Why is the Coorong important?
The Coorong is a national treasure, with its natural beauty, abundant wildlife and unspoilt coastline, making it one of South Australia’s most loved and most visited tourist destinations.
The Coorong is also of enormous cultural significance to its Traditional Owners and First Nations.
This special wetland is home to an amazing number of water birds and supports endangered migratory birds from across the world, threatened wildlife and rare plants, and is an important breeding area for the Australian pelican.
The Coorong’s health is also important to the entire Murray-Darling Basin system, which supports Australia’s ‘food bowl’ and is home to more than two million people.
Why do we need an Action Plan?
During the Millennium Drought the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth region was teetering on the verge of complete environmental collapse.
While the majority of the site is slowly recovering, the ecology of the Coorong South Lagoon remains in a degraded state.
River systems die from the mouth up, which is why restoring the Coorong’s health is important to the entire Murray Darling Basin.
How has the Action Plan been developed?
In 2018 the South Australia Government commissioned the Goyder Institute for Water Research to prepare the Goyder Expert Panel Report (PDF downloads) and convened the Coorong Summit (PDF report downloads) to develop a working vision and collective solutions for the Coorong South Lagoon.
What is included in the Action Plan?
The Healthy Coorong, Healthy Basin Action Plan will be delivered through a series of inter-related projects. These projects will deliver immediate actions that have been identified as clear opportunities to improve the ecology, knowledge and management of the Coorong, as well as investigating longer term actions, which require further trials, investigations and feasibility assessments before a decision regarding action can be made.
Find out more about our key actions.
How can I be more involved?
As part of the Project Coorong initiative, a new Coorong Partnership will be established to provide local communities and groups with an unprecedented opportunity to help shape the work to be undertaken.
The Coorong Partnership will provide community insight, ideas and perspectives to inform government decision making and ensure that management actions incorporate local knowledge and contribute to achieving community needs and aspirations.
To find out more about the Action Plan, Coorong Partnership, volunteering opportunities, and to subscribe to the newsletter visit the Project Coorong website.