The restoration of the 8,750 hectare Winton Wetlands is a project of national scientific, cultural and environmental significance, and will be the largest wetland restoration project in the southern hemisphere. Located in North East Victoria along the Hume Highway between the regional townships of Benalla and Wangaratta, the Winton Wetlands Reserve has more than 3000 hectares of wetlands surrounded by substantial areas of redgum and box grassy woodlands.
The project aims to create a major national facility for wetland education, and research as well as demonstrate best practice natural resource management, and develop nature based tourism activities and recreation. The development of these facilities as well as increasing national interest in the project are expected to provide significant economic benefits to the region.
The local and regional community will have the opportunity to participate directly in the project, through education, research and active involvement in the restoration and management of the Winton Wetlands Reserve.