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Vasse Taskforce get hands-on with Catchment Tour

The Vasse Taskforce took an in-depth look at Geographe waterways and the local drainage network in Busselton recently on a bus tour hosted by local NRM group GeoCatch. The Vasse Taskforce was established in 2014 to provide leadership and support to improve water quality of Geographe waterways. Taskforce Chair Jackie Jarvis MLC said the bus...
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New guidelines to assist farmers and reduce environmental impacts

Best practice guidelines to assist South-West grazing farmers with on-farm management of nutrients New guidelines will help farmers maximise stock productivity, while reducing nutrient runoff and environmental impacts on our local waterways Guidelines part of the McGowan Government’s $25 million Healthy Estuaries WA and Revitalising Geographe Waterways programs Water Minister Dave Kelly has today announced...
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New trials to provide insights for best practice soil management on sandy soils

Two new trial sites on dairy farms in the Vasse and Scott River catchments have been launched to demonstrate how top-dressing applications of Iron Man Gypsum (IMG) can keep phosphorus on farms where it is needed, instead of being washed into our estuaries where it can cause algal blooms and water quality issues. IMG is made up...
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uPtake project team win two fertiliser industry environmental awards

Individuals and companies in the Australian fertiliser industry working to improve environmental outcomes were recognised at the recent 2022 Fertilizer Industry Environmental Awards, with two of the three national award recipients representing teams working to protect waterways in Western Australia. CSBP Fertilisers was awarded the Fertilizer Industry Platypus Environmental Award for its contribution to the uPtake project....
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Regional communities working together to restore waterways

As part of Healthy Estuaries WA and Revitalising Geographe Waterways, farmers across the South West are improving the health of waterways and receiving estuaries by fencing to move stock out of streams and drains, and by revegetating riparian zones (the areas along the banks of a waterway). Their collective efforts through the program from 2020...
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First stage of sediment removal completed in the river

The City of Busselton has recently completed the first stage of sediment removal in the Lower Vasse River with the aim to improve water quality. Approximately 600 tonnes of sediment was removed over seven weeks. The area dredged spanned from the Causeway Road Bridge to upstream from the pedestrian bridge, on Peel Terrace. Sediment will...
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2022-23 Geographe soil testing program open

Expressions of interest are now open for the latest round of the Geographe catchment soil testing program. With global fertiliser prices estimated to have increased by 180 per cent, the program is even more important this year for farmers hoping to make potential savings. GeoCatch Project Officer Jenelle Schult says the program provides farmers with...
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Monitoring water quality across the South West

Rain, hail or shine the DWER south west water quality monitoring team are out and about in boats, cars or kayaks monitoring water quality of south west estuaries and catchments. The small team, based in Busselton and Bunbury, monitor the Leschenault Estuary, Hardy Inlet and Vasse Wonnerup wetlands and their catchment’s monthly. Results from estuary...
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Sediment removal program to commence in the Lower Vasse River

McGowan Government contributes $350,000 towards sediment removal in the Lower Vasse River in Busselton Important work funded through the $25 million Healthy Estuaries WA program Sediment removal works are a high priority to improve water quality in the river and reduce algal blooms Sediment removal is a key management action under the Lower Vasse River...
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Making cents of soil testing

A recent soil testing workshop brought Geographe farmers together face-to-face and online to get a better handle on their soil nutrients. Thirty-six farmers were involved in this year’s soil testing program, with over 20,000 soil samples collected across 688 paddocks. The workshops are part of the Geographe Soil Testing program which aims to give farmers...
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