Lakes Future Directions
and Actions Plan
The Gippsland Lakes and Catchment Taskforce undertook several projects to assist the management of the Lakes and their catchment and to improve our understanding of catchment and in-lake processes. The Taskforce also commissioned several reports to refine the investment in the Plan to ensure project address high priority activities and high priority locations. The following reports are available:
- Find out more about Gippsland Lakes Research and Investigations
- Find out more about the CSIRO research
- Find out more about the boat sewage pump-out network
- Find out more about erosion - Shore Erosion and Revegetation Strategy 2002
- Find out more about the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Action Plan
- Find out
more about the Gippsland Lakes (Coastlinks Victoria website)
How You Can Help
With seven rivers flowing into the Gippsland Lakes, and a total catchment area over 20,000 km² -almost 10 per cent of the State- the capacity for communities to have an impact on the Lakes' health is enormous.
Some simple steps you can take to help save the Lakes include:
- Preventing contaminants such as sediment or fertilisers from entering drains and waterways from your house or property
- Disposing of your waste in the right way. (Read about boat sewage pump out)
- Not littering our waterways and water bodies
- Supporting those actions in your local areas which benefit our Lakes and streams.