CARING FOR COUNTRY
As the traditional owners of the South West, the Noongar people have interacted with the land, the sea, the waters, the plants and animals harmoniously for tens of thousands of years. They call this caring for country and the Boodja (land) is their mother.
The greatest opportunity we have to continue to care for country in the South West is for Noongar people to be part of driving positive environmental and social change, for the benefit of future generations.
The South West Catchments Council is committed to engaging and collaborating with Noongar people at all levels of Natural Resource Management, from policy development to on-ground action.
By continuing to work together, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people can make a difference today to develop a sustainable environment for tomorrow.
Welcome to the South West Catchment’s Council’s (SWCC) 2014-2015 annual report to the community!
The South West Catchments Council (SWCC) is the regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) organisation for the South West of Western Australia.
We work with the community to care for the environment, our agricultural land and our local communities. We do this in many ways; working to improve biodiversity, protecting coastal environments, working with farmers to improve agricultural practices, and engaging with our extensive community network to increase knowledge and skills in environmental management.
Working together to make a difference today and develop a sustainable environment for tomorrow.
Chair – South West Catchments Council
CEO – South West Catchments Council
David and Damien reflect on the collective achievements of SWCC and the NRM Community.
The 2014-15 financial year saw the official conclusion of Caring for our Country and the introduction of the National Landcare Programme. With this transition came both opportunities and challenges for the South West Region. Hear how SWCC adjusted to these changes and what is in store for 2015-16.
We have been busy over the past year working together with our partners, stakeholders and the community to protect and manage the environment for the future. While we would love to showcase everything, we decided to put the spotlight on just a few of our projects to highlight the great work our team is doing here in the South West.
A visual snapshot of our activities throughout the year.
This financial year will see SWCC settle into a new organisational structure and the continued implementation of the National Landcare Programme, raising new challenges, opportunities and possibilities.
In addition to welcoming our first full-time Aboriginal trainee this year, we expect to be very busy planting, fencing, controlling weeds and pests, improving soil health and engaging with the community.
The introduction of the Western Dairy Research, Development and Extension team in partnership with Western Dairy, Dairy Australia and DAFWA is a significant initiative and further partnerships, business development and alternative funding opportunities will continue to be priorities this financial year.
In partnership with our community, we will continue delivering all of our projects in the second year of this investment and expect to see tangible results from our first-year efforts.
SWCC would like to thank the community for its unwavering dedication and commitment to caring for the South West environment.
We are honoured to work alongside our Regional Partners, landholders, industry partners, research institutions, government agencies, local government, Aboriginal organisations, community groups and volunteers in the delivery of NRM and Landcare in the South West Region. All of our achievements are shared with this dynamic and supportive network.
We also thank members of the SWCC Association, Regional Coordination Team, other working groups and steering committees for their guidance, assistance and support in the delivery of our projects.
Thank you to the Australian Government for its ongoing support through the National Landcare Programme, Green Army, 20 Million Trees and 25 Year Landcare Grants, which have assisted a number of groups and farmers across the Region.
Finally, thank you to the Government of Western Australia and State NRM Office for their support of the NRM community and the South West environment.
We look forward to continuing to work together to achieve more environmental, economic and community outcomes for the South West so that it continues to thrive.