The Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee Inc (WICC) is the peak community based organization in the Wilson Inlet Catchment which has been operating as an incorporated body since 1995
Our area of responsibility includes three local governments; the City of Albany, and the Shires of Plantagenet and Denmark.
We are involved in all areas of Landcare, Catchment management, and natural resource management - achieving results with farmers and landholders on-the-ground; deep rooted perennials, nutrient reduction, fencing and revegetation; and fertilizer workshops.
We have two offices:
- Based at the Plantagenet Community Agriculture Centre are:
- The full time Natural Resource Management Officer (NRM Officer), Lynn Heppell
- The full time Regional Engagement Officer, Murray Hollingworth
- The part time financial manager, Tom Zwartkruis
- And the other office is in the main street of Denmark where the WINRAP project Officer, Elissa Stewart is based.
To maintain this level of activity we have been very successful with funding applications: Natural Heritage Trust (NHT), Envirofund, Lotterywest, and National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality (NAP).The South Coast Regional NRM Strategy has also enabled WICC to access funds.
WICC Management Committee meets bi-monthly, as well as regular meetings of the executive with the NRM Officer and Catchment Project Officers to ensure that we achieve our goals and objectives.
The objectives of this Association are to:
- Create an environment of sustainable development
- Promote economic, community and environmental well being as part of the Region
- Foster co-operative and collaborative arrangements in the sub-region
- Protection of the catchments within the Albany Western Hinterland and hence the environment
- Involve the community in catchment planning & management
- Consider matters of common interest to members and where practicable to establish common policy
- Facilitate co-operative activities of members at a sub-regional level
- Identify priorities for promotion of sub-regional initiatives
- Sponsor or engage in publishing educational material and research in catchment initiatives
- Provide leadership in the Albany Western Hinterland in developing natural resource management strategies & targets.
- Catchment management in the Albany Western Hinterland will aim to reduce eutrophication in our waterways by:
- promoting land use practices that protects our environment: native remnant vegetation; waterways and their tributaries; including recharge areas; and the restoration and maintenance of wetlands
- promoting the benefits of biodiversity in our region
- liaising with and facilitating the flow of information between relevant government agencies, community groups, local government, South Coast NRM and landholders within the region
- stimulating the formation of action groups working on the ground
- increasing awareness of sustainable management of our natural resources
- demonstrating the links to profitable farming practices;
- promoting ecological integrity in our land use management systems
- assisting schools with natural resource management projects
- encouraging the greater involvement of local government in NRM
- assisting our NRM Officers and facilitate their professional development.