Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Minister for Water; Forestry; Youth

    GeoCatch celebrates 20 years of working to improve local waterways

    4/10/2017 6:00 PM
    • GeoCatch celebrates 20th anniversary as a catchment council
    • The council co-ordinates community partnerships to improve waterway health
    • GeoCatch is a key partner in the State Government's Revitalising Geographe Waterways initiative 

    Water Minister Dave Kelly today praised GeoCatch for 20 years of service in protecting and improving the health of natural resources in the Geographe catchment.


    The council was formed in 1997 following community concerns over the condition of the Lower Vasse River and Geographe Bay.


    It has worked with the community, natural resource management groups, industry and government on catchment land use practices to deliver water quality improvements to local waterways.


    Over 20 years, the council has reduced nutrients entering waterways by reaching more than 80 per cent of Geographe dairy farmers to improve dairy effluent management, installing more than 300 kilometres of fencing to exclude stock animals from waterways and restoring more than 155 hectares of native vegetation.


    GeoCatch is a key partner in the State Government's Revitalising Geographe Waterways initiative and has a partnership agreement with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to improve the water quality of the catchment and Geographe Bay.


    Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:


    "Improving the water quality and health of the catchment is a significant and ongoing challenge, and we must work together to find the balance between a healthy catchment and growth and development.


    "GeoCatch has been instrumental in building partnerships and taking action to support the natural resources of the Geographe catchment.


    "The practical, on-ground solutions supported by GeoCatch help to reduce overall farm operating costs, retain nutrients in the soil and on the farm, and stop phosphorus entering waterways.


    "GeoCatch has played an important role in uniting the community and engaging local schools.


    "I congratulate GeoCatch and its staff and volunteers for their leadership and commitment to improving the health of the region's natural resources."


    Minister's office - 6552 6100