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Issued: 22/2/2022
What's Been Happening in Oyster Harbour Catchment

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Second summer February-March
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Protecting Potoroos and their Native Neighbours -Project Summary

The Two Peoples Bay/Manypeaks/Waychinicup region, a short drive (35 km) northeast of Albany, is a mixed farming area with three major nature reserves and the Waychinicup National Park. This area is highly significant to residents, tourists, the scientific community, and the Minang Traditional Owners. Two famous endemic and threatened fauna species live exclusively in the area, the Gilbert’s Potoroo and Noisy Scrub Bird, and recently an attempt to re-establish a population of the Critically Endangered Western Ground Parrot commenced. Additionally, there are 10 other threatened fauna species with significant populations in this area including the Australasian Bittern, Western Ringtail Possum and Quokka. Many groups have carried out work to protect these remarkable animals in this area including the Department of Biodiversity and Conservations and Attractions (DBCA), BirdLife WA, the Gilbert’s Potoroo Action Group (GPAG), Friends of the Western Ground Parrot (FWGP) and more.

One of the main threats these animals face is that of feral cats. Oyster Harbour Catchment Group with 30 years of natural resource management are excited to support the Albany and Surrounds Feral Cat Working Group (ASFCWG) to implement the “Protecting Potoroos and Their Neighbours” project. Jenni Loveland, founder of the Albany and Surrounds Feral Cat Working Group and coordinator of this project.

The ASFCWG received a grant from State Natural Resource Management to implement a project to value-add to the introduced predator management works currently taking place in the area. The aim is to increase community awareness of this remarkable biodiversity hotspot, focussing on the importance of protecting the 13 threatened species and the damage/impact feral and roaming cats have on the native wildlife population. 

The ASFCWG will fill the role of a community liaison officer working with residents and school children to encourage sustainable social change. The role will include fostering the benefits to cats by keeping them safely contained to your property; discovering barriers and opportunities for feral and barn cat control; providing education to the community about how to protect the special biodiversity of this unique region, and keeping the community updated on the significant investment organisations have made in protecting native animals.

For information contact Jenni Loveland
Grazer Matcher 2021
The Oyster Harbour Catchment Grazer Matcher Group had their last meeting in February after meeting at eight farms over the last 12 months. Grazing Matcher is hands-on group catchup with discissions around assisting producers to make better decisions.

 The three simple messages to get right
  1. Implement a basic rotational grazing plan
  2. Leave correct pasture residue after grazing
  3. Fill the gaps when required
Over the last twelve months, a group of eight enterprises have met eight times for the afternoon covering management tools to assist with increased productivity and identify upcoming management plans throughout the season to achieve the magic three. This often created many healthy conversations within the group.

Grazing Management Principles provide for quality fodder production. This includes evaluating annual feed budgeting with daily herd intake requirements, protein concentration and energy requirements for animal production and Autumn deferral. There are varied nutritional requirements are required by stock throughout the season.  For example; leading up to joining, calving, post-calving, weaning and dry stock. 

Business fundamentals and monitoring to compare Profit vs Production with the fundamentals. All eight producers on reflection had all taken home valuable information that was easy to apply to their individual operations. 

The success of the workshop has enabled a further Grazer Matcher to run in 2022.

Grazing MatcherTM is a joint initiative of Western Beef Association Inc. and Southwest Catchments Council through funding from the Australian government’s National Landcare Program and is supported by Meat & Livestock Australia’s Profitable Grazing Systems program, GeoCatch and Healthy Estuaries WA, a WA Government Royalties for Regions program.

