Water quality in the Vasse Geographe catchment is improving, according to a five-year evaluation of the State Government's Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands and Geographe Bay Water Quality Improvement Plan.
The results were discussed at a recent meeting of the Vasse Taskforce, where a new Vasse Geographe Strategy was officially endorsed to guide the direction and type of projects to be delivered over the next three years.
Water Minister Mia Davies said she was pleased to see the taskforce moving forward collaboratively and building on the solid science-based foundations of work to date targeting water quality in the south-west catchment.
"A five-year evaluation of the State Government's Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands and Geographe Bay Water Quality Improvement Plan has shown declines in water quality have slowed and in some cases, halted or improved, in response to government and community interventions," Ms Davies said.
"The evaluation report outlines the positive outcomes from well-designed, targeted water quality improvement work in the Vasse Wonnerup, and is proof that government and community can work together to make a difference to the waterways' health.
"I have set up the Vasse taskforce to build on this type of evidence-based progress which also provides directions and benchmarks on which to focus future effort."
The Minister said the evaluation report was timely as the taskforce officially endorsed the Vasse Geographe Strategy.
"The strategy is designed to build on initiatives from the past 10 years, and we have started with a number of government, community and industry partnership projects including two projects working with dairy farmers to reduce nutrient loads entering the system," she said.
"Community consultation is an important part of the strategy. The City of Busselton and taskforce partners have started working with the Dunsborough community to develop new actions for Toby Inlet and its catchment."
Ms Davies said the taskforce's commitment to community engagement had been furthered by the release of a set of fact sheets on the Vasse Wonnerup estuary management.
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