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Free Public Lecture – Forever Chemicals ( PFAS)

You are invited to a free public lecture by Dr. Bradley Clarke about the major issue of PFAS chemicals.

30th May 2024 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Hall in Bairnsdale


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FOGL Restarts Lakes WaterWatch program

FOGL in partnership with the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority has restarted the Lakes WaterWatch water quality monitoring program.

The Waterwatch program lapsed during Covid except for two automated sites monitored by EGCMA and others along Forge Creek monitored by Romawi Landcare.

Now with a new group of volunteers FOGL will start monitoring 4 sites across Lake King – at Pt Fullarton, Jones Bay, Macleods Morass and three sites on the Tambo River.

More sites will come on line with more ‘citizen science’ volunteers and when more testing kits become available through funding.

Sites are tested monthly for pH, salinity/EC, turpidity, dissolved oxygen and nutrients using a range of calibrated instruments. Results are recorded on the CMA WaterWatch database and compared with data collected prior to the pandemic pause.

This is a long term program with FOGL actively recruiting new volunteers, providing training and support to monitor and safeguard this valuable natural and unique resource.

If you are interested in participating please contact us at


Gippsland Lakes Ramsar Site Management Plan Renewal

The Gippsland Lakes Ramsar Site is one of twelve wetlands listed under the Ramsar Convention in Victoria and is recognised for its significant coastal wetland values and features, including vital habitat for migratory bird species. The site supports other crucial ecosystem services including nationally and internationally threatened wetland species, waterbird breeding and fish spawning sites.

The current Ramsar Site Management plan ( 2015) is being renewed and reissued by the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.

FoGL in conjunction with Gippsland Environment Group ( GEG ) made a detailed submission on the proposed plan. There were also a number of other submissions from well regarded groups raising significant questions and issues with the proposed plan as it stands.

We intend to publish our full submission here once feedback and the promised public response from EGCMA is available.

Meanwhile you can monitor the progress on the plan on the Engage Victoria website


FoGL Silt Jetties brochure

The Mitchell River delta and its silt jetties, is one of the world’s most
significant ‘finger’ deltas and 6,000 to 10,000 years old.

Download this useful brochure and before going to visit the Silt Jetties




Rotamah Island Bird Observatory working bee

In 2015 FOGL joined members of Rotamah Island Bird Observatory Inc for a working bee at the old bird observatory homestead.  Several members arrived on Friday afternoon and others throughout Saturday.


McGees Gully Rehabilitation ?

FOGL worked in 2016 with other Community groups on plans to further rehabilitation works begun by EGSC and EG Water on McGees Gully in Bairnsdale. McGees Gully has an interesting history and McGees Gully Creek is an important waterway which runs from town into McLeods Morass.

The project, if approved and funded, would have included a Shared Path and new signage highlighting the history of McGees Gully and the native flora and fauna found in the area, providing East Gippsland residents and visitors with a very interesting path along McGees Gully down to the Morass.

FOGL representatives Anne Schmidli and Bill Cotter met with Frank McShane from EG Water, Anthony Nelson from EGSC and Bill Gamble from Mitchell River Rotary at the EG Water pumping station to discuss progress on the plans.