Capes


Capes overview map

The Capes catchments area is located approximately 290 km south of Perth in the south west of Western Australia. It covers approximately 1048 km2 of land between Cape Naturaliste in the north and Cape Leeuwin in the south, and extends inland to include the catchment of the Margaret River, as well as that of a number of smaller creek systems draining westwards to the Leeuwin-Naturaliste coast. It encompasses part of the City of Busselton and the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River. Margaret River is the population centre for the catchment. Other towns within the catchment include Cowaramup, Gracetown, Prevally, Gnarabup, Rosa Brook, Witchcliffe and Karridale in the Augusta-Margaret River Shire and Yallingup in the City of Busselton.

The Capes catchments area is a popular residential, tourism, recreation and agriculture location with the popularity expected to further increase into the future putting additional pressures on the natural environment.

 

Lifestyles Lifestyles

The Capes catchments area provides a wide range of opportunities for recreation, lifestyle, toursim and economic activity. Margaret River is the population centre for the catchment, accommodating most of the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River’s urban population. Other townsites within the catchment include Cowaramup, Gracetown, Prevally, Gnarabup, Rosa Brook, Witchcliffe and Karridale in the Augusta-Margaret River Shire and Yallingup in the City of Busselton. In all of these areas a significant proportion of dwellings are not permanently occupied, reflecting the popularity of the area as a tourism destination and for holiday homes or ‘investment properties’. Read more.

 

LandscapesLandscapes

The Capes catchments area includes Cape Naturaliste in the north and Cape Leeuwin in the south and extends inland to include the catchment of the Margaret River, as well as that of a number of smaller creek systems draining westwards to the Leeuwin-Naturaliste coast. The Capes catchments areas encompasses portions of four national parks, including the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park featuring some of the finest cave systems in Australia and also includes the popular Boranup Karrri Forest.  Read more.

Livelihoods Livelihoods

Major industries in the Capes catchments areas include dairy and beef cattle, viticulture and wine production, tourism, forestry and fishing. The viticulture industry has experienced rapid growth during the last fifteen years and tourism has also grown significantly.  Read more.

 

ClimateChangeClimate change and the catchment

Workshops were conducted across the SW NRM Region between March to June 2014 and explored how community members and NRM professionals define their catchment; what changes they have noticed; and how they believe a changing climate will affect their lifestyles, livelihoods and the landscapes they live in. The full report can be found here. Through the discussions of the workshops, changes to the systems beyond climate change were raised and included in the visual representations found here. It was important to capture the discussion of the whole system and its values.

G3303-SWCC-ClipboardIcon.jpgWho’s on the ground?

To find out about current and past projects and partners Read more.

 

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Regional Priorities

To discover more about the regional priorities identified within the Capes catchments area; click on the pictures below.