The program is run with the support of Livestock Adviser: Jeisane Accioly, Agronomists: Dan Parnell and Veterinarian: Dario Nandapi.
We need your help: "Turning Gardener's into Conservationists" survey

One of our partners Albany UWA has asked us all to fill out this questionnaire that Perth NRM and UWA Albany have developed for the "Turning Gardener's into Conservationists" project.
This project is a four year Australian Government funded project that looks at the biodiversity and human wellbeing benefits of wildlife-friendly gardening. We are looking to work with citizens all over southwestern Australia to help us monitor wildlife in gardens and install wildlife-friendly structures.
To recruit residents for this citizen science project and to gather data on human wellbeing benefits we have developed a short questionnaire. Would OHCG be able to promote this to staff, on social media, and any other media channels you can think of? I have attached some promotional text with the link to the questionnaire below and a few photos for eye candy on social media posts.
How do you feel about wildlife in your backyard? Does it contribute to your wellbeing? 
Help investigate whether wildlife and wildlife-friendly gardening have biodiversity and human wellbeing benefits by taking a short survey (approximately 10 minutes). 

As part of this survey, you can choose to register your interest to take part in an exciting citizen science project investigating what wildlife is found in gardens and how they use wildlife-friendly structures! 
To complete the survey, click here:
Oyster Harbour Update 2022
The 2022 Oyster Harbour Estuary Forum was a successful event held in February at the Albany Entertainment Centre (Kalyelup studio) with 75 people attending.  Aimed at informing the general community about the Healthy Estuaries WA (HEWA) program, guests were treated to a range of informative presentations from scientists, government, research staff, students, industry and community group representatives.

The Healthy Estuaries WA Program was introduced by Jennifer Stritzke (DWER), who explained how elements of HEWA (monitoring, stream restoration and sustainable agriculture) continue on from the success of the previous REI project. 

Bruce Radys from OHCG updated attendees on the range of activities being implemented locally by OHCG, including the Whole Farm Nutrient Mapping carried out with Farmers in conjunction with DPIRD.

Catherine Thompson’s (DWER senior scientist) overview of long term results of water quality monitoring in the Harbour showed a general improvement in water quality and seagrass cover over recent years.  Of particular interest was the water flow and nutrient inputs during last year’s high rainfall events, which did show a ‘spike’ in water flow and nutrient levels, but not apparent long term effects on Harbour health.

Elke Reichwaldt reported on the City of Albany Centennial Park Wetland - which is looking good, with good plant growth and evidence of nutrient stripping at low flow rates.  

Joe from Harvest Road outlined sustainable management practices being implemented in the new aquaculture operation, including a large scale survey and clean up of rubbish in the Harbour.

UWA student Sonja Pascho is carrying out research to determine the potential of cockles in the Harbour as environmental/biological indicators.  Her talk outlined research methods including Carbon tracing and showed how fascinating these small bivalves can be. 

After completion of the presentations, MC Jo Tomlinson facilitated a panel discussion where guests asked questions to the panel of speakers.  Further discussions continued over supper to round out an informative and entertaining evening.

Resilience and adaptability have been key to our Harbour health, see the condition of the estuary 2016-19 report. The report can be found here.
Porongurup Friends: Protect the Porongurup Range campaign 

The Friends of the Porongurup Range are deeply concerned about the Porongurup National Park Trail Masterplan that is being proposed by the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions (Parks and Wildlife). Having voiced this concern they are quite disappointed by the trail development process progressing to the next stage see statement here.

Contractors; Common Ground trials, a trail planning and design consultancy have been engaging with stakeholders of Porongurup National Park  and have produced the linked report: COMMUNITY AND STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT SUMMARY REPORT

Their conclusions were as follows:

Based on feedback received, landscape analysis and market analysis, Common Ground Trails
recommend that DBCA proceed with the master plan and trail development process. The master plan will set out a vision for trails appropriate to the park and identify areas that need further
environmental, dieback and cultural heritage assessment for both revitalised trails and new trails for walkers and cyclists.

We acknowledge there are sensitive values within the Porongurup National Park, we have assessed
available data and this will be factored into the development of the master plan recommendations. As per the trail development process (refer to Figure 1) postmaster plan each trail proposal will be subject to thorough site assessment (stage 3 of the process) prior to further concept planning. In this site assessment phase, qualified consultants will be engaged to assess the current values. Further detailed on the ground assessments and surveys will be undertaken in Stage 5 Corridor Evaluation.

