Funding & funded services are available to eligible landholders for a range of on-ground works for the restoration and more sustainable management of our highly valued waterways and riparian vegetation. This advice and support is currently being directed towards the projects described below:
Fencing & Revegetation | Soil Testing | Fertiliser Trials
Launched in April 2016, the Regional Estuaries Initiative is a $20 million state government program to restore the function and improve the health of six estuaries in the South West (Peel-Harvey Estuary, Leschenault Estuary, Vasse-Wonnerup Estuary, Hardy Inlet, Wilson Inlet and Oyster Harbour).
The Lower Blackwood LCDC is working with landholders to improve the health of the iconic Hardy Inlet through a range of REI funded on-ground works including:
Feral Pig Control
Feral pigs cause around $106.5 million in agriculture damage in Australia each year. They reduce the efficiency of primary production in agriculture, pose a significant risk to water resources, threaten conservation and cause damage and destruction to biodiversity.
The Lower Blackwood Vertebrate Pest Management Group is working with landholders in the Augusta Margaret River Shire to control the increase in feral pig population and reduce their impact on our unique environment and agricultural industry through:
Engagement of field officers working across the region to trap & shoot pigs
Monitoring & mapping of pig populations
Riparian rescue (Glenarty Catchment)
Native vegetation along waterways particularly in agricultural catchments play and important role in nutrient stripping as well as creating important habitat and corridors for native fauna.
The LCDC is working with landholders to protect important waterways in the Glenarty Catchment area by controlling weeds that would otherwise out compete native species. Weed control focus is on wet area weeds such as blackberry, arum lily and weedy wattle species.