Summit brings together diverse ideas to manage run-off into WA’s estuaries
Released 16 Aug 2017
Farming, land and water management experts gathered in Mandurah today to discuss the best ways to manage nutrient run-off into Western Australian estuaries.
The Nutrient Summit, hosted by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), is part of the department’s work to improve the health of regional estuaries.
DWER interim Director General Mike Rowe said the summit was an important forum for local farmers, scientists and government to share ideas on how to best tackle nutrients in our waterways.
“The summit brought together some of the most innovative and successful best-practice farmers and scientists from across Australia and New Zealand to share their experiences and stories,” Mr Rowe said.
“The focus was on sustaining productive agriculture while maintaining healthy estuaries, which is a big challenge in Western Australia. Nutrient run-off from agricultural land represents the largest source of nutrients entering estuaries in the South West, degrading the health of our waterways.”
DWER is working to address nutrient run-off through its Regional Estuaries Initiative and Revitalising Geographe Waterways programs.
As the lead agency for estuarine management, DWER is partnering with industry, local catchment groups, farmers and other government agencies to support farmers and agricultural industries while reducing nutrient run-off and improving water quality.
“Developing new and innovative ways of working together is necessary to achieving healthy estuaries, alongside thriving agriculture,” Mr Rowe said.
“The speakers today brought together a wealth of knowledge from water and land management science and policy, innovative farming approaches from a Queensland sugar cane farmer and a New Zealand dairy farmer, and an industry perspective from Fertilizer Australia.”
More than 100 people attended the summit which was held at the Manduarh Performing Arts Centre.
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