Healthy Estuaries WA
Torbay Inlet is one of the seven estuaries targeted by Healthy Estuaries WA, a $25 million state government program, led by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, to improve the health of our regional estuaries.
Healthy Estuaries WA coordinates and implements common actions across at-risk estuaries, building regional capability, promoting whole-of-industry engagement, and strengthening cooperative networks to share resources and knowledge.
The program will include work to reduce nutrient inputs from priority catchments, use the latest science to monitor and effectively manage waterways, and continue to build collaboration between community, scientists, government and industry.
Torbay Catchment Group has partnered with Healthy Estuaries WA and is delivering on-ground actions for Torbay farmers as a part of the Sustainable Agriculture Strategy.
Through the fertiliser management program, farmers have access to soil testing, pasture tissue testing and one-on-one agronomic advice across their whole farm.
More information about the soil testing program can be found here.
Plant Tissue Sampling
During late September and early October we have been out with an agronomist collecting plant samples from properties. As part of the program, plants are tested for trace minerals and this information is used to look at the performance of paddocks, the fertiliser program and planning.
uPtake 21st September 2021
‘uPtake’ is a partnership project designed to improve nutrient use efficiency on grazing farms in South West Western Australia by improving farmer and industry of knowledge, confidence and uptake of the science supporting fertiliser recommendations.
On the 21st September Oyster Harbour Catchment Group, Wilson Catchment Committee, Torbay Catchment Group with The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation hosted a field walk trial morning for all interested. A big breakfast on site to start the day followed by a presentation of the trial, data and discussion. For more information contact us or got to “uPtake” fertiliser trial – Oyster Harbour Catchment Group (ohcg.org.au) or Healthy Estuaries – Improving health of estuaries in WA (dwer.wa.gov.au)
Year 2 for Healthy Estuaries and new participants
17 properties across the Greater Torbay Catchment have registered to be involved in the program for Year 2. The mapping of properties is complete, paddock boundaries have been verified and the first of the soil sampling workshops happened online on the 22nd September. The next step is a short interview with our farmers and then onto soil sampling for the December/ January period.
Expressions of Interest for 2021-2022 Soil sampling
In June expressions of interest for soil sampling 2021/22 under the Whole Farm, Nutrient Mapping program opened. It closed late July with 18 landholders registering to be involved.
Fertilizing your mind at Nutrient Mapping workshops
In early March farmers who had soil sampling done under the Whole Farm, Nutrient Mapping program met at DPIRD for a workshop to receive their soil test results and maps. Well done to those who carried out their own DIY sampling. The mapping reports were complete with colour coded maps showing nutrient status over the whole farm. There were number of informative presentations from DPIRD staff, and agronomists provided background and information to interpreting the maps. There was a range of ‘scientific experiment’ style practical demonstrations aimed at explaining the relationship between soil properties, phosphorus levels and production. Most participants nominated an agronomist to help them develop appropriate fertilizer programs based on the soil test results.
These agronomists followed up with each of the participants to discuss their unique reports and potential fertiliser programs.
Thanks to our Project Partners:
Department of Water and Environmental Regulations