Healthy Estuaries WA is a $25 million State Government commitment, building on the work of the Regional Estuaries Initiative and delivering core actions of revitilising Geographe waterways. Launched in June 2020, Healthy Estuaries WA will focus on improving the health of Peel-Harvey estuary, Leschenault Estuary, Vasse-Geographe waterways, Hardy Inlet, Wilson Inlet, Torbay Inlet and Oyster Harbour. Supported by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions.
Healthy Estuaries WA coordinates and implements common actions across at-risk estuaries, building regional capability, promoting whole-of-industry engagement, and strengthening cooperative networks to share resources and knowledge.The program will include work to reduce nutrient inputs from priority catchments, use the latest science to monitor and effectively manage waterways, and continue to build collaboration between community, scientists, government and industry. See more: https://estuaries.dwer.wa.gov.au/
Sustainable agriculture Reduces nutrient run-off from agricultural activities. Soil testing will help farmers establish effective fertiliser application to save money, improve soils and reduce nutrient run-off. Industry partnerships will encourage best practice dairy effluent management.
Water in the landscape Improves the way water moves through the catchment to improve water quality. Streams will be revegetated and fenced to deter stock. Drainage upgrades, water sensitive urban design and prioritised infill sewerage will reduce nutrients entering estuaries.