$6.4m for waterways projects
Actions to maintain Geographe waterways are set to continue with the State Government announcing a $6.4 million package last week.
The Revitalising Geographe Waterways program will continue for another four years and was funded as part of the $25 million Healthy Estuaries WA.
Vasse Taskforce chairwoman Sally Talbot said the program built on the success and learnings of past programs based on scientific studies, community consultation and evaluation of management actions.
“Priority actions will include on-ground works to reduce nutrients entering key waterways through best practice fertiliser management, riparian management and urban nutrient reductions,” she said.
“Monitoring and science in the catchment and the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands will continue to inform the program and evaluate the effectiveness of on-ground works.”
The Vasse Taskforce, comprising the City of Busselton, GeoCatch, and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation have implemented significant works including the maintenance of the Vasse Diversion Drain, control of the Mexican Waterlily and sediment removal options in several over-nutrient waterways.
GeoCatch will continue to lead communication and community engagement for the program, ensuring strong partnerships and collaboration with the Lower Vasse River Management Advisory Group, Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands Collaboration Group and the Toby Inlet Community Advisory Group.
However, it is expected that initiatives to ensure the health of the Lower Vasse River would come at a “considerable cost” and need further funding.
The Vasse Taskforce would lead this component, prioritising innovative ideas that fast track water quality improvements in priority waterways and the drainage network,” Dr Talbot said.
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