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    12079: Protecting, maintaining and restoring refuges for aquatic life within the Yule Brook waterway and Bickley Reservoir

    Feral Koi found in the Welshpool Road wetlands during faunal habitat surveys of the Yule Brook catchment and Bickley Brook Reservoir. Courtesy South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare Inc.
    Feral Koi found in the Welshpool Road wetlands during faunal habitat surveys of the Yule Brook catchment and Bickley Brook Reservoir. Courtesy South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare Inc.

    Yule Brook flows into the lower Canning River, providing an important supply of fresh water, essential to the survival of many aquatic species, including rare freshwater mussels. Housing density in the urban - semi-rural area surrounding the Brook is planned to increase placing more pressure on the waterway and its inhabitants.

    Bickley Reservoir, to the east of Yule Brook, is in the process of being "unproclaimed" as a drinking water source. Opportunities exist for rehabilitation of the Reservoir and investigation of environmental water releases for the waterway below.

    Very little research has been done in either waterway to identify important reaches, corridors, or deep pools that provide habitat essential to the long-term survival local fauna.

    This project will identify and prioritise habitat hotspots for fishes, turtles, birds, mussels, crayfishes and macro-invertebrates in both waterways to assist in the development of management strategies for their protection and restoration.

    Research activities of this project will be conducted in partnership with the Freshwater Fish Group and Fish Health Unit at Murdoch University.

    Investment: $ 40 300
    Delivery organisation: South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare Inc
    Project duration: February 2013 - June 2014
    Location: Yule Brook and Bickley Reservoir, Perth

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