Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Minister for Water; Forestry; Youth

    Yakamia Creek restoration ramps up Albany estuary initiatives

    20/12/2017 2:30 PM
    • ​Agreements signed for two more Regional Estuaries Initiative projects
    • State Government gives more than $500,000 to City of Albany for creek rehabilitation
    • The project will deliver better quality water into Oyster Harbour

    More than $500,000 has been provided to the City of Albany to rehabilitate Yakamia Creek in the Centennial Park precinct.


    The rehabilitation of the current drain into a living stream is part of a wider plan to improve the quality of water flowing into Oyster Harbour through the State funded $20 million Regional Estuaries Initiative.


    Under the $520,000 agreement signed with the City of Albany today, about 210 metres of Yakamia Creek will be transformed from an existing detention basin to a 1.1 hectare nutrient stripping basin vegetated with native sedges, low shrubs and tall trees. 


    South Coast NRM has also been given $50,000 to work with the community and landowners in the lower Yakamia Creek catchment to implement a Fish Friendly Farms project. The project will engage and educate landholders in riparian protection work to improve water quality and habitat for native fish.


    These two new agreements add to the $605,000 given to the Oyster Harbour Catchment Group in 2016.


    Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly:


    "The McGowan Labor Government is committed to supporting the health of regional estuaries as they are a valued asset to communities and support local jobs.


    "The restoration work on Yakamia Creek at Centennial Park will help restore and protect Albany's natural environment, making it an even better place to live, work and visit.


    "Oyster Harbour is widely used by the community for both recreational and commercial purposes - from fishing for fun to supporting local jobs through the farming of oysters and mussels.


    "It also supports the local economy through tourism given its unique attractions including ancient Aboriginal fish traps, giant rays and birdlife."


    Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson:


    "It's great to see local government and groups partnering with the Government and the Menang people to achieve real outcomes for Albany.


    "Yakamia Creek is the home of the long neck turtle and hopefully the restoration work will encourage this species back into areas that have been rehabilitated.


    "Nutrients and sediments from land use have caused a number of problems including the loss of seagrass in Oyster Harbour.


    "If we can restore Yakamia Creek in a way that cleans up the water running into Oyster Harbour as well as improving our public open space and native habitat, then we will continue to have high quality waterways and sustainable commercial and recreational use of the estuary."


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