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    09032: Managing and restoring WA’s priority waterways

    Riparian revegetation conducted as part of this project. Courtesy Patricia Pedelty, Department of Water
    Riparian revegetation conducted as part of this project. Courtesy Patricia Pedelty, Department of Water

    This project focuses on 22 waterways throughout the South Coast, South West, Swan-Avon, and Mid West Gascoyne regions. The Department of Water has identified these waterways as high value and under threat from pressures such as:

    • land development
    • livestock grazing
    • climate change
    • decline in water quality.

    The department is working with local catchment groups and the community to improve the management and condition of these waterways. Works focus on implementing best management practices to:

    • manage stock access
    • reduce bank erosion
    • promote regeneration of native plant species
    • maintain native fish stocks
    • improve fish migration
    • improve biodiversity values
    • improve water quality.

    A 'report card' summarising the impacts of climatic stresses on aquatic ecosystems and identifying gaps in knowledge and key adaptation strategies will be produced.

    This report will act as a catalyst for change and give NRM groups the necessary information to choose adaptation strategies for a drying climate and to prioritise areas for funding across the state.

    Investment: $ 1 940 000
    In-kind contribution: $ 100 380
    Delivery organisation: Department of Water
    Project duration: December 2009 - March 2012
    Location: Statewide

    Major project achievements

    • In the Avon region 24.5 km of fencing was installed along waterways; 18.3 ha of weeds were controlled; 18.3 ha of revegetation was carried out; and 10 000 tones of sediment were removed from pools along the Mortlock River.
    • In the mid-west region 41.8 km of fencing was installed along waterways; 25.4 ha of weeds were controlled; 24 ha of revegetation was carried out; 2 km of walk trails were constructed to protect vegetation from trampling; and 2 educational signs were erected.
    • In the south coast region 79 km of fencing was installed along waterways; 26 ha of weeds were controlled; 56.6 ha of revegetation was carried out; and 4 educational events were held.
    • In the south west region 37 km of fencing was installed along waterways; 136 ha of weeds were controlled; 41.5 ha of revegetation was carried out; 2 stock crossings were installed; and 4 educational events were held.
    • A forum of 100 key stakeholders met to discuss the management of waterways at a state-wide level. The forum raised awareness of climate change scenarios and their impact; identified some of WA's most unreliable aquatic ecosystems; and identified knowledge gaps, research and policy to address the management implications of climate change.

    Project partners

    Avon Valley Environmental Society; Shire of Goomalling; Department of Water; Bundybunna Aboriginal Corporation; Department of Environment and Conservation; Shire of Irwin; Shire of Northampton; Shire of Gingin; Lower Moore River Working Group; Moore Catchment Council; West Koojan Gillingarra LCDC; Dongara District High School; Department of Treasury and Finance; Geological Survey of WA; Office of Shared Services; Northern Agricultural Catchment Council; Esperance Regional Forum; Oyster Harbour Catchment Group; South West Catchments Council; Shire of Capel; International volunteers; Curtin University; Shire of Busselton; Shire of Augusta Margaret River; Water Corporation; Cowaramup Primary School; Margaret River Primary School and Montessori School; Lower Blackwood LCDC; Friends of the Lower Blackwood; Augusta Community Nursery; Geographe Community Nursery; Australind Senior High School; Parkfield Primary School; Vietnam Veterans; Friends of Local Reserve Areas; Department of Planning; Shire of Dardanup; Shire of Harvey; National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility; Murdoch University; CSIRO; University of Western Australia; Edith Cowan University; Office of the Environmental Protection Authority; Monash University; Subterranean Ecology Pty Ltd; Bennelongia Pty Ltd; Office of Climate Change; Peel-Harvey Catchment Council; Swan River Trust; many rural landowners

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