On-ground remediation works to improve the health of two South Coast waterways will soon begin after the Liberal National Government signed a further two partnership agreements with local catchment groups.
Water Minister Mia Davies said Oyster Harbour and Wilson Inlet were two of six southern regional estuaries targeted for improvements in the $20 million Royalties for Regions-funded Regional Estuaries Initiative.
"The Oyster Harbour Catchment Group and the Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee will deliver the on-ground works to improve the health of Oyster Harbour and Wilson Inlet," she said.
"Local catchment groups are essential partners in this work and their knowledge and experience is valuable in working with landowners to improve the outcomes of the receiving water bodies from inflows off the catchment."
Ms Davies said the Government was also partnering with the City of Albany and South Coast Natural Resource Management to improve water quality in Yakamia Creek.
"This work will help to restore the health of Yakamia Creek, an urban waterway, and help to reduce pollution and discharges entering Oyster Harbour," she said.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the initiative recognised the value of these waterways in promoting recreational activities and tourism.
"By investing in better water quality and the waterways' management, we are supporting social and economic growth in regional WA," Mr Redman said.
"The Regional Estuaries Initiative is the biggest single investment ever made by the State Government in managing Western Australia's regional estuaries, and is a historical intervention to protect assets underpinning the State's long-term economic wellbeing."
The Regional Estuaries Initiative will improve the health of six estuarine ecosystems
The six estuaries targeted under the initiative are Leschenault, Hardy Inlet, Peel-Harvey, Wilson Inlet, Oyster Harbour and Vasse-Wonnerup
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