Two Community Stewardship grants for Peel-Harvey Catchment Council

Gillian Stack, Jordon Garbellini, Teresa Hey, Rick James, Robyn Clarke MLA, Caroline Knight, David Templeman MLA, Bob Patterson and Terry Ryan.
Gillian Stack, Jordon Garbellini, Teresa Hey, Rick James, Robyn Clarke MLA, Caroline Knight, David Templeman MLA, Bob Patterson and Terry Ryan.

PEEL-Harvey Catchment Council will receive two Community Stewardship Grants, worth $430, 890, from the State Government.

Their projects are among 111 to share in $7.75 million for natural resource management in WA.

Mandurah MLA David Templeman said a project to monitor the water levels of internationally significant wetland Lake McLarty and triage methods to stop the formation of acid sulfate soils would be funded through the grants.

The lake’s health would be monitored through surveys and vegetation monitoring, and complemented by revegetation of the wetland’s buffer and feral animal and weed control.

Another project to receive funding through the program is the establishment of a new National Resource Management (NRM) data management system that will allow real time access to site information.

The Community Stewardship Grants will support projects across Perth and regional WA to help restore natural areas, conserve WA’s biodiversity and build the capability of natural resource management groups.

Projects receiving grants range from cleaning up plastics from the South Coast to the protection of culturally and ecologically significant wetlands in the State’s north.

PHCC chairperson Caroline Knight said Lake McLarty was a significant site, but was struggling.

“This funding will give us a better understanding of how the wetland works and we can make informed decisions about how to best manage it into the future,” she said.

Mandurah MLA David Templeman said the projects would make a significant contribution to the protection and preservation of the natural environment.

“These grants support the outstanding work of local groups and volunteers who work hard to celebrate and protect their local environments, ‘’ he said.