All parties consulted have acknowledged the need for environmental, economic and social improvements in the area and that the Porongurup needs additional stewards. It was noted and in our professional opinion, we agree, that trails and trail users could offer this additional stewardship if the trails are high quality and sustainably planned and developed.

See more about the Porongurup area via the friend's website \ and join them to be involved in their passionate activities.

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Bunuru Events

Outdoor Screening Breathing Life into Boodja

25th Feb, 5pm to 7pm
Banksia Farm
Breathing Life into Boodja is a good-natured and galvanising portrayal of the conservation work being conducted by farmers, scientists, environmentalists, the Aboriginal community and local groups. Together, they are restoring and healing land around the Porongurup and Stirling Ranges as part of an ambitious 1000 kilometre effort to restore ecological connections

world wildlife day

UN World Wildlife Day

Thu Mar 3rd
On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the anniversary day of signing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna.



Mon Mar 14th
The International Day of Action for Rivers is a day dedicated to solidarity – when diverse communities around the world come together with one voice to say that our rivers matter. Since 1985, Internat ...

Celebrating 30 years together (1)

Oyster Harbour Catchment Group 30th Anniversary



Fri Mar 18th
Global Recycling Day was created in 2018 to help recognize, and celebrate, the importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources and securing the future of our planet. It is a da ...



Mon Mar 21st
Forests are part of your life in more ways than you realize When we drink a glass of water, write in a notebook, take medicine for fever or build a house, we do not always make the connection with f ...


Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate Challenge Field Day

Tue Mar 22nd


Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate Challenge: Schools Challenge

Wed Mar 23rd

SIXTEEN LEGS is an inter-linked suite of projects focussed around the world of antipodean CAVES and CAVE BIOLOGY. It reports on the results of a 30-year scientific research project, 2 years of filming, and hundreds

Sixteen Legs: Enter the Cave Exhibition

Fri Apr 29th 5:30-6:30 pm 
Screening of Sixteenlegs Documentary and QnA

Thu May 5th 10:00am - Mon 30th 3:00pm
Sixteen Legs: Enter the Cave Exhibition Coming to the Porongurup Hall May 2022! A National travelling exhibition showcasing: caves, cave biology and the work behind finding out what makes this unique

If you are/know an artist  or a business that would like to be involved please contact Sayah,

See calendar: 

Renew Your

only $11 for individuals
see here

Your membership helps foster
a prosperous, vibrant community for present and
future generations within the
Oyster Harbour Catchment
through encouraging best
-practice natural resource
management and supporting
vital “hands-on” activities such
as revegetation, workshops,
community meetings, and
educational trails.

In return not only are
you supporting a great local
cause but you also get:

We are currently
running 6 projects
in the catchment. 

If you wish to be a part of
the; Holistic Property
Planning, REI's Healthy
Estuaries Initiative, uPtake
trials, National Landcare
Partnership, South Beef working group, Investigation of local historic NRM and/or Plantagenet Shire
weed control projects as a
volunteer or landholder.

We also heavily support two
other groups that you can be
involved in: the Albany
and Surrounds Feral
Cat Working group and the
Southern Beef growers group.
Please check our website for
more information or contact us

Other Help

Greening Australia Revegetation project EOI

OHCG Fencing subsidy

Water Audit Rebate:
Up to $1000 to check your
farm's water supply coming
into summer https://www.water

Mental Health 
Assistance, R U OK?
regional mental health

You can find more grant
and funding opportunities
from the following websites:
The Australian Government
Disaster Assist website
provides information on
financial assistance available
for current disasters and
information on previous disasters.
Caring for our Country
Department of Agriculture 


What's in Your

Potoroos belong to a small family called the Potoroidae (rat-kangaroos), within the large superfamily of kangaroo-like marsupials, the Macropodoidea. The rat-kangaroos are small marsupials that hop on their hind feet, dig for much of their food with well-developed forefeet, and have a complex stomach that allows them to extract nutrition very efficiently from their diet. The Potoroidae contains two small genera - Bettongia, (the bettongs, such as the Burrowing Bettong or Boodie and the Brush-tailed Bettong or Woylie) and Potorous, containing the potoroos.

 Gilbert's Potoroo, Potorous gilbertii, is one of five species of Potoroo. In the 1800s, It was known from east of Albany between King George Sound Pallinup River. The species was thought to have gone extinct in the early 1900s until it was rediscovered in 1994 during a survey for quokkas at Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve. Animals have since been successfully translocated to Bald Island Nature Reserve and to an enclosure at Waychinicup National Park. Surveys along the south coast between Augusta and Pallinup River have not been able to locate any other populations. The species’ habitat preferences across its historic distribution are not well understood. Habitat that currently support Gilbert’s potoroos contains a diverse presence of hypogeal fungi, vegetation that is long unburnt (>30 years), and large, connected areas of dense shrubland and adjacent closed woodland. For further information regarding the species distribution, please refer to Help protect them join Gilbert's Potoroo Action Group.

Explore your own backyard or patch of bushland and upload photos of what you see to iNaturalist.

Oyster Harbour Catchment is located in the Southwest Australia biodiversity hotspot, one of only 36 biodiversity hotspots in the world. Many of our animals, plants and fungi can be found nowhere else in the world. By contributing to this project you are helping to map this diversity which will in turn help with efforts to conserve remaining areas of natural and restored habitat. Explore your own backyard or patch of bushland and upload photos of what you see to iNaturalist.

The Team

Senior Project Officer:
Healthy Estuaries WA

Bruce works part-time,
oversees, and helps the other
staff and works on the
Healthy Estuaries WA Program,
funded by Royalties for Regions.
He aims to improve the quality of
water entering the Oyster Harbour
through the implementation of
fencing and revegetation of
riparian vegetation, and
working with farmers to implement
best practice management,
including soil testing
in high rainfall areas. 

0428 994 408 | 9851 2703

Sheena Smith
Farm Planning
Project Officer

Sheena works part-time
to manage our farm planning
project, helping enable
strategic property planning, running Southern Beef
and informing landholders
on best-practice

0427 214 707

Sayah Drummond 
Communications Officer 

Sayah works part-time to
ensure landholders and the
the wider community are aware
of and can be involved in,
the many exciting OHCG
projects. This includes the
maintenance of our website,
Facebook and email list, while
also trying to make sure
our community/
membership interests
are reflected in all upcoming works. 

0408 423 306 | 9851 2703

Jenni Loveland
Volunteer ASFCWG
Project Officer

Jenni is very passionate
about feral animal control
and works part-time facilitating
a Feral Cat Project and running
the Albany and Surrounds
Feral Cat Working Group (ASFCWG).
This group concentrates
on the issues that we
have in and around the
catchment with feral cats.

0409 572 240 | 9851 2703

Help Needed 
Sayah is looking for people interested in history and Landcare to help with consolidating the group history and going digitizing our archives. We try to meet in the afternoon at the Mount Barker office every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.

What Happened
Last Season?

Sun Dec 5th
World Soil Day

18th-24th Oct   
     Aussie Backyard Bird Count

25th Oct   
   Public comment closes for WA vegetation policy

23rd Oct   
   Building bat boxes workshop

18–24 October
Aussie Backyard Bird Count

  Great Southern Bioblitz- Oyster Harbour Catchment

15th of Nov
WA Water Policy public comment closes

25th of Nov
Oyster Harbour Catchment Group's Annual General Meeting

The team went on holiday!

Future Sustainability Summit (18 to 20 January 2021)

Penguin Awareness Day
Thu Jan 20th 1:00am - 11:30pm

Australia Day
Wed Jan 26th 2:00am - 11:00pm
This is the Story of Australia - the story of an extraordinary nation. Beginning more than 60,000 years ago. New chapters are written every day. 

World Wetlands Day
Wed Feb 2nd

Oyster Harbour Community Update
Wed Feb 2nd

International Day of Women & Girls in Science
 Fri Feb 11th 1:00am - Sat 12th 11:00pm

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