Current projects

The Corangamite CMA is funded by the Victorian Government and Australian Government to implement biodiversity projects to protect the region’s plants, animals and ecosystems, many of which are highly vulnerable.

Australian Government’s Wild Otways Initiative

The Australian Government’s Wild Otways Initiative is a $6 million investment from the Australian Government’s Environment Restoration Fund to improve conservation outcomes in the Otways region.

The Initiative comprises of six projects, with funds being distributed to support the following areas:
• Community Environment Grants Program (Investment Stream 1)
• Five Commissioned Sub-Projects (Investment Stream 2)

The Wild Otways Initiative focuses on projects being undertaken in the areas from Jan Juc/Bells Beach to Peterborough, the Great Otway National Park, and hinterlands, and will be delivered through to June 2023.

Community Environment Grants Program

Visit the Community Environment Grants Program page for full details.

Five Commissioned Sub-Projects

Visit the Five Commissioned Sub-Projects page for full details.

This project received funding from the Australian Government

Orange-bellied parrot recovery

This project seeks to maintain the population of Orange-bellied parrots in the Corangamite region through on-ground management actions, community engagement and education.

The project will run until 2023 and is funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare program.

Victorian Volcanic Plains

Protecting the Victorian Volcanic Plains

This project is a tender process that has successfully run over a number of years, aiming to protect remnant habitat, species and communities through an incentive program with landholders.

This project is funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Connecting landholders to biodiversity on the Victorian Volcanic Plain

This project is working to protect, enhance and restore over 1,000 hectares of threatened native grassland, grassy woodland and related habitats, with a focus on private land.

This project is supported by the Victorian Government through the Biodiversity 2037 initiative.

See our Victorian Volcanic Plains page for information about projects in the Corangamite region.

Ramsar wetlands

The Ramsar Protection Program aims to maintain the ecological values of the Port Phillip Bay (Western Shoreline), Bellarine Peninsula Ramsar and Western District Lakes complex by implementing the updated management plan and engaging local communities. See our Ramsar wetlands page for information about Ramsar sites in the Corangamite region.

The project is funded by the Victorian Government.

Adapting to climate change

Connected Landscapes – Adapting Corangamite’s Natural Assets to Climate Change

This project promotes integrated catchment management in collaboration with a range of stakeholders and community NRM groups.

The project has two components:

  • An on-ground works program supporting connectivity across fragmented landscapes of the Woady Yaloak, Leigh and Moorabool River catchments. Working in partnership with a local community alliance, Central Highlands Water and private land managers will deliver an incentive program to support farming practice change, remnant vegetation protection and enhancement, community grants, and focus sights showcasing biodiversity protection.
  • An adaptation pathways approach to planning for the projected impact of climate change on the Western District Lakes. Bringing together private, public and community stakeholders to complete a multiple future scenario action planning process to identify where effort is best invested to protect and enhance the lakes into the future.

This project is funded by the Victorian Government through the Our Catchments, Our Communities initiative.

Threatened fish recovery

The Corangmite CMA has conducted fish barrier removal works across the catchment and supports fish monitoring with the Arthur Rylah Institute. Removal of fish barriers has allowed threatened fish species to migrate upstream to breed, creating a more stable aquatic habitat in our waterways.

This project is funded by the Victorian Government.

eDNA monitoring

Environmental DNA sampling uses water sampling as a method to detect the presence of particular species. The Corangamite CMA in partnership with Waterwatch have conducted community events to collect samples for platypus and Yarra pygmy perch across the catchment.

This project is funded by the Victorian Government.

Curdies Perch Search

The lab results are in from our ‘Curdies Perch Search’. The results indicate that Yarra Pygmy Perch are present in around 65 kilometres of waterways in the Curdies catchment and improves our current understanding of their distribution, previously recorded with any regularity, from the middle reaches of the Curdies near Timboon.

Interestingly, Southern Pygmy Perch were recorded across a much broader area and being closely related and utilising similar habitats, it is interesting that Southern Pygmy Perch are present in some of the more minor tributaries where Yarra Pygmy Perch were not recorded.

Southern Pygmy Perch are recorded throughout the Curdies River up to Purrumbeete – Beals Road, where the habitat is in very poor condition and typically dry over summer. They were also recorded in Sunday, Monday, Whiskey, Fenton and Scotts Creeks, and another minor tributary just downstream of the trestle bridge at Timboon.

This project is funded by the Victorian Government.