CARING FOR COUNTRY
SWCC recognise the Noongar people of the South West as the traditional custodians of the land that we live and work on and their practice of sustainable land and water resource management for upwards of 45,000 years in this region.
The result was the preservation of highly productive terrestrial, marine and aquatic environments, including the South West Region, an internationally recognised biodiversity hotspot.
These management systems, known as Indigenous Ecological Knowledge, (IEK) are of immense value in conjunction with scientific knowledge and practice, in conserving biodiversity and increasing sustainability for everyone’s shared use and enjoyment.
SWCC will continue to invest and collaborate in enabling Aboriginal people to exercise their cultural rights and responsibilities to care for Country and assist them to capture this knowledge for coming generations.
Ngala kaaditj Noongar moort keyen kaadak nitja boodja
Welcome to the South West Catchment’s Council’s (SWCC) 2016-2017 annual report to the community!
SWCC is the regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) organisation and peak body for community NRM and Landcare in the South West of Western Australia.
As part of the community, we work with landowners, governments, industry and volunteers to care for the environment, our agricultural land and our local communities. This is done in many ways; working to improve biodiversity, protecting coastal environments, working with farmers to sustainably improve agricultural productivity and profitability practices, and engaging with our extensive community network to increase knowledge and skills in environmental management.
We are very proud of this year’s achievements, which we have undertaken in partnership with the community and a range of other important project partners and stakeholders.
We hope you enjoy!
Working together to make a difference today and develop a sustainable environment for tomorrow.
The SWCC team is extremely proud of this year’s achievements.
We are excited to continue to work together in partnership with our community and project partners to achieve more environmental and economic outcomes for the South West in the coming year.
By continuing to work together, we can make a difference today to develop a sustainable environment for tomorrow.
A visual snapshot of our activities throughout the year.
The coming year will be challenging for SWCC as the National Landcare Program (NLP) transitions to NLP2.
We have a solid year ahead of finalising our current projects and ensuring they deliver the greatest possible benefits to the local environments and communities, all while collaboratively planning for our new programs.
Planning will be undertaken (at least in the beginning) without a clear understanding of NLP2’s details. In some ways this can be beneficial, as we can engage the Landcare community with some unconstrained Blue Sky thinking, potentially leading to new ideas and innovation.
These can be difficult times for the region’s Natural Resource Management (NRM) staff, however we will be doing everything we can to reduce the uncertainty during this time.
SWCC will continue to work on diversifying our business model and exploring alternative income sources. This year we will launch our first crowdfunding campaign, seek Deductible Gift Recipient Status and progress with our other business initiatives. This includes investigating opportunities in nature-based tourism for all South West groups, a project supported by the State NRM Office. SWCC Consulting will continue and hopefully grow, and we have some additional areas to explore when we have spare capacity.
2017/18 will be a very full year with challenges and opportunity, with SWCC well-placed to meet these challenges. We have put in a lot of hard work to ensure we can maximise every opportunity for the South West Region.
Preserving our local environment and agricultural land is at the forefront of SWCC’s operations and culture.
We would like to thank the local communities across the South West region for their ongoing support and commitment to helping us achieve our goals this year.
We are truly honoured to work alongside our regional partners, landholders, industry partners, research institutions, government agencies, local government, Aboriginal organisations, community groups and volunteers in the delivery of NRM and Landcare in the South West region. All our achievements are shared with this dynamic and supportive network.
We also thank members of the SWCC Association, Regional Coordination Team and other working groups and steering committees for the guidance, assistance and support provided to us in the delivery of our projects.
The Australian Government is acknowledged and thanked for the ongoing support of NRM through the National Landcare Program, Green Army, and 20 Million Trees funding, which have aided many groups and farmers across the region.
Thank you also to the Government of Western Australia and State NRM Office for their support of the NRM community and the South West environment.
And finally, to the many private organisations and individuals who have provided support and volunteering for our NRM projects, we thank you.
As we look toward the new financial year, we are excited to continue to work together to achieve more environmental, economic and community outcomes for the South West, so that it continues to thrive.