EDITION 3 – APRIL 2018
Message from the Director General
It has been a busy start to 2018 for the Regional Estuaries Initiative and there are many successes to share with you in this edition of the Estuary echo.
The Oyster Harbour catchment in particular, has much to share and this edition focuses on numerous projects being rolled out in that region.
.I’m delighted to welcome the City of Albany and the South Coast Natural Resource Management Group to the REI family. Both have commenced projects to rehabilitate parts of Yakamia Creek in the picturesque City of Albany.
I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Oyster Harbour Catchment Group who recently celebrated 25 years of operation.
The REI fertiliser management program also achieved a milestone in February with the accumulation of months of consulting, surveying, testing, analysing, and reporting on the soil testing program.
Hosted by our partner catchment groups and facilitated by representatives from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and local agronomists, workshops were held across the REI catchments. Participating farmers received expert advice on improving their productivity by keeping nutrients on the farm and out of waterways.
I hope you enjoy this edition of Estuary echo.
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
Constructing weirs on Serpentine agricultural drains
Improved river water quality, a boost to biodiversity and increased farm productivity are all in the pipeline for landholders in WA’s Peel-Harvey region.
The Better Collaborative Drainage Management project, being led by the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC) with funding from the Regional Estuaries Initiative (REI), will see the construction of weirs on agricultural drains, which run into rivers and estuaries in the Peel-Harvey catchment.
The first weir to be built under the project will be constructed in a Water Corporation drain that runs into the Serpentine River. The new weir will simultaneously hold water back in the landscape and also funnel some of it into a nearby artificial wetland that has been constructed by local landholders, where natural cycling should bring big reductions in sediment and nutrients in the water.
The weirs will also reduce the impact of the ‘first flush’ at the start of winter, which is typically the most harmful runoff event of the year, according to Peel-Harvey Catchment Council chairman Andy Gulliver.
“The project will improve the health of the local rivers and the downstream environment, including the Peel-Harvey Estuary,” Mr Gulliver said.
“It will help cut the risk of algal blooms and allow for native plants and animals to flourish in our waterways."
“Though there are many environmental wins with this project, landholders will also benefit from the weir as it will help retain water in the landscape for a few extra weeks into summer, providing habitat for waterbirds, as well as boosting pasture growth and farm productivity.”
The REI project builds on from a pilot of the weir concept carried out in the Mayfield Sub-Catchment area, where monitoring by the University of WA showed significant reductions in nutrients running-off from the property.
The project will launch its first weir in the Serpentine Catchment with local landholders Karen and Bernie Miller. Up to 10 structures in total are expected to be implemented to improve water quality throughout the Peel-Harvey Catchment over the next two years.
For the Miller's new weir, the project is targeting a 25 per cent drop in phosphorus travelling through the drain over a 12-month period and a fall in total nitrogen levels by at least 5 per cent, based on reductions achieved in similar projects, including Jenkin’s Weir and the Waroona wastewater treatment swale.
All up it’s a win-win for both the environment and landholders participating in this project, which the Miller family are looking forward to.
“It’s a pleasure to be involved in this project and I enjoy helping improve our environment,” Mr Miller said.
For more information or to get involved with the Better Collaborative Drainage Management project, please contact the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council on 6369 8800 or email email@example.com.
PHCC Program Manager Neil Dixon with enthusiastic landholders Karen and Bernie Miller.
WAMSI launches priorities for estuaries management in south west Western Australia
A report presenting a prioritisation of the science and monitoring needs for south west estuary management has been released by the Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI).
Research and information priorities for estuary management in southwest Western Australia is the result of extensive consultation with estuary managers and researchers by the WAMSI Estuaries Science Steering Group.
The report identifies research priorities, which are both common and specific to the seven south west estuary systems.
“The purpose of this body of work is to assist researchers to focus on high impact studies, and to help plan a more strategic and collaborative approach to developing information for future management through independent peer reviewed science,” WAMSI General Manager Luke Twomey said.
Executive Director EPA Strategy and Guidance from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation Patrick Seares said the priorities should help guide the science activities that will be required to support effective policy initiatives such as the Regional Estuaries Initiative and the Swan-Canning River Protection Strategy.
“Estuaries are a vital part of our landscape both socially and economically,” Patrick said.
