Protecting Mitchell River Silt Jetties from erosion

Thursday 14 November, 2019

To ensure visitors and the community can enjoy the iconic and naturally formed Mitchell River Silt Jetties at Eagle Point on the Gippsland Lakes for generations to come, this month Parks Victoria is undertaking erosion prevention works.

This multi-stage project originally commenced in 2015 successfully stabilising both the southern and northern silt jetties. This phase of the works will be focusing primarily on the shoreline of the southern silt jetty of this internationally significant geomorphological feature. 

To ensure visitor safety while large machinery is in operation, pedestrians and vehicles will not be permitted to access the last two kilometres of Rivermouth Road, extending from the Parks Victoria visitor toilet to Point Dawson until mid-December 2019.

In addition to the Mitchell River Silt Jetties restoration works, Parks Victoria is undertaking a larger program of conservation works to protect and increase the ecological values of the Gippsland Lakes.

Other projects include fox control to support threatened shorebirds, weed control to improve habitat for migratory and endemic birdlife and pest animal control to reduce the impacts on threatened vegetation communities.

This project is being funded by the Victorian State Government and is part of the Gippsland Lakes Coordinating Committee program being facilitated by the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority to protect and enhance natural values within the Gippsland Lakes system.

Quotes, attributed to Parks Victoria District Manager Mr William McCutcheon

“These iconic and naturally formed jetties are incredibly vulnerable to erosion from wave and wind action.  So, we are pleased to be able to partner with other agencies to continue the vital works and ensure the jetties are protected into the future.”


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