REI a winner at WA Water Awards

The recently opened Centennial Park Wetland took out the Grahame Heal Water Sensitive Urban Design Award at the Australian Water Association Western Australian Water Awards 2019. Covering 1.1 hectares and fully accessible by the public, the wetland was recognised for its integrated design approach which balanced traditional hydraulic and drainage … Read More

System design solutions showcased in the South West

Western Australia’s South West dairy farms took centre stage at a recent agricultural training course, with livestock effluent system designers from across the nation in attendance to view different technologies in action. Seven participants travelled from Western Australia, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania to attend the four-day accredited training course delivered … Read More

Partnerships for Smarter Farming

Thirty-six fertiliser trials will be established across the South West over the next three years to test phosphorus requirements under local conditions, and with new pasture species, as part of the Smart Farming Partnership project. The trials will explore innovative technology and practices to improve nutrient use efficiency on grazing … Read More

Join our Accu-Spread demonstration days!

Did you know that the majority of fertiliser spreaders deliver highly variable spread patterns? This compromises production rates and farm profitability as some areas within the paddock receive too much fertiliser and others too little. Understanding the spread pattern of your fertiliser spreader when using different products can result in … Read More

New approach to seagrass resilience

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s resident seagrass expert Dr Kieryn Kilminster, is building worldwide understanding of what it means for seagrass to be resilient. Seagrass meadows are an important part of estuarine ecosystems, providing habitat and food for birds and marine life, and contributing to good water and … Read More

Farmers turn to science for fertiliser advice

A large number of farms in the South West and South Coast are expected to save money on fertiliser after testing has revealed a bank of excess phosphorus in soils. Now in its ninth year, the soil testing program – currently supported by the $20 million Regional Estuaries Initiative – … Read More

Working together to optimise fertiliser use

Farmer and fertiliser industry meetings were held in Busselton on Wednesday, 22 August 2018 to identify ways to optimise fertiliser use and reduce nutrient loss off farms. Beef and dairy grazing producing properties are the biggest contributors of nutrients into Regional Estuaries Initiative estuaries, making farmers and the fertiliser industry … Read More

Innovative revegetation in Oyster Harbour

Bruce Radys from Oyster Harbour Catchment Group has been using an innovative machine to improve the efficiency, speed and reduce costs of revegetating in the Kalgan River catchment. A special Commercial Native Vegetation Seeder (CommVeg) gives a reliable method of directly seeding the banks of waterways that is much cheaper … Read More

Wilson Inlet Community Update Session

A community update was held in Denmark on Wednesday, 8 August 2018. The session provided a comprehensive update on the water quality of Wilson Inlet, as well as on-ground actions being implemented by Regional Estuaries Initiative partners including DWER staff, Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee, and the Department of Primary Industries … Read More

River health checks

Health checks of waterways entering the Hardy Inlet, Vasse-Wonnerup, Leschenault and Peel-Harvey estuaries have revealed most of the sites assessed are dominated by fish and crayfish species unique to south west WA. The assessments identified some areas of degraded riparian zones, damage by stock access, and poor water quality – … Read More