Rainforests surrounding Lakes Entrance in East Gippsland are listed as critically endangered under the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
A major portion of the nationally significant Rainforest stands’ habitat (the largest in south eastern Australia) used to once stretch along the northern shore of the Gippsland Lakes from the mouth of the Mitchell River into the North Arm and included;
The Colquhoun North Arm Landcare Group recognised the significance of their local area and proactively decided to do something to improve it.
The Cobblers Creek Catchment Landcare Group officially commenced in November 1992. The primary focus for the establishment of the group was to address the severe degradation of the creek systems and decline and lack of remnant vegetation. The group formed with the aim to encourage better land management within the Cobblers Creek Catchment through group discussion, community based field days, conducting visits to other regions and to share information with groups facing similar issues.
The main objective of the group is to undertake the necessary on round actions, in partnership with relevant agencies and organisations to enhance the Forge Creek Water Reserve.
The Forge Creek Reserve (The Reserve) is located on the East Gippsland Red Gum Plains, approximately 7km south of Bairnsdale. The Reserve is Crown Land Water Frontage and historically many areas were under grazing licence (often with adjoining landholders).
The restoration works that have been carried out within The Reserve, include many partners and multiple funding sources. The on ground activities that the Landcare Group has achieved include;
Recently, Cobblers Creek catchment Landcare group have joined forces with neighbouring Romawi Landcare Group with the aim of protecting The Reserve over its entire length.