Composting! Aquaponics! Permaculture!

As part of the Great Southern Sustainable Living Festival, Katanning Landcare held three family-friendly EcoWeek workshops on the last weekend in March on composting, aquaponics and permaculture. Yann Toussaint of Albany led Friday’s workshop, held in Katanning, which compared composting systems.  Participants learned about the different types of composting systems and worm farms so they could […]

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2017 – A Look Back, A Look Ahead

2017 has been an amazing year, with so much going on! In fact, it’s hard to keep track of it all, and there are more good things to look back on than I can fit in one little blog post. Here are a few of my highlights from 2017. Early in the year we had […]

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Employment Opportunity: Events Coordinator 2018

Are you great at making connections? We are looking for an enthusiastic, people-oriented, organised, person who loves connecting and empowering people. Starting in February 2018, the Katanning Landcare Events Coordinator will plan, organise and drive all Landcare events in 2018, including EcoWeek, community volunteer activities, small landholder workshop, and other events.   Join a passionate, […]

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Recycle Centre Tour Success

Have you ever wondered where your recycling goes after the yellow-topped wheelie bin is picked up? Have you heard the rumours that ‘it’s all just thrown into landfill’? Katanning Landcare and Kojonup Landcare worked together to organise a tour of the local Warren Blackwood Waste Recycling facility in Kojonup on Wednesday 22nd November. 37 people […]

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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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A beautiful weekend for planting

The weather smiled down on us again this weekend, as our 18 volunteers did more garden maintenance, and had a test run at planting the reeds for the Piesse Lake shoreline. Here’s a few photos from Sunday’s busy bee. Click on each image for a larger photo. Remember, we have lots of other opportunities for […]

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Our Pygmy Possum Neighbours

This is a guest post from Natalie Nicholson. Thank you, Natalie, for your great story and photos!   Hi Andrea Here are some photos of our pygmy possums and a quick story of how we came to meet our cool little neighbours. We live just north of Katanning and count ourselves incredibly lucky to have […]

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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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A Story of an Owlet Nightjar

Wildlife rehabilitation is full of surprises. We have all seen it. Those little signs on the farm gate “Land for Wildlife”. There is a little part of me thinking that one day I would have my own patch with such a sign. In the meantime I get to visit those who have. I listen to […]

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Canopy Cover

Before the onset of climate change 25% canopy cover of a townscape was considered adequate to maintain livability. Scientists now consider 40% to 45% canopy cover essential for livability. Worldwide, cities have recognised that to maintain livability they must increase canopy cover. Major tree planting programmes are in place. Toronto planted 40,000 trees last year with a […]

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Summer Rain – Why Some Farmers Love It, and Some Hate It.

80% of Katannings annual rainfall is supposed to fall between May and October. However, we’re starting to get more and more ‘unseasonal’ and ‘significant’ summer rainfall events – I’m happy to call that the effects of climate change. No doubt about it, a top-up of on-farm water supplies mid-summer is a blessing, particularly for those […]

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