Natural resource management plan for the brockman river



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TARGETS

STRATEGY

ACTIONS

STAKE-

TIME

PRIORITY

HOLDERS FRAME

Negotiate restrictive covenants

between those holding land tenure

and the Water and Rivers

Commission to ensure protection

and management of floodplain,

foreshore, riverbanks and channel.

Ensure construction of the Perth-

Darwin Highway and others roads

cause minimal disturbance to the

environment and that construction

in no way affects the quality of

runoff, causes erosion or

exacerbates drainage. 

WRC, LGAs,

Landholders

MRWA

DEP, LGAs,



WAPC

SML


ML

2

2



4.13

Water and Rivers Commission

Natural Resource Management Plan for the Brockman River Catchment

Table 11:  Actions to protect and enhance natural biodiversity to sustain ecological processes and conserve native plants

and animals. 

Objective 4

To protect and enhance natural biodiversity to sustain ecological processes and conserve native plants and animals.

TARGETS

STRATEGY

ACTIONS

STAKE-

TIME

PRIORITY

HOLDERS FRAME

No further loss

of native

vegetation.

10% increase in

native vegetation

through

revegetation,



protection and

enhancement or

remnants within

10 years.

All public open

space to have

management

plans within 10

years.

A fire


management

strategy that

includes

deliberate use of

fire for

ecological

regeneration as

well as hazard

reduction and

protection of

property without

undue risk to

native

vegetation.



Assess and

monitor the

status of

flora and

fauna in the

catchment.

Protect and

restore native

vegetation

and reduce

loss of

biodiversity.



Monitor the status and extent of

remnant vegetation throughout the

Brockman River catchment.

Identify flora and fauna specific

to the Brockman Catchment and

develop community information

sheets.

Establish a regional herbarium



within the catchment.

Review weed maps for the

foreshore of the Brockman River

and roadside verges to identify

priority areas for eradication and

rehabilitation.

Protect and enhance roadside

vegetation to reduce loss of

biodiversity.

Protect existing, and increase, the

number of “flora” roads.

Educate the community about the

value of riparian and other

bushland vegetation.

Encourage the restoration of

degraded remnants by replanting

to provide linkages and corridors

between remnants on private land,

Nature Reserves and the riparian

vegetation.

Provide advice and guidance on

best plant species to use in

revegetation projects.

AGWA, LGAs

LCDCs, CMGs

Landholders

CALM,  LCDCs

Community,

CMGs

Landholders



CALM,  LCDCs

Community,

CMGs

CALM, MRWA,



WRC, LCDCs,

LGAs, CMGs

LGAs,  MRWA

CALM


LGAs,  MRWA

CALM


WRC, LCDCs,

CMGs


LCDCs, CALM

LGAs, CMGs

Landholders

LCDCs, AGWA

CMGs

ML

S



S

S

SML



SM

SM

ML



S

1

3



3

1

2



2

1

2



1

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Natural Resource Management Plan for the Brockman River Catchment

TARGETS

STRATEGY

ACTIONS

STAKE-

TIME

PRIORITY

HOLDERS FRAME

Decrease in

distribution and

abundance of

introduced pests

and diseases.

Educate 80% of

the people to

recognise weeds

and techniques

for their control.

Develop


appropriate

fire


management

strategies.

Protect and enhance native

vegetation areas and encourage

landholders to prepare vegetation

management plans in consultation

with Land for Wildlife officers for

all remnants larger than 1 hectare.

Promote covenanting schemes to

protect remnant native vegetation

on private land.

Ensure public access to areas

where appropriate recreational

and tourist activities can be

enjoyed and ensure that any

degradation of the waterways and

bushland areas is minimal.

Include fire management

strategies in FESA and local

government fire management

plans to minimize the threat to

natural vegetation that may result

in potential soil and nutrient loss,

and encourage weed growth. 

Educate the community about

bush fire risk and encourage them

to take responsibility for

protecting their own assets by

managing fuel loads, installing

and maintain strategic firebreaks,

ensuring emergency water

supplies for fire fighting and

ensuring emergency vehicle

access.


