Cann do – environmental work on the river

Several environmental projects are complete, enhancing the Cann River’s ecosystems and improving the health of the floodplain.

Maintenance work has involved ongoing weed control, revegetation, and condition monitoring along the river. These efforts will ensure the continuation of good river health while also strengthening partnerships with the local community.

The Cann River Landcare Group has been tirelessly working on an area within the Cann River Caravan Park. Their efforts have transformed the river access into a great spot for locals and visitors. However, recent high rainfall events caused some erosion to the improved area. The group is now busy restoring the area, with their work nearing completion.

In addition to this, the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is undertaking maintenance work on a rock structure within the riverbed, just downstream of the Landcare Group’s site. This structure, crucial for managing riverbed stability is now back in action, providing the necessary support for native vegetation to establish naturally along the riverbanks.

Moogji Aboriginal Council have also been busy controlling weeds along many sections of the river as well as planting native plants in areas to increase plant diversity.

East Gippsland CMA CEO, Bec Hemming, emphasised the importance of these partnerships, stating, “Partnerships with Aboriginal groups, landholders and community play a vital role in improving waterway health into the future.”

Funding for these projects is part of the Victorian Government’s $248 million investment into improving the health of waterways and catchments in regional Victoria.

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