“As a community, we receive a wide range of benefits from estuaries – liveability of cities and towns, recreational opportunities, sacred sites, ports and harbours, bird sanctuaries, food resources, flood mitigation, and rich biological ecosystems. However, numerous pressures, associated primarily with catchment development and exacerbated by climate change, have resulted in impaired ecosystem health in several popular estuary systems.
Rivers and Estuaries Principal Scientist from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attraction, Dr Kerry Trayler, said the priorities reflected the need to respond to the increasing pressure on estuaries from Western Australia’s growing population.
“The challenge facing managers and scientists is to enable further population growth and associated economic activity in these popular areas of the state while maintaining, and in some cases revitalising, healthy estuaries as expected by communities. This report establishes the groundwork needed to consider the implications for management as we move forward,” said Kerry.
(l-r): WAMSI General Manager Luke Twomey and members of the WAMSI Estuaries Science Working Group: Murdoch University’s Chris Hallett, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s (DWER) Patrick Seares, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attraction’s Kerry Trayler, and DWER’s Kieryn Kilminster and Catherine Thomson.
Absent: University of WA’s Matt Hipsey, WAMSI’s Linda McGowan, and Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Robert Summers and Dan Gaughan.
Trial of algal bloom control scales up in Lower Vasse River
A unique trial using a Western Australian manufactured product to reduce algal blooms in rivers and estuaries was extended in the Lower Vasse River this summer.
The trial of the phosphorus binding clay expands on the 2016 experiment, which used 15 large bottomless tanks, or mesocosms, embedded in the river upstream of the Causeway Bridge.
This trial, conducted by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, tested the clay application at a larger scale in a more open stretch of river.
Three trial areas of approximately 500 square metres and separated by floating curtains were established, two with differing times and rates of clay application, and one as a project control.
The clay was first applied in Area 1 using a boat using a spray boom on 11 December 2017 and then in Area 2 on 8 February 2018 while an algal bloom was present.
Lead scientist for the trial, Dr Svenja Tulipani, said the mesocosm trials in 2016 showed the clay was highly effective at reducing both phosphorus and algae in the water.
“This time we expanded the trial to see if the clay is effective at a larger scale,” she said.
“Heavy rain in late December and again in mid-January lead to unseasonal water flow from up-river, which prevented us from monitoring the efficiency of the clay in the trial areas over an extended period.
“However, monitoring undertaken before and immediately after clay dosing did confirm that water quality had improved, with a significant reduction of phosphorus and the algal indicator chlorophyll in the water.
“Clarity of the water improved immediately”, said Svenja.
"We are currently looking at the monitoring results of both this Lower Vasse trial and one conducted in the Punrak Drain in the Peel region in October 2017 and will be sharing those results soon."
The Lower Vasse trial is part of the Revitalising Geographe Waterways program and is co-funded by the Regional Estuaries Initiative, which targets a further five estuaries in the south west of the State.
For more information on this and the Punrak trial, please visit our website.
Aerial view of the white clay being applied in Area 2 in the Lower Vasse River on 8 February 2018 while a blue green algal bloom was present.
Effluent system focus for dairy gets boost with university link
A partnership between the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Western Dairy, and Murdoch University environmental honours student Laura Senge has added an independent voice to a dairy industry initiative to improve effluent system management.
DairyCare is a $2.4m Regional Estuaries Initiative and Revitalising Geographe Waterways funded project supporting dairy farmers to design, install and maintain fully closed effluent systems in order to reduce nutrient loss off dairy farms and improve water quality of regional estuaries.
While DairyCare project officers Sam Taylor and Dan Parnell have been reviewing systems and designing upgrades for qualifying farms, a scholarship has enabled honours student, Laura Senge, to design a Zero Waste Discharge system on one of the DairyCare farms.
Its features include recycled water for yard flood-wash, a 6.4ML effluent storage pond, a calculated distribution area for spreading nutrient collected in the effluent system and a roof on the dairy yard to divert and collect rainwater and reduce heat stress on cows.
“My case study farm had a current freshwater usage of 53kL per day for 500 cows, which is 30 per cent above industry benchmarks. The hydrants used for the yard wash took up 32kL of the 53kL,” Laura said.
