Caring for our Country is one way the Australian Government funds environmental management of our natural resources by supporting communities, farmers and other land managers to protect Australia's natural environment and sustainability.
Caring for our Country is an Australian Government initiative jointly administered by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Environment
The East Gippsland Landcare Network Inc. is an umbrella organisation for Landcare Groups in the Bairnsdale and Districts and High Country region. The Network is run by a committee of Landcare members from different groups in the region.
The East Gippsland Landcare Network is responsible for employing group facilitators and a project officer who support Landcare groups.
Today the East Gippsland Landcare Network supports 25 Landcare groups in the Bairnsdale, high country and surrounding areas. In total these groups cover an area of over 307,000ha, and comprise more than 730 Landcare family memberships.
The GPCMN is funded by the Gippsland Lakes Environment Fund administered by East Gippsland Landcare. The Gippsland Lakes Ministerial Advisory Committee has been established by the Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Peter Ryan, and Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Ryan Smith to:
Advise the Ministers on matters relating to the health of the Gippsland Lakes and improved decision-making on development within the Lakes region
Prepare an environmental strategy that considers future development, tourism and fishing; planning processes, research and monitoring, education and community information
Coordinate government agencies to implement the Strategy and foster better coordinated management of the Lakes
The Committee will oversee the expenditure of the $10 million Gippsland Lakes Environment Fund and will advocate to secure the future environmental condition of the Lakes.
East Gippsland Water is working on two significant conservation initiatives with the GPCMN: The Peregrine Falcon Project and the restoration of wetland owned by East Gippsland Water at Cobblers Creek, south of Bairnsdale.