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    09061: Camm River paleo-valley rehabilitation

    Wave Rock in Hyden is a major tourist attraction being protected through activities of this project. Courtesy Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia
    Wave Rock in Hyden is a major tourist attraction being protected through activities of this project. Courtesy Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia

    This project encapsulates a variety of significant cultural and natural assets associated with Wave Rock, the Camm River paleo-valley and surrounding agricultural land.

    These areas are under threat from poor surface water management, which is resulting in:

    • waterlogging
    • salinisation
    • wind erosion

    Such effects are causing significant decline in aesthetic and ecological values.

    Various unique vegetation and fauna species are directly associated with the rock, and the adjacent Camm River paleo-valley is an important remnant corridor that extends from Lake Gounter through to Graham Rock, and includes two substantial nature reserves.

    The project area also incorporates adjacent agricultural land where cropping, stock and revegetation programs will be affected, if existing salinity and wind erosion problems continue to spread.

    With the help of funding from the State NRM Program, community members and landholders worked together to address wind erosion, salt degradation and the aesthetic decline of the Wave Rock Tourist Precinct, Camm River paleo-valley and adjacent farmland.

    On-ground works focused on improving surface water management, such as bunding and angle levelling to spoon drains, and revegetation.

    Investment: $ 165 000
    In-kind contribution: $ 57 712
    Other contribution: $ 37 000
    Delivery organisation: Hyden Lions Club
    Project duration: April 2010 - April 2011
    Location: Wave Rock, Hyden

    Major project achievements

    Excess water redirected away from at-risk Wave Rock Reserve and tourist areas.

    Project partners

    Hyden Progress Association; Wave Rock Tourism Development; Hyden Hotel/Wave Rock Enterprises; Shire of Kondinin; Mouritz Earthmoving; Darren Farmer (hydrologist); Peter Lacombe (revegetation); Landcare (Stephen Fry); Department of Water; Wheatbelt NRM; Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia; Department of Environment and Conservation

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