EGCMA hosts successful community tours on Wallagaraugh River

The East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (CMA) recently hosted some environmental tours on the Wallagaraugh River, offering community members an opportunity to learn about waterway health in the Far East and the various projects the East Gippsland CMA is involved in.

The tours, aboard the Gypsy Princess, departed from the confluence of the Genoa and Wallagaraugh Rivers at Gipsy Point. Participants travelled upstream, passing private properties, and entering the lush, intact forested areas of the upper Wallagaraugh River.

Exceptional conditions allowed the community to reach the most upstream point of the Wallagaraugh River accessible by boat. Here, participants were treated to the sight of a lush rainforest where freshwater spills over a set of rapids.

Over the course of both days more than 25 species of birds were observed. Bryce Watts-Parker from the East Gippsland CMA provided insights into the local flora and fauna, bushfire recovery efforts, and the history of the area.

Great feedback was received from participants commenting that they thoroughly enjoyed their day out on the river.

Bec Hemming, CEO of the East Gippsland CMA said “We would like to thank all community members for their enthusiasm and interest in the boat tours.”

“The success of these tours underscores the importance of community engagement in preserving and understanding our precious waterways.”

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.