Busselton Water has partnered with GeoCatch through its community partnership program to promote and support the Bay OK Nature Verge project, which encourages the community to replace their lawn verges with native plant gardens. The Bay OK Nature Verge project aims to reduce the costs of garden maintenance for homeowners, reduce water use in the garden, reduce fertiliser runoff that affects water quality in waterways and create a habitat for urban wildlife. Busselton Water chair Dr Robyn Paice said the corporation was proud to provide funding towards the Bay OK Nature Verge project. “It’s fantastic to contribute to a community group that not only protects and enhances the natural environment, but is also dedicated to sustainability and water efficiency,” she said. “Busselton Water’s contribution will support GeoCatch’s efforts to work with homeowners to install their own nature verge, we’re delighted to support initiatives like this.” “Busselton Water’s contribution has enabled Bay OK to help participants with advice on removing turf, improving sandy soil and selecting appropriate native plant species for their verge gardens,” GeoCatch project officer Lisa Massey said. This year, Busselton Water is investing more than $16,000 across seven local organisations through its community partnership program. To find out more about the Bay OK Nature Verge project or to register for the workshop, visit GeoCatch’s website.