“So there was lots of opportunity on this site to engineer solutions that would significantly reduce the freshwater use, which can greatly reduce the amount of effluent to be managed.”
Laura’s thesis quoted a payback period of 6.2 years but DairyCare project officer Sam Taylor maintains this could be reduced by taking into account the reduced fertiliser needs on paddocks being treated by re-used effluent.
“Significant quantities of phosphorus, potassium and to a lesser degree nitrogen are collected in effluent systems,” said Sam.
“It makes sense to capitalise on this captured nutrient and put it back onto paddocks where it can help grow grass and crops, reducing the amount of purchased fertiliser that is required,” he said.
“The message from our work is that farmers need to ensure they are distributing nutrient appropriately across a large enough area, otherwise you are simply shifting the problem from the pond to the paddock,” Laura added.
“Having an appropriately sized application area for the effluent will reduce the environmental impact and reduce fertiliser requirements for that land area, yet there are very few appropriately sized application areas used for effluent in WA,” concluded Sam.
The DairyCare project funds enable qualifying farms to secure up to $60,000 in capital works funding, on the proviso the farm contributes on a 50:50 basis through a combination of cash and in-kind support.
For more information on the DairyCare project, contact Western Dairy’s Dairycare project manager – firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0467 556 542.
Yakamia Creek restoration ramps up
The Minister for Water Hon Dave Kelly MLA, joined Member for Albany Peter Watson MLA and representatives from the City of Albany, South Coast NRM, the Menang Noongar community and Department of Water and Environmental Regulation on 20 December 2017 to celebrate the signing of two partner agreements to rehabilitate parts of Yakamia Creek in the picturesque City of Albany.
Under the $520 000 agreement signed with the City of Albany, about 210 metres of Yakamia Creek will be transformed from an existing detention basin to a 1.1 hectare nutrient stripping basin vegetated with native sedges, low shrubs and tall trees.
South Coast NRM has also been given $50 000 to work with the community and landowners in the lower Yakamia Creek catchment to implement a Fish Friendly Farms project. The project will engage and educate landholders in riparian protection work to improve water quality and habitat for native fish.
Minister Kelly MLA, said the State Government is committed to supporting the health of regional estuaries as they are a valued asset to communities and support local jobs.
"The restoration work on Yakamia Creek at Centennial Park will help restore and protect Albany's natural environment, making it an even better place to live, work and visit.
"Oyster Harbour is widely used by the community for both recreational and commercial purposes - from fishing for fun to supporting local jobs through the farming of oysters and mussels.
"It also supports the local economy through tourism given its unique attractions including ancient Aboriginal fish traps, giant rays and birdlife."
Local Member for Albany, Peter Watson MLA said that it was great to see local government and groups partnering with the Government and the Menang people to achieve real outcomes for Albany.
"If we can restore Yakamia Creek in a way that cleans up the water running into Oyster Harbour as well as improving our public open space and native habitat, then we will continue to have high quality waterways and sustainable commercial and recreational use of the estuary."
During the signing of agreements, Water Minister Hon Dave Kelly MLA joins Member for Albany Peter Watson MLA and REI partners at a previously rehabilitated Yakamia Creek site.
Time to make better fertiliser choices
Over 150 grazing farmers got together across the south west and south coast during February to receive expert advice on improving their productivity, and bottom line, by keeping nutrients on the farm and out of waterways.
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s (DWER) Fertiliser Management Program Coordinator, Kelly Lavell said the workshops held in Peel-Harvey, Leschenault, Vasse-Wonnerup, Oyster Harbour, Wilson Inlet and Hardy catchments was the accumulation of months of consulting, surveying, testing, analysing, and reporting.
“Farmers who took part in the Regional Estuaries Initiative fertiliser management program this year received their soil test results and farm mapping reports, and interpretation advice at the workshops.
“Hosted by our partner catchment groups and facilitated by representatives from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and local agronomists, the workshops covered the process of soil testing basics, equipment and analysis, how to interpret results, understanding limits and constraints and how to prepare fertiliser strategies.
“After receiving their reports, most people said they would be applying less phosphorus this season compared to last year,” said Kelly.
“The majority of attendees told us they found the workshops very useful and would recommend the soil testing program to others. Feedback included:
“Saves money, time, energy and great results.”
“Takes away the guess work”
“Helps be ahead of the game and saves $s.”
