‘You didn’t have to be a scientist to know the forest was dying, you could feel it.’ - Des Morgan (Yorta Yorta Nation)
To help restore the health of the Koondrook–Perricoota Forest, major engineering works, funded by The Living Murray program, are almost complete. A combination of regulators, levee bank and channels will enable environmental water to be delivered to the forests in a way that maximises environmental benefits, and enables delivery of water to the forests when needed.
The Koondrook–Perricoota Forest is the traditional country of the Barapa Barapa and Yorta Yorta people, who have lived there for thousands of years. Over 150 wetlands in the forest provided major seasonal natural resources so it is a site rich in Aboriginal culture and heritage.
Aboriginal people continue to have a strong spiritual and cultural connection to the forest and continue to use it for cultural purposes today.
To help protect the cultural sites during the major construction work a group representing the local Indigenous communities (the Joint Indigenous Group or JIG) was established to provide advice, recommendations and input to the project.