This project focuses on rivercare initiatives in the recovery catchments identified in the Water Quality Improvement Plan for the Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands and Geographe Bay (WQIP) through on ground works such as revegetation, weed control, provision for alternative stock watering points, fencing and stock exclusion.
- 39 landholders were engaged to undertake rivercare projects on their properties in 2011 and 2012. Projects included fencing off riparian areas to exclude stock, revegetation, weed control and the construction of stock crossings and alternative stock watering points. A tremendous effort by participants resulted in the erection of 46.2 kilometers of stock proof fencing to protect 72 hectares of riparian areas in 2011-2012.
- Revegetation of a section of the Vasse River and stormwater drains leading to the river in conjuction with the team from Activ’s Busselton branch.
- Revegetation of a section of the Sabina River in conjunction with the Busselton Naturaliste’s Club.
- A “Weeds not Wildflowers” display was held at the Busselton Wildflower Exhibition as a community awareness raising activity.
- 38ha of revegetation across the Catchment.
Funding and Partnerships
This project was funded through the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country Program and the South West Catchments Council (SWCC). Partnerships have been developed with the City of Busselton and with the local landholders living on priority waterways who are involved in undertaking on-ground works.
In first half of 2013 the rivercare project will see the roll out of funding opportunities from the State Natural Resource Management community grants program. Funding incentives will initially focus on the recovery sub-catchments of Lower Vasse, Vasse, Sabina, Ludlow and Five Mile Creek in the first half of 2013. The subsequent projects will commence in the second half of the year across the rest of the Geographe catchment. The aim of the program is to:
- Assist landowners to develop and implement rivercare projects. By the end of 2014 the project aims to rehabilitate and protect waterways through 17 km of stock exclusion fencing, 4 hectares of nutrient buffer revegetation, 4 hectares of weed control and installation of 8 alternative stock watering points.
- Conduct further community awareness raising activities to increase the communities understanding of the value of protecting our rivers.