Regional communities working together to restore waterways

As part of Healthy Estuaries WA, farmers across the South West are improving the health of waterways and receiving estuaries by fencing to exclude stock from streams and drains, and by revegetating riparian zones (the areas along the banks of a waterway).

Field days spreading the word about accurate fertiliser application

This June, Healthy Estuaries WA is again providing the popular Accu-Spread demonstration days in partnership with catchment groups and Australia’s leading expert, Russell Nichol. The field days will provide farmers with an opportunity to improve the performance of their spreaders. Most fertiliser spreaders deliver highly variable spread patterns. This means that some … Read More

Upcoming estuary forums

Find out about the latest science from four of our South West and south coast estuaries at community forums in November and December. 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 of … Read More

From muddy mess to crystal clear

More than 40 people came together in mid-July to plant 5500-plus seedlings on a cattle farm in the Denmark area. Farmer Marino Bocuzzi has been working with Shaun Ossinger, from the Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee, since mid-2019 to revitalise a stretch of perennial creek on his property that flows into … Read More

Scientist for a day: Councillor Steve Jones

Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) scientist, Elke Reichwaldt, was recently joined by Shire of Denmark Councillor Steve Jones for one of the regular water quality monitoring runs on Wilson Inlet. Water quality indicators, including oxygen level, salinity, nutrient levels and algae, are measured once a fortnight by department … Read More

Community feedback welcomed to protect the Wilson Inlet

Denmark community members are being encouraged to have their say, in a new online survey, about what environmental, recreational and economic estuary values matter most to them as part of a new plan to protect the Wilson Inlet. Led by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) and Wilson … Read More

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

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