Wellington Catchment To Be Rejuvenated

Wellington Catchment To Be Rejuvenated

Western Australia Minister for Water and Forestry Dave Kelly

New Plantings To Create Industry Growth And A Healthy Catchment

Victor P Taffa

  • $8.7 Million project to plant 3,500 ha of pine in the Wellington catchment under way
  • Forest industry in Western Australia is worth more than $1 Billion annually

Water and Forestry Minister Dave Kelly today announced work had begun to rejuvenate the Wellington catchment, increase Western Australia’s softwood estate, create jobs and improve the quality of water in the Wellington reservoir.

“Re-planting in the Wellington catchment will assist in the reduction of salinity levels and improve the water quality.” Minister for Water and Forestry Dave Kelly said.

Collaboration between the Department of Water and Forest Products Commission will see the harvesting of eucalypt plantings converted to a commercial softwood pine plantation over the next 4 years.

 

“An estimated 4.4 Million pine seedlings will be planted over the next 4 years in Collie covering 3,500 ha, supplying over 1 Million tonnes of timber to the softwood industry in the State’s South-West.” Mr. Kelly said.

“Forestry is an economic driver for regional Western Australia. In 2015-16, $71 Million was spent in regional areas supporting employment and services, and providing forest products to industry.”

Pine plantation will use more water than the current eucalypt plantation, preventing the rise of salt levels in groundwater.

Pine plantings are part of a $21 Million State Government strategy to expand the softwood estate to maintain a vibrant timber manufacturing and processing hub in the South-West.