The Lower Blackwood LCDC is working towards becoming a ‘hub’ of excellence for researching, implementing and disseminating digital mapping tools for sustainable agriculture and catchment management.

In 2017 through a Curtin University funded a project the Lower Blackwood has collected invaluable baseline data on social, cultural economic and environmental values of the LB community. Information was gathered on past, current and future landscape assets, places of cultural importance and sense of place, river condition and use, food use and soils.

This information, collected through one-on-one interviews and workshops, was then uploaded onto Google Earth Pro and the maps presented at a final visioning workshop.

Building on this project the LCDC hopes to further engage with landholders in the LB district to help them digitally document (using a free and private mapping platform) their knowledge and farm use for a more informed and improved management.