Whittaker’s Lagoon showcases OzFish’s commitment to building partnerships in local communities to revive habitats and fishing locations in a sustainable way that creates a thriving ecosystem for fish and other wildlife.

1 Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

assessment completed

10 community

events and camps

280 hours


Reviving a lagoon for the benefit of the community

The program at Whittaker’s Lagoon has not only protected and enhanced Aboriginal cultural fishing but has also helped to protect threatened native fish species in the area. 

Whittaker’s Lagoon had been impacted by upstream river changes and disconnected from natural river flows due to development. The work led by OzFish to revive the lagoon means the seven-hectare site is now home to an increasing number of fish. 

The restoration work and community engagement activities have also seen a resurgence in aquatic plants, turtles, yabbies and frog species, including the Barking marsh frog, and white-necked herons.


It is now a thriving environment and is delivering benefits including enhancing skillsets across fishing, project management, and ecological knowledge, as well as strengthening cultural connections.

At Whittaker’s Lagoon, OzFish has created the foundations for long-term sustainable management of a recreational fishery through developing local volunteers.

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JULY 2023 | OzFish empowers Indigenous students to reconnect with Country at special lagoon

The beautiful Whittaker’s Lagoon has been a special place near Moree, NSW for thousands of years and OzFish Unlimited proudly helped local Indigenous youth reconnect during NAIDOC week.  A group of around 20 locals participated in a two-day culture camp on Kamilaroi/Gomeroi Country to hear about star stories like the emu in the sky and learn about the ancient native grains found in the area. Kerrie Saunders from Yinnar-ma Bush Tucker tours and local OzFish Gomeroi/Kamilaroi Cultural Officer Michael Kirk taught the students in nature’s outdoor living classroom. OzFish teamed up with Miyay Birray Youth Services and Moree Local Aboriginal Land Council to host the camp. It was part of OzFish’s

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JUNE 2023 | Lagoon habitat restoration brings classroom learning to life in Moree

Whittaker’s Lagoon in Moree, a culturally significant site for the Gomeroi/Kamilaroi people, has been transformed into a unique ‘living classroom’ for high school students to learn about the environment and traditional ways of caring for Country. The Whittaker’s Lagoon living classroom encourages Moree Secondary College students to engage in cultural learning and works to protect and boost the health of rivers, wetlands and threatened species. OzFish Unlimited, Australia’s only recreational fishing charity, is leading the project in partnership with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE), NSW Department of Education, Moree Local Aboriginal Land Council, Northern Slopes Landcare, Moree Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and

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This project has been supported by NSW Local Land Services, NSW DPI Fisheries, BCF – Boating, Camping, Fishing, Gunimma native nursery, Moree local aboriginal lands council, Yinarr-Ma cultural tours, Miyay Birray Youth services, BackTrack youth services, Flat track youth services, Regional industry Education partnerships training services, NSW education department, Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Moree, Connected communities strategy Moree and . Elements of the project are also being delivered in partnership with Landcare NSW through the OzFish Landcare Partnership Driving Fish Habitat Action.

Thanks to the OzFish Landcare NSW partnership, there are now more much-needed fish habitat projects underway across New South Wales

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