Al­ba­cutya in wa­ter plan

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Lake Al­ba­cutya near Rain­bow is among 11 in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised Ram­sar wet­lands to re­ceive a share of $2-mil­lion from the State Gov­ern­ment.

Ram­sar sites are wet­lands that are listed as hav­ing in­ter­na­tional im­por­tance un­der the Ram­sar Con­ven­tion, an in­ter­na­tional wet­land treaty.

Sites across the state will re­ceive fund­ing through Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­i­ties.

The fund­ing will be used to de­velop a man­age­ment frame­work to en­sure the sites are pro­tected from de­cline.

Th­ese im­por­tant en­vi­ron­men­tal sites at­tract in­ter­na­tional mi­gra­tory wa­ter­birds from as far away as Rus­sia, China and Alaska.

The wet­lands pro­vide many ben­e­fits to the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing:

• Pro­vid­ing a range of recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties such as boat­ing, camp­ing, bird watch­ing and fish­ing, which help sup­port tourism and lo­cal economies.

• Pro­vid­ing habi­tat for na­tive plants such as river red gums, man­groves, salt­marshes and for na­tive an­i­mals such as wa­ter­birds, frogs and fish.

• Re­duc­ing the im­pacts of flood­ing by hold­ing and slow­ing flood­wa­ter.

• Pro­tect­ing the wa­ter qual­ity of rivers, es­tu­ar­ies and marine ar­eas by trap­ping sed­i­ment and fil­ter­ing nu­tri­ents from catch­ments.

• Play­ing an im­por­tant part Abo­rig­i­nal cul­tural her­itage.

The fund­ing de­liv­ers on the State Gov­ern­ment’s re­sponse to the Vic­to­rian Au­di­tor Gen­eral’s Of­fice au­dit of Vic­to­ria’s Ram­sar pro­gram.

Wa­ter for Vic­to­ria


Wa­ter Min­is­ter Lisa Neville said the gov­ern­ment was in­vest­ing $222-mil­lion to im­prove the health of wa­ter­ways and catch­ments across the state as a part of its wa­ter plan, Wa­ter for Vic­to­ria.

“Pro­tect­ing Ram­sar wet­lands across the state is good for the en­vi­ron­ment, tourism and jobs, and pro­vides re­cre­ation op­por­tu­ni­ties for the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“We’re de­liv­er­ing an in­vest­ment to look af­ter th­ese in­ter­na­tion­ally im­por­tant wet­lands to en­sure they stay pro­tected for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

Other sites are Barmah and Gun­bower forests and Kerang and Hat­tah Kulkyne Lakes in north­ern Vic­to­ria, Western District Lakes in western Vic­to­ria, Cor­ner In­let and Gipp­s­land Lakes in Gipp­s­land, Western Port, Edith­vale-seaford wet­lands and Port Phillip Bay and Bel­lar­ine Penin­sula.

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