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Managing your on-farm water

South Coast NRM, on behalf of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), and in partnership with The Gillamii Centre and the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, delivered three one-day workshops across the region on managing on-farm water during September.
The workshops were held in Esperance, Cranbrook and Williams. Over sixty local growers, industry members, advisors, contractors and community group members all enjoyed the opportunity to learn and discuss on-farm water management.
Crop productivity can be affected by management of surface and sub-surface water on farm and these workshops provided information and strategies on how to manage on-farm water successfully to make a positive difference to crop production.
In the morning information session we heard from three experts:
  • John Ruprecht from Western Land & Water Consulting, supported by GHD, spoke about the importance of managing surface water, management options, planning, monitoring and maintenance.
  • Henry Hamilton from Precision Cropping Technologies spoke about collecting good farm data, digital elevation models and mapping, drain design and implementation.
  • John Simons and Buddy Wheaton from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) provided a rundown on legal responsibilities, notice of intent to drain, off-site impacts, who to contact and where to get information.
In the afternoon attendees had the opportunity to visit a local farm to see drainage management in action.
  • In Esperance we looked at a whole farm drainage system across the DPIRD Esperance Downs Research Station from pasture into cropping.
  • In Cranbrook attendees discussed sub-surface drainage.
  • In Williams we looked at mid slope interception, storage and revegetating gully floors.
We would like to sincerely thank all the land managers and farmers for hosting the workshops on their properties and sharing their drainage management strategies.
For more information contact Letisha Newman at South Coast NRM on 9845 8537 or

"This is what your paddock could look like"

South Coast NRM is seeking expression of interest to establish perennial pastures, revegetation and fencing in either the Lake Warden and Lake Gore Catchments.
Esperance has been fortunate to secure funding (as an incentive) for activities that help protect not just one but two internationally significant wetlands Lake Warden and Lake Gore for the next four years. These wetlands support a diverse and large number of bird species and one of the threats are altered hydrology.
Due to economic changes, land use practices with these catchments are changing, with large tracts of commercial trees being cleared and returned to other land uses.  If not replaced with other perennials this will increase the risk of altered hydrology on farm and on shorebird habitat, reduce soil health and increase soil erosion.
This program is being run by South Coast NRM with support from the Regional Landcare Facilitator, through funding from the Australian Government’s Regional Landcare Partnerships Program.
Please register your interest by 14 October 2019, contact Claudia Magana on 9076 2206 or  
Established perennials Tall Grass and Phalaris among the annuals.
Photograph by Dorothy Henderson.
Project underway to help protect "The Jewels" of the South Coast Region
Over 1 million hectares of native vegetation is infected by the plant disease Phytophthora Dieback.  Time is running out to protect the susceptible native plant species and high value ecosystems of the south coast of WA with urgent and well coordinated landscape scale response and investment required.
As part of a state wide Framework an indicative Top 100 Priority Protection Areas for WA have been identified.  These Priority Protection Areas (PPAs) are areas that contain significant or threatened flora species or ecological communities, and landscapes that are vulnerable to or threatened by the plant disease Phytophthora Dieback.
South Coast NRM has been successful in receiving funds from the WA Government’s State NRM Program to “undertake Dieback management activities and increase Dieback management capability in six high-priority key Priority Protection Area’s (PPAs) in the south coast region, by December 2021.”
Using the State Phytophthora Dieback Management and Investment Framework 2014, the Project Steering Committee will assist Project staff in the selection of six priority sites for Dieback planning and targeted on ground activities based on listed uninfested high value (Tier 1) Priority Protection Areas (PPA’s).
Our Project Team consists of Brett Dal Pozzo, Healthy Environments Program Manager, and 2 par-time Dieback Project Officer’s Robyn Cail (Esperance) and Mia Hunt (Albany).  Over the next 2 years our team will work closely with key stakeholders and relevant land managers on this important project to help protect the jewels of the south coast region from Phytophthora Dieback. 
Further information on the project please contact South Coast NRM on 9845 8537 or

Invitation - Kinjarling Djinda Ngardak Dinner

2019 WA Beach Clean Up

Malleefowl Monitor Survey

Oyster Harbour Estuary Forum

Wilson Inlet Estuary Forum 2019

Save the Date - Merinj Kaartdijin - South Coast Bush Food Forum Albany WA

Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November 2019

Three themes will be explored by local and interstate specialists:
  • Bush Foods and Intellectual Property
  • Bush Foods and Cultural Renewal
  • Bush Foods, Agriculture and Market Innovation
Be part of this dynamic full day forum followed by a half day field trip hosted on Menang country with the option of attending the Kinjarling Djinda Ngardak gala dinner

For more information contact Peter Twigg on 0428928535 or
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