10022: Upper Chapman River Catchment action plan implementation

    Fencing to protect remnant vegetation. Courtesy Barbara Morrell, State NRM Office
    Fencing to protect remnant vegetation. Courtesy Barbara Morrell, State NRM Office

    Nearly 50 farmers have been involved in the development and implementation of the Chapman River Catchment action plan since 2007.

    This project aims to continue implementation of the plan, with a focus on improving natural resource and soil management in the broader Chapman and Greenough river catchments. It will also increase skill levels to enable landholders to combat significant environmental issues in the region.

    At least 100 ha of remnant vegetation will be fenced to protect biodiversity and watercourses, and to enhance natural regeneration.

    Surface water management actions will include contouring or levelling banks to protect and manage highly active watercourses and reduce sediment load to the Chapman River.

    Investment: $ 50 000
    In-kind contribution: $ 48 900
    Other contribution: $ 8 500
    Delivery organisation: Shire of Chapman Valley
    Project duration: August 2011 - August 2012
    Location: Targeted area of Chapman River catchment, from Durawah Gully junction to Yuna, 70 km north-east of Geraldton

    Major project achievements

    • Collaboration and involvement with farmers enabled issues to be addressed or resolved; soil and natural resource management is necessary.

    • Severe erosion was managed through 2.5km surface water banks.

    • 246ha of remnant vegetation was fenced to reduce public access.

    Lessons Learnt

    • Contractors with ideal experience and accreditation in surface water management impeded the project - prior to the project this should have been addressed.

    Project partners

    Local Farmers; Landcare and Environmental Coordinator; Natural Resource Management Office and Shire Admin staff; Systems of Landcare.

    More information

    Shire of Chapman Valley, (08) 9920 5011 or

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