Wilson Inlet Nutrient Reduction Action Plan

Welcome to the Wilson Inlet Nutrient Reduction Action Plan

Wilson Inlet is a major estuary on the south coast of Western Australia. Located near the town of Denmark, it is not only a natural and cultural icon for the region, but of economic importance for industries such as fishing, shellfish and tourism.

Unfortunately the inlet is receiving too may nutrients. This is a common problem of estuaries with urban or agricultural catchments and can have extremely serious consequences. Already Wilson Inlet has seen a build up of algae and seagrass, as well as once sandy beaches becoming covered in a black ooze.

Unless this nutrient input is reduced it will have increasingly serious impacts on the inlet's ecosystem and the way it can be used by people.

Wilson Inlet: photo by Simon Neville
photo by Simon Neville

Whats the plan all about

The Wilson Inlet Nutrient Reduction Action Plan (WINRAP) is the guiding plan to overcome the problems faced by the inlet. It is the culmination of research and community involvement into how the inlet and catchment functions and where we can make positive improvements.

The plan makes clear the actions that should be taken to reduce the loss of nutrients from the catchment to the inlet (view the actions). The WINRAP is a 5-year plan, released in April 2003, that has been signed off by a variety of organizations, from community to government (see below).

Who is involved

The plan relies on the cooperation of all of us who live or work in the catchment, from farmer to builder to government employers.

The project partners can provide a range of services and funding to help primary producers, industry and individuals to stop the transport of nutrients and sediment to the inlet. This assistance is outlined on the resources page.

The following groups have pledged their cooperation in implementing the Wilson Inlet Nutrient Reduction Action Plan:

Department of Agriculture and Food WA

Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee

Water Corporation

Department of Water (formally Dept. of Environment)

Shire of Denmark

City of Albany

Wilson Inlet Management Advisory Group

Fisheries WA

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Latest News

January 2009 Update

Read the latest update summary

WINRAP News available

Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee Inc newsletter, WINRAP News Issue 2 is available on-line. A PDF verion (780Kb) is also available for download.

Wilson Inlet Bar Opening Protocol and River Level
Find out about the protocols behind the Wilson Inlet bar openings. You can also visit the Dept. of Water's inlet level monitoring page to see the inlet's level for the past six days.

Where is the Wilson Inlet Catchment

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Wider area around the catchment

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Catchment details

The Wilson Inlet Nutrient Reduction Action Plan (WINRAP) is coordinated by the by the Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee and Department of Water. The project is funded by South Coast Natural Resource Management Group Inc through the Australian and State Government support of the Natural Heritage Trust and National Action Plan.

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