“I’d recommend the program for the economic value and environmental effects.”
“The program opens your eyes about what you have and what you need on your paddocks.”
“Bases your decisions on tests, not assumptions.”
“It’s a great way to understand your soils, look at where you can improve and what needs attention.”
“This year 90 per cent of farmers participating in the soil testing program were first timers. We believe this is an indication that word is getting out on both the economic and environmental benefits of regular soil testing on farms.
Expressions of interest to participate in the program will open in June 2018. For more information please contact DWER at email@example.com.
(l-r): DPIRD’s David Weaver helps Neil Kentish and Helen Junk interpret their results at the Peel-Harvey workshop.
(l-r): Sue Palermo and Anne Marie Offer at the Leschenault workshop attended by an additional 27 farmers.
Sally Fox-Slater talks with DPIRD’s Rob Summers at the Vasse-Wonnerup soil testing workshop.
Local agronomist Graham Mussel on hand at the Oyster Harbour workshop attended by over 50 people.
Mount Barker farmer, Patrick Watkin, joined an additional 28 farnmers at the Wilson Inlet workshop.
A good turnout at the Hardy Inlet workshop held in the Alexandra Bridge Hall in Brockman.
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River bank workshops
Landowners were invited to attend field-based workshops to learn how to manage local waterways on farm, including weed and pest management, fire hazard mitigation and the benefits of establishing native vegetation for biodiversity and water quality.
Hosted by local landowners and catchment groups as part of the Regional Estuaries Initiative stream restoration program, about 100 farmers joined experts to hear advice on managing areas that border rivers and streams on their properties.
The workshops are part of the REI stream restoration program which, together with catchment groups, community members and land holders, will fence 60 kilometres of priority waterways to exclude stock and plant 20 hectares of foreshore.
To get involved or for more information on the program check out our website.
Lower Blackwood Landcare workshop.
Leschenault Catchment Council workshop.
Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee workshop.
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A focus on Oyster Harbour
From pasture demonstrations, to presentations to community members, fencing the Kalgan, and an announcement from the Minister for Water on the rehabilitation of Yakamia Creek, we focus this newsletter on Oyster Harbour and our partner Oyster Harbour Catchment Group.
Oyster Harbour, adjacent to the City of Albany, is highly valued for its role in tourism, commercial and recreational fishing and oyster and mussel farming.
The harbour is relatively small, compared to the catchment, which extends north to the Porongurup and Stirling ranges, and the major inflows are the Kalgan and King rivers. The harbour is permanently open to King George Sound and is the only south coast estuary without a sandbar.
The ecosystem, considered pristine in 1962, has since suffered a decline in water quality peaking in the 1990s with the significant loss of seagrass.
It has been on a recovery pathway since then, following activities in the catchment coordinated by one of the Regional Estuaries Initiative (REI) partners, the Oyster Harbour Catchment Group.
The goal of the REI with respect to Oyster Harbour is to continue to support the recovery pathway. We share some of those milestones here.
Oyster Harbour is highly valued for its role in tourism, commercial and recreational fishing and oyster and mussel farming.
Oyster Harbour Catchment Group
In 2017 the Oyster Harbour Catchment Group (OHCG) celebrated 25 years of operation. In those 25 years, the group has attracted many millions of dollars in funding for on-ground activities and coordinated many hours of volunteer labour. Importantly, beyond the on-ground works, the OHCG has committed to raising awareness of environmental issues with landholders and the wider community, and promoting the benefits of conservation and good land management.
In 2016, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation entered into an agreement with OHCG to improve the quality of water flowing into Oyster Harbour through the Regional Estuaries Initiative (REI). The agreement, worth $605k plus OHCG in-kind contributions over four years, provides the support needed to deliver the following REI programs:
- In partnership with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, farmers, industry and OHCG, reduce the nutrient runoff from farms while supporting farm productivity.
- Work with OHCG to restore stream function, move stock away from waterways and improve water quality by implementing river action plans.
- In partnership with Western Dairy, farmers and OHCG, reduce nutrients lost from dairy sheds by providing technical and financial support through the DairyCare program.
Heather Adams, Chair of the OHCG, said that a major contributing factor to the success of OHCG has been the strong working relationships with government agencies that have developed over many years, and the partnership with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has been one of the most enduring and successful.
