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.

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 part of the Corangamite CMA’s Protecting Priority Threatened Species of the Corangamite Coast program, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare program.

Victorian Volcanic Plains

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

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

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

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.

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 supported 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 supported by the Victorian Government.