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gippslandscapes podcast

An occasional podcast series from  the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority in Victoria, Australia.

The series aims to highlight some of the many people and groups working and volunteering their time to improve the environment in our area.

The podcast will also look at such things as regenerative agriculture, developments in farm practice including irrigation practice.

For more information or to contact the producers of the podcast please visit

Sep 13, 2019

Gary Howard’s first recollection of the area known as The Heart Morass, near Sale was back in the mid-70s when the property was still managed as a farm, the water in the Latrobe River was fresh and the whole area looked, in Gary’s words, “phenomenal”.

But how can a wetland suddenly become such a hostile and harsh environment? 

However, he, along with countless volunteers, have been carefully and judiciously bringing the almost 3200 acres of wetland back to life since taking co-ownership of it in 2006 through a partnership with the Hugh D.T. Williamson Philanthropic Trust, the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA), Field and Game Australia and Watermark.

More information about the Heart Morass and the work that has been done over the last 12 years can be found at