Re-igniting landcare in the Wooroloo Brook Catchment

 

You’re invited to join like-minded volunteers to help re-ignite landcare interest in one of the largest water catchments in Perth’s eastern region, the Wooroloo Brook catchment. Encompassing approximately 36,000 hectares across the Shire of Mundaring and the City of Swan, the Wooroloo Brook catchment is the centre of a volunteer recruitment project being coordinated by the EMRC.

Currently there is no active Catchment Group working in this region. For a period of 20 years, the Wooroloo Brook Land Conservation District Committee (LCDC) worked intensively across the catchment, injecting more than $1.2 million into landcare initiatives in the region. Since this group disbanded in 2009, there are now only three active Friends Groups working within the Wooroloo Brook catchment – the Wooroloo Brook Townsite Project, the Friends of Wooroloo Brook Heritage Trail and the Friends of Gidge Reserve.

The Wooroloo Brook catchment is comprised of 16 sub-catchments which flow into the Avon River.  This catchment area includes the localities of Gidgegannup, Morangup, Bailup, Wundowie, Wooroloo, The Lakes and Chidlow. Recently there has been a renewed concern for the ecological health of the Wooroloo Brook catchment.

In 2015, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation rated the Wooroloo Brook catchment in the top four out of twelve catchments contributing high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus into the Avon River.

Key conservation priorities for this water catchment include:

This project is seeking interest from community volunteers who would like to get involved in landcare initiatives within the Wooroloo Brook catchment. The EMRC has secured funds to employ a Community Engagement Officer to increase community interest and capability in landcare across the Wooroloo Brook catchment. This project will include a number of informational workshops and on-ground activities in both the Shire of Mundaring and City of Swan which will be held in the coming months. We are excited about this project and look forward to sharing more information with you as the project gets underway.

Be part of this exciting opportunity by joining an existing Friends Group or by forming a new Friends Group or Catchment Group. The EMRC, in conjunction with the Shire of Mundaring and City of Swan, will provide assistance to volunteers to join a group or to instigate the formation of a new landcare group.

For further information about the Wooroloo Brook catchment or to register your interest as a landcare volunteer, please contact Karen Warner, EMRC NRM Coordinator, at Karen.Warner@emrc.org.au or 9424 2242.