We are working directly with farmers in the Lower Sabina District to reduce nutrients entering local waterways.
A farmer-led approach will ensure that funding and technical support is provided where it is most needed.
Incentives are available for on-ground works such as:
Revegetation – funding for the purchase of plants; farmers responsible for planting.
Fencing – capped funding for purchase of materials; farmers responsible for installation and maintenance.
Soil testing – subsidised soil testing and nutrient mapping to inform fertiliser decisions.
Tissue testing – subsidised testing to inform fertiliser decisions and pasture management.
Nutrient management plans – subsidised plans developed in conjunction with an agronomist to identify nutrient hotspots and opportunities to minimise risk of nutrient export from the farm.
A Sabina River Farmer Group is being established to allow farmers the opportunity to provide input into the project, as well as to provide additional technical support and networking to build capacity and skills in sustainable agriculture. The first meeting was held in December 2019 – find out more! Please contact us if you’d like to be part of this Farmer Group, who will meet again in early 2020.
The Lower Sabina District has been chosen because it is a relatively small catchment with leaky soils and high nutrient landuses, which can contribute high nutrient loads to the Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands if not managed carefully.
This project is part of the Revitalising Geographe Waterways program.