GeoCatch Celebrates 20 Years As A Catchment Council

GeoCatch Celebrates 20 Years As A Catchment Council

Western Australia Minister for Water Dave Kelly

GeoCatch Celebrates 20 Years Of Working To Improve Local Waterways

Victor P Taffa

  • GeoCatch celebrates 20th anniversary as a catchment council
  • Catchment council co-ordinates community partnerships to improve waterway health
  • GeoCatch is a key partner in the State Government’s Revitalising Geographe Waterways initiative

Water Minister Dave Kelly today praised GeoCatch for 20 years of service in protecting and improving the health of natural resources in the Geographe catchment.

“Improving the water quality and health of the catchment is a significant and ongoing challenge, and we must work together to find the balance between a healthy catchment and growth and development.” Minister for Water Dave Kelly said.

“GeoCatch has been instrumental in building partnerships and taking action to support the natural resources of the Geographe catchment.”

Catchment Council was formed in 1997 following community concerns over the condition of the Lower Vasse River and Geographe Bay.

It has worked with the community, natural resource management groups, industry and government on catchment land use practices to deliver water quality improvements to local waterways.

Over 20 years, the council has reduced nutrients entering waterways by reaching more than 80 % of Geographe dairy farmers to improve dairy effluent management, installing more than 300 km of fencing to exclude stock animals from waterways and restoring more than 155 ha of native vegetation.

GeoCatch is a key partner in the State Government’s Revitalising Geographe Waterways initiative and has a partnership agreement with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to improve the water quality of the catchment and Geographe Bay.