Supporting the Moore River Catchment Area

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Koojan farmer demonstrates soil amelioration

Koojan farmer demonstrates soil amelioration

Ian McGillivray is a Koojan farmer who likes to get the best from all his land – even his poor gutless sands. Establishing perennial plants in deep white non-wetting sands is problematic. This is due to poor water and nutrient holding capacity of the soil at the root zone, and ensuring the plants survive their first summer in the NAR before accessing subsurface moisture.

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New Habitat planted for Malleefowl at Maya

New Habitat planted for Malleefowl at Maya

Malleefowl have had a welcome boost to their habitat near Maya this year with local landowner Phil Nicolaou rehabilitating thirty hectares of his farm with native species. Moore Catchment Council obtained funds through the State NRM Program to carry out this project to help conserve Malleefowl
populations in the area by rehabilitating cleared land with native plants and improving connectivity between remnant vegetation.

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Moore Happenings at the Coast

Moore Catchment Council has been spending a lot of time at the southern end of the Moore River during the past few months. Rachel Walmsley MCC’s NRM Officer said “I’ve been really coastal focused this year delivering various State and Federal funded natural resource management projects mainly around Guilderton. These projects have involved conserving the iconic Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo, and implementing coastal restoration and education activities.”

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Why all the sick trees?

Why all the sick trees?

In recent months people may have noticed a number of sick looking trees along the railway line reserve from Gillingarra all the way up along the Midlands Road to around Geraldton. This reserve is not only an important ecological corridor for native flora and fauna – including
a designated Important Bird Area for the endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo around Moora and Gillingarra, it is also a huge drawcard for tourists who enjoy the area for its native vegetation.

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Plant feed species for Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo

Plant feed species for Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo

Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo are endemic to WA but are rapidly in decline. Estimates put total population to be below 60,000.
The Northern Swan Coastal Plain Important Bird Area (IBA) supports up to 15,000 Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo in the non-breeding season and a small number of breeding pairs. The birds are attracted to this area because of the presence of feed species in remnant vegetation containing Banksia heath and woodland, scattered marri (Corymbia callophylla) and tuart (Eucalyptus gomphocephala) trees and Pinus spp.

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Carnaby’s project goes global

Carnaby’s project goes global

An eagle eyed (or should that be Black Cockie eyed??) Julia White spotted this article in Parrots – an international magazine for the Parrot enthusiast.
They’ve picked up a MCC’s Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo feed species 2013 project media release and put it in their magazine. Its brilliant to see that this project has attracted international recognition !!

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Heavenly Hectares inspires local small landholders

Heavenly Hectares inspires local small landholders

“How do I manage weeds on my property” and “Where do I get a soil test done” were just two of the many questions asked at the Heavenly Hectares workshop in Gingin on Saturday 23rd November.

The Moore Catchment Council organised the event in partnership with The Forever Project, Avongro and Northern Agricultural Catchments Council with funding through the Federal Caring For Our

Country initiative, DAFWA, and The Natural Disaster Resilience Program. Rachel Walmsley of MCC said “Chris Ferreira from The Forever Project is well known on the sustainable living circuit and he delivered an entertaining and fast paced introduction to creating sustainable rural properties. I’ve worked with him before and witnessed his enthusiast style so I knew he wouldn’t disappoint.”

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