Tambo Tour: A Community Cruise

Locals were treated to an evening cruise on the Tambo River on a very warm evening to learn about river health.

Hosted by the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (CMA), the time spent on the boat offered insights into current river health projects being undertaken along the river.

Throughout the cruise, people engaged in discussions, gaining firsthand knowledge from East Gippsland CMA staff about factors influencing river health, including the history of the river, current bank stabilisation work, and the value of fencing off the riverbanks and planting native vegetation to protect the banks from erosion.

As the boat ventured towards the mouth of the Tambo and Jones’ Bay, discussions turned to the Gippsland Lakes and the programs underway to improve the health of the Lakes.

“Bringing people together and closer to where the work is happening gives them a better understanding of what the CMA and partners are doing to improve the health of our waterways.” Said East Gippsland CMA’s CEO, Bec Hemming.

“Our staff are keen to talk to people in our community and answer any questions. These boat tours offer that face-to-face interaction, which we think is important in keeping people informed and hearing from the community about their own knowledge.”

The East Gippsland CMA and partners have undertaken many types of projects on the Tambo River, including installing fish habitats, fencing, weed control and bank stabilisation projects. Tours like this are made possible with Bushfire Recovery funds from the Victorian Government.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout East Gippsland and pay our respects to them, their culture and their Elders past and present.