Current Projects

At any time the Torbay Catchment Group is involved in a number of projects, funded through various organisations. Most projects are aimed at improving farming practices and/or biodiversity protection and enhancement. Projects can vary greatly, depending on funding availability, and landholder and partner involvement. Some examples of projects undertaken by the group include an artificial wetland to strip nutrients from farm run-off, establishment of riparian vegetation along creeklines, direct seeding trials, construction of a multi-use trail, shorebird surveys and upgrading a wildlife corridor. More details are available below and on the Completed projects page.

Most projects require field work - planting trees, erecting signs, collecting seed, sampling waterways and much more. We are always looking for volunteers to help with these tasks, so if you would like to help, check out the events page for information on any upcoming field work.

Rivercare (commenced July 2011)

This project provides numerous local landholders with assistance to protect remnant bushland and creek lines on their properties. Funding is still available for landholders to undertake fencing and revegetation. Have a look at the Grants page for more information. Funded by Caring for our Country through South Coast NRM.

Unndiup Creek bank restoration and weed control (commenced September 2011)

This project builds on works already undertaken along the banks of the creek with the aim of assisting with the stabilisation of the creek banks and minimising sedimentation through planting of appropriate native species. The project will also undertake weed control including trialling Watsonia eradication. Funded by State NRM.

A corridor for wildlife (commenced March 2011)

This project builds on the work already undertaken to create a wildlife corridor linking karri (Eucalyptus diversicolor) trees to an isolated stand of marri (Corymbia calophylla). The long term aim is to provide habitat for birds and animals. Western ring tailed possums and black cockatoos are known from this area and it is hoped this project will assist their plight by providing food sources and habitat for these species, both of which which are under threat. This project will engage with various groups during project implementation including the Great Southern Institute of Technology students and the Wildflower Society of Western Australia, Albany branch. The project will provide fencing to protect the marri stand as well as extend the area to be planted to native vegetation. Revegetation will take the form of both direct seeding with local native species and planting of seedlings. Funded by Caring for our Country Community Action Grants.

Implementation of a blackberry control strategy (commenced January 2012)

This project addresses the key Weed of National Significance (WONS) in the Torbay catchment – blackberry. This was identified through a catchment-wide weed survey in 2010. As part of this project a draft strategy for WONS control will be initiated and when completed will serve as a guiding document for future funding and on-ground works. Funded by the Australian Government Caring for our Country Community Action Grants.  More...

Weed control and restoration of drains in a wildlife corridor in Elleker (commenced July 2011)

Seed collection, planting and weed control works have already been undertaken along this reserve through a previous DEC grant. This continues with environmental restoration works in this reserve which acts as a vegetated link between Marbellup Brook and the Torbay Inlet. Particular attention will be given to the drainage lines in this reserve which have a considerable weed burden. Seed will also be collected from the area to be grown on and returned in subsequent years as seedlings. Funded by a Department of Environment and Conservation Environmental Community Grant.

[Completed projects]