Threatened Aquatic Species

Threatened Aquatic Species
Threatened Aquatic Species

Threatened Aquatic Species

Between 2001 and 2017, the number of aquatic species (including wetland dependent birds) in the South West NRM region, which have been adequately searched for and are deemed to be, in the wild, either rare, at risk of extinction, or otherwise in need of special protection, and have been gazetted as such, have increased from 5 being listed to 23. Thus, there has been a 360% increase in aquatic species listed as threatened between 2001-2017.

Coastal erosion risks

Coastal erosion risks
Coastal erosion risks

Coastal erosion risks

The Peron Naturaliste region (the area from the Shire Rockingham to City of Busselton) has been identified as vulnerable to the impacts of coastal climate change. From now to 2100, approximately 200 metres wide strip is at risk from erosion along the whole extent of the coastline.

Population growth

Population growth
Population growth

Population growth

Between 2001 to 2016, SWCC regional population has grown by 36.7%, from 138,049 to 188,754. and total population projected to growth 223,480 by 2026 (i.e. 61.9% growth from 2001 to 2026). Rapid urbanisation has occurred in coastal LGAs such as Busselton, Augusta-Margaret River, Harvey, Dardanup, Donnybrook-Balingup and Dardanup.

Mining in the South West

Mining in the South West
Mining in the South West

Mining in the South West

There are 98 active mines in SWCC Region. These are mined for the following commodities: Construction material, Energy, Industrial mineral, Specialty metal.

Changing face of Landcare

Changing face of Landcare
Changing face of Landcare

Changing face of Landcare

Between 2000 and 2017, the number of active Landcare groups in the South West has increased from 48 to 77, while across WA, numbers have dropped from 700-800 to 465. The number of Aboriginal community groups involved in Landcare in the South West has increased from 4 to 15 between 2000 in 2017.

Community groups

Community groups
Community groups

Community groups

According to community groups in the South West, there are three common threats to their legacy and continuity. Access to funding was the biggest cause for concern, with 72% citing this (including access to funding, concerns about the loss of funding and the uncertainty of future funding).

Aboriginal heritage places

Aboriginal heritage sites
Aboriginal heritage places

Aboriginal heritage sites

The DAA on-line Heritage Inquiry System shows there are 820 Aboriginal heritage places in the South West, 251 of which are Registered Sites.