Ensure that Local Government

Authority plans recognise that the

deliberate use of fire for

ecological regeneration may

require a different fire regime

from the current standard used by

the bushfire brigades and

allowances need to be made for it

in conservation areas (including

private land)

CALM

Landholder



LCDCs, CMGs

Community

LCDCs, CALM,

AGWA, CMGs

National Trust

CALM


LGAs

FESA


LGAs

Local FAC

FESA, LGAs,

CMGs


FESA

LGAs


SML

SML


SM

S

SML



S

2

1



3

1

1



1

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Natural Resource Management Plan for the Brockman River Catchment

TARGETS

STRATEGY

ACTIONS

STAKE-

TIME

PRIORITY

HOLDERS FRAME

Control and,

if possible,

eradicate

weeds and

pest animals.

Identify priority environmental

and agricultural weeds and

develop management plans for

their eradication or containment.

Encourage landholders to

eradicate and control pest plants

on their property, particularly the

declared pest plants.

Increase the awareness and

education of landholders in the

best methods to carry out weed

control.


Eliminate feral animals from the

bushland along the river, other

bushland in the catchment and

reserves, and to control re-

invasion with ongoing control

programs.

Consult with CALM to reduce

excessive numbers of kangaroos

on private property.

Provide information on baiting

programs and techniques to

control feral animals.

Encourage community

participation in activities such as

Weedbuster Week to increase

awareness of the weeds present in

the Brockman Catchment.

Coordinate the weed control

activities of local government,

State and Commonwealth

agencies, landholders and

community groups. 

Increase awareness of dog and cat

control/management and enforce

the appropriate council bylaws.

LGAs, CMGs,

LCDCs, CALM,

Community,

Landholders

LGAs,  AGWA,

LCDCs, CMGs,

Community

LCDCs, CMGs,

AGWA


AGWA, CALM, 

Landholders

LGAs

CALM,


Landholders

AGWA


LCDCs, CMGs

Community

All Agencies

LGAs


SM

SML


SML

ML

SML



SML

SML


SML

SML


1

2

1



2

31

1



1

2

1



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Natural Resource Management Plan for the Brockman River Catchment

Algal Bloom

A sudden growth of algae in a body of

water due to nutrient enrichment. The

algae use considerable oxygen to the

detriment of other organisms and

when it dies, some species release

dangerous toxins into the water.

Alleys

Lanes of pasture or crop established

between belts of trees, usually

arranged at regular intervals, at least

one or two ‘machine widths’ wide.

Biodiversity

The variety of living things at all

levels, from genetics to higher groups

and including the variety of habitats

and ecosystems. Sometimes includes

the variety of ecological processes

within communities and ecosystems.

Catchment

The area from which a surface

watercourse and/or groundwater

system derives its water.



Covenant

A legally binding agreement between

a landholder and body such as

CALM, to protect and enhance nature

conservation values on private

property. They are backed by an Act

of Parliament and enable the

covenanting body to enforce the

covenant.

Critically 

A native species that is facing an



Endangered

extremely high risk of extinction in

the wild in the immediate future.

Drainage

The act of transferring water and the

substances in it from one area to

another.


Ecological

The complex of biological and



Processes

physical processes such as growth,

nutrient cycling, water cycling, long-

term climate change, photosynthesis,

predation, competition, reproduction

and speciation, which occur in the

environment.

Ecosystem

A discrete environmental unit that

consists of living and non-living

things interacting to form a stable

system. For example, the lake

ecosystem.



Endangered

A native species that is facing a very

high risk of extinction in the wild in

the near future.



Environmental

Particular values or uses of the



Values

environment that are of benefit to

public welfare, safety or health and

require protection from the effects of

pollution, waste discharges and

deposits.



Erosion

The movement of soil and rock

material by running water, wind or

gravitational creep (eg land slip).



Eutrophication The process of nutrient enrichment

(usually by nitrates and phosphates)

in aquatic ecosystems. This can cause

algal blooms that may be detrimental

to the ecosystem.

Species'>Exotic Species

A non-native species of plant or

animal that has been brought into an

area.


Extinct

A

species where there is no



reasonable doubt that the last member

of the species has died.



