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    10025: Moresby Range plan implementation – phase 2 and engagement

    Surface water control banks were constructed to manage water erosion on the steep slopes. Courtesy Barbara Morrell, State NRM Office.
    Surface water control banks were constructed to manage water erosion on the steep slopes. Courtesy Barbara Morrell, State NRM Office.

    The Moresby Range is a prominent feature east of Geraldton. The City of Geraldton-Greenough and the Shire of Chapman Valley have recommended the area be established as a public park. Under the management plan, the park would become an asset likely to be valued by locals and visitors alike.

    This project will continue the works started under a previous State NRM project (09078) and achieve the recommendations of the operational plan developed under that grant.

    The project will have three main activities: revegetation, fencing and surface water management. A combination of tube stock planting and direct seeding will be used to revegetate 20 hectares of the western slope of the Moresby Range to reduce sediment loss, and provide improved habitat to enhance natural revegetation processes. An additional 25 ha of slopes and mesa will also be revehetated.

    Investment: $ 50 000
    In-kind contribution: $ 40 080
    Other contribution: $ 10 500
    Delivery organisation: Shire of Chapman Valley
    Project duration: August 2011 - August 2012
    Location: Southern part of Moresby Range

    Major project achievements

    • Revegetation and  foundations for future revegetation was successful.

    • 2.5km surface water management.

    • 2kg seed collected, cleaned and distributed.

    • 45ha of revegetation area sprayed and 14, 000 tube stock planted.

    Lessons learnt

     

    • Weather prevented sufficient weed treatments prior to plantings - time management is key.
    • Feral animal control needs to be assessed and addressed before planting to increase seedling survival.

    Project partners

    Schools; Durack College of TAFE; Venturers; Farmers

    More information

    Shire of Chapman Valley (08) 9920 5011 or admin@chapmanvalley.wa.gov.au

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