10048: Improving the health, water quality and community awareness of Dunns Swamp at Hopetoun

    Dunns Swamp is historically and ecologically significant to Hopetoun. It is the only permanent water body in the Hopetoun area and provides valuable habitat for a wide range of unique birdlife.

    The condition of the site was assessed in 2007 with the preparation of the Management Plan for Lake Shaster and Jerdacuttup wetland suites. The site was studied again in 2009 under the Department of Water Hopetoun Wetland Mapping, Classification and Evaluation Project.

    Birdlife within the swamp has been surveyed quarterly over the past two years as part of a local study. These surveys highlighted the need for weed control and increased community awareness of the swamp system.

    With the help of State NRM Program funding, this project will implement works to improve the riparian health and water quality of Dunns Swamp. Activities planned include:

    • weed control
    • site clean-up
    • installation of signage for community education and awareness
    • community field day.
    Investment: $ 11 000
    In-kind contribution: $ 3 900
    Delivery organisation: Ravensthorpe Agricultural Initiative Network
    Project duration: September 2012 - November 2012
    Location: Dunns Swamp, 3.5 km north-east of Hopetoun within the Jerdacuttup River catchment

    Major project achievements

    • An infestation of African boxthorn was controlled along with other weeds around the swamp.
    • Community Busy Bees attracted 28 volunteers who participated in weeding and discussions regarding educational signature and the swamp's ecology and health.
    • Three educational signs were produced and installed to increase environmental awareness.
    • Water quality, groundwater levels and habitat values for native flora and fauna were monitored.

    Project partners

    Culham Inlet Management Group; Department of Agriculture and Food WA; Ravensthorpe Historical Society; Department of Water; South Coast NRM

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