15066: Conserving and enhancing the Moore's natural biodiversity assets
The Moore River Catchment covers 1.38 million hectares
with 80% of the catchment being classed as agricultural land. The
principal focus of the catchment is the Moore River - an iconic
natural ecological and cultural asset which need protecting for the
The upper catchment plays a major role in grain and sheep production for WA and so is mostly broadacre farming land. The catchment has a high level of biodiversity with the majority of remnant vegetation and Moore River creeks and tributaries being located on private land. This makes private landholders the main custodians of Moore River catchment natural ecological assets in the upper Moore.
The Dalaroo reserve is a 10ha Salmon/York Gum woodland remnant north of Moora which contains a good quality vegetation including feed species for Carnaby's Black Cockatoo. The reserve is also important historically as it was an original townsite in 1848 and housed many local Aboriginals. Today's Yued community have a close connection to the reserve through ancestors who were born and lived there.
Agricultural practices are the main pressures affecting the condition of the Moore river riparian zone and the native remnants. Stock pressure causing compaction and land degradation leaves it susceptible to wind and water erosion, as well are reducing the regeneration ability of the native species. Extensive land clearance on farms has encouraged rising groundwater thus causing widespread salinity problems in the riparian zones.
Reduced native vegetation cover leads to introduced weeds species. Introduction of feral pests and weeds through farming practices creates competition for survival for both the native flora and fauna also leading to a lack of native biodiversity. DAFWA's Moore River appraisal 2002 identifies the Moore catchment to 'have retained approx a quarter of its original vegetation of which 80 species of priority flora and 40 species of rare flora has been identified'. Much of the native vegetation in the upper catchment is now highly fragmented and degraded which threatens native flora and fauna biodiversity and habitat, including the endangered Carnaby's Black Cockatoo and Malleefowl species.
The Dalaroo reserve is threatened from people dumping rubbish and driving over the vegetation. The Yued people and their local heritage stories are in danger of being lost and forgotten.
This project will provide financial assistance to landholders in the upper Moore River Catchment to fence off and/or re-vegetate sections of Moore River, and protect and connect up remnant native vegetation. One site has already been chosen as the farmer David Glasfurd approached MCC to carry out a re-vegetation project. MCC will actively promote the benefits to landholders of retaining and increasing native vegetation on their property through production of a short film. Activities to include:
• Re-vegetating 15ha cleared land with native species;
• 5km of fencing to protect and connect up native remnant vegetation;
• Production of a short film to showcase landholders protecting and enhancing their native vegetation;
• Engagement of Yued community works crew to protect and enhance Dalaroo Reserve through fencing, rubbish collection and interpretative signage, and opening event
|Investment:||$ 34 500|
|In-kind contribution:||$ 91 860|
|Delivery organisation:||Moore Catchment Council|
|Project duration:||July 2016 - December 2017|