The Living Murray

The Flooding for Life project aims to provide environmental flows to Gunbower Creek and restore regular flooding to Gunbower Forest, ensuring the future health of this important wetland forest and the plants and animals that depend on water to flourish.

The project incorporates a combination of environmental watering, engineering works, monitoring, indigenous partnership programs and Community engagement. To date, the project has been largely funded through The Living Murray program.

Environmental Watering of Gunbower Forest

An environmental water allocation of 66 gigalitres, is being delivered to the forest using the newly constructed Hipwell Road infrastructure. The watering event started in late May and will continue through to October.

The delivery of the water is considered vital for sustaining the forest's unique River Red Gums, wetlands and wildlife.

Access to some parts of the forest may be restricted during June 2014 - January 2015 as the environmental water delivery spills out into the forest.  Popular camping and fishing areas along Gunbower Creek will still be accessible.

For further information on forest access, domestic firewood collection and camping, contact DEPI on 136 186 or visit the DEPI public access map at or Parks Vic on 13 19 63

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The beautiful Flooding for Life coffee table book is also available to view by clicking here. Due to the large size of this file it may take a few minutes to download, it also requires Adobe Flash Player to view correctly.

Flooding for life Community Newsletter

Additional information:

Project contacts:

Anna Chatfield
Gunbower Forest Project Manager

Kathryn Stanislawski
Gunbower Forest Project Manager