Announcing Healthy Estuaries WA

On Thursday 4 June 2020, Minister Kelly announced the State Government’s $25 million Healthy Estuaries WA program. The Healthy Estuaries WA program builds on the work of the Regional Estuaries Initiative and will drive action in catchments to improve water quality and restore the environmental balance of estuaries. Healthy Estuaries … Read More

The latest in our estuaries

Estuary forums were held across four of the Regional Estuaries Initiative catchments in October with over 205 people attending events in Albany, Denmark, Augusta and Bunbury. Hosted by local catchment groups in partnership with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s (DWER) Regional Estuaries Initiative, the forums included updates on … Read More

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

Upcoming Estuary Forums

You can discover what is happening in local waterways at our annual estuary forums, held across the South West and South Coast in mid-October. 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 … 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

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

Oyster Harbour on road to recovery

Results of a water quality monitoring program have shown that while Oyster Harbour has good water quality, it is still recovering from a substantial loss of seagrass and shellfish that occurred in the 1990s. The Regional Estuaries Initiative (REI) supported staff from DWER to commence a comprehensive water quality monitoring … Read More

Sharing the love of estuaries

Oyster Harbour Catchment Group’s Bruce Radys at the Albany Agricultrual Show held 10 and 11 November 2017. 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 … Read More