Regional communities working together to restore waterways

As part of Healthy Estuaries WA, farmers across the South West are improving the health of waterways and receiving estuaries by fencing to exclude stock from streams and drains, and by revegetating riparian zones (the areas along the banks of a waterway).

Field days spreading the word about accurate fertiliser application

This June, Healthy Estuaries WA is again providing the popular Accu-Spread demonstration days in partnership with catchment groups and Australia’s leading expert, Russell Nichol. The field days will provide farmers with an opportunity to improve the performance of their spreaders. Most fertiliser spreaders deliver highly variable spread patterns. This means that some … Read More

Mysterious mass sea hare beaching theory released

In February 2021, thousands of dead slug-like sea hares washed up on the beaches of the Hardy Inlet in Augusta causing local community concern. Sea hares are molluscs, which are dark-coloured and grow to up to 60cm. They are toxic and while they do not pose a threat to human … Read More

Dairy cares in Leschenault

Dairy farmers in the Leschenault catchment are striving for best practice effluent management by investing in effluent systems, which are keeping nutrients on farm and out of waterways. Nine dairy farms in the catchment have joined 12 other farms in the South West to take advantage of funding incentives through … Read More

Skilling up in Manjimup

Catchment officers and government staff met in Manjimup on Wednesday 18 August to take the next step forward in the Healthy Estuaries WA fertiliser management program. This year will see an increase in the number of people able to digitise farm maps, with our catchment officers learning from staff at … Read More

Overwhelming response to this year’s fertiliser management program

More than 190 farmers applied to have their soil tested in the latest round of the Healthy Estuaries WA’s fertiliser management program.   The 2020/21 program, which closed on Friday 9 July, was the first time farmers were offered two methods of soil sampling: do-it-yourself or sampled for you. Prior … Read More

Clear standards for dairy effluent

The Western Australian dairy industry has shown its commitment to reducing the environmental impact of dairy farm effluent with its release of a revised Code of Practice for Dairy Farm Effluent WA.  First developed in 2012 by Western Dairy and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), the Code … Read More

Nine partners on board

Partnership agreements were signed with nine organisations in January to collaboratively deliver Healthy Estuaries WA over the next four years. The partnership agreements will collectively fund more than $9 million of on-ground works and expand capacity in the regions to manage and protect our precious waterways. The funding will employ … Read More

Biggest seagrass monitoring year on record

More than 1,500 seagrass observations have been taken across five estuaries since November 2020 to map seagrass distribution. This was the biggest monitoring season ever for the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s seagrass team, with three times more than the approximately 500 observations usually made in a year. Dr … Read More

Upcoming estuary forums

Find out about the latest science from four of our South West and south coast estuaries at community forums in November and December. Hosted by local catchment groups in partnership with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s (DWER) Regional Estuaries Initiative, the forums include updates on the science of … Read More