$15m to prevent far more fish deaths in WA’s South West

Posted December 08, 2015 22:26:35

A lot more than 30 projects costing practically $ 15 million will get underway to boost water top quality problems in a South West water catchment, plagued by a number of huge fish kills.

About 10,000 fish had been killed in the Vasse-Wonnerup Estuary final year by a toxic algae bloom, right after the same quantity died the earlier year.

The projects contain installing an oxygenation planter, which will improve oxygen in the water, and functioning with local farmers to minimize nutrient run-off.

The State Government’s Royalties for Regions fund will contribute $ 7.15 million, and partner agencies will contribute $ 7.65 million to carry out the projects more than four years.

The projects have been generated by a taskforce set up in response to the mass fish kills.

Water Minister Mia Davies mentioned the estuary’s management had been problematic till then simply because there had been so several agencies involved in distinct elements.

“Actually acquiring everyone to sit down and identify who was responsible for what, possessing ownership for parts of the program, and actually then identifying projects that have been going to make has been a massive component of the dilemma,” she mentioned.

“That’s what this taskforce was about, to accomplish a genuine sense of goal with each other.”

It included representatives from the Division of Water, Water Corporation, City of Busselton, GeoCatch and Western Dairy.

Ms Davies will be handing over her function as chair of the Vasse Taskforce to deputy chair and local Member for Vasse Libby Mettam.

Ms Mettam said there had been a lot of community concern about the fish kills.

“It was an issue that was raised consistently with me for the duration of the election campaign, and I feel that’s where environmental issues sit now,” she said.

“It is neighborhood, financial, and it is an outcome that we all require to see delivered.”

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