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

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

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

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

Vasse Oval part of innovative soil and water trial

Water monitoring stations called lysimeters being installed to monitor nutrient leakage. A scientific trial using the soil amendment product Iron Man Gypsum (IMG) that stops fertiliser washing from soils to groundwater and polluting waterways is underway in the Vasse-Wonnerup catchment. The trial at the Vasse Sporting Complex aims to reduce … Read More

Innovative water treatment trial shows early promise

Initial stages of a trial aimed at controlling algal growth in the Lower Vasse River has demonstrated improved visual amenity and reduced phosphorus build-up associated with algal blooms. High nutrient concentrations and low flows in the river over summer can lead to blue-green algal blooms and nuisance odours. Fifteen tanks … Read More

Farmers and scientists share their experiences and success stories

“We are delighted to share the speaker presentations with you by visiting our video playlist.”, said Malcolm. The Nutrient Summit was proudly supported by the Regional Estuaries Initiative and the Revitalising Geographe Waterways programs, working to address nutrient run-off.

Effluent Innovation

Dairy Farmers took the opportunity to bring samples from their dairy effluent ponds for free nutrient testing at the 2017 Dairy Innovation Day in Busselton. Understanding the amount of nutrients in effluent will assist farmers to reuse it on their paddocks to improve fertility while preventing run off to waterways. … Read More