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Land and Biodiversity – Preserving Our Ecosystems

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 2010 Land and Biodiversity award – Preserving Our Ecosystems

Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth – a Government / Community Partnership to ensure a Future for the Lower Murray
Department of Environment & Natural Resources South Australia

The Murray-Darling Basin is experiencing the worst drought since records  began in 1981. The Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth Program is underway to tackle some of the urgent environmental problems such as, salinity, acidification, soil erosion loss of habitat and risk to many species in the region due to low river flows and unprecedented low lake water levels. The Lower Lakes Bioremediation and Revegetation Project is one of several urgent projects being implemented in consultation with the local community to secure a healthy, sustainable future for the region. In partnership with the Milang & Districts Community Association, the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority, the Department for Environment and Natural Resources and the scientific community have determined the most feasible options and begun to implement processes to stabilize the ecosystem, help manage acid sulfate soils and improve biodiversity. Funding is from the Federal Government.

Limestone treatment, aerial seeding, community propagation and revegetation planting, community monitoring, habitat restoration as well as monitoring breeding projects for endangered species are all coming together through community consultation and partnership.

Comments from the Judges

“In a time of extreme drought, the judges commended this project on establishing true co-operation across the local community and a range of national, state and local organisations. A key factor differentiating this project was the marriage between repairing the ecosystem and addressing the relevant social issues to secure a healthy, sustainable future for the region.”