Lake Condah Restoration Project

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The project provided data on eels and fish species on the lead up to restoring permanent water to Lake Condah, which is at the heart of Gundtitjmara country and the Budj Bim National Heritage Landscape.

The restoration will enhance the unique biodiversity of the Budj Bim landscape and reactivate the ancient stone aquaculture system that covers nearly 100km2.

The Gunditjmara people developed Australia's oldest and largest aquaculture system for the farming of eels, The restoration is an integral objective of the Lake Condah Sustainable Development Project.

The study has created a partnership between the Gunditjmara community through the Budj Bim Rangers Program and the Department of Sustainability and Environment's Arthur Rylah Institute of Environmental Research.

The study tracked the migration of short-finned eels and tupong using acoustic tracking technology. The study documented previously unknown movement patterns of both species, which has important implications for their management and conservation.

The project was a finalist in the Banksia Environmental Awards in the Indigenous Caring for Country and People's choice award categories.

The Lake Condah story appears in the Victorian Government's River Health Program Report Card 2002-2009. Copies are available from CMA offices.