Working on Water in Whian Whian

Healthy catchments and improved water quality in the upper Wilsons River catchment: Riparian and catchment restoration and soil conservation with Whian Whian Landcare.

Working on Water in Whian Whian

Healthy catchments and improved water quality in the upper Wilsons River catchment: Riparian and catchment restoration and soil conservation with Whian Whian Landcare.

Taking Action -

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The issue

On the North Coast, poor water quality, declining riparian vegetation condition and soil erosion are priority issues on both the local and regional scale.  Macadamias are economically important in the local area but many farms are now reaching canopy closure, seeing tree decline and erosion issues. Active restoration of riparian zone vegetation, and reducing diffuse sources of fine sediments and associated nutrients is identified as a long term action for improving the condition of the river system. Key to addressing these issues is the engagement of landholders and the community in their management.

The solution

Solutions to local problems come from local people. Richmond Landcare worked closely with Whian Whian Landcare to develop a project to address these issues.  The project was supported by North Coast Local Land Services through funding from the National Landcare Programme.   The Healthy Catchments project delivered a comprehensive range of on-ground and community capacity building outcomes, employing a combination of; on-ground vegetation restoration activities, soil conservation and erosion mitigation, water quality monitoring, and community capacity building activities to improve the health of the catchment and its people. Partnerships with Whian Whian School, Dunoon School, Rous County Council, Lismore City Council, Department of Primary Industries Agriculture, North Coast Local Land Services and Jiggi Catchment Landcare supported the project to achieve its outputs.

The impact

This project highlights the natural synergies of Landcare: Increasing community capacity has flow-on effects for the environment, agricultural productivity and community wellbeing. By supporting and promoting a pioneering local Best Management Practice demonstration site for erosion control in macadamias, the project is expected to have positive flow-on effects to the surrounding areas for years to come, and will likely form the basis of further projects. This project would not be possible without the dedicated work of Whian Whian Landcare, with both their engaged local landholders, in-kind contribution and well organised committee and coordinator.

Key facts

  • Restore riparian vegetation(1245m stream front, 9.92Ha restored on 15 properties, 6 new plans)
  • Conserve soil and mitigate erosion on macadamia farms (4 farms, 1 erosion management BMP site)
  • Establish baseline water quality data set (school activity)
  • Increase public awareness & build community capacity (2 field days, 1 new public Landcare work site, 2 interpretive signs)
  • Develop new auspicing agreements and partnership policies

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