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2.1 Gippsland region overview
The systems in the Gippsland region that can receive water from the VEWH’s environmental entitlements are the Latrobe River and wetlands, Thomson River and Macalister River. The Snowy River also receives water for the environment, but this is managed by the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
Environmental values, recent conditions, environmental watering objectives and planned actions for each system in the Gippsland region are presented in the system sections that follow this regional overview.
Traditional Owners in the Gippsland region
Traditional Owners in the Gippsland region continue to have a deep connection to the region’s rivers, wetlands and floodplains.
The Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC), on behalf of the Gunaikurnai people, hold Native Title and is a Registered Aboriginal Party over an area
that extends from near Warragul, east to the Snowy River and north to the Great Dividing Range. This area includes the Latrobe, Thomson, Macalister and Snowy rivers and
the lower Latrobe wetlands covered by this section of the seasonal watering plan.
The State of Victoria has also entered into a Recognition and Settlement Agreement with the Gunaikurnai people. The Recognition and Settlement Agreement, executed under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010, affords Gunaikurnai people rights relating to the use of public land within their agreement area.
Other Registered Aboriginal Parties in this geographic area are the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation, but their boundaries do not extend to the waterways managed with water for the environment in the Gippsland region.
Engagement
Seasonal watering proposals are informed by community, stakeholder and program partner engagement, as well as longer-term regional catchment strategies, regional waterway strategies, relevant technical studies (such
as environmental flows studies and environmental
water management plans). Program partners and other stakeholders help to identify environmental watering priorities and opportunities for the coming year. The strategies and technical reports collectively describe a range of environmental, cultural, economic, social and Traditional Owner perspectives and longer-term integrated catchment and waterway management objectives that influence environmental watering actions and priorities.
The International Association for Public Participation’s Public Participation Spectrum (IAP2 Spectrum) has been used
to categorise the levels of participation of stakeholders involved in the environmental watering planning process. Table 2.1.1 shows the IAP2 Spectrum categories and participation goals.
2.1 Gippsland region overview
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