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NRM COMMITTEE UPDATE

Highlights from the State Landcare Conference Held in November 2009 in Swansea

- Northern Field Trip 'From Walnuts to Ramsars'

 

The northern trip commenced with a visit to Webster Walnuts where Rodney Jones gave the group a tour and detailed presentation of the working of the world-class facility, along with some tasty samples of the numerous varieties of walnuts grown at the complex.

 

Next stop was at the Private Land Covenant owned by Nicky Meeson and Keith Brehney at Cherry Tree Hill. The group was made welcome with morning tea as Keith & Nicky discussed the process they went through to establish a Private Reserve Covenant on their land to conserve some of the numerous threatened species which occur there.

 

Further towards Coles Bay the group met Mt Paul Estate owners who provided a rundown on their journey in establishing the inspiring eco tourism venture on their land which overlooks our world famous Moulting Lagoon to the west and coastal view of Friendly Beaches to the east.

 

The final stop was at the Swan River Weir (Swansea water supply). At this site the group was shown two related projects.

 

The first was the cooperative management of the riparian vegetation beside the river involving the landowner John Cotton, GSB Council, DPIPWE and Southern Water. This involved fencing off the river banks to prevent stock accessing the town water supply and river banks and weed eradication (primarily gorse).

 

The second was the success of the construction of a Fish Ladder by our Catchments to Coasts crew, Inland Fisheries and John Cotton which enables native fish to migrate upstream to fresh water beyond the weir. The migration of native fish from salt water to fresh water is a natural cycle which until now this has been prevented by the weir except in times of flood. It was great to see the small galaxias swimming up the new concrete construction and over the top of the weir into the expanse of water beyond. It has been many years since this has been possible.

 

 

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