CITY of Mandurah has committed funding to the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC) for a part-time Land for Wildlife officer to help landowners manage wildlife habitat in the Lake Clifton catchment, across Mandurah and Waroona.
Shire of Waroona has also contributed funds to boost the project within its first year.
Land for Wildlife is a long-running voluntary scheme which encourages and assists property owners to include nature conservation with other land management practices.
The PHCC Land for Wildlife officer will assist landholders to develop personalised plans for their property helping to integrate nature conservation with current land use practice with flow on benefits to Lake Clifton.
Lake Clifton is part of the Peel-Yalgorup Ramsar Site, a wetland of international significance.
It provides habitat for numerous migratory and resident shorebird species and is also home to a 15km reef of Thrombolites.
Lake Clifton is a fragile environment under threat from a changing climate and certain land management practices within the broader catchment.
The health of Lake Clifton is inextricably connected to the management of land and water in its catchment.
The Land for Wildlife project will inform, enthuse and support landholders to undertake land management practices aimed at improving wildlife habitat on their property and improving the condition of the lake’s catchment.
The ultimate aim is to restore habitats in the lake’s catchment and improve the lake’s water quality and ecosystem functions.
PHCC is already fielding expressions of interest and anticipates high participant numbers upon project commencement.