13069: Biodiversity planting to protect and connect Bitter Water Creek-lines and wetlands in the Fitzgerald Biosphere

    Dillon Bay Farm, 10 kilometres west of Bremer Bay in the south coast shire of Jerramungup, contains the head waters of the Bitter Water Creek drainage system.

    Water erosion has become a serious threat to the drainage system which flows into Dillon Bay Coastal Reserve. Major rainfall events have resulted in severe erosion of creek banks and significant loss of soil - up to two meters in places. Old growth Banksia populations and coastal moort, peppermint trees and understorey species have been impacted.

    This project will complete a decade of biodiversity restoration work on Dillon Bay Farm. The last remaining un-protected drainage lines on the property will be fenced and revegetated.

    A total of 50 hectares of cleared farm land will be protected, enhancing remnant vegetation along the creek system and providing a conservation corridor for native animals. These works will also help stabilise the area and improve water quality downstream.

    Investment: $ 22 000
    Delivery organisation: Banjelungup Aboriginal Corporation
    Project duration: February 2014 - December 2015
    Location: Dillon Bay Farm - 10km west of Bremer Bay in the shire of Jerramungup
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