- Six South West regional estuaries targeted for action
- Made possible by Royalties for Regions
The Leschenault estuary is one of six waterways in the State’s South West set targeted for action under the State Government’s $20 million Regional Estuaries Initiative.
Nationals Member for the South West, Colin Holt HLC said the four year program would be funded through Royalties for Regions.
The initiative will spend $7.5 million to improve the Leschenault’s health through new science and modelling, regional capacity, employment, training and a range of on-ground works such as soil and water testing, farm effluent management upgrades, fencing, revegetation and drainage site works.
Mr Holt said improving the water quality of the Leschenault estuary system was a vital step toward ensuring this important regional waterway would support ongoing social and economic goals.
“Restoring the function and improving the health of the Leschenault system will contribute to the sustainability of our region and its communities for future generations,” Mr Holt said.
“The initiative brings together government, industry, landowners and the wider community and unites current activities and future actions across all of these groups for a greater collective impact.
“Business and recreational activities around our regional waterways are a valuable part of creating a vibrant and livable community.
“It is great to see Royalties for Regions investments such as this contributing to the longevity of the state’s natural beauty and paving a brighter future for everyone in our regions.”
Visit www.water.wa.gov.au for more information on the Regional Estuaries Initiative.
Estuaries targeted are Peel-Harvey $6 million, Leschenault $7.5 million, Hardy Inlet $2 million, Wilson Inlet $2 million, Oyster Harbour $2 million, Vasse Geographe $0.5 million.
Priorities and actions in the Leschenault area include:
- Funding regional groups for training, employment and long term management strategies for regional estuaries and catchments
- Partnering with catchment and industry groups and farmers to reduce the nutrient runoff from farms and improve soil health
- Working with the dairy industry to improve effluent management
- Stream restoration, revegetation and movement of stock away from waterways
- Improved urban water design and management
- Trialling new materials to treat soil, water and drains
- Updated modelling to evaluate potential management actions
- Increased monitoring in the Leschenault estuary and its catchments