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    13057: Protecting the biodiversity values of Windich Springs and its catchment through collaborative land management on the Canning Stock Route

    Pastoralist Ken Shaw of Cunyu station describing erosion issues in Windich Springs catchment to project participants Trackcare WA and Wiluna Martu Ranger team. Courtesy Barry Hooper
    Pastoralist Ken Shaw of Cunyu station describing erosion issues in Windich Springs catchment to project participants Trackcare WA and Wiluna Martu Ranger team. Courtesy Barry Hooper

    Windich Springs are located on the Canning Stock Route in the mid-west shire of Wiluna.

    The springs form a long waterway filled with gum trees that provide a natural water source for people and animals. The site is recognised as a nationally important wetland because of its biodiversity and habitat values. It also has heritage and cultural significance.

    The Canning Stock Route is traversed by around 2000 vehicles each year and the track to the north of the spring is suffering from severe erosion. The erosion is causing broad scale stripping of topsoil, loss of vegetation and damage to the spring.

    This project aims to protect the natural values of Windich Springs by bringing together local Aboriginal groups, pastoralist and four-wheel-drive groups to manage the erosion problem.

    Project activities include:

    • collaborative land management planning
    • repair and construction of erosion control structures
    • fencing to control feral animals and protect vegetation
    • implementation of a tourist management to help protect the site.
    Investment: $ 45 950
    Delivery organisation: Central Desert Native Title Services
    Project duration: December 2013 - June 2015
    Location: Windich Springs, Well 4 Canning Stock Route. Shire of Wiluna
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