$10m to improve Ramsar-listed Gippsland Lakes in eastern Victoria, Australia

$10m to improve Ramsar-listed Gippsland Lakes in eastern Victoria, Australia

19 October 2016
Australia

The Victorian Government  will spend $10 million fund to improve the health of the Gippsland Lakes in Eastern Victoria.

A Victorian Auditor General's report last month found there was a lack of oversight and accountability in the management of Ramsar-listed sites including the Gippsland Lakes. The $10 million grant will be allocated over four years in partnership with stakeholder groups, including the Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee.

Labor's Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing said the government wanted the money spent in the right way.

"To make sure that we're preserving and protecting the wetland areas in and around the coast and making sure that again we're getting that reflection in terms of healthier ecosystems."

The Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee will oversee the program.

"Making sure that money is spent and realised in a way that has a significant benefit and a practical benefit to the environments to which it's directed."

"There was a report that did identify a number of areas for improvement and the advisory committee has done a power of work to make sure that those areas are receiving the attention they need," Ms Shing said.

Source: ABC news Australia