RESTORATION TRIAL AT GOOSENECK SWAMP, GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK

Gooseneck Swamp is situated at the far south-eastern corner of the Grampians National Park in Victoria’s South West. Gooseneck Swamp and Brady Swamp are wetlands of the Wannon River Floodplain, as the river reaches the flats after exiting the valley between the Serra and Mt William Ranges within the Grampians.

Having been made the terminus for discharging flows from the Bunnugal Rural Drainage Area from around 1900 (bringing water from the drained Heifer Swamp), both Gooseneck and Brady Swamp were themselves subsequently drained in in the 1950s.

Although Gooseneck Swamp naturally discharges into Brady Swamp, it must fill to a certain height before the natural discharge channel and wider connecting floodplain receive flows. As a result, the artificial cutting in the lunette bank that separates Gooseneck Swamp from Brady Swamp, was enabling the swamp to freely drain to its bed level once inflows ceased. The images below show the location of the lunette bank that separates the two swamps, the original flowpath and the artificial cutting.

Interest in the restoration of Gooseneck Swamp began in the mid 1980s, when the property was acquired by the Victorian Government and eventually incorporated into the Grampians National Park. In 2013, after many years of work, modelling studies and biological investigations by a range of organisations, Nature Glenelg Trust began working towards a staged process of restoration at the site in partnership with the Glenelg Hopkins CMA, Parks Victoria and local landholders – starting with a proposal to construct a low cost and low risk trial sandbag weir structure in the Gooseneck Swamp artificial outlet drain.

Thanks to the support of the Department of Environment and Primary Industries – Communities for Nature Grants, the restoration trial structure was completed and in place in August 2013.

For more information on the step-by-step progress of the trial, please browse the project blogs, via the links below.

  • An exciting citizen science opportunity in the Grampians awaits You! April 27, 2021
    We are in the early stages of developing a volunteer-based wetland monitoring program to learn more about the ecological responses of two restored wetland systems in the southern Grampians.The Walker, Gooseneck, and Brady Swamp wetland complex, and Green Swamp, have undergone significant hydrological changes over the past few years, with support and involvement from the ...
  • A weekend of wetland exploration with the South East Australian Naturalists’ Association April 27, 2021
    On the weekend of the 17th and 18th of April, the Hamilton Field Naturalists’ Club hosted the South East Australian Naturalists’ Association (SEANA) autumn 2021 campout. The event had been cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19, so it was great to see it go ahead this year! The South East Australian Naturalists’ Association links Field ...
  • Exploring NGT restored wetlands – School holiday adventures January 21, 2021
    A lot of ecological restoration, management and science involves sitting at a desk, but I have a strong belief that ecologists should regularly spend time in the ecosystems on which they work. Not just focused work time, with specific tasks to achieve, but leisure time as well. Just relaxing and playing around nature improves ecological ...
  • Under the surface – the latest round of aquatic fauna assessments in the Wannon River wetlands January 21, 2021
    Since the initial restoration trials at Gooseneck and Brady Swamp, we have been keeping an eye on how the fish and frogs are doing. A key justification for restoring hydrology is to ensure that these species have an opportunity to breed and for many species, wetland inundation into late spring is crucial. Being at the ...
  • Revisiting the RRR Conference – Part 2 – Breaking long-term deadlocks to restore wetlands on public and private land May 10, 2018
    Next up in this series (note: you can see Part 1 here) of short 2-page papers I wrote-up after presenting at the Restore, Regenerate, Revegetate  (RRR) Conference in Armidale last year, is a story describing how NGT worked with a wide range of people to progress two proposed restoration projects that stalled for many years (for different reasons) and as ...
  • Grampians wetlands update December 6, 2017
    After last year’s wet season, the 2017 wet season has snuck under the radar and with lots of other jobs on the go, I hadn’t been up to the Grampians to check in on Gooseneck and Brady Swamps for a while.  Well I wasn’t disappointed when I finally did! Both wetlands are looking the best I ...
  • Growlers Bouncing Back at Brady Swamp December 6, 2016
    Being out on Brady Swamp in a kayak, looking up at the Grampians and listening to the awe-inspiring sound of growling grass frogs (also called southern bell frogs) was one of those moments of self-reflection. A time to stop and truly appreciate how lucky you are to be doing what you’re doing.Growling grass frogTo refresh ...
  • Grampians Platypus sighting gains lots of interest September 23, 2016
    After the recent post about a Platypus sighting, we received some fantastic feedback from our newsletter subscribers. Ryan Duffy from Parks Victoria said the sighting caused a bit of excitement in their Grampians office, because the only official records and recent sightings from within the National Park are on the MacKenzie River, in a separate catchment in the northern portion ...
  • Rare sighting of a platypus caught on video between Gooseneck and Walker Swamp September 20, 2016
    I was just starting to stroll into the Grampians National Park, along the drain that flows from Walker Swamp towards Gooseneck Swamp off Lynchs Crossing Road, when something caught my eye in the drain…      Is that a water rat?      No, that’s a bill – it is a platypus! That was the moment I ...
  • Update on southern Grampians restored wetlands – the flows have arrived! August 30, 2016
    Last week I took the opportunity to check back in on some of the restoration sites we have been working on around the southern Grampians, and I have some good news! Let’s start the journey a bit further east, and up the Bunnugal drain, to one of the first sites we worked on under the Wetland ...

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