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Upper Hay Strategic Catchment

This project began in 2006 with community consultation and technical analysis of the feasibility of the plan to contain salinity in the Upper Hay sub catchment. The Upper Hay Catchment Plan is a community developed action plan that compliments the WINRAP by providing the strategic direction for implementation and coordination of activities that will contain salinity and improve the health of the catchment landscape and water quality of the Wilson Inlet, its waterways and associated wetlands.

This catchment plan represents only one step in a longer term vision for the catchment. Key areas will be tackled to give landholders an accelerated start for implementation of works to tackle nutrient, salinity, soil and biodiversity issues. This plan will establish participative R&D sites to look at key soil health and nutrient management issues with a view to driving practice change. It will also develop long term farm business plans that will be fully costed and based on the latest soil, hydrological and nutrient management information. The aim is to have a long term plan that can be implemented by the landholder over a realistic time frame.

In summary the total works that are proposed are spread over approximately 45,000 ha. The total proposed works are shown in the table below. All these actions will compliment the 466 ha of native revegetation and 8923 ha of existing farm forestry in the Upper Hay subcatchment.


On ground work


Existing


Proposed


Completed
as of Oct 2008


Combined total

Remnant & riparian vegetation fencing182km160km70.3km252.3km
Revegetation466 ha130ha60.3526.3ha
Deep rooted perennials1273ha3461ha1840ha3113ha
Phase farming100ha150haTBC250ha
Farm forestry (private)923ha125haTBC1048ha
Farm forestry (corporate)8000ha
TBC8000ha
Earthworks170km50km22.7km192.7km
Areas treated with lime/dolomite4458ha3000ha937.2ha5395.2ha

Over $700,000 of funding will be received to implement the project until June 2009.

The on ground work has commenced including:

  • site visits by technical officers for land owner advice and support,

  • drilling of 52 groundwater monitoring bores,

  • over 70.3km of fencing of riparian/remnant vegetation with 27 associated stock crossing and 14 alternate water points,

  • establishment of 1840ha of deep rooted perennial pastures,

  • 22.7km of engineering such as drainage

  • 36 soil test kits and 937.2ha of soil amelioration

A copy of the Upper Hay Catchment Plan can be viewed or downloaded from the reports/downloads page


Wilson Inlet Nutrient Reduction Action Plan

From July 2005 to June 2009 WICC will receive over $700,000 from South Coast NRM Inc to implement the actions identified in the Wilson Inlet Nutrient Reduction Action Plan. The Action plan has been identified as a key target in the Regional Strategy (WINRAP). This funding will enable the continuation of the projects from the previous NAP project but with the scope of being able to achieve more on ground works with the substantial funding.

The WINRAP Project (as of Oct 2008) that has engaged at least 88 Landholders who are:

Fencing Waterways

  • 43.4km completed of 55.95 km of proposed drains/waterway fencing in the priority area
  • 47.6km completed of 68.4km of proposed waterway fencing (other than the priority area)
  • 37 stock crossings have been completed associated with this fencing.
  • 28 alternate water points have been completed associated with this fencing

Perennial pasture establishment

  • 328ha of deep rooted perennial pasture established

Revegetation & Remnant Vegetation Protection

  • 36.7ha completed of 51.35ha proposed for estuarine floodplain revegetation in the priority area
  • 28.25 ha completed of 29.35 ha proposed for waterway revegetation (other than the priority area)
  • 16.46km completed of 24.75 ha proposed for remnant vegetation protection throughout the catchment

For more detail please read the Wilson Inlet Nutrient Reduction Action Plan


Capacity Engagement Project

Recently WICC and the Oyster Harbour Catchment Group (OHCG) were successful in gaining the contract to deliver the Capacity Engagement Project for the mid Kent Frankland and north Albany Hinterland area (encompassing the Shire of Plantagenet and the Stirling Ranges Refer to the map below). A joint steering group between the two catchment groups has been formed to deliver this project.

This project will increase the understanding and involvement of individuals and groups from various sectors of the community including those not currently engaged in activity. The project will evaluate how the engagement of the community can translate into meaningful long term practice change.

Activities will be undertaken with small landholders (peri-urban) and other sectors of the community to ameliorate NRM threats that have arisen due to inappropriate practices


Area of operation for the capacity engagement project


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