Leschenault


LCC overview map

The Leschenault catchment is located approximately 150 km south of Perth in the south west of Western Australia. Its catchment area covers approximately 4808 km2 and lies within the boundaries of the City of Bunbury and the Shires of Dardanup, Harvey, Donnybrook-Balingup, Boyup Brook, Collie, West Arthur and Williams. The Leschenault catchment boundaries encompass the Leschenault Estuary and the Preston, Collie, Ferguson, Wellesley and Brunswick River systems and the Wellington Dam and its catchment (the upper Collie River).

The Leschenault catchment provides a wide-range of opportunities for economic activity based on use of natural resources, as well as lifestyle, tourism and recreation. These uses, combined with a rapidly increasing population, are adversely affecting the natural environment with resultant land and water degradation.

Lifestyles Lifestyles

The Leschenault catchment is a mix of industrial, urban, rural and environmental land uses. An estimated 78,000 people currently reside within the Leschenault catchment (ABS, 2011). The towns vary is size with the major urban centre being Bunbury and growing townsites of Australind, Eaton, Collie, Dardanup and Donnybrook.

The majority of the catchment’s population resides within the City of Bunbury, the southern half of the Shire of Harvey (not including the Harvey townsite and Yarloop), the Shire of Collie and the northern half of the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup (not including the townsite of Balingup). Read more.

 

LandscapesLandscapes

The main physical features of the Leschenault catchment are the coastal dunes from Bunbury to Binningup, the Leschenault Estuary and Inlet, the wetlands and woodlands of the Pinjarra Plain, and the foothills and forests of the Darling Range.  The Leschenault Estuary drains the catchments of the Wellesley, Brunswick, Ferguson, Collie and Preston rivers. Read more.

 

Livelihoods Livelihoods

The Leschenault catchment provides a wide-range of opportunities for economic activity based on use of natural resources, as well as lifestyle, tourism and recreation. Major industries include mining, dairy and beef cattle, horticulture, tourism, and forestry. Approximately 30% of the total area is used for agriculture (South West Agriculture Resources Management Group 2004). 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 Leschenault catchment; click on the pictures below.