Feral Species

A domesticated species that has

become wild.

Groundwater

Water in saturated soil; this may be at

the soil surface itself or it may be

many metres below the surface.



Habitat

The living place for an organism or

community.

Herbarium 

A collection of named species of

plants, usually pressed and mounted

as a permanent record.



Infrastructure 

Buildings and other permanent

structures such as roads, bridges,

fences and dwellings.

5. Glossary


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Natural Resource Management Plan for the Brockman River Catchment

Integrated

A broad-based or “umbrella” plan,



Natural

which coordinates community and



Resource

government activities to sustain all



Management 

natural resources throughout the 



Plan 

catchment.



Intrinsic Value

The worth of something independent

from external circumstances or its

value to humans.



Macro-

The larger invertebrates (animals



invertebrates 

without backbones) found in the river

and lakes.

Native 

Any local indigenous plant



Vegetation

community containing throughout its

growth the complement of native

species and habitats normally

associated with that vegetation type or

having the potential to develop these

characteristics. It includes vegetation

with these characteristics that has

been regenerated with human

assistance following disturbance. It

excludes plantations and vegetation

that has been established for

commercial purposes.

Natural

The land, water, air and the living 



Resources

things found within a particular area. 



Palaeochannel

An ancient watercourse, which may

have flowed in another direction.

Perennial Plants A plant that lives for more than two

seasons and after an initial period,

flowers each year.

Recharge

The process of replenishment of the

groundwater bodies due to filtering of

water from rainfall.



Remnant  

Native vegetation that is still 



Vegetation

remaining and is usually surrounded

by developed land such as land

cultivated for agriculture. The quality

of remnant vegetation can vary from

pristine (very little or no disturbance)

to parkland cleared where only the old

large trees are left standing.



Riparian

Vegetation that is growing along the 



Vegetation

banks of a watercourse.



Sedimentation

The process whereby soil and other

suspended material carried by water is

deposited in the river channels and

floodplain.

Soil Salinity

The salt that is brought to the surface

layers of soil by a rising watertable

followed by evaporation. Salt crystals

may be seen forming a crust on the

surface.


Species

A group of organisms capable of

interbreeding freely with each other

but not with members of other

species.

Stakeholders

Everyone from individuals to

government bodies that have any

stake or interest in the study area.



Threatened 

A species or community that is

vulnerable, endangered or presumed

extinct.


Topography 

The surface features and relief of a

particular area.

Translocated

Native species introduced into



Species

suitable habitats within their own

country, having been previously

excluded from these habitats by

natural barriers.

Water Balance

Under natural conditions, the amount

of water entering a system or

catchment via rainfall is used by

plants and animals, recharges the

groundwater to its natural level and

maintains the streams and river.

Watertable 

The upper surface of the groundwater

or the level below which the material

is permanently saturated with water.



Wetlands 

Open water habitats and areas

containing water for part of a year or

permanently waterlogged land.



Woodlot 

A tree plantation, up to several

hectares in size, usually surrounded

by pasture or crops and distinct from a

large contiguous plantation which

covers a large proportion of the

landscape. Woodlots are distinct from

tree belts in that the ‘edge effect’ on

the supply of water and light is

minimal when averaged over the

whole stand.


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Acronyms used



AGWA

Department of Agriculture



CALM

Department of Conservation and Land Management



CMG

Catchment Management Group



DEP

Department of Environmental Protection. (Amalgamating to form DEWCP)



DEWCP Department of Environment, Water and Catchment Protection (Amalgamation of WRC and DEP)

FAC

Fire Advisory Committee



FESA

Fire Emergency Services Authority



INRM

Integrated Natural Resource Management



LCDC

Land Conservation District Committee.



LGA

Local Government Authority



MfP

Ministry for Planning (Now the Department for Planning and Infrastructure)



MRWA

Main Roads Western Australia



NRM

Natural Resource Management



OWR

Office of Water Regulation



SES

State Emergency Service



WAPC

Western Australian Planning Commission



WRC

Water and Rivers Commission (Amalgamating to form DEWCP)



6.1

Water and Rivers Commission

Natural Resource Management Plan for the Brockman River Catchment

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