Piesse Lake-Over is Going Strong

Thank you so much to all the people, all 144 of you, who have come down to Piesse Lake and contributed to the nearly 300 hours of volunteer labour that has made Piesse Lake come alive! And that doesn’t even count all the people working the in the background, making afternoon teas and organising other […]

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Let’s Rehabilitate Piesse Lake!

We couldn’t have asked for a nicer afternoon to host our Piesse Lake afternoon tea and information session. The glorious afternoon brought out 35 (or more!) delightful people who were keen to learn about the plans for Piesse Lake. The Shire of Katanning contracted SERCUL to create a Master Plan for Piesse Lake, to guide […]

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Piesse Lake Makeover

Are you excited about the creation of a Green Heart for Katanning? A vegetated shady walk with glimpses of the lake through the reeds and trees. Maybe surprise a turtle as you walk, or watch blue and red dragon flies hunting bugs. Perhaps you would like a quiet seat to watch the birds or read […]

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Great News for Lake Ewlyamartup

Yesterday, Terry Waldron and Peter Rundle, on behalf of the Honourable Terry Redman MLA (Minister for Regional Development; Lands), announced that the long-awaited flushing channel for Lake Ewlyamartup has been approved and funded by cabinet! Present at the announcement were: Shire of Katanning President, Liz Guidera; Shire of Katanning CEO, Julian Murphy; Shire of Katanning EM Projects […]

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Progress at Piesse

The Shire of Katanning is pressing ahead with the next stages of the Piesse Lake area. Wetland consultants SERCUL were engaged to investigate water sources, salinity, nutrient levels, and suitable plant species. SERCUL also ran an online survey to gauge the public’s ideas about usage of the lake area. As a result of the investigation […]

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A New Family Watching Over Lake Ewlyamartup

Yesterday we celebrated the unveiling of a new sculpture at Lake Ewlyamartup, a family of four – mother, father, toddler and baby – made from agricultural scrap metal. The family are welcoming, watching the lake and creating a point of interest for visitors. But the story behind this piece of public art is so much […]

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How Can a Lake Have an Inlet but no Outlet?

Let me introduce you to Lake Ewlyamartup (pronounced you-lee-a-mart-up). Regular Katanning Landcare followers will know the place well – a 100 ha hidden gem of Katanning, being slowly but surely rehabilitated by a band of loving locals and supportive funders. But it’s a funny old lake, and its quirks have, in part, lead to its […]

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Water – What Matters Most?

Did you see our display at the Woolorama this year?   Here are the top three answers to each of the dot survey questions about water from our Dot Survey at Woolorama 2016.   Which water management strategies do you think provide the biggest improvements to farm productivity? Managing saline/waterlogged areas in productive ways Planting […]

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Why is Katanning so salty?

A perfectly sensible question I have been asked many times over the years – a source of fascination for tourists and necessary knowledge for locals. So I thought I’d give a simple explanation here. Enjoy. Prior to European settlement, the landscape was in balance. The district was fully vegetated, mainly with woodlands. When it rained, […]

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How to Build Your Own Rain Garden

One of the most popular features of the Friends of Piesse Lake Community Native Botanical Garden is the Rain Garden (also known as the Bog Garden). It was so popular, in fact, that they are going to build two! Below, Bev shares both what a Rain Garden is, and how you can build one in […]

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Clearing and Drainage Information Session – Event Wrap Up

Critical information for farming enterprises was shared at the Clearing and Drainage Information Session on Thursday 26th March. Speakers from the Department of Environment and Regulation talked about the clearing laws relating to native vegetation, and covered what exceptions and permits are required and when. This is a really tricky bit of policy, with pages […]

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Lake Ewlyamartup Kayak Tour – Event Wrap Up

The first and most noticeable thing about Sunday morning: It was windy! But the wind did not deter the 24 kayakers, many of whom were along for their first kayak ever, from showing up with great enthusiasm! They came with all kinds of crafts, large and small, new and old. Almost half of the participants […]

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