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    13068: Yakamia Creek community weed control and revegetation

    Peter Morris (friends of Yakamia Creek) planting sedges in the Creek. Karen McKeough, Albany Community Environment Centre.
    Peter Morris (friends of Yakamia Creek) planting sedges in the Creek. Karen McKeough, Albany Community Environment Centre.

    Yakamia Creek is the major urban waterway of Albany. It drains a catchment area of approximately 21 square kilometres which contains urban, industrial and rural land uses.

    The Creek flows into Oyster Harbour, a nationally significant wetland.

    'Yakamia' means the home of the long necked turtle according to the Minang Aboriginal people of Albany and the Creek is a registered Aboriginal heritage site.

    Inappropriate drainage practices and pollution from surrounding land uses, clearing of native vegetation and weed invasion have left Yakamia Creek in poor condition. It now contributes significant volumes of nutrients and pollutants to Oyster Harbour.

    This project will build on the work of two recently completed 'living stream' restoration projects, with the ultimate goal of seeing the long-necked turtle return to creek.

    Local community members and school students will be engaged in weeding and planting activities and shown how their day to day activities impact the creek.

    Investment: $ 10 020
    Delivery organisation: Albany Community Environment Centre
    Project duration: January 2014 - November 2015
    Location: Crown Reserve 30588, Barnesby Drive, Yakamia, ALBANY
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