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Landcare News

The Wagin/Woodanilling Landcare Zone was formed in 1999 based on bio-physical boundaries but offering services to all landholders within the two Shires. It has maintained a close relationship with the Blackwood Basin Group, who assists by attracting financial and technical support, as well as coordinating local priorities into a regional strategy.

Since 1999, in excess of $1,000,000 of funding grants has been allocated to projects that improve land and water quality, with total investment exceeding $3,000,000. Works include establishing perennial pastures and crops, surface and groundwater harvesting, biodiversity plantations, aquaculture and erecting piezometers for monitoring landscape changes.

Currently there is little funding available with limited scope for developing agricultural sustainability. With anticipation, we wait for the ‘Caring for Country’ to release their support towards the aims of our zone action plan.

Publications Available

Relevant documents produced to address land management issues in the Shire of Wagin include Townsite Groundwater Study, Salinity Management Strategy, Queerfellows Creek Focus Catchment Plan as well as a number of hydrogeological maps. Currently the Wagin Shire and community are invloved in the Rural Towns Program to address townsite salinity issues, the development of a Land & Water Management Strategy and the development of a Weeds Strategy as well as on-ground works to improve agricultural productivity through land conservation such as water harvesting.

We also have a huge library of information available from making your garden frog-friendly to how to maximise saltland pasture production. We consider ourselves as a strong link to networks of agencies, professionals and the right people for natural resource management.

Fore more information contact us on wwlandcare@westnet.com.au or 9861 2222

Friends Of The Wagin Lakes

The group's activities focus on enhancing cultural, social environmental and economic awareness and values of the area. FoWL members get involved in whatever capacity they are interested in contributing to the group. Recent activities include weed and pest control revegetation, bird and wildlife surveys and hydrological surveying. Annual membership is $10 for individuals and $50 for corporate groups and can be paid at the Wagin/Woodanilling Landcare Centre on Tudhoe Street Wagin. The Friends of Wagin Lakes group is an active community group that works together to improve the condition of the Wagin Lakes and their catchment.

The group’s activities focus on enhancing cultural, social, environmental and economic awareness and values of the area. FoWL members get involved in whatever capacity they are interested in contributing to the group. Recent activities include weed and pest control, revegetation, bird and wildlife surveys and hydrological surveying. Annual membership is $10 for individuals and $50 for corporate groups and can be paid at the Wagin / Woodanilling Landcare Centre on Tudhoe Street. The group also has a range of local aboriginal artwork and aerial photos of the town and lakes for sale to raise funds for the groups work. Work of the group includes maintenance and promotion of the Wait-Jen Walk Trail that is relaxing walk interpreting the local Noongar culture, trantional resources and land management. The walk stretches 10.5km, taking about 4 hours one way, the trail starts just off the Great Southern Highway 8km south of Wagin, and ends at the north end of Norring Lake. It crosses 2 roads on the way, where a car can be left if you want to take a shorter walk. Wait-jen means “emu’s foot print” – larger numbers of emus used to roam this area, the trail follows one of the ancient dreaming tracks formed by the Waugul, one of the mythical beings that formed the landscape in the dreamtime. These became tracks by which Noongar could pass safely.