“The Regional Estuaries Initiative has provided much needed resources to address complex issues in the lower catchment, and I am confident that together we can assist landholders to implement on ground works that will be the catalyst for significant change,” said Heather.
For more information on the Oyster Harbour Catchment Group visit their website.
Oyster Harbour Catchment Group members and guests.
Stream restoration gets moving
As part of the Regional Estuaries Initiative stream restoration program, a number of fencing and revegetation sites in the lower Oyster Harbour catchment are progressing well.
Oyster Harbour Catchment Group (OHCG) project officer, Bruce Radys said the sites are in all stages of completion, from planning and mapping, pegging, delivery of materials to construction and completed projects.
“There are fencing sites in the Kalgan, King, Napier, Takenup and Gaelegup creek sub catchments, from major river channels to small creek lines and gullies”, he said.
“These catchments were identified as priority for fencing in foreshore surveys as early as 1997.
“The OHCG even placed two bulk fencing orders to cope with the large amount of fencing materials required .
“We currently have approximately 20 kilometres either completed or under construction with a further 15 kilometres allocated across a number of identified sites.
“Well done to Ron Russell who completed his 6.4 kilometres before Christmas!”, said Bruce.
While the stream restoration program provides funding to landowners for materials, landowners contribute at least 50 per cent of the cost either in cash or in-kind contributions through installation of the fencing or completion of the revegetation.
To get involved, or for more information on the stream restoration program visit the REI website here.
Weihl family (l-r: Martin, Phillip, Alex and Tammy) on their farm on the banks of the Kalgan River in Woogenellup have been fencing and revegetating on their property for many years now. This year, as part of the REI stream restoration program, an additional 3.6 kilometres of fencing has been installed.
Local farmers inspect fertiliser demonstration plots at field walk
Pasture field trials were conducted throughout the south west and south coast during November 2017 to demonstrate the benefits of matching fertiliser application to productivity targets reported in soil testing results.
At the trial, held on the property of Stuart and Sheena Smith’s property in Narrikup, Oyster Harbour Catchment Group (OHCG) project officer, Bruce Radys said it was great to see a good turnout of local farmers currently involved in the Regional Estuaries Initiative soil testing program.
“The field walk was also a good opportunity for farmers to get together and discuss a range of issues relating to fertiliser application and nutrient levels,” he said.
“Two sites were viewed - one with a high phosphorus status and one with a low phosphorus status.
“All bets were on when David Rogers, demonstration site coordinator from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), asked everyone to guess which plots had received high levels of Phosphorus.
“This caused much speculation and discussion, though no one was willing to back their guesses with money.
“As David labelled the plots it revealed a story which was not as expected,” said Bruce.
“While some of the high Phosphorus application plots looked good, this was not repeated across the trial, with some of the low Phosphorus plots looking just as good, said DPIRD’s David Rogers.
“There was no significant difference between nil application and 150kg/ha of superphosphate.
“There was also no significant difference between district practice (150 -200 kg/ha of superphosphate) and nil application on any of the five demo sites tested last season.
“This indicated, as was reported in the landowners soil testing report, that there was already adequate levels of phosphorous in the soil to maintain production,” explained David.
The 2017 – 2018 soil testing program recently concluded with farmer workshops held in February. Find out more here.
Held on the property of Stuart and Sheena Smith’s property in Narrikup, David Rogers from DPIRD unveils demonstration site results.
Sharing the love of estuaries
Having a local community that is informed and engaged in achieving estuary health is critical to help guide future management and planning. Sharing information with local communities is especially important when complex scientific information needs to be presented.
The OHCG’s Bruce Radys, has been particularly busy over the last few months sharing his knowledge with a diverse group of people. From participating in the Albany Agricultural Show to hosting a boat cruise for OHCG members, Bruce was also on hand helping farmers interpret soil testing results.
Albany Agricultural Show
With nearly 20 000 people through the gates, the Albany Agricultural Show is a great opportunity to let the local community know about the Regional Estuaries Initiative and find out how they can be involved.
Despite the small area for the Oyster Harbour Catchment group stand, plenty of hands-on activities were packed in to get people interested, said Oyster Harbour Catchment Group’s Bruce Radys.
“Soil samples, which were collected from around the catchment, were displayed in trays along with information and equipment to carry out a field soil texture test.
“While some were hesitant at first, young people really enjoyed getting their hands dirty, rolling wet soil into balls and ribbons. This experiment helped explain how soil texture has an impact on its ability to hold nutrients”, said Bruce.
“Show-goers were also invited to test water samples collected from waterways throughout the catchment.
“As well as teaching practical skills, the activities gave an opportunity to engage in conversation with the community and tell them all about REI activities in their area.”
Oyster Harbour Catchment Group’s Bruce Radys at the Albany Agricultrual Show held 10 and 11 November 2017.
On board the Kalgan Queen
The end of 2017 marked an important milestone for the Oyster Harbour Catchment Group (OHCG) and how better to celebrate than to go back to the harbour which the group formed to protect.
OHCG members, staff and guests were invited on board the Kalgan Queen in February 2018 to not only celebrate the milestone but to share information and viewpoints with a range of stakeholders.
OHCG’s Bruce Radys said that groups on board included representatives from the Friends of the Porongurup Range, King River Weed Control and Restoration Group, Friends of Emu Point, City of Albany and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.
“First stop was the Ocean Foods processing facilities, where Gareth James outlined the commercial oyster life cycle and production process. This really enforced to the group the value of protecting the harbour and the need for good water quality for commercial and native shellfish populations.
“Experienced skipper Jack Jones took the shallow boat over commercial mussel production areas and the group was also able to view seagrass through the glass bottom. Oyster Harbour is one of the few places in the world where areas of seagrass have been regenerated,” said Bruce.
“While pausing to view close encounters with a range of local birdlife, City of Albany’s Austin Rogerson outlined plans for the Yakamia Creek Biofilter project. This is an exciting Regional Estuaries Initiative (REI) project, which is aimed at reducing nutrient inputs from the Yakamia Creek catchment into the Oyster Harbour (find out more here).
“A number of Department of Water and Environmental Regulation staff were also on-hand to outline the REI water quality monitoring program, as well as present information on changes in water quality over time. Being on the harbour made it easy to understand maps and data presented and prompted much discussion,” he said.
“In between talks, the group was able to sample a range of produce sourced within the catchment, as well as listen to Captain Jack’s entertaining local history narrative.
“A great afternoon was had by all, with everyone taking some time to appreciate and learn a little more about our great asset, the Oyster Harbour,” shared Bruce.
DWER officers were recently invited to attend the OHCG end of year celebration aboard the Kalgan Queen crusing the Oyster Harbour. During the boat trip, officers presented information on DWER’s current monitoring program and recent findings.
Introducing Bruce Radys, Project Officer, Oyster Harbour Catchment Group
“Having lived and worked in and around the Oyster Harbour Catchment for over twenty years I have a strong appreciation for its environment and community.
“I particularly love the Kalgan and King Rivers, right from the main channels up to the tiny tributaries. With their intact natural fringing vegetation, they would have to be some of the best preserved river channels in an agricultural catchment in the State”, shared Bruce.
“After finishing a degree in Environmental Management in 1995, I moved to Albany and worked for the Department of Agriculture in the areas of catchment management and revegetation.
“I became well known for my ability to develop a rapport with local farmers and working together to develop projects to tackle environmental and production issues. You can learn a lot from listening to farmers, and understanding their production and management issues is critical to be able to work with them to protect the environment.
“I had a change in 2005 when I purchased my own salvage yard, but I saw this as an extension of an environmental management career. It was an opportunity to get involved in a very practical way in recycling and waste management, reducing landfill and repurposing building materials”, he said.
“When I heard about the Regional Estuaries Initiative (REI), I knew I wanted to get involved because it had elements of both improving production and the environment. It has seen me return to working in the Oyster Harbour Catchment alongside a great group of landholders who are really friendly and have a genuine concern for the environment.
“As well as working in the REI, I sub-contract to a landscaping company and can be seen taking care of the grounds of some of the local schools.
“Apart from that I like to spend as much time as I can with my wife and two daughters (who are home schooled). We divide our spare time as best we can between the beach and our horses”, said Bruce.
Thanks for sharing Bruce! We are delighted that you bring your extensive experience to the Regional Estuaries Initiative.
OHCG’s Bruce Radys.