Yakamia Creek Living Stream Site on Barnesby Drive

Yakamia Creek Living Stream Site on Barnesby Drive

Flooding causing issues during heavy rainfall

10 year old living stream site at Bannister Creek, Perth

10 year old living stream site at Bannister Creek, Perth

Park featuring a living stream. Different area of the city require different uses

Park featuring a living stream. Different area of the city require different uses

Yakamia Creek

Yakamia Creek is the major urban waterway of Albany. It drains a catchment area of approximately 21km2 which contains urban, industrial and rural land uses as well as approximately 25% remnant vegetation. Yakamia Creek drains to Oyster Harbour, a nationally significant wetland. As a result of fragmented management of the waterway, Yakamia Creek contributes significant volumes of nutrients and pollutants to Oyster Harbour.

The Oyster Harbour Catchment Group is working closely with City of Albany, Department of Water, Albany Environment Centre, South Coast NRM and community members to restore sections of Yakamia Creek into a living stream.

A living stream is a section of a traditional straight drain or degraded stream that has been repaired or restored into a comparatively more natural channel form. It features stabilised vegetated banks with various plant species and a more natural, meandering structure.

Living streams provide an aesthetic landscape feature for communities to enjoy as well as diverse habitats for flora and fauna.

Living stream projects have been undertaken in Perth since 2000 by the South Eastern Regional Centre for Urban Landcare (SERCUL) in areas like Bannister Creek, a tributary to the Canning River. For more information on SERCUL's living stream projects see http://www.sercul.org.au/living_streams.html