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Community confidence high in works to improve water quality

06 July, 2018 Over 75% of participants at last week’s community update of the Revitalising Geographe Waterways program thought that the program was tracking well and were confident that it would achieve medium to long-term improvements in water quality. GeoCatch Chair Chris Adams said “We were really happy with the turnout on the night, ...
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Soil testing opportunity not to be missed

12 June, 2018 Geographe beef farmer Ross Prater believes soil testing is critical for all farmers. Ross signed up for GeoCatch’s soil testing program in 2016 hoping to learn more about soils on his 96 hectare beef farm. He was thrilled to find that he could change his fertiliser to match what his ...
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Living in a ‘flyway’ – Busselton an important stop-over for migratory birds

10 May, 2018 Close to Busselton lies a wetland of international importance, where wading birds from Siberia and China, pelicans from northwest Australia and avocets from central Australia congregate to replenish their energy stores.     May 12th is World Migratory Bird Day, a day where Busselton is recognised worldwide, not for its white sandy beaches ...
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Night excursions put spotlight on possums

30 April, 2018 Possum nightwalk in Dunsborough Under starry skies, families and friends enjoyed spot-lighting for the critically endangered Western Ringtail Possum this school holidays. Over two nights 70 grandparents, parents, teenagers, and children gathered in bushland locations in Busselton and Dunsborough to experience this iconic species up close in its natural habitat. Participants were treated to an informative ...
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We want you! GeoCatch calls for new community members

03 April, 2018 A number of positions on the GeoCatch Board have become available in 2018 and community members are being encouraged to nominate. GeoCatch are a community based natural resource management organisation operating in partnership with local government, community, state government agencies, regional NRM and industry to cooperatively manage land and water issues through ...
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Farmers get hands-on with fertiliser spreaders

03 April, 2018 Farmers in the Geographe Catchment gained a better understanding of the accuracy of their fertiliser spreaders at an Accuspread field day held last week. A properly tested and calibrated spreader has is beneficial for better productivity and healthier waterways GeoCatch worked with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to bring ...
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Community support responsible pet ownership project

21 March, 2018 Workshop participants share ideas on fostering responsible pet Over forty community members gathered in Busselton last week to provide input on ways to reduce predation of domestic pets on critically endangered Western Ringtail Possums. Participants at GeoCatch’s Responsible Pet Ownership Workshop included community group representatives, State and local government agencies, vets, dog trainers, wildlife carers, pet owners and wildlife ...
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GeoCatch funded to roll out possum projects

13 March, 2018 GeoCatch was successful in securing $40,000 of funding from the State Government to continue its long running Peppies for Possums program in 2018 to protect local western ringtail possum populations. Possum night walks, the annual Possum Tally, habitat planting days, and a community co-designed campaign to foster responsible pet ownership are ...
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Geographe seagrass health get the thumbs up

26 February, 2018 Seagrass meadows in Geographe Bay were described as looking very healthy during their annual health check last month. Scientists from Edith Cowan University and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions carried out the annual “Keep Watch” monitoring that keeps an eye on the health of seagrass in Geographe Bay. Seagrass shoot ...
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Time to make better fertiliser choices

19 February, 2018 Farmers from across the Geographe catchment are set to receive expert advice on improving their productivity, and bottom line, by keeping nutrients on the farm and out of waterways. Close to 30 farmers who took part in the Revitalising Geographe Waterways fertiliser management program this year, will receive their soil test ...
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