Protecting the ecological health of the Margaret River

Nature Conservation’s ‘Conserve the Margaret River’ Program aims to protect the ecological health of the Margaret River in a number of ways.

Nature Conservation has recently collaborated with the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, government agencies and indigenous custodians to prepare a strategy to protect the ecological health of the Margaret River.

The Draft Margaret River Protection Strategy is now available for community comment from Friday 7 September until Friday 12 October 2018. The Draft Margaret River Protection Strategy provides an over aching blueprint for protecting the ecological health of the Margaret River into the future. Nature Conservation and the Shire have partnered on the development of the Draft Strategy supported by the recently formed Margaret River Collaborative Management Group including local Wadandi custodians and a raft of government agencies with responsibility for management of the river.

In parallel Nature Conservation continues to update detailed action planing for the foreshores of the Margaret River. A review of the Margaret River Action Plan (2003) and and Ecological Linkages in the Margaret River Agricultural Zone Project (2016) has recently been undertaken and a Draft Margaret River Foreshore Reserve Action Plan for the river foreshore between town to coast prepared on behalf of the Shire of Augusta Margaret River. The scope of this planning work is to provide a detailed description of the current condition of the foreshores of the Margaret River and make recommendations on the management required to ensure the values, attributes and functions of the Margaret River reserves are protected and conserved.

Nature Conservation also continues its annual program of targeted on ground action to build resilience in the foreshores of the Margaret River. Informed by the action planning described above, Nature Conservation delivers a program of weed control and revegetation in partnership with the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

The 2018 blackberry control program was completed in March 2018 along the full length of the Margaret River foreshore reserve. The 2018 arum lily control program has recently commenced and control for other priority species is ongoing. Weed control along in the Margaret River foreshore reserve is funded through contributions from the Shire of Augusta Margaret River and the Water Corporation, and supplemented by State and Federal grants.

Revegetation work funded by the National Landcare Program via the South West Catchments Council is now complete. Two rounds of planting has been completed at 4 sites in the upper catchment of the Margaret River and one strategic site on a tributary. One round of planting has also been undertaken on 3 sites on the lower Margaret River in areas where successful arum lily control has been undertaken.

Project Officer:  Genevieve Hanran Smith

VIEW DRAFT MARGARET RIVER PROTECTION STRATEGY

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