The central Murray wetlands are located on the lower Loddon River and River Murray floodplains (Figure 5.2.3). The wetland system consists of Round Lake, Lake Cullen, Lake Elizabeth, Lake Murphy, Johnson Swamp, Hird Swamp, Richardsons Lagoon, McDonalds Swamp, the Wirra-Lo wetland complex and Benwell and Guttrum state forests.
Wetlands in this region continue to be important places for Traditional Owners and their Nations. The Registered Aboriginal Party (RAP) in the region is the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation. Representatives from Barapa Barapa and Wamba Wemba Nations' Traditional Owners were engaged during the development of seasonal watering proposals to propose environmental watering actions that would support culturally significant wetland plants in Guttrum Forest. Those proposals have been incorporated in this seasonal watering plan. Traditional Owners in the region have an ongoing connection to the central Murray wetlands.