In June 2020 Healthy Estuaries WA was launched to continue to build on the work of the Regional Estuaries Initiative. The below information contains information relevant to the Regional Estuaries Initiative and will be reviewed as the program transitions to Healthy Estuaries WA. For enquiries about how the information on this page relates to the new program please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Stock exclusion fencing and revegetation program
Restoring stream function through stock exclusion fencing and revegetation reduces soil erosion and organic loading while also enhancing the uptake and removal of nutrients.
Funding is available through partnerships with landowners to erect stock-exclusion fencing and/or undertake riparian revegetation and buffer planting.
The program is open to grazing farmers on both large and small properties located in one of the catchments targeted by the Regional Estuaries Initiative and Revitalising Geographe Waterways.
Project sites are to be situated on a natural water course or drain with preference given to fencing drains when revegetation is also considered.
Landowners must contribute at least 50 per cent of the cost of the project through either cash or in-kind contributions for example, installation of fencing or completion of revegetation.
Landowner benefits include:
- Substantial funding available over a four year period.
- Decisions made in partnership.
- Improvements to farm infrastructure.
- Less erosion.
- Less repair costs from falling tree limbs.
- An opportunity to improve water quality in your local waterways and estuary.
The program is coordinated by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation with officers from local catchment groups providing support to landowners on-the-ground.
Enquiries can be submitted at any time by contacting your regional catchment group:
- Leschenault Catchment Council
- Lower Blackwood LCDC
- Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee
- Oyster Harbour Catchment Group
Chris Vogel, Dellendale Creamery’s owner, has joined the Regional Estuaries Initiative to continue his work fencing and revegetating the banks of the Denmark River flowing through his property. Hear his story here.