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Fertiliser trials protecting waterways and farmers

Farmers in the Geographe catchment are set to benefit from local fertiliser trial results which are showing that costs can be saved by not applying phosphorus fertiliser on paddocks that have adequate P levels. The results have come from the first year of the state government’s uPtake trial program where 14 of 19 sites showed...
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Soil testing opportunity for farmers now open

Geographe farmers interested in finding out more about the nutrient status of their paddocks are being invited to register for this summer’s soil testing program being offered through GeoCatch, in partnership with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD). The popular program will provide farmers with whole-of-farm soil testing in the summer of...
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School gets a Bay OK welcome

The entrance to Cornerstone Christian College in Dunsborough has received a Bay OK garden makeover following the establishment of a water and nutrient wise garden through GeoCatch. The new garden not only provides an attractive space and welcoming entrance to the school, but also shows the community how gardening in sandy soil can be rewarding...
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New funding for Revitalising Geographe Waterways

Priority actions to reduce nutrients entering Geographe waterways are set to continue with the McGowan Government announcing recently that the Revitalising Geographe Waterways program will continue for four years. The funding is part of the new Healthy Estuaries WA program which will see $25 million rolled out across the regions to support restoration and management...
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Geographe dairy farmers play their part in nutrient reduction

Geographe dairy farmers are continuing to show their commitment to reducing nutrients leaving their farms, with five dairy effluent system upgrades being completed this autumn. Effluent from dairy sheds contribute 11% of phosphorus and 7% of nitrogen (on average) to the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands each year, so improving dairy effluent systems has been a priority...
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$25 million over the next four years for Healthy Estuaries WA

The McGowan Government will invest $111.6 million in funding to continue critical State Government programs and projects across regional Western Australia. Funding for the next four years has been locked in ahead of this year’s Budget, recognising the importance of more than a dozen regional State Government programs. The funding package includes $25 million over...
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Water managers respond to community concerns of estuary smell

Water managers of the Vasse Estuary have responded to community concern about offensive odours in the estuary near Estuary View Drive. Wonnerup residents who live adjacent to the estuary have been experiencing unpleasant smells caused by decomposing algae which has been getting worse over the summer months. Late last month the City of Busselton removed...
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Farmers step up with soil testing

Twenty-eight local farmers have this week come one step closer to best practice fertiliser management at a workshop held near Busselton. The farmers have each participated in GeoCatch’s fertiliser management project, which undertakes paddock-scale soil testing and mapping in partnership with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD). Farmers received their colour-coded maps...
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Local farmers soil test for sustainability

Local farmers have made a great start to 2020 by soil testing every paddock to check nutrient levels and plan their fertiliser needs. Better management of soil helps to both save money on fertiliser and reduce nutrients entering rivers and Geographe Bay. Twenty one farmers have partnered with GeoCatch and Department of Primary Industries and...
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Vasse Diversion Drain Sandbar Re-Opening

After closely studying the weather patterns and tidal movements Water Corporation and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) has chosen this week to reopen the sand bar which forms at the beach entrance to the Vasse Diversion Drain to help flush the maximum amount of sea water in to the drainage system. In...
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