Issue 2 - December 2007
Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee Inc.
From the Chair Mike Lanigan, Mt Barker farmer and WICC Chairman

Welcome to our 2nd edition and with another year over we can look back at a very successful 2007 with the completion of many on ground works and more projects initiated for completion next year. Several successful workshops were conducted across the catchment with more planned for next year. The community will also be invited to attend a Wilson Inlet Nutrient Reduction Action Plan (WINRAP) community forum. This meeting will be looking for community input in the review of the action plan to help direct where action should be focused for the next five years. I would like to remind everyone if you would like to get involved in natural resource management within the catchment, to give a us a call to become a Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee (WICC) member. Meetings are held every two months which provide an opportunity for your input as well as a great place to meet new faces. Finally I would like to wish everyone a safe Christmas and a happy and very successful 2008.

Environmentally Friendly Enterprise

Recently in the mid catchment, WICC assisted a local innovative farmer implement an environmental management plan for his composting enterprise. Paul Hoult converts waste product from a local abattoir into highly valued compost for the organic vegetable growing market in Manjimup.

The implementation of the environmental plan includes the construction of a hard stand platform where the abattoir waste is mixed with sawdust and allowed to compost. This area slopes gently into a large capacity holding dam which collects any potential run off from the composting operation. This prevents any nutrients leaching into the near by wetland or waterways of the Catchment. The water in the dam can then be used in the composting process hence the need for additional water is reduced via this recycling.

Paul has taken other measures to reduce the impact of this enterprise on the environment including feral animal and pest control. His innovative enterprise has been developed with the technical assistance from the Departments of Conservation and Environment; Water; Health; the EPA; and the Shire of Plantagenet. Recently the Hon Wilson Tuckey visited the site and was impressed with the recycling/ value adding enterprise.

If you have an enterprise that could benefit from funding to make it more environmentally friendly contact Lynn Heppell on 98512697.

Inside this issue:

Environmentally Friendly Enterprise

Inlet Highlighted At W.A Coastal Conference

Water Wisdom Watering Points

Upper Hay Strategic Catchment Plan

Denmark River Fish Assemblages

Wilson Inlet Groundwater Nutrient Study

WINRAP Project Officer Update

EPA Hold Off Sandbar Opening

Contact Details and Funding Rates

Who's Involved In WINRAP

Wilson Inlet highlighted at State Coastal Conference

During the 4th Western Australian State Coastal Conference & Awards recently held in Denmark, a bus tour carrying 45 people was conducted around Wilson Inlet Estuary.

Several speakers talked about current research, estuary management and community concerns. Highlights included talks on migratory waders and the importance of Morley Beach by Brad Kneebone whilst other speakers touched on the importance of aboriginal heritage and current research. A stop was also made at the farm of John Shapland. Here people saw how a previously degraded area has been transformed into an important wetland. Following afternoon tea at Wilson's restaurant, the bus stopped at the constructed wetland near the new hospital site and finished at the Ocean Beach lookout where issues concerning the bar opening and estuary management were raised. Speakers included Dave Rushton from Department of Water and Anne Brearley (author of Swanland). All that joined the tour enjoyed themselves as they did for the entire conference which was hosted by the Shire of Denmark.

Do you want to find out more about the WINRAP & download the plan or find information to help you implement your landcare or farming project?
Visit www.winrap.southcoastwa.org.au