Western Australia farmers to benefit from natural resources project
A $15.5 million cash injection earmarked for the protection of Western Australia's natural resources will benefit farmers across the state.
The state government announced the multimillion investment yesterday, funding 20 Natural Resource Management (NRM) projects in WA.
Beef farmers living on rural property in the state's south-west will benefit from nutrient mapping work, which aims to minimise excess fertiliser from expelling into the region's waterways.
State agriculture and food minister Terry Redman said the project's priority was to protect critically endangered flora and fauna, as well as controlling feral animals across the state.
He commented: "The management of excess nutrients is a high priority for the health of the major river systems on the Swan and Scott coastal plains.
"Marked improvements have already been made through work with catchment groups and the agricultural industry to reduce phosphorus inputs and this project will continue to build on these gains."
Management control of the deadly plant disease Dieback, which affects 40 per cent of plants in the state's south-west, is also a top priority of the project.
More than $1.5 million will also be allocated to vital fisheries projects.