About the Groups of Forests
We define the Group of Forests as the River Red Gum Forests of Koondrook-Perricoota (NSW) and Gunbower (VIC) This group of forest spans from of Echuca (VIC) and spans over 50,000ha of River Murray floodplains. The forests are considered both an icon site and Ramsar protected sites.
The forests have traditionally received natural flows from the Murray River, with frequent flooding occurring. Since the introduction of more regulated irrigation, there has been a change in the natural occurrence of flooding which has seen a decline in the productivity of the forest; it's effects shown in the decline of native wildlife and vegetation.
Western Murray Land Improvement's role is to:
- Communicate community needs and it's vision for the forest.
- Help enhance the condition of the forests, including sourcing funding for and completing revegetation, improving the condition of native wildlife, improve environmental benefits....
- Improve community knowledge of the forest's profile and it's cultural significance through information sessions, communication materials, and field trips
- Provide administrative assistance to the Koondrook Perricoota Alliance (KPA) made up of landholders, community groups, local government and industry members.
Our community's vision for the forest
In 2021, a community vision was developed for the Koondrook-Perricoota Forest.
The community want:
The community want:
"A healthy working forest where native species can flourish, and where local communities can connect and co-manage the forest for future generations."
Who we work with
We work with a small team of experienced and skilled consultants
DOD Hutton, Director (Consultant)
Hailing from the UK, Dan cut his teeth as a grazing & pastoral property manager in far western QLD.
He ran his own consultancy for over 10 years in this field before making the move over to Forestry, working in native hardwood plantations and ecology departments before his role as icon site manager and project manager.
Dan now runs his own private consultancy business DOD Hutton based in Deniliquin NSW. He specialises in field work, water management and he also facilitates indigenous and broader community liaison/consultation.
DR JOHN CONALLIN
PhD, Freshwater Fisheries
John holds a PhD in Natural Sciences....
John's work focusses on capacity building through research of local stakeholders (primarily government and NGOs) with an emphasis on learning and pragmatism balanced with precision and acquiring evidence for use within decision making.
John has also worked and based his research extensively in South East Asia with native fish communities in Myanmar.
Bio-Anthropology & Archaeology
Originally from Canadian, Colin moved to Australia in X and has been conducting his research on indigenous since X. Colin has been integral in the Colin's main areas of interest are...
The Koondrook Perricoota Alliance (KPA) was established on 16 July 2013 in partnership between the Joint Indigenous Group (JIG) and the Community Operational and Planning Assessment Committee (COPAC) which were established after construction of the Koondrook Perricoota Forest Flood Enhancement Project (KPFFEP).
The KPA is formed by community, local government and industry members that have a vested interest in how environmental watering is managed in the Koondrook- Perricoota Forest.