STATE NRM OFFICE

Natural Resource Management in Western Australia

11049: Targeting riparian habitat in the King River - stage 1

Ashton Mills fenced off his section of the King River to protect the waterway and make managing his livestock enterprise easier. Courtesy Neil Worrell.
Ashton Mills fenced off his section of the King River to protect the waterway and make managing his livestock enterprise easier. Courtesy Neil Worrell.

This project will target a 15 km section of the King River in the Oyster Harbour catchment as part of a staged approach to improve waterway condition.

This section of the river has a high proportion of lifestyle landholders and is a hotspot for nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment contributions into the harbour.

Landholders will be directly engaged to build their awareness and understanding of waterway health and appropriate land management practices around waterways. They will also be encouraged to participate in planning and natural resource management activities.

Fifteen kilometres of fencing will be installed along unprotected sections of the river and Weeds of National Significance and other priority weeds will be controlled over 40 ha of riparian land.

Oyster Harbour is one of only a few estuaries permanently open to the ocean in the south coast region and is an important nursery for at least 49 estuarine fish species, including the western pygmy perch.

Macro algal blooms caused by nutrients entering the harbour from the surrounding catchment have led to an 80% decrease in seagrass in the harbour over the last 40 years. These seagrasses provide important habitat and food sources for fish and other fauna.

Investment: $ 49 640
Delivery organisation: Oyster Harbour Catchment Group
Project duration: July 2012 - December 2013
Location: King River, between Albany Highway and Chesterpass